Manufacturer Harrison Consoles’ digital arm announced a new plug-in called AVA Bass Flow. This is a channel strip with 4 processing elements and master section designed for mixing bass. The processing options are respectable and may be quite different from what you are used to.
AVA Bass Flow
Although AVA Bass Flow is not a typical modular effect or virtual rack plug-in, it does let you re-arrange the processors into any order you like. In fact, the developers are quite serious about this. From the master section, you can listen to any point of the signal chain in isolation. The modules past it are automatically bypassed. This lets you make precise decisions helped by critical listening.
The 4 available processors are as follows:
- Bass Character – 2-band EQ with pitch tracking for the bass notes. It lets you boost or cut the harmonics in each note, altering the bass sound’s tonal characteristics.
- Spectral Bass Compressor – 6 fixed bands of spectral compression across the instrument’s frequency range.
- Equalizer – 5-band EQ with 2 filter bands, various curve shapes, and Output Trim. There are Gain, Shape, and Q (filter width) parameters for each band. You can also control them from the EQ Graph. The module is based on Harrison’s LegacyQ plug-in.
- Chorus – creative effect with Detune, Delay, and Mix controls. The chorus adds 2 pitch-shifted voices, one above and one below the input signal.
The Master Control section at the end of the signal chain contains controls for polarity switching, input and output signal trim, and ordering the modules.
All in all, Harrison presents a well thought-out take on bass processing. With plug-ins like this and Neural DSP’s Parallax, dialing in low-end like the pros has become that bit easier.
Price and availability
AVA Bass Flow is on sale now at an introductory price of USD 89, down from USD 179 regular. The deal is good until January 31. The plug-in is available now in AAX, AU, VST, and VST3 formats for Windows and Mac computers.