I run a modest but busy little studio, producing mainly MOR Pop/Country albums for independant artists. I do most of the arrangements myself, but bring in pro session players for the things I can't do with VSTi's - usually just fiddle, guitar solos, pedal steel. Budgets are tight, so I have to use VSTi's as much as possible, and need "out the box" sounds if possible.
I felt my setup needed a Bass upgrade (been using Trilogy forever), so after much research settled for Scarbee's Black Bass amp'd version 1. It's an amazing product and I totally respect the creators of this lib.
Imagine my disbelief then, when 4 out of 5 recent clients chose Trilogy Elec Picked bass over Black Bass. Trilogy is a classic bass module, no disrespect, but it is light years away from the sophistication of something like Black Bass. But the clients write my cheques - so I gave them Trilogy. They all all agreed that when solo'd, Black Bass was incredibly realistic, but it just didn't sound great in the mix. Comments were "a bit thin", "inconsistent tone", "too 70's funk", etc.
The stuff I produce doesn't do fancy melodic bass lines - it's pretty basic stuff - but I need that lovely rich, full-but-not-woolly tone that I hear on the albums that I humbly try to emulate (Lone Star, Keith Urban, James Taylor, etc.).
Any recommendations/suggestions would be much appreciated.
Preferably already amp'd ("out the box") because my CPU resources are a bit stretched by the time I get to mixdown - lots of stuff running live (I prefer not to render).
Sorry for the long post