SCARBEE announces Blue Bass sample library for Kontakt 2 and Kontakt 3 21/01/08
SCARBEE have announced Blue Bass, a sample library made for N.I. Kontakt 2 and Kontakt 3. Scarbee
Bass has been built to take advantage of the advanced scripting technology originally developed for the Black
Bass player and producer Thomas Hansen Skarbye told us,
â€œBlue Bass is really fun to play in real life - it has expression like no other bass I own, going from mellow,
deep groove to agressive growling and barking. The bass sound recorded is probably the most used on
albums world wide, suitable for any musical style from country, rock, pop, latin, jazz, reggea to funk.â€�
Blue Bass was designed to be very easy to play live. Almost all articulations can be triggered without any
keyswitches. Eg. legato playing triggers hammer-on and pull-off, legato playing with sustain pedal pressed
triggers slides, fast legato playing triggers grace notes. Features
All four strings sampled, more than 4 000 samples and up to 9 velocity layers to capture the full
timbre of the bass.
Real-time playable â€“ with the exception of cross hammering and trills all of the articulations in the
list given further below can be triggered without the need for any keyswitches. Eg. hammer-on &
pull-offs are triggered by legato playing and fast grace notes by fast legato playing.
A powerful user interface pushing the Kontakt user interface to its limits: a fretboard display gives an
overview of the playing position and for each string what fret and articulation (displayed as a unique
symbol) that are used â€“ dynamically updated as you play.
Each string is monophonic so new notes abort earlier notes, giving a perfectly realistic bass.
Automatic string selection â€“ play and the script selects the most suitable string for you. Use
keyswitches to limit the string choice or to move the active playing position (placement of left hand).
The automatic string selection is tailor-made to work well with every articulation.
Automatic alternation of right hand index and middle finger samples (can also be controlled using
Convenient keyswitch mode â€“ a keyswitch affects the following note or remains active as long as it's
pressed â€“ making it easy to quickly return to the default mode of operation.
Slide mode â€“ play a note legato while holding the sustain pedal pressed to trigger a slide. The
velocity will determine a slide speed. Slides use real interval transitions sampled in three different
speeds for realism. It's possible to play multiple slides consecutively to go up and then down.
Chord mode â€“ makes it possible for notes to be automatically assigned to the right strings even if the
notes of a chord don't arrive exactly at the same time.
Control over release samples â€“ random alternation between more or less tight (how quickly they are
dampened) release samples where the proportion of each can be controlled by the user. Select a
default release type and use a keyswitch to toggle between the default behaviour and the other type.
The sound of Mr. Scarbee's own fingers.
Bass recorded DI to give you maximum flexibility in the sound production.
EQ and Effect Presets - direct in the instrument user interface.
Integrated documentation for all settings â€“ direct in the instrument user interface.
Articulations and playing techniques
hammer-on & pull-off
fast grace notes
slides â€“ various speeds
trills & trill-tails
index and middle finger alternation
two different sets of release samples: loose and tight.
This initial release features fingered playing style and contains more than 4 000 samples. One expansion sets
for Blue Bass are scheduled for release in 2008: Blue Bass - Slap EXP - thumb and plucked style. Pricing and Availability:
SCARBEE Blue Bass Sample Library for Kontakt 2 and Kontakt 3 will be priced $99.00 and will be shipping
spring of 2008.