Toontrack has just released its new EZbass expansion Fretless EBX, delivering the fretless bass, the presets, and the MIDI you need for flawless composition across the genres.

The expansion features the sounds of a meticulously captured fretless, top-shelf bass. It includes a collection of presets covering a broad range of tones, from dark and mellow to bright and articulate.

At a glance, one wouldn’t think that removing the seemingly insignificant metal rods that separate the notes on a bass’ fretboard would open up a completely new harmonic panorama and transform it into an almost altogether new instrument. But it does, indeed. The sublime and soaring violin-like character, the near-weightless glissando, the rich, full, and hearty sustain, and the incredibly unique overall expressiveness are all qualities that make it utterly impossible to mistake it for a traditional bass. A subtle vibrato or just the strike of a single note gives it away.

The Fretless EBX comes with a handpicked instrument, sampled in extreme detail to capture all of these unique characteristics. In addition to the sounds, it also includes a broad selection of presets as well as a custom content of MIDI tailored for fretless playing styles.

The Fretless EBX is available from Toontrack and distributor PluginFox, priced $79 USD.