PhybAce Pilot
The Math Bass Guitar

PhybAce is a physically modelled bass guitar. The model includes:
- string, in detailed math
- plectron (stiffness, position, picking way - up to slapping)
- body resonances
- two pickups (with positions)
- "slide mode" for legato up.

PhybAce is a work in progress. This release, PhybAce Pilot, is a test of the platform, coming with limited set of features/controls, still close enough to the full-scale power of the model. It is intended to collect opinions and suggestions for the further development.

Put the PhybAceP.dll into your vstplugin folder if needed. Load it into your host.
Note: You must set up your project for 44.1 kHz to use this plugin

Physical Model
- [LoD]: low frequencies decrement
- [HiD]: high frequencies decrement
- [min]: plextron action depth (in fact, this is mechanical/geometical depth) at minimal velocity
- [max]: plextron action depth at maximum velocity
Note: maximum values introduce slapping. So you may set up the model for slapping on high velocities, normal pick on low ones.
- [pick]: plextron position (along the string)
- [pkup1] and [pkup2]: th two pickups positions (along the string)

Note: on a control change, the physical model needs to be completely rebuilt. So you cannot smoothly change the phys.model controls while playng (VST automation): clicks and gaps granted. Meanwhile, the other controls may be VST-automated

Dynamic Compression
PhybAce is a model of real bass guitar, so it it needs dynamic compression like a real bass guitar. The dedicated soft-knee compressor is built in. Drag the [comp] slider all the way down to completely bypass it.
Hint: you should bypass it in just two cases:
1) you use an external Solid-And-Serious compressor
2) you absolutely control the sound with fixed velocities or whatever (and you're in fact aware of what you're doing).

Other Controls
- [shade]: notch filter position (in octaves). 0 to bypass.

- [flange]: some people like passing bass through chorus, some never do that. Just in case, we include a dedicated chorus-flanger (2-tap, 180, zero fb), which affects only the hi-freqs band (see the [split] control), so the result may sound "not that bad" (chorusing the low freqs of a bass is not a good idea, we believe). Still, you may flange the entire output if you set [split] to zero.
Note: maximum flange is in the middle; all the way right is 100%-wet (a stereo enhance effect).

- [split]: the splitpoint (measured in octaves) between the upper frequencies band, routed to effects (exciter and chorus-flanger), and the lower band, routed to the output intact.
All the way right: effects bypassed (no upper band) All the way left: everything effected (no lower band)

- [boo]: boost at the splitpoint (like in oldschool guitar pedals: this crazy little thing happens to be sometimes handy)

- [trim]: volume trim (between the tonegen and effects)

- [drive]: exiter drive
- [xita]: exiter shape
Note: exciter works on the upper band (above splitpoint) only.

Questions, comments, suggestions, presets, anything else: F@Fsynthz.com

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