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Topic: Broomstick Bass

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    Broomstick Bass

    Hey folks - just a quick word about a new plugin on the scene - Broomstick Bass. I just got my copy in the mail today and can honestly say that I've been blown away by the number of instruments, their realtime playability, and the utility and variety of patterns that have been included. The array of instruments is amazing, with enough variation and performance features (slides, pickup clap, auto-alternate, etc) to make this instrument useful for everything from big band to techno to death metal.

    What's even more interesting is that this plug is expandable (unlike its predecessors - Groove Agent and Virtual Guitarist) so they continue to add instruments and patterns FOR FREE DOWNLOAD. That's about as cool as it gets... OK, back to tune-smithing...
    Houston Haynes - Titan Line Music

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    Re: Broomstick Bass

    Hey Houston,

    Did you by it directly from the Swedish distributor? I can't find a U.S. distributor. Also, the price is pretty high due to the low value of the dollar in Europe, something like $300+. Am I correct on that? I was hoping for a $199 price point like VG and Groove Agent.

    Thanks and enjoy the basses.

    Fred Grittner

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    Re: Broomstick Bass

    I received my copy directly from Bornemark/MI7. I've found that the programming and variety of instruments far outstrips the previous programs, and the functionality makes it worth the difference in price. I expect that people will start seeing it show up in brick and mortar stores early next year. audioMIDI.com should have some soon, so you can check with them on when they might have it available. I just came back from one of their project studio nights - lots of fun and lots of cool door prizes.
    Houston Haynes - Titan Line Music

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    Re: Broomstick Bass

    While I go to check this out- how does it compare to sample libs like the Scarbee j-bass?? That one blows my mind...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredProgGH
    While I go to check this out- how does it compare to sample libs like the Scarbee j-bass?? That one blows my mind...
    Great question - I own both. To use an oversimplified "medical" comparison, think of Broomstick Bass as a trauma surgeon, and think of Scarbee J-Slap and J-Fingered bass libraries as a highly skilled heart surgeon. Both have worked on heart wounds, but one is a generalist that works very fast and one is a specialist that is very deliberate and precise.

    I'm not sure I would try to pull off a John Pattitucci bass solo with Broomstick, and I wouldn't try to pull off a synth groove, a Chapman stick line, or a Fender Precision Pick part with Scarbee's libraries. The beauty of both is that Broomstick will be adding instruments and patterns to their instrument in the future, and Scarbee has always been good with updating his libraries to take advantage of the latest sampling technology.

    I've found a lot to like in the built-in effects in Broomstick (the principal DSP braintrust also runs Quantum-FX, and their effects are part of the plugin), but I also have iZotope's Trash to process Scarbee's bass to my liking.

    I feel very, very, very, very lucky to have both.
    Houston Haynes - Titan Line Music

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    Re: Broomstick Bass

    After hearing the demos that sounds like a very good analysis. The synth basses in Boomstick sound excellent! There's only one they still just can't quite capture- the Taurus pedals. I own a set of Taurus and I think I'm going to have a go at sampling them myself...

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