The Best Free Bass Plugin
for Rock and Metal
In case you’re struggling to get decent overdrive / distortion bass tone at home, look no further, because the TSE Audio BOD is just amazing. It’s the best free bass plugin for rock and metal genres. In this video you’ll hear it in the action with both electric bass and midi bass:
You can download it for free here. This bass plugin gives you THE rock / metal bass sound that you’re looking for. I can’t believe it’s totally free, although you can support the manufacturer by “buying them a beer”.
This plugin emulates the famous Tech 21 Bass Driver DI pedal and does it really well. Just add it as the first plugin of your bass channel strip and you’re good to go. As this plugin is emulating a DI box and a drive, it doesn’t need a recorded amp or an amp simulator before in the signal chain. After that, add the mixing processing plugins (such as EQ and compressor) as you would with recorded amp, or any other amp simulating plugin.
If you’re a Pro Tools user, then you have access to the Sans Amp bass overdrive plugin, which emulates the legendary bass DI drive pedal too. I was frustrated for a long time because there was no good alternative for other DAWs. However now there’s a legit option with the TSE Audio BOD. No matter what DAW you’re using, you can use this plugin as it’s for both Mac and Windows.
Hopefully you found this post helpful. If there’s anything you want me to cover in the future videos let me know. Send me an email or leave a comment below. Ask if there’s anything unclear or if I left something out. Cheers!