I’ve been using Guitar Pro for quite a few years and it is a very useful tool for music notation and learning songs through tabs found on the internet. While tabs online can be accurate, there are quite a lot that are “along the right lines” but miss out parts of the songs. What I like to do is a mix of trying to work something out by ear, see what tabs are available and compare the two and then mix them together into something that I think is as accurate to the real thing. If you haven’t checked out Guitar Pro yet, click on the banner above which will take you to the Guitar Pro website where you can either download a free trial or purchase the full program ($59.95 for the full version, $29.95 for upgrades from v4/5 to v6).
Reaper is another program I’ve been using for many years. It is a great DAW from what I have used it for and best of all, it’s free to trial it. While the trial is only supposed to last a set amount of time, you can still continue to use it after the period expires. It is however VERY cheap to purchase a full license ($60 for the Personal License, $225). All in all, very good for most home recording solutions that are on a budget. If you’re looking for a new DAW, click on the banner to take you to Reaper’s website.
Line 6 Pod Farm:
I’ve been using a Line 6 Studio UX2 with Pod Farm since about 2010 and it’s great for finding good tones quickly and easily through the many different variations of amps and effects they have built in. Unlocking the extra packs opens up even more opportunities to expand your sound. I find that Pod Farm handles cleans a lot better than it handles dirty tones, but for digital effects, it’s not that bad really. If you haven’t heard of Line 6 and or Pod Farm (where have you been), check out Line 6’s website by clicking the banner.
While not really one for bassists, LePou Plugins deserve a shout out for those who like to dabble in guitar recording as well. I find that when combing LePou’s well crafted amp heads with Pod Farm, you can get some seriously good sounding guitar tones! Click on the banner above to check out their website and download the amps for yourself. Did I mention they are FREE to download!
Addictive Drums/Addictive Keys:
Again, another one not really for bassists, but if you are looking for studio quality drum/piano solutions, there are none better (in my opinion) that XLN Audio’s Addictive Drums and Addictive Keys. Since I got into the world of home studio work, Addictive Drums have been my go to for drum beats for songs I am recording, they sound excellent! You can click on the banner above to visit their site and download a trial of their software and see just how good it is.