Impact Soundworks has released Shreddage Bass: Picked Edition, which they describe as a highly versatile sampled bass instrument in the popular "Shreddage" family of products. This sample library is the 8th entry into the Impact Soundworks catalog of Kontakt-based instruments.
Impact Soundworks tell us that Shreddage Bass features the thick natural tone of a Music Man Sterling 4-string electric bass and all vital playing techniques. Included are open notes, mutes, staccatos, hammer-on and pull-offs and slides, each of which are presented in extreme detail. They say that, though very suitable for rock and metal music, the library is versatile and can be used in an musical context.
Impact Soundworks, a joint venture between composers Andrew Aversa and Wilbert Roget, II, was founded in 2007 with the goal of creating innovative, affordable and unique sample libraries "designed with composers in mind."
Aversa, lead designer of Shreddage Bass, told us, "There are two problems with most bass libraries that we wanted to address with this instrument: one, they're often very hard to fit in a mix. Two, they are usually unintuitive to play and tweak, requiring lots of manual reading to master. We made sure to address both problems, so even if you're not a bass player or tone expert, you can get a great sound very easily."
Shreddage Bass contains over 2,000 samples recorded DI at 24/44.1, painstakingly edited, say Impact Soundworks, to make the library as realistic and usable as possible. The patches, programmed for Kontakt 4 and above, use a highly intuitive mapping setup that requires no keyswitching, pedal control or special programming to use. Pricing and Availability:
Shreddage Bass: Picked Edition is available for immediate download via the Impact Soundworks website for $59. Through December 2011, it can be purchased at a $20 discount by existing "Shreddage" customers, while new customers can purchase it as part of a $99 four-product guitar and bass bundle.