Native Instruments releases Scarbee MM-Bass, MM-Bass Amped and Pre-Bass Amped

Native Instruments MM-Bass

Native Instruments has announced the release of Scarbee MM-Bass, MM-Bass Amped and Pre-Bass Amped, three new bass instruments for PC and Mac.

Native Instruments today introduced SCARBEE MM-BASS, a new software instrument that provides an authentic rendition of the distinctive Musicman Sterling electric bass. MM-BASS is based on the acclaimed Scarbee Black Bass library, and is the latest release in the partnership between Native Instruments and sampling expert Thomas Hansen Skarbye.

Powered by the industry-leading KONTAKT engine and playable both via the free KONTAKT PLAYER or the full KONTAKT sampler, SCARBEE MM-BASS recreates the full sonic spectrum of the Sterling bass guitar, a modern classic whose characteristic tone has become a mainstay for funk, hip-hop, disco and similar groove-oriented genres. The instrument was created with assistance from seminal producer Nile Rodgers, and is available in two separate versions that address different musical applications and production requirements. The standard version was recorded through a DI box for a clean “funk” sound, and retains full flexibility for individual re-amping and further sound processing. The optional “Amped” version offers the choice between four different amp characteristics, providing various ready-to-record tones for rock, pop and urban genres.

MM-Bass / MM-Bass Amped features

  • Playable in real time – 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 that pushes 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 & dynamically updated as you play.
  • All four strings sampled, more than 4 000 samples and up to 9 velocity layers to capture the full timbre of the bass.
  • Each string is monophonicso new notes replace earlier notes, giving a perfectly realistic bass.
  • Automatic string selection – 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 keyswitches).
  • Convenient keyswitch mode – a keyswitch effects the following note or remains active as long as it’s pressed – making it easy to quickly return to the default mode of operation.
  • Slide mode – play a note legato while holding the sustain pedal pressed to trigger a slide. The velocity will determine a slide speed anywhere between 60 to 480 bpm. Slides use real interval transitions sampled in three different speeds for realism and employ a new technique invented by Skarbye/Liberg to significantly reduce RAM usage. Slides are available for every interval up to an octave down and up from the current note. It’s also possible to play multiple slides consecutively going up and then down alternately.
  • Chord mode – 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 – random alternation between different 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 chosen default behaviour and other types.
  • Pickup-hits – randomly inserted where they are most likely to occur in real-life playing. The user can set the probability of a pickup-hit to occur.
  • The sound of Mr. Scarbee’s own fingers.
  • Bass recorded DI to give you maximum flexibility in the sound production (MM-Bass).
  • Four different amp setups (MM-Bass Amped):
    • Fat is a round and tight bass sound specially produced for rock and pop oriented music productions.
    • Heavy is an edgy and hard bass sound specially produced for heavy rock oriented music productions.
    • Crunchy is a powerful and mildly distorted bass sound specially produced for rock oriented music productions.
    • Pop is a fat and crispy bass sound specially produced for R&B and pop oriented music productions.
  • EQ and Effect Presets – direct in the instrument user interface.
  • Integrated documentation for all settings – direct in the instrument user interface.
  • Articulations and Playing Techniques: Sustains, Mutes, Harmonics, Hammer-on, Pull-off, Fast grace notes, Slides – in practically any speed and any interval, Trills and trill-tails, Buzz-trills, Cross hammering, Chords, Chord slides, Percussive slides, Index and middle finger alternation, Two different sets of release samples: loose and tight, Pickup-hit noises, Fret noises.

Scrabee Pre-Bass Amped expands on the already available Pre-Bass instrument by providing additional versions of the instrument recorded through the same four different amplifiers as the MM-Bass Amped instrument.

Scarbee MM-Bass is available for PC and Mac for $89 USD / 79 EUR. MM-Bass Amped and Pre-Bass Amped are available for purchase in the NI Online Shop, priced at $119 USD / 99 EUR each.

More information: Native Instruments / Scarbee


Acousticsamples releases BassysM-S

Acousticsamples BassysM-S

Acousticsamples has released BassysM-S, a sample library of a four strings Musicman Stingray bass with roundwound strings recorded at 24bits 44.1khz from the direct output of a tube preamp.

BassysM-S features

  • 1.52Go sample bank, no loops.
  • 12 velocity layers for pops and 12 for slaps separated in two Round Robin Layers.
  • 10 velocities for the release.
  • Additionnal string noises, frets noises played randomly, Multi velocity Ghost notes and harmonics.
  • 4 different play modes: normal, legato, hammers, slides, automated slides.
  • Playable instrument, everything can be controlled from the keyboard.
  • KONTAKT 2 and 3 format only due to the scripting for hammers, pops, slaps, slides, noises levels, release level. Easy to use KONTAKT interface.
  • Includes the demos midi files as well as some basic midi files that show the bass functionalities.

BassysM-S is available as a sample library for Kontakt for an introductory price of 39 EUR until March 31, 2009 (regular price 49 EUR).

Visit Acousticsamples for more information and audio demos.


Acousticsamples releases Bassysm-J

Acousticsamples Bassysm-J

Acousticsamples recently released Bassysm-J, a sample library featuring a four string MusicMan Stingray bass.

Bassysm-J features

  • A four strings Musicman Stingray bass with roundwound strings recorded at 24bits 44.1khz from the direct output and a tube preamp.
  • 1.42GB sample bank, no loops.
  • 11 velocity layers for the sustain, 15 velocities for the release.
  • Additional string noises and fret noises played randomly.
  • Multi velocity Ghost notes (from 15 to 24) and harmonics samples.
  • Smart hammering and slide modes to play it just at the speed you need.
  • Uses Kontakt scripts for hammers, slides, open strings, noises levels, release level.
  • Really easy to play on a keyboard or even to program on a sequencer.

Bassysm-J is available in Kontakt 2 format (Kontakt 3 compatible) for 39 EUR.

Visit Acousticsamples for more information and audio demos.


Propellerhead Software announces Reason Electric Bass

Propellerhead Software Reason Electric Bass

Propellerhead Software has announced the Reason Electric Bass, a ReFill which puts eight fully playable electric bass guitars into your Reason rack.

All instruments in the Reason Electric Basses ReFill were recorded using multiple microphones and dedicated bass amp setups, giving you full control of your overall bass sound. Based on note for note Hypersampling, these basses come complete with bends, glissandos and fret noises, making them very responsive, and very much alive.

Electric Bass ReFill features

  • Instruments used:
    • Fender Jazz Bass (1968), String type: roundwound. Playing style: fingered.
    • Fender Precision Bass (1965), String type: flats. Playing style: fingered.
    • Gibson Les Paul (1969), String type: vintage roundwound. Playing style: fingered.
    • Rickenbacker 4001 (1974), String type: roundwound. Playing style: Picked.
    • Gibson EB-0 (1970), String type: roundwound. Playing style: fingered.
    • Kay Hollowbody (1963), String type: flats. Playing style: Picked.
    • MusicMan Stingray Fretless (2001), String type: flats, 5-string. Playing style: fingered
    • Fender Precision Bass (1978), String type: roundwound. Playing style: picked.
  • ReFill (2 DVD, 16- and 24bit versions):
    • Preset patches: basic, instrument specific Combinator patches for various mic/amp combinations.
    • Producer patches: Producer-made, mix-ready bass sounds.
    • Style patches: Ready-made patches styled for different types of music (Pop, Rock, Funk/Disco, Reggae, Electronic, Hip hop/RnB).
    • Template patches: Empty, pre-routed patches for building advanced bass/amp/mic combos.
    • Effect patches: Stomp box type bass effects that make full use of Reason’s effects and routing powers.

The Reason Electric Bass ReFill will be available on May 28th.

Visit Propellerhead Software for more information.