Hey what’s good fam!
Back with another review for you, this is the Bass Engine plugin from DopeVST
I’m a huge fan of their Beat Machine drum plugin, so I definitely wanted to show you this one
Let’s check it out!
So what is Bass Engine?
It’s a straight forward, simple to use bass plugin aimed at Hip Hop and Urban production styles.
The concept is to cover 3 decades of bass styles. The 90’s, the 2000’s, and the 2010’s.
Each “era” is represented by a different style or styles of bass that were popular in music during that time.
It’s got a very simple interface and the patches load pretty quickly.
- content: 300 patches
- format: VST/AU 32 and 64 bit
- price: $99
- product page: http://dopebassvst.com
How does it sound?
I really like the plugin because it covers various styles of bass that are useful in urban production.
It’s got the old school, dirty, dust-soaked bass that sounds as if it were chopped straight from vinyl.
It’s also got short percussive electric and acoustic bass notes.
There’s rugged synth bass, huge 808s, and crazy deep sub bass as well.
Sure, the acoustic and electric instruments aren’t super multi layered works of perfection, but that’s not the aim of this plugin.
I find that it’s very easy to grab a bass that works in most production situations no matter if I need a simple sub bass or a smooth dirty electric bass.
The “decades” are covered well, but for me I don’t think any one style is stuck in a specific era, so I find tons of useful patches in all 3 decades represented.
Overall the sound fits well in urban productions, no matter if you like it dirty and worn or clean and crisp.
So what’s the bottom line?
I’m always a bit weary when plugins are created to cater to a specific style of music, sometimes it can be overdone or cheesy, however that’s not the case here.
I find that much of the tone of this plugin works well for my productions, and it sort of reminds me of the time when I first got a mophatt module. Up until that point I was using “general purpose” modules and keyboards but the mophatt was the first to really nail the sound of vinyl samples and urban tones all in one. Unlike the mophatt though, this is bass, so you won’t have to worry about the instruments having a “dated” sound in my opinion.
Dirty bass lines work now and will continue to work, the same can be said for 808 and sub bass, it’s something that won’t get old because you can always find use for these types of bass tones in urban music.
I give Bass Engine 4.5 out of 5 subs, I think they did a great job of creating a plugin that’s simple to use, sounds good, and has plenty of variety for all types of urban production styles.
A couple of things I would like to see in the future:
- A way to quickly save favorites, with 300 patches you’re sure to find your favorites and it would be cool to be able to load them up quickly
- Throw a basic EQ in there, maybe even a filter. It doesn’t have to be complex, but sometimes you want to tweak just a little, no need to load up a separate plugin for basic tweaks.
- This may be wishful thinking, but it would be cool to be able to layer in there, imagine taking a crusty dirty electric bass and layering a deep sub under it…sure I can do this manually but as long as I’m typing up my wishlist why not!
Not having these things isn’t an issue for me at all really, it would just be cool to have.
This is a great plugin and it’s cool to see people putting out products like this. It doesn’t aim to replace your huge multi-sampled bass library, the main goal here is workflow and inspiration.
I find having to dig and tweak too much or wait for patches to load can be the difference between capturing and idea and losing it.
This is one of those types of plugins that makes it quick to audition and move to laying down an idea.
I definitely like what Dope VST is doing, and the combination of Bass Engine along with their Beat Machine plugin is a great one two punch.
Even if you don’t need drums, if you’re looking for a new bass plugin that’s easy to work with and has a bunch of useful patches then check this out: http://dopebassvst.com
Leave a comment below and let me know what you think