Overview

The great irony of the Fender® Bassman® is that it was primarily designed as a bass amplifier, and while it has certainly made a name for itself with bass players, it has become one of the most iconic guitar amplifiers ever made. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the this amp is the mother of rock and roll guitar amps, as its design was the basis for Jim Marshall’s celebrated JTM45 amp, which went on to influence countless other amp designs. While there are many different versions of the Bassman, ranging from the tweed combos of the 1950’s to the “Silverface” units of the later 1960’s, many people point to the blonde units of the early 1960s as being the ultimate choice due to its sweetness and range of vintage tones. The first Bassman to be configured as a separate amp and speaker cabinet, often referred to as a “piggyback” model, delivers warm cleans until you hit about 4 on the Volume dial -- then a magically smooth tube overdrive, with incredible harmonic content and a dynamic, touch-sensitive response emerges.

For this reason, Brainworx chose an early 1960’s model (#6G6-B) for its faithful amp emulation plugin: the bx_bassdude. The Brainworx bx_bassdude delivers all of the tone and nuance of the original amp. Plugging in your guitar or running a track through the bx_bassdude and stepping through the presets is like taking a tour of rock and roll history as you’ll recognize tone after tone from hit records covering the last five decades. Guitar legends ranging from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Tom Petty to Brian Setzer have used these amps and now it’s your turn.

While the bx_bassdude, like the original amp, is primarily a guitar amp, it sounds great on basses too. This means you not only get great guitar tones, but by simply switching the plugin to “Bass Instrument” you can also warm up a bass track quickly and easily.

As anyone who regularly records electric guitars will tell you, just having a great amp tone only gets you halfway to getting a great recording. You also need a great sounding room, expensive microphones, preamps and outboard gear and most of all, an engineer with loads of experience to get it set up properly. The bx_bassdude plugin includes 35 Recording Chains, also known as Impulse Responses or IRs, which include a dizzying array of guitar cabinets, high-end microphones and other studio gear. Dirk Ulrich (Owner/CEO of Brainworx) was a rock producer for 15 years before entering the plugin business. Working with musicians from bands like Dream Theater, Toto, Michael Jackson’s band and many more, he produced these IRs at the Brainworx studio using different speaker cabinets, nine different high-end vintage and modern microphones all running through his NEVE VXS72 console (which is one of only nine such consoles in existence) and using outboard EQ from Millennia, SPL and elysia. The resulting tones, which would take tons of gear, time and expertise to achieve, can be selected from a simple menu inside the plugin.

Download the full function 14-day demo (no dongle required!) today to add a little rock n’ roll history into your tracks.

Legal Disclaimer: Fender and Bassman are registered trademarks of Fender Musical Instruments Inc. bx_bassdude was developed by Brainworx Music and Media GmbH based on its own modeling techniques. Fender has not endorsed nor sponsored the bx_bassdude in any manner, nor licensed any intellectual property for use in this product.

Features

  • Faithful reproduction of an early 1960’s Fender Blonde Bassman guitar/bass amp
  • 35 impulse responses from multiple speaker cabinets recorded in a state of the art room with stellar gear.
  • Bass and Instrument channels make it great for guitar or bass
  • Record DI guitar or bass, then edit and process them in the DAW completely using the internal amp simulation, the recording chains and the FX Rack.
  • World-Class guitar sound right on your desktop via faithful recreation of the most copied tube amp design in the history of rock and roll
  • Features not found on the original amp include a Noise Gate, High/Low pass filters, a lo-fi delay effect and a newly developed Power Amp Simulation including on-board Power Soak.

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Doug Doppler

    Doug Doppler

    (geartones.com)

    From guitar to bass, this plugin adds a sweet touch of special sauce - without losing the character of the instrument. LOVE IT!

Customer Reviews

  • Bass... DUDE!!!

    ★★★★★
    by Mike
    I complained in the FB PA user group that I hate amp sims. Well, not this. Oh man. To have an amp in Logic that feels/sounds like a beautify recorded amp is sooo important. LOgic's are good, but not… Read More
    Plugin Alliance response
    Thanks Mike! Now tell the fb group! ;-)
  • It's awsome

    ★★★★★
    by sul chung
    I love it
  • So Useful

    ★★★★★
    by Nick F
    Great go-to clean guitar amp when room/gear/mics aren't behaving and you just HAVE TO get a quality guitar part down NOW. Recommended!
  • Outstanding

    ★★★★★
    by Dave
    I've tried a lot of guitar amp simulators (Bias Amp, Guitar Rig, Eleven, Scuffham, etc). In my experience, it's relatively easy to find good emulations of classic higher gain guitar tones… Read More
  • Perfect For Bass Guitar

    ★★★★★
    by TARKAN ÇALLI
    i really like this sounds.. i don't like it Daw Vst Bass but this plugin awesome.. Thanks Plugin Alliance..

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
MacOS 10.9 through 10.14
Windows 7 through 10

Mac
Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

PC
Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; minimum 2 GHz recommended)

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM

Downloads

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ChangeLog

bx_bassdude

Brainworx bx_bassdude - Changelog

Version 1.7 (Nov 06, 2019)
- General: Qualified for use with macOS 10.15 Catalina
- General: Qualified for use with Windows 10 November 2019 Update
- General: Fixed plugin validation in Logic under macOS Catalina
- General: Fixed preset name restore in Logic when reopening a session
- General: Fixed opening authorization dialog triggering automation
- General: Improved instantiation times for plugins
- General: Improved license functionality and branding for subscription
- General: Removed 32-bit support on macOS and Windows

Version 1.6 (Jul 10, 2019)
- General: macOS 10.14.5 Update compatibility
- General: Windows 10 1903 Update compatibility
- General: Fixed activation issue in Windows hosts set to non-English language (e.g. Cakewalk)
- General: AU: Fixed issue with increased CPU and memory on reopening UI
- General: VST3: Fixed issue with adapting to host knob mode, and now prioritizing linear
- General: VST3: Fixed issue with VST3 preset permissions
- General: VST3: Improved synchronization between parameter states and some UI functions, e.g. toolbar reset

Version 1.5 (Nov 16, 2018)
- General: macOS Mojave compatibility
- General: Windows October 2018 update compatibility
- General: adding Windows High DPI support for VST2/3 plugins
- General: Fixed potential crashes in Cubase and other VST2 / VST3 DAWs
- General: Fixed potential CPU spikes and audio dropouts
- General: Fixed rendering in Pro Tools on the start of a session
- General: Fixed missing presets in Wavelab and other VST3 DAWs
- General: Improving keyboard control, fixing issues with catched keys preventing it from passing through to DAW
- General: Fixed parallel use of host sessions (e.g. with Live)

Version 1.4 (May 24, 2018)
- General: Microsoft Windows Redstone 4 compatibility
- General: Added computer keyboard control for plugin parameters
- General: Fixed Mouse scroll wheel not working in Windows 8
- General: Fixed an issue where plugins will not validate or load after a certain amount of plugins have been loaded (Windows)
- General: Fixed visual GUI freezes when adjusting DAW parameters, meters, analyzers (Mac)
- General: Fixed possible issue with Pick Pack licenses
- General: Small licenser stability fix

Version 1.3 (Oct 23, 2017)
- General: Mac OS High Sierra compatibility
- General: Fixed possible crash on online activation (Mac OS High Sierra)
- General: Fixed Logic Pro X not validating AU plugins (Mac OS High Sierra)
- General: Fixed CPU spikes and crashes with Cubase (Windows)
- General: Fixed bug that could lead to "AAE -6 error" in ProTools (Windows)
- General: Fixed crash with FL Studio
- General: Fixed crash when cross-opening plugins in various hosts
- General: Fixed crash when using mixdown in Audition
- General: Fixed crash in Final Cut Pro
- General: Fixed delayed parameter handling and crackling issues in Cubase with VST3
- General: Fixed bug where plugin settings were not saved in Harrison Mixbus
- General: Fixed bug that led to AAE error -9317 in ProTools when instantiating plugin
- General: Fixed bug where plugins did not render properly when "x ray" option is enabled in Sonar
- General: Modifications to factory presets were lost when reopening session
- General: Fixed mouse wheel behaviour with second monitor setup (Windows)
- Some plugins: Value labels do not appear every time when clicking on parameter in UI
- General: Faster instantiation time for plugins (Windows)
- General: Adding support for automation highlighting in Presonus StudioOne

Version 1.2.1 (Dec 20, 2016)
- General: Mac OS Sierra compatibility
- General: Fixed automation issues in AU and AAX
- General: Fixed license dialog use of special characters
- General: Improved AU preset support
- General: Performance improvements

Version 1.2 (Apr 1, 2016)
- General: Major UI codebase update
- General: Fixed possible crash when authorizing plugin
- General: Added gain reduction meter support for StudioOne 3
- General: Installers show version info in Windows "Programs And Features"

Version 1.1 (Jan 18, 2016)
- General codebase update
- Fixed missing parameter highlighting in Pro Tools
- Removing RTAS format support

Version 1.0.1 (Oct 2, 2015) - Hotfix Release
- Fixed RTAS Windows
- Added 32 new impulse responses with 3 different bass boxes
- Added new bass presets

Version 1.0 (Jul 18, 2015)
- Release version