AudioRealism Bass Line 3 (ABL3) latest version, of one of the best 303 emulations in that market, is here and it is also available as a Rack Extension for Reason. The 303 sound played very significant role in the development of house music, Chicago House and aAid House and has been commonly used in related dance genres such as acid techno and Acid Trance.
Easy to use interface with five pattern selection menu to generate the classic sound. All the processing knobs are self-explanatory and provide a great detail of work. I really like the effect of Resonance and Accent Knob which gives a nice texture to the sound moreover all the available knobs change the sound drastically and can be used for creating amazing Basslines.
Other than Classic Pattern view where one can edit the notes inside the instrument I liked using Wave Pattern where you can drop any wave file to create a new pattern. It’s interesting because I tried using different Wave loops like Piano, Drums etc. and surprisingly all of them created a new Bassline.
Drag n Drop any wave loop the window while try using something different than a bass sample, change the length of the loop by adjusting left and right markers then press Detect and Play the pattern. You can definitely create some unique sounds with ABL3.
Random mode or Randomizer offers an easy way to create some interesting patterns and sound. Root is used for setting up the root note of the Scale while Note, Gate, Slide, Accent and Scale provides easy to tweak parameters. Once you have created a pattern press Apply to check the setting in real time.
ABL1 was released in the year 2003 and quickly became the most popular 303 emulations VSTi for its genuine sound quality. After the release of ABL2 in 2007, ABL3 engine is completely rewritten from scratch and has been in development for many years with the single goal of making the most authentic 303 sound with setting a new benchmark in analog emulation.
- Extremely authentic 303 emulation
- Ultra natural knob response, tuned to match the original 303 both in range and response
- Built-in 303/Rebirth style step sequencer
- Hard sync to the host’s transport
- Resonance and Gate Time trimmers that allow tweaking the emulation to your liking
- Three different VCO Models
- Pattern modifiers with Random, Alter, Copy, Paste functions
- Unique vibrato which is activated by setting UP+DOWN on
A Must Buy if you are into 303!