Substance by Output: A New Breed of Bass

Substance is a heavily produced bass engine that combines processed electric and acoustic basses, full live brass sections, huge polysynths, the dirtiest analog synths, insane sound design and much more into single patches. While realistic emulation is possible, it is not the focus of this engine. Substance gives you the ability to create new, boundary-pushing, high-quality bass sounds by easily blending 3 layers of sound. Output’s powerful engine has an endless list of sound sources that are combined with FX, filters, and modulation. Each preset has its own advanced arpeggiator, flux control, and front page macros. The clean, simple look and functionality of the preset browser allows for more playing and less clicking.


Bass is one of the trickiest things to get right in your mix, and it is often the foundation of people “feeling” your track. On top of that, creating a unique, exciting bass sound while maintaining the proper amount of punch AND low-end, while not getting in the way of other instruments, is even more difficult. Substance is aiming to make all of our lives a little easier. It combines 3 (or less) presets of your choosing and glues the sounds together using FX, filters, and modulation. Every preset combination I have heard so far sounds very good right out of the gate. If your preset combination isn’t sounding exactly how you want, Substance has made adjusting each preset very user-friendly. Adjust tone, filter, wet, and dirt as front page macros. Or if you need to get more intricate, there are separate edit, eq, filter, fx, and rhythm pages. The amount of maneuverability within each of these pages and their simple layout is very impressive. For example, on the fx page you can turn on distortion, motion, pitch, compression, delay, or reverb on each individual preset or the global settings – AND within each of those fx you can dive deeper and adjust what kind of distortion/how much distortion, or what kind of motion (choose from chorus, flanger, phaser). Those are only a few examples but I have to re-emphasize the amount of control you have within a user-friendly layout is very impressive.




Although more experimentation and use is necessary to fully back up this claim, Substance appears to be one of the best bass engines out there. The plug-in definitely has great use in the electronic music world, but the amazing variety of sound sources should allow for use in almost any genre. What you get with Substance: a playable instrument with 3oo presets, powerful new 3-layer engine, preset menu with smart tagging, layer fx and global fx, 4 central macro sliders unique to each preset, monophonic and legato modes per layer, rhythm page that syncs to tempo, advanced arpeggiator, and complete effects control. I highly recommend checking out Substance if you are looking for new, modern bass sounds.


Check out Output’s website for more details HERE


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