The bass guitar simulator for the iPhone.
- Use it as a "musical notepad" for working out riffs to play back in the studio on a real guitar.
- Use it as a live performance instrument.
- Use it to learn about the bass before committing yourself to that first purchase.
- Use it to bring some 'bottom end' to the virtual band you started with your mates.
Words do such a dynamic application no justice. The following short video shows off some of Bassist's features:-
On a bass you are often repeatedly playing the same note. With other applications this retriggering of identical samples gives them an unreal "computer" sound. Bassist avoids this by containing multiple samples for each note, and playing a random one each time you pluck the string. Every single note in Bassist has been painstakingly sampled from a real bass guitar for maximum authenticity.
Simple fretboard navigation
Scroll easily about the fretboard up to the twelfth fret using the same interface as the critically acclaimed MooCowMusic application: 'Guitarist'. The number of visible frets can be modified to display between 3 (enables Bassist to be played by cradling the iPhone just like the neck of a guitar) and 10 (enables you to reach more notes without scrolling).
4 or 5 strings. Slap or pluck. The choice is yours
Both 4 and 5 string basses are provided, with the 5 string providing an additional lower B string.
Play slap bass or finger-pick, or swap between them on the fly.
Bassist supports left-handed players, flipping over the interface and restringing appropriately.
Intuitive and visually appealing setup
All the settings options for Bassist are contained in one simple screen, designed to look like a collection of real world objects rather than a lifeless and confusing list of 'configuration items'. Change volume by turning a real volume dial. Change system parameters by tapping on a visual representation of a notepad. Simple ideas that help to distance you from the act of operating a computer and keep in the creative zone.
Two interfaces provide the best of both worlds
Bassist features two main guitar interfaces to accommodate different playing styles. Firstly there is the "Fret and Pluck" interface, in which you fret strings and then pluck or strum at a representation of a pickup to play them. Secondly there is the "Hammer-On" interface, in which you play notes simply by striking at the fret. Use whichever approach best suits the song.