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    Scarbee Releases Black Bass for Kontakt 2

    I am happy to announce the release of Scarbee Black Bass.

    Scarbee Black Bass was recorded with flatwound strings to get the warm and creamy sound
    of the 70s disco and funk bass lines, and D.I. to give maximum flexibility in the sound
    production. It features an extensive set of playing techniques (see below).

    Black Bass was designed to be very easy to play live. Almost all articulations can
    be triggered without any keyswitches. Eg. legato playing triggers hammer-on and pull-off,
    legato playing with sustain pedal pressed triggers slides, fast legato playing triggers grace notes.

    Read about it and watch the video

    When Thomas Hansen Skarbye first approached me about doing a bass sound dedicated to Bernard Edwards, naturally I was skeptical. Bernard's sound is so distinctive and so elusive that it seemed an impossible task. The first time I heard Scarbee's “Black Bass”, I was stunned at how good it was, and how much it evokes the spirit and the sound of CHIC's vibe. It was clear that Thomas' passion and dedication to his craft, to the bass guitar, and to the legacy of Bernard Edwards was very profound, and that he had created something truly remarkable.

    We have recently been working on a number of projects that have 70's and 80's classic sounds. From a new Will Ferrell movie to some next generation music video games. Black Bass software helps us to achieve a sound and feel so close to "classic", that I expect we'll be using it for many future projects.


    Nile Rodgers – founding member of Chic, world renowned producer, musician, guitarist, and songwriter.


    Features
    • Real-time playable – 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 pushing 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.
    • 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).
    • Convenient keyswitch mode – a keyswitch affects 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 possible to play multiple slides consecutively to go up and then down.
    • 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 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 and use a keyswitch to toggle between the default behaviour and the other type.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • trills and trill-tails
    • buzz-trills
    • cross hammering
    • chords
    • chord slides
    • percussive slides
    • index and middle finger alternation
    • three different sets of release samples: loose, tighter and tight.
    • pickup-hit noises
    • fret noises
    Thomas Hansen Skarbye
    Singer, Bass Player, Composer
    & Creative Director, SCARBEE

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

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    Re: Scarbee Reeleases Black Bass for Kontakt 2

    Congrats for the release ! Now looking forward to hear the expansions.

  3. #3

    Re: Scarbee Reeleases Black Bass for Kontakt 2

    Very nice indeed. Where's my wallet?


    Nick

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    Re: Scarbee Reeleases Black Bass for Kontakt 2

    Congratulations Thomas,

    this is a great product.
    The sound is wonderful 70´like and the script is very very clever. - So easy to play.
    You captured a good attack. (I know how tricky it is to cut the beginning of a sample)

    And thanks for using such a fast server for the download.
    I had download speed of 1.5 Mb/sec
    So, 20 min. after reading the announcement, I was ready to play.

    I wish you big success with Black-Bass

    Chris Hein
    Chris Hein - Horns / Chris Hein - Guitars / Chris Hein - Bass
    http://www.chrishein.net

  5. #5

    Re: Scarbee Reeleases Black Bass for Kontakt 2

    100 bucks??

    Damn. Right smack dab in the middle of Impulse Buy Land.

    Downloads are cool, but I think I'll go with packaging on this one. Hard drive lifespans can be pretty finnicky sometimes, and with library licenses so intangible as is (what with us not actually "owning" anything and all), I prefer some good ol' fashioned shrink wrap and DVD cases.

    But yeah. Sounds good, video's sweet, price is amazing... seems like there's no good reason for anyone not to buy this. Unless they're a treble fetishist or something, I suppose.

    I remember you stating earlier in the spring that your next bass library would be your masterpiece. Sure sounds like it, man. I wish you all the best.

    -another Thomas

  6. #6

    Re: Scarbee Releases Black Bass for Kontakt 2

    Wow. This bass is amazingly playable! Congrats on another great release.
    May you have contiuned success and much great music!

    MD

  7. #7

    Re: Scarbee Releases Black Bass for Kontakt 2

    I kinda wished it could rock out more... the sound isn't what I want, but the playability is great.

    But since I'm a bass player myself I think I'll pass this one... or maybe

    ( I'm just too curious of the programming and playability of this piece )

  8. #8

    Re: Scarbee Releases Black Bass for Kontakt 2

    That's the playable bass i've always dreamt of! Thanks Thomas and Nils. I was loving the sound of the Slap'n'Fingered. But now with added playability script, I will buy it as soon as i can.

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    Re: Scarbee Releases Black Bass for Kontakt 2

    Quote Originally Posted by xav93
    That's the playable bass i've always dreamt of!
    Me too...

    I was suprised to see press release myself as I had forgot how much we have actually put into this engine. I simply regard Black bass a "simple" instrument like my real basses - four strings and a fretboard. Rest is just using playing and having fun.

    One thing that is really cool is the 1-finger chord-slide thing: you make a 3 note chord, hold and just add 1 note and hole chord will move - I used this in demo - here I even start out with a fast grace note chord and then slide down, up and a big octave slide down - and interrups slide before end note.

    Other cool things are that fretnoises are automatically added when using position keys - short for short intervals and long for long intervals. They even get randomly changed.
    Thomas Hansen Skarbye
    Singer, Bass Player, Composer
    & Creative Director, SCARBEE

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

  10. #10

    Re: Scarbee Releases Black Bass for Kontakt 2

    Quote Originally Posted by SCARBEE
    Me too...

    I was suprised to see press release myself as I had forgot how much we have actually put into this engine. I simply regard Black bass a "simple" instrument like my real basses - four strings and a fretboard. Rest is just using playing and having fun.

    One thing that is really cool is the 1-finger chord-slide thing: you make a 3 note chord, hold and just add 1 note and hole chord will move - I used this in demo - here I even start out with a fast grace note chord and then slide down, up and a big octave slide down - and interrups slide before end note.

    Other cool things are that fretnoises are automatically added when using position keys - short for short intervals and long for long intervals. They even get randomly changed.
    Seems you should do strings

    Congratulations on the release!

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