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MODO Bass Explained®

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    PHOMO (3:14)


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    Working with the Models (3:18)


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    Playing Styles (6:13)


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    The Strings (2:46)


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    Electronics (2:38)


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    Amp & FX (4:28)


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    Key Switches (6:31)


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    MIDI Control (8:06)


Eli Krantzberg delivers the low down on IK Multimedia’s new MODO Bass, a virtual instrument that delivers incredibly realistic bass guitars for your songs and productions!

Eli begins with an overview of the physical modeling used to create MODO’s authentic bass tones, followed by an introduction to all 12 modeled basses and their unique parameters.

Playing styles are then explored, as well as the different string options, electronics, amps and effects, key switches, MIDI control techniques and more!

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you’re new to IK Multimedia’s MODO Bass, or just want to know all about it, pull up a seat and check out “MODO Bass Explained” today!


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magwa101
Submitted 1 week ago

like walking through the manual

No real insights, just describing buttons and such. Manual has all this info.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Reaper

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Groovie
Submitted 3 months ago

Very Helpful

A great quick tour of all the playing possibilities of this great sounding modelled Bass guitar(s) virtual instrument.

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Ryan
Submitted 6 months ago

Please Add one more video on how to assign MIDI CC to keyboard and how to work it.

Thank you for such great tutorials. I am brand new to using VSTi, and especialy MIDI Control Change CC stuffs. I really wish you can explain a little more descriptive on how to assign the the CC, step by step, which key on keyboard to press in order to assign what to where and how it works. The last video is very important, it is more for advanced users, I need it, but I could barely understand how it works. With my best regards, I wish you can add one more video to this tutorial for new dummy beginner like me. Thanks in advance.

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Beat Maker, Cubase

Response from Customer Service:

Hi and thank you for your review.
I am happy to add a customer request for more videos on list including a more detailed advanced tutorial for MIDI.
I am sorry you only felt the tutorial was a 3.5 star rating even though you seemed to like them.
If you watch the videos multiple times, you may find even more value from them as the lessons taught will become more and more clear.

Daron Macke
Submitted 6 months ago

Great explanation...

I recently purchased MODO Bass and was happy to find this in the explained series. Excellent overview!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Cubase, Pro Tools

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TE
Submitted 2 years ago

Well explained

Very good explanation of the program's options. The videos on how to modify and add color to sounds using key switches and MIDI were the best parts for me.

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Cakewalkgg
Submitted 2 years ago

As advertised

This video effectively explained the software, but the ui of the software is pretty intuitive anyway. I wish there was more about actually using this in a mix and using the software but it was a good guide to the software.

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frankie56
Submitted 2 years ago

Excellent !!!!!

i´ts very exiting to watch and hear this beauty on action !!!!!

I am a: Beginner

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Brathajahn
Submitted 2 years ago

Awesome video

I wasn't sure what to expect but glad to take the leap. I now know more about the software. Great job explaining the various depths of modobass.

I am a: Semi-Pro

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sijel
Submitted 2 years ago

Eli has done it again! Great tutorial

Good explanations and song demos which show how to use this powerful MODO Bass instrument

I am a: Semi-Pro

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JimGramze
Submitted 2 years ago

Great Walkthrough of a Great Product

Eli is quick and to the point as always. I think I might have learned a trick, extending a key switch note so that when a different key switch ends you automatically return to the extended key switch. If that works in other instruments by different vendors then I learned something extremely valuable here that I've never seen before. There was no discussion of resource usage, memory vs CPU. I doubt memory is an issue at all, but this does use some CPU. Compared to true processor hogs, Modo Bass isn't bad at all, but compared to your average sampled virtual instrument it moves the CPU meter clearly more. That should have been mentioned. Between what Modo Bass offers, along with a few plugs you might or might not want to throw in yourself, I don't see ever needing another electric bass instrument in your arsenal. This is one of those rare go-to keepers that Eli very thoroughly and expertly demonstrates. One thing not covered is the presets, of which there are many and varied. Between the knowledge gained in the videos and some wild starting points in the presets, there are worlds of electric bass you might not have imagined that you can tweak to your heart's content.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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MODO Bass Explained® is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 10 .
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from like walking through the manual No real insights, just describing buttons and such. Manual has all this info.
Date published: 2018-12-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful A great quick tour of all the playing possibilities of this great sounding modelled Bass guitar(s) virtual instrument.
Date published: 2018-09-14
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Please Add one more video on how to assign MIDI CC to keyboard and how to work it. Thank you for such great tutorials. I am brand new to using VSTi, and especialy MIDI Control Change CC stuffs. I really wish you can explain a little more descriptive on how to assign the the CC, step by step, which key on keyboard to press in order to assign what to where and how it works. The last video is very important, it is more for advanced users, I need it, but I could barely understand how it works. With my best regards, I wish you can add one more video to this tutorial for new dummy beginner like me. Thanks in advance.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great explanation... I recently purchased MODO Bass and was happy to find this in the explained series. Excellent overview!
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Well explained Very good explanation of the program's options. The videos on how to modify and add color to sounds using key switches and MIDI were the best parts for me.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from As advertised This video effectively explained the software, but the ui of the software is pretty intuitive anyway. I wish there was more about actually using this in a mix and using the software but it was a good guide to the software.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent !!!!! i´ts very exiting to watch and hear this beauty on action !!!!!
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome video I wasn't sure what to expect but glad to take the leap. I now know more about the software. Great job explaining the various depths of modobass.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Eli has done it again! Great tutorial Good explanations and song demos which show how to use this powerful MODO Bass instrument
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Walkthrough of a Great Product Eli is quick and to the point as always. I think I might have learned a trick, extending a key switch note so that when a different key switch ends you automatically return to the extended key switch. If that works in other instruments by different vendors then I learned something extremely valuable here that I've never seen before. There was no discussion of resource usage, memory vs CPU. I doubt memory is an issue at all, but this does use some CPU. Compared to true processor hogs, Modo Bass isn't bad at all, but compared to your average sampled virtual instrument it moves the CPU meter clearly more. That should have been mentioned. Between what Modo Bass offers, along with a few plugs you might or might not want to throw in yourself, I don't see ever needing another electric bass instrument in your arsenal. This is one of those rare go-to keepers that Eli very thoroughly and expertly demonstrates. One thing not covered is the presets, of which there are many and varied. Between the knowledge gained in the videos and some wild starting points in the presets, there are worlds of electric bass you might not have imagined that you can tweak to your heart's content.
Date published: 2016-12-16
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