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Tau Bassline Mk2
Reviewed By SRMusics
September 27th, 2020

The only 303 emulation I like to use. No frills and authentic sound. I also have transistor bass, but prefer to use the Tau bassline.

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Tau Pro
Reviewed By tommyzai
June 5th, 2016

INTRO
Tau Bassline Pro by Muon Software Ltd. is an excellent monophonic synth bass plugin.

TB-303
The Roland TB-303 was a "transistor bass" synth with a built-in sequencer. It was produced from 1982 to 1984. This synth is often credited for launching several EDM genres, i.e., house, acid, etc. It's interesting to note that the original launch of this product was a failure. It became famous and heavily sought after much later. The unit featured a single envelop gen, osc with only two waveforms — saw and square. Probably the most noteworthy feature was the lowpass filter, which was lively and wet. This, combined with the built-in sequencer (accented notes, portamento, etc.) made this a legendary synth workstation.

EMULATION
Many online ads and reviews claim this plugin to be the ultimate acid bassline synth and/or excellent TB-303 emulation. Well, I rarely drop acid or do acid house, and I've never owned or used a TB-303, but I am a bass player, songwriter, producer, and educator. I know the difference between a good bass and a not so good bass — Tau Pro is a great bass plugin that is capable of all kinds of wet sounds as well as deep sub rumbles. It can also produce wonderful leads.

MORE MORE MORE
This pro version features two alias-free oscillators with a choice of 11 waveforms (sine, sawtooth x5, and square x5). The waveforms can be pulse-width modulated to expand the basic timbre. This adds a great deal of versatility of previous versions and even the original Roland hardware unit. Tau Pro provides users with the capability to create an array of tones that range from comfy warm to edge-of-your-seat suspenseful.

EFFECTS
This virtual unit includes overdrive, chorus, flange, and delay.

FEATURES I DIG
• Straightforward GUI that doesn't get in the way
• Easy to program
• Surprisingly flexible (basslines, lead riffs, subs, textures)
• Great sound
• Juicy resonant filter
• Alias-free
• Stable (if running 32-bit)
• CPU efficient
• Responsive, supportive developer
• Price.

THOUGHTS
• Where are the presets? I heard there are 32 of them, but I can't locate them.
• 64-bit is needed.

TEST OF TIME?
Software, in general, comes and goes at a faster rate than hardware; yet, a rare few can withstand the test of time. Tau Pro could continue to thrive with a some upgrates, i.e., 64-bit, new presets, etc. While there are other emulations out that may be more true to the original, this plugin has proven to hold its own as a synth.

SUMMARY
Tau Pro is a naughty little plugin that is more than capable of supplying users with an assortment of throbbing basses and unforgettable leads. It's more than a two-trick pony by virtue of the added waveforms and FX. I highly recommend this fine virtual instrument to any eMusician, songwriter, producer, DJ, etc., who wants to add a sweet acid or low boom to a track. I give Tau two subsonic thumbs up.

FINAL QUESTION
Is this a timeless vintage soft synth or a legacy plugin? Only time will tell. ..

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Tau Bassline Mk2
Reviewed By tommyzai
June 11th, 2013

INTRO
Tau Bassline MkII by Muon Software Ltd. is a fantastic synth bass VSTi.

TB-303
The Roland TB-303 was a "transistor bass" synth with a built-in sequencer. It was produced from 1982 to 1984. This synth is often credited for launching several EDM genres, i.e., house, acid, etc. It's interesting to note that the original launch of this product was a failure. It became famous and heavily sought after much later. The unit featured a single envelop gen, osc with only two waveforms — saw and square. Probably the most noteworthy feature was the lowpass filter, which was lively and wet. This, combined with the built-in sequencer (accented notes, portamento, etc.) made this a legendary synth workstation.

EMULATION
Many online ads and reviews claim this plugin to be the ultimate acid bassline synth and/or excellent TB-303 emulation. Well, I rarely drop acid or do acid house, and I've never owned or used a TB-303, but I am a bass player, songwriter, producer, and educator. I know the difference between a good bass and a not so good bass — Tau Bassline MkII is a great bass plugin that is capable of all kinds of wet sounds as well as deep sub rumbles. It can also produce wonderful leads.

TEST OF TIME
Software, in general, comes and goes at a faster rate than hardware; yet, with a 64-bit upgrade and a little TLC, Tau could continue to hold its own into the future.

FEATURES I DIG
• Straightforward GUI that doesn't get in the way
• Easy to program
• Juicy resonant filter
• CPU efficient
• Responsive, supportive developer
• Price.

SUMMARY
It's fair to say this plugin is a one trick pony, but it does that trick really, really well! To put things into perspective, the sound is still more versatile than a "real" bass. I highly recommend Tau Bassline MkII to any eMusician, songwriter, producer, DJ, etc., who wants to add a sweet acid or sub flavor to a track. I give Tau two meaty thumbs up. Thank you Muon for creating such an amazing, timeless plugin. .. assuming it will be updated with 64-bit, of course. ;-)

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Tau Pro
Reviewed By Sendy
September 13th, 2010

I bought this a few months ago, partly because I fancied it as a 303-ballpark synth, and partly because of the rare and to me, coveted, wavceform features. The 11 waveforms include sine wave, and 5 variations of sawtooth and square. All of these waves sound different from eachother and are PWM-able. I know some synths can do this, but it's a rarity and EVERY synth should be able to do it! Static oscillators are a crime. PWM is achieved on the other waveforms by pinching the wave at the beginning and end of it alternately, and it even brings the sine wave to colourful life.

Hard sync and ring modulation round out the tricks of the dual oscillator section, but without a way to sweep osc. 2's pitch, they're of limited value, providing only static timbral variation (though there's always automation ;). Overall the oscillators sound fantastic.

The filters are juicy and come in three flavours, all lowpass, but with different steepness and characteristics. You'd never guess this synth was made when it was, judging from the sound. Control is limited for the most part to the parameters available on the tb-303, but this is so good at doing what it does, I don't really care. If you really want to play pads on it, multitrack it. It was made to make mono lines (of the bass or lead variety) which cut thru the mix, and it does that beautifully.
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Tau Pro
Reviewed By djastroboy
October 26th, 2005

The Tau Pro definately does what it's supposed to, and it does if very reliably.
This is a good synth, but it doesn't justify its price in today's VST environment. For $35, you can get much, much more. Unfortunately it's not a very flexible general synthesizer. There are no envelopes, for example, making swelling-type sounds impossible to create.
If you're looking for a 303 emulation, there is at least one VST available that is much more convincing. Search the forums for the latest if you're looking for a 303.
If you a want general synth, you can get dozens of freebies that sound just as good, are much more flexible, better supported, and well, are free.
This synth is also missing some convenience features that are assumed on typical VSTs nowadays: patch management, midi learn for CC control.
The Tau was amazing in its day, but that time has passed and the developer has not continued improving it to keep up with the competition.
One nice thing is that there are tons of presets available, a testament to the Tau's ease-of-use.
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Tau Bassline Mk2
Reviewed By mikejade
June 8th, 2005

This is the bass synth I always end up working with. The sound is spot on, and though I don't have the seminal Roland 303 hardware, my ears tell me Tau sounds just like 303 in many commercial tracks from 80s till today. Full, rich and deep.

It comes with mdrive VSTi overdive effect that can add a fine roar to the bass. If you hook it up to some guitar effect, it can even be tweaked to sound like a real bass. I even use it for some sonar-like sounds and leads. Its all in the post-effects.

No presets, but tweaking is a pleasure. Not many knobs, each with a clear purpose.

Why not use free CM 303 instead? Well, it is based on the same engine, but it has no MIDI automation.

Stability is fine, but Tracktion can act strange with Tau, missing notes in certain situations. Tracktion issue, I think.

Didn't need customer service yet.

I must add to the comment in the Sensetional review: ABL is e more precise emulation of 303, both in looks and function, so having a built-in sequencer and more tweaks may well justify the higher price. People used to work with hardware 303 will not hesitate to choose ABL over Tau. But if you don't need sequencer, I highly recommend Tau Mk II.
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Tau Bassline Mk2
Reviewed By Sensational
February 25th, 2004

The GUI is classic,no fuse Muon everything you need right in your face perfect!
The sound to me is just like the 303 I remember from the good ol' acid house

days in Chicago. I compared it to ABL and they were pretty much the same (the

demo of the ABL drops out and you can't buy the full version from the site

which I really think is super stupid!). I run the Tau2 through BBE Sonic

Maximizer and it sounds so sweet!
Features it does what it is suppose to do! All the features of the classic 303

even the little strange behavior from time to time.
Docs are perfect, covers every knob feature and CC control.
Presets you get none! It's a 303 bassline synth for the tweaking.
Support is on the money with the KVR Muon forum and fast response via email.
VFM I think I paid $17 at the time for this thing and I use it more than the

Tau Pro. Also the ABL bassline is $95 compared to this. Trust me this is as

good as they come for the money.I would have paid $95 for this one too.
Stability as with all Muon synths rock solid,never a problem in none of my hosts.
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Tau
Reviewed By dburgan
February 8th, 2004

OK, everybody knows this is a 303-knockoff. Yes, it's a one trick pony. Yes, it has only limited programmability. Yes, the 303 sound has been abused ad nauseum.

This little gem, however, just plain sounds GOOD. I have to say there are very few synths out there that can make as tight a bass sound as this masterpiece by Muon. The fact that Muon gave the synth away just floors me. Put simply, it just sounds fantastic. Forget the squelchy acid sound the 303 is so (in)famous for; instead, use this beauty to make sub basses, punchy smooth basses, even the occasional harsh bass. I love it.

I own Tau Pro, and I still keep Tau in my arsenel. Why? It's just the most well-focused little soft synth I've ever seen. A classic.
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Latest News from Muon Software

Latest Forum Posts in the Muon Software forum @ KVR

CMPlay
by ThinkTankTed at 15 Jan 2019, 13:18
Will Muon go ever 64-bit?
by Distorted Horizon at 14 Nov 2017, 13:45
Tau Bassline 10th Anniversary
by thomaskyhn at 13 Mar 2017, 07:09
x64 support please? :)
by Lejurai at 4 Sep 2015, 02:20
Any new products?(Tau Pro updates? mabe: )
by abstractcats at 22 Apr 2015, 17:08
Windows 7 and Snow Leopard compatibility
by iugreen at 11 Dec 2013, 18:15
ds-404 patches?
by kneebone77 at 22 Apr 2013, 14:01
Problem with SR-202 not accepting samples
by Muon Software Ltd at 10 Dec 2012, 01:42
Updates?/New products?
by Resonator63 at 7 Oct 2011, 22:46
Official Company Facebook Page
by Muon Software Ltd at 3 Aug 2011, 04:19
Sample Tau Pro to wavetable?
by nix808 at 12 May 2010, 02:12
2009 IMSTA Piracy Survey
by Aloysius at 3 Feb 2010, 09:47
Tachyon S
by theorize at 2 Dec 2009, 19:39
Muon Tau 2 on my blog
by dj ray at 20 Nov 2009, 14:21
Tau Pro (Mac AU 2.0) crashes Mac Audio
by Muon Software Ltd at 3 Nov 2009, 09:22
Tau Pro VST problems - OSX10.5.6 / Cubase / Mac Pro / 8 core
by Muon Software Ltd at 3 Nov 2009, 09:16
Tau Pro updated to v2.0.2
by Muon Software Ltd at 3 Nov 2009, 09:11