The SCARBEE MM-BASS is a new software instrument that provides an
authentic rendition of the distinctive Musicman Sterling electric bass.
MM-BASS is based on the acclaimed Scarbee Black Bass library, and is
the latest release in the partnership between Native Instruments and
sampling expert Thomas Hansen Skarbye.
Powered by the industry-leading KONTAKT engine and playable both via
the free KONTAKT PLAYER or the full KONTAKT sampler, SCARBEE MM-BASS
recreates the full sonic spectrum of the Sterling bass guitar, a modern
classic whose characteristic tone has become a mainstay for funk,
hip-hop, disco and similar groove-oriented genres. The instrument was
created with assistance from seminal producer Nile Rodgers, and is
available in two separate versions that address different musical
applications and production requirements. The standard version was
recorded through a DI box for a clean “funk” sound, and retains full
flexibility for individual re-amping and further sound processing. The
optional “Amped” version offers the choice between four different amp
characteristics, providing various ready-to-record tones for rock, pop
and urban genres.
All four strings of the original instrument have been expertly
sampled in nine velocities, using flat-wound strings for a smooth
vintage sound, resulting in 3 GB of studio-grade sample material for
the regular version and 12 GB for the “Amped” version. Specific “Player
Profiles” for various genres as well as EQ and effect controls allow
musicians and producers to further customize the sound and behavior of
MM-BASS to fit the musical context.
To preserve all the intricacies of the real instrument, MM-BASS
takes full advantage of the unique scripting features of KONTAKT,
resulting in a performance that is virtually indistinguishable from a
real professional bassist. Authentic articulations and playing
techniques include hammerons, pull-offs, grace notes, various trills,
mutes, harmonics, pickup hits, fret noises and much more, most of which
are automatically triggered based on the note material. The fretboard
display in KONTAKT and KONTAKT PLAYER shows the playing position and
articulation of each note in real-time, with intelligent string
selection and index finger/middle finger alternation as well as
dedicated slide and chord modes that contribute to the unparalleled
authenticity of the instrument.
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