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BASS Pedalboard Demo: Source Audio Walkthrough

August 10, 2017

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Thanks for checking out the walkthrough!  First off, here's all the gear I used in the demo.

1. Soleman MIDI Foot Controller

2. Tap Tempo Switch
3. Neuro Hub

4. Programmable EQ

5. AfterShock Bass Distortion 

6. Lunar Phaser

7. Vertigo Tremolo

8. Nemesis Delay

9. Ventris Dual Reverb

10. Hot Hand 3 (not used in this demo, but a staple on my board)

11. Reflex Universal Expression Controller

12. Hot Hand USB

 

 

0:00  Templeboard Duo 28. 👌

 

0:03  Clean signal.  1985 Kramer-Era Spector Bass with Dunlop Super Brights!

   

0:06  In the first Soleman panel, I use the leftmost footswitch to recall a Neuro Hub preset. This preset has all pedals bypassed, except for the AfterShock, which is using my customized “Foldover” engine.  The Drive, Level, Clean, and Tone parameter values are shown here (picture on right).  To view all forty-seven parameters and upload the preset to your own AfterShock, download the Source Audio Neuro mobile app on the App Store or Google Play.  Connect the app to your AfterShock with the provided Neuro cable and select AfterShock // Browse Sounds // Web, and look for the preset titled "BPD: 1 - Foldover," posted by Nathan Navarro. 

 

 

 

0:08  The center-left footswitch of the Soleman’s first panel is configured to send a MIDI CC message to my computer.  Logic Pro X receives the MIDI CC, which is mapped to the “Play” command, triggering the drum track. 

 

0:19  The center-right footswitch of this panel is configured to be a “Momentary” switch, changing the bass' sound only while the footswitch is held down.  To accomplish this, the Soleman sends a MIDI “Macro” message containing multiple MIDI PC's.  Macro messages are customizable, and can send up to sixteen MIDI PC's, CC's, Note On, Note Off, Sysex, etc, messages simultaneously.  As I press the footswitch, a PC on MIDI channel 1 is sent to the Neuro Hub changing my AfterShock preset from a low-gain Foldback engine to a high-gain Bass Octave Fuzz engine.  At the same time, the Soleman also sends a PC on MIDI channel 2 to change the EQ preset from bypassed to a mid-boost.  As I let go of the footswitch, the presets return to how they were previously.  The AfterShock preset can be found on the Neuro mobile app under, "BPD: 2 - Bass Octave Fuzz."

 

0:23  If you look closely at the top left of the AfterShock, you’ll notice a USB cable connected to its USB port.  In this section Logic Pro X is sending the AfterShock MIDI CC’s to control its output level in real time.  The CC’s are syncopated with the track, so all I have to do is hold out a note, and the computer triggers the CC's in time.  It can go incredibly fast… In fact I stopped testing after it successfully handled, as far as I can tell, thirty-second notes at 1,000 bpm.  That's over 500 notes per second.

 

0:27  The Tap Tempo Footswitch is used here to bank up to the Soleman’s second panel, which has four new configurations for it’s four footswitches.  As it banks up, the Soleman concurrently sends out a MIDI Macro message, triggering new presets on the Hub and Programmable EQ.  The AfterShock is disengaged, the Lunar Phaser engages its "12 Stage Phaser" engine, and the Programmable EQ switches to a mid-scoop preset.  The Lunar Phaser's top knob parameters are shown here.  I'm using the "Mono Effect, Dry Through" routing option; the wet signal is on the left, and the dry signal is on the right.  To view all of the parameters and download the preset, go to Neuro mobile app // Lunar Phaser // Browse Sounds // Web // and look for the preset titled, "BPD: 3 - 12 Stage Phaser," posted by Nathan Navarro. 

 

0:43  The center-left footswitch of the Soleman’s second panel uses a MIDI Macro to disengage the Programmable EQ and trigger a stereo envelope phaser sound in the Lunar Phaser.  The lunar is splitting the mono input signal, and processing the left side with a high filter frequency and the right side with a low filter frequency.  To view or downloard this preset, go to Neuro mobile app // Lunar Phaser // Browse Sounds // Web // BPD: 4 - Envelope Phaser.

 

0:51  The center-right footswitch of the Soleman’s second panel triggers a new preset via the Neuro Hub, which engages the AfterShock and switches the Lunar to a sidechaining preset.  It also engages a mid-scoop from the Programmable EQ.  If you look closely at the second input of the Lunar Phaser, you’ll see a right-angled instrument cable going into it.  This cable is coming from an audio interface that is sending the electronic kit’s kick drum to the second input of the Lunar.  With the Lunar’s “Sidechain Envelope” routing option enabled, this causes the bass' signal to duck in volume when the kick drum sounds. To view or downloard the preset, go to the Neuro mobile app // Lunar Phaser // Browse Sounds // Web // BPD: 5 - Sidechain Envelope.

 

 

 

1:07  The Tap Tempo Footswitch cues Soleman panel three, sending a MIDI macro message that disengages the Lunar and Programmable EQ, while changing the AfterShock’s engine to "Bass Big Pi," and engaging the Vertigo Tremolo’s "Bias" engine.  For this panel, the Soleman's right footswitch sets the BPM, sending out MIDI clock.  The Vertigo receives the MIDI clock data and is set to pulse at sixteenth notes.  This is one of my favorite sounds of the demo… ping-ponging stereo tremolo. To view or downloard this preset, go to the Neuro mobile app // Vertigo Tremolo // Browse Sounds // Web // BPD: 6 - Ping Pong Trem.

 

 

 

1:13  The Hot Hand USB controller on my bass’ headstock is mapped to the “degrade” parameter of a stereo Bit Crusher on a drum track in Logic Pro X.  You can see the automation being recorded in real time on the computer screen behind me.  I put this section of the drums on a separate track so that I wouldn’t unintentionally add bit crushing to them elsewhere. 

 

 

 

 

 

1:24  The Tap Tempo Footswitch cues the Soleman’s fourth panel, disengaging the Vertigo and engaging a long reverb tail preset with the Ventris Dual Reverb's "Room" engine.  Presets for the Ventris are not yet available. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:27  The Tap Tempo Footswitch cues Soleman panel five, disengaging the AfterShock, and engaging the Nemesis Delay's Analog engine.  To view or downloard this preset, go to the Neuro mobile app // Nemesis Delay // Browse Sounds // Web // BPD: 7 - Analog Delay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:42  The Tap Tempo Footswitch cues the last Soleman panel, switching to a new Neuro Hub preset, with different sounds from both the Nemesis and Ventris.  Notice that the previous reverb tail of the Ventris doesn’t cut out, but continues ringing after the preset is changed; just one cool perk of the Ventris' Dual DSP!  The Ventris is using its "Offspring" engine, and the Nemesis is using its "Helix" engine.  To view or downloard this Nemesis preset, go to the Neuro mobile app // Nemesis Delay // Browse Sounds // Web // BPD: 8 - Helix.

 

 

Get more info on each of these pedals at Nathan's Gear Page!

View Tabs for Nathan's BASS Pedalboard Demo HERE.

 

 

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