There’s been a bit of a sprinkle of bass focused software and hardware lately. The latest is the Monoment Bass virtual instrument from Softube and is dedicated to producing huge, solid bass tones with complex organic overtones, washed with dedicated effects and production ready for modern bass usage.
The sound source is all from a bunch of top-end boutique synthesizers recorded in stereo. You select two of these from the dozens on offer and combine them as your starting point. The second slot can be detuned slightly or by an octave to your liking. So I guess rather than building from waveforms you are starting with a curated sample of something already designed to be a bass sound. That’s where the whole “huge” sound comes from and is reminiscent of their Parallels software instrument. Each sample has been sampled three times and is selected randomly when the key is played. These increase in unpredictability and variety as you turn the “Aging” knob. It’s a bit like combined two completely different synths together to make a single sound – that’s definitely the way to approach it.
The combination then goes through the multi-mode resonant filter. It has its own simple envelope knob which dials from slow rise to fast decay. Meanwhile, the envelope for the sound is taken care of with the “Punch” knob with a variable release. The filter also has a dedicated shapable LFO.
Finishing it all off is a section of 5 effects consisting of Drive, Ambience (reverb), EQ, Multiband compression and Spatialization. Monoment Bass is designed to take advantage of stereo imaging and so you can make it sound lovely and wide.
It does all sound pretty phenomenal to me. It’s more than you’d usually find with a rompler of sampled instruments and brings a lot of ready-made character to a synthesizer workflow.
Monoment Bass is available now for $79.
- Softube Monoment Bass webpage.