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Bias Demo with Korg Volca Bass

Positive Grid will be releasing Bias tomorrow. This customizable amp modeling app has got guitarist rightfully excited. It is a lot of fun to dive into it and tweak up your own amp for use in JamUp or standalone.

Synth nerds should also give this some consideration! I've been playing with it a lot lately and getting some nice warm crunchy sounds out of both analog synths and synth apps. You have so much control over every aspect of the sound that I think synthesists will love it.

Rather than run it through the full JamUp guitar suite of effects, I've been chaining Bias in Audiobus to go through Turnado and Echopad to great effect!

Several folks pointed out in my Volca Bass video that the Volca sounded best when run through the Sunsine Audio Vanishing Point distortion pedal. I agree, and was unsatisfied with the distortion on Korg's own Mini KP2, but had a hard time justifying buying a second Vanishing Point. So I connected the Volca Bass to my iPad with a Rocksmith cable, and set about crafting my own custom tone in Bias!

Here is an example of the amp I created with the Volca Bass! I switch Bias on and off throughout the demo, and have annotated with SoundCloud comments to indicate what I'm doing.

Buy BIAS on iTunes: $19.99

Reader Comments 14

Hey Tim, I'm just curious about the Rocksmith cable as I've never seen this done on an iPad before. Sounds like it works well. But I'm assuming it must only be good for mono sound as it's made for guitars. Any more feedback would be appreciated.

November 12, 2013  | person_outline Sciential

Yup, it is just a simple 1/4" jack to USB adapter, so you've only got mono from it. I'm connecting the USB end to a USB-Lightning adapter. For $30 it beats the hell out of the $100 specialty cables like IK's iRig Pro and Line 6's Sonic Port, albeit without the Sonic Port's headphone jack, etc.

Sounds excellent -Nice bassline as well!

November 12, 2013  | person_outline synthandson

Thanks! I think I'll snag one. I play guitar as well, so it's a win all around.

November 12, 2013  | person_outline Sciential

Not especially excited about Bias (sounds great and all...) but now I want a Volca Bass, damn you!

November 12, 2013  | person_outline Zymos

The JamUp integration looks pretty neat, but is this done by Inter-App Audio?
The system requirements say iOS version 7, this would be a bummer for us who are still on iOS 6!

November 13, 2013  | person_outline Marcel

£13.99 and, wait for it... confirmed iOS7 only... great idea, but FAIL in this regard ... no sale!

November 13, 2013  | person_outline Baddcr

My main issue is that Jamup XT Pro is already a pretty huge file, and the effects on board, compared to what I hear in Echo Pad, AUFX, Turnado, well, let's just say Bog standard comes to mind. And as far as the best guitar Platform on the Planet, well that is some serious hype that I am very skeptical about.

Why the hell, with that monstrous file size (by iPad standards) could they not have tried to integrate it into Jamup, which already has a bundle of amp (mostly iffy sounding) simulators. We already spent our money, took our chances, loaded up. On IAPs, and now another pile of stuff to pile onto this already big iPad cluster. Eff me...

Until someone straightens me out on this, I ain't jumping in Arg whine whine!

November 13, 2013  | person_outline Chris Catalano

No... $19.99 at the App Store, 175 more MBs of hard drive space and you know what? They can stuff this overhyped bit of crockery up their fake Analog Butts...

Sorry, I don't usually get POed at App Devs, but this is a total crock...mad as hell, and ain't gonna take it. Saving up for Auria...

November 13, 2013  | person_outline Chris Catalano

ARRGHH, Resistance is frigging futile...Music App review is too good...and now I have to sell my Amp!

This better be bloody good, or I...I...will CRY!

November 13, 2013  | person_outline Chris Catalano

I feel you on the Jam Up end of things, Chris. It has never impressed me, for my needs. Which is why I have been running Bias into other effects apps.

Sorry to hear your resistance waned so fast! ;)

Great idea, Tim. I may do the same thing, and use it with other, MORE COOL, FX. Audiobus crashes tend to occur with too many Input Slots are plugged up on my iPad mini anyway.

Somewhere in all the shite that is the App Oblivion Bin, there is probably a baby (or several) that got thrown out with the bathwater, but I have learned (or I say that I have) that working with less, somehow, is often more...

Why is it so hard to delete something? Cuz in this case, I tend to look at these things and go: "There's $4.99, $9.99, $12.99, $.99, I must justify having bought..." Pile up a bunch, and there is the Auria, the mythical Auria, that might have been.

November 13, 2013  | person_outline Chris Catalano

@Chris I've grown to like (though not love) Auria, but be warned that it's a gateway to shedloads more expense. I mean, you don't *have* to have all those plugins, but some of them will definitely be making goo-goo eyes at you. If you've been getting along fine with Nanostudio or whatever, do you actually *need* Auria? I know I didn't. I'm not sorry I bought it (it was on sale, and I regularly use it) but I could have lived (and been a little bit financially better off) without it. It's at least possible that enough of your $5 apps turned out to be winners that you're still ahead on the deal, so spilled milk and all that. (Ack, how caricature British did I just sound?)

November 14, 2013  | person_outline walkymatt

Hey thanks @walkymatt...

Yeah, I have been a pretty huge fan of Harmonic Dogs Multitrack Daw for its uncluttered vibe, and I like the sound of the reverb and delay. I wish they would bring in a little automation, maybe IAA...

In any case, my Logic setup, and recording/writing process had become so bombastic and I hate to say it, fussy and buggy to some extent, that it was really refreshing this year to invest in all of the creative synths, Samplers and weird stuff like Virual ANS that move me more into creative action than fretting over whether I need to add more tracks to make sure I hit a hundred so I can say I did it.

It is truly amazing what can be accomplished, in terms of depth, sonic detail, and innovation without being stuck in the notion that maximum tracks equals maximum art. Sometimes, yes, but very often not.

Finally, if I do get Auria, it will also have to be sporting a bigger iPad...there is simply no way I will be able to resist all of those pretty plugins...

November 15, 2013  | person_outline Chris Catalano

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