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    SCARBEE announces Blue Bass for Kontakt 2 and Kontakt 3

    SCARBEE today announced Blue Bass, a sample library made for N.I. Kontakt 2 and Kontakt 3. Scarbee Blue Bass has been built to take advantage of the advanced scripting technology originally developed for the Black Bass.

    “Blue Bass is really fun to play in real life - it has expression like no other bass I own, going from mellow, deep groove to agressive growling and barking. The bass sound recorded is probably the most used on albums world wide, suitable for any musical style from country, rock, pop, latin, jazz, reggea to funk", says bass player and producer Thomas Hansen Skarbye.

    Blue Bass is 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.



    Features
    · All four strings sampled, more than 4 000 samples and up to 9 velocity layers to capture the full timbre of the bass.
    · 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.
    · 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. Slides use real interval transitions sampled in three different speeds for realism. 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.
    · 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
    lsustains
    lmutes
    lharmonics
    lhammer-on & pull-off
    lfast grace notes
    lslides – various speeds
    ltrills & trill-tails
    lbuzz-trills
    lcross hammering
    lchords
    lchord slides
    lpercussive slides
    lindex and middle finger alternation
    ltwo different sets of release samples: loose and tight.
    lpickup-hit noises
    lfret noises

    This initial release features fingered playing style and contains more than 4 000 samples.

    An expansion sets for Blue Bass are scheduled for release in 2008: Blue Bass - Slap EXP - thumb and plucked style.


    SCARBEE Blue Bass Sample Library for Kontakt 2 and Kontakt 3 will be priced $99.00 and will be shipping spring of 2008.

    For more information, visit our web site at www.scarbee.com.
    Thomas Hansen Skarbye
    Singer, Bass Player, Composer
    & Creative Director, SCARBEE

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

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    Re: SCARBEE announces Blue Bass for Kontakt 2 and Kontakt 3

    in term of sound, what's the difference with red bass, that i already have ?

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    Re: SCARBEE announces Blue Bass for Kontakt 2 and Kontakt 3

    Does anyone (other than Mr. Skarbye) know what bass this is? I am always in a little slow . . . .

    jeffn1
    For original progressive electronic rock influenced by J.S. Bach and (old) Rush, check out: www.soundclick.com/jeffreynaness.

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    Re: SCARBEE announces Blue Bass for Kontakt 2 and Kontakt 3

    From the descrition and the snippet in the Scarbee forum, it seems this bass is going to be more edgy and hard for heavier and maybe more modern styles of music. (guessing) Scarbee has done well to leave the instrument source un-named. One thing for sure, the quality for all of his instruments are top notch! I can't get over the price...$99!

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    Re: SCARBEE announces Blue Bass for Kontakt 2 and Kontakt 3

    Quote Originally Posted by mojamusic
    One thing for sure, the quality for all of his instruments are top notch! I can't get over the price...$99!
    Agreed!......

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    Re: SCARBEE announces Blue Bass for Kontakt 2 and Kontakt 3

    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Prod
    in term of sound, what's the difference with red bass, that i already have ?
    it's a different bass - haven't done this one before.

    It's a bit "woody", hollow in the sound.

    Inspiration - listen to old George Duke albums, Herbie Hancock, Patrice Rushen...

    You can hear slap sound here (me playing for real on the bass ) http://www.scarbee.com/blue_bass.mp3

    However the initial release will be fingered.
    Thomas Hansen Skarbye
    Singer, Bass Player, Composer
    & Creative Director, SCARBEE

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

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    Re: SCARBEE announces Blue Bass for Kontakt 2 and Kontakt 3

    Will this come before the finger pick exp for BB?

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    Re: SCARBEE announces Blue Bass for Kontakt 2 and Kontakt 3

    Quote Originally Posted by mojamusic
    Will this come before the finger pick exp for BB?
    No Finger Pick EXP should be out within a month.
    Thomas Hansen Skarbye
    Singer, Bass Player, Composer
    & Creative Director, SCARBEE

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

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    Re: SCARBEE announces Blue Bass for Kontakt 2 and Kontakt 3

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffn1
    Does anyone (other than Mr. Skarbye) know what bass this is? I am always in a little slow . . . .

    jeffn1
    I think we might be able to answer that with - er - Precision. (If the graphic is anything to go by.) Certainly fits with the "most recorded bass" tag.

    BTW Quincy Jones was recently asked by an interviewer what technical innovation he thought had made the greatest contribution to music in the 20th century. He pointed to the invention of the Fender Precision bass. His justification was the preponderance of upright bass players who couldn't play with the quality of intonation offered by Fender Precision players.

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    Re: SCARBEE announces Blue Bass for Kontakt 2 and Kontakt 3

    Thanks.

    jeffn1
    For original progressive electronic rock influenced by J.S. Bach and (old) Rush, check out: www.soundclick.com/jeffreynaness.

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