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    Talking Scarbee announces Black bass

    SCARBEE Black Bass Announced!
    SCARBEE announced today the release of Black Bass a sample library made for N.I. Kontakt 2.2. Black Bass is produced and recorded by SCARBEE director Thomas Hansen Skarbye himself and developed together with Kontakt script wizard Nils Liberg to create a truly innovative and highly playable instrument for musicians, composers, and producers looking for a unique bass sound.

    "I wanted to record my own favourite four string bass - THE SOUND that I always come back to." says Thomas and continues: "I use flatwound strings to get that warm, creamy sound of the 70s disco and funk bass lines and because my bass has maple (hard wood) fretboard - it sounds great when slappin' too!"




    Features
    • A powerful user interface pushing the Kontakt user interface to its limits: a fretboard display giving you an overview of playing position and for each string what fret and articulation (displayed as a unique symbol) is used - dynamically updated as you play.
    • All four strings sampled.
    • Each string is monophonic so new notes abort 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).
    • Automatic hammer-on/pull-off when you play legato.
    • Convenient keyswitch mode - a keyswitch affects the following note or remains active as long as it's pressed.
    • 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 and 280 bpm. Slides are sampled interval transitions for realism but 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(s). It's possible to play multiple slides consecutively to go up and then down.
    • Chord mode - assigns notes to the right strings even if the notes of a chord don't arrive exactly at the same time - the maximum sloppiness is customizable.
    • Control over release samples - 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 (clean or random alternation between clean and sloppy) 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 - direct in the script interface.
    • Integrated documentation for all settings.
    The initial release will feature fingered playing style but two expansion sets for Black Bass are scheduled for release later this year: Black Bass - Fingerpick EXP - a special style where you use your index finger as a pick and Black Bass - Slap EXP - thumb and plucked style.

    SCARBEE Black Bass Sample Library for Kontakt 2.2 will be priced $99.00 and shipping in Q2, 2007.

    Download press release in pdf.

    Demos are comming soon!!


    Thomas Hansen Skarbye
    Singer, Bass Player, Composer
    & Creative Director, SCARBEE

    www.scarbee.com & www.myspace.com/scarbee

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    Re: Scarbee announces Black bass

    Quote Originally Posted by SCARBEE
    [...]The sound of Mr. Scarbee's own fingers.[...]

    'looking forward to your demonstrations.
    Cheers,
    Chris

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    Re: Scarbee announces Black bass

    I want it , i want it, i want it !!

    hello thomas (didier's here ...).

    two questions : so, you said that the switch of the different string during the playing is now automatically done ? that was my main problem with your previous bass library , i didn't want to spend hours in programming to have a real 4 strings bass with string switching during the playing.

    second question : can we still play chords ? if yes, how is it working in your library ???
    thanks.

    Did.

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    Re: Scarbee announces Black bass

    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Prod
    I want it , i want it, i want it !!

    hello thomas (didier's here ...).

    two questions : so, you said that the switch of the different string during the playing is now automatically done ? that was my main problem with your previous bass library , i didn't want to spend hours in programming to have a real 4 strings bass with string switching during the playing.

    second question : can we still play chords ? if yes, how is it working in your library ???
    thanks.

    Did.
    Hey Didier,

    Yes we foúnd away so that strings are selected for you - but you can bypass this using keyswitches - so you can use another string if you want.

    And yes - you can play chords, arpeggios etc - in same program. Just play and strings are selected right. If that somehow fails we have the Chord mode - which is a way to make evn more sure that chords are played right. But most of the time it's not neccesary.
    Thomas Hansen Skarbye
    Singer, Bass Player, Composer
    & Creative Director, SCARBEE

    www.scarbee.com & www.myspace.com/scarbee

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCARBEE
    Hey Didier,

    Yes we foúnd away so that strings are selected for you - but you can bypass this using keyswitches - so you can use another string if you want.

    And yes - you can play chords, arpeggios etc - in same program. Just play and strings are selected right. If that somehow fails we have the Chord mode - which is a way to make evn more sure that chords are played right. But most of the time it's not neccesary.
    Impressive, really .

    That's a lot of scripting. Respect .

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    Re: Scarbee announces Black bass

    Quote Originally Posted by K-Slash
    Impressive, really .

    That's a lot of scripting. Respect .
    Yes indeed. We've worked for many. many months on the design, scripting to find best possible way to program it and we've been able to do whatever we wanted to do. This freedom was great - all we had to do was to find right ideas...

    But I guess this is a tricky part too
    Thomas Hansen Skarbye
    Singer, Bass Player, Composer
    & Creative Director, SCARBEE

    www.scarbee.com & www.myspace.com/scarbee

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    Re: Scarbee announces Black bass

    Very, very cool Tomas and Nils! This has been something that I've missed for some time, and the possibility of playing on different locations on the fretboard will increase the realism in a way that many people, (non-fretboarders), mayby don't understand, but they WILL hear the difference.
    Worra
    SampleTekk

    Arf, arf, arf...

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    Re: Scarbee announces Black bass

    Thank you Worra! And if I may say so I think you made a very accurate observation. By not only being able to use the full strings but also do it so effortlessly one can get a richer and more realistic sound. In fact working on the bass got me wondering why this full string approach is not more commonly applied also to other kinds of string instruments.

    Nils

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    Re: Scarbee announces Black bass

    Good oberservation Nils But i think there soon will be a guitar library that can do exactly this...

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    Re: Scarbee announces Black bass

    checking every day for demos
    any progress?

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