Cakewalk has announced the Gibson Bass Collection Expansion Pack at the 2016 NAMM Show (Gibson Booth 300B, Level 3). Designed for Cakewalk's Rapture Pro and Rapture Session virtual instruments (available in VST3/AU/AAX/standalone formats), and sampled by expert sound designer Craig Anderton, this collection combines the warm, organic sound of three unique Gibson electric basses. The 28 programs also offer keyswitching to toggle between pick and finger attacks.
The Midtown Bass captures the distinctive clarity and depth of this rare semi-hollow body bass, which is made from routed solid woods (rather than laminating woods around a solid center block). Its bright, punchy sound is ideal for pop/rock. For warm, raw power, the Les Paul Standard Bass features the classic tonewood combination of a mahogany body for richness with a solid carved maple top for "snap," topped off by Thunderbird Bass pickups with ceramic magnets for "punch". Finally, building on one of the most successful expansion packs ever for Cakewalk's Dimension Pro synth, the EB 5-String Bass 2.0, with its eight unique pickup combinations, now takes full advantage of Rapture Pro/Session's advanced features.
For expressiveness on stage or in the studio, each instrument provides eight macro controls: bass and treble tone, sub-octave, octave above for "8-string" effects, chorusing,"touch" filtering,"growl" for amp-worthy grit, and two X/Y controls (vibrato modulation and distortion). The four-string basses include additional virtual notes to cover a five-string bass's range, while sampled slides (down and up/down) can add realism.
What's more, Rapture Pro's synthesis capabilities help emulate the sound of hitting strings harder or softer. This allows the feel and dynamics of a bass, without multisampling (which increases load times and memory consumption). The result is a consistent bass sound that's optimized for playing from keyboards.
For more information, and to hear and see these basses in action, please see the video demo on the Cakewalk Software YouTube page, www.YouTube.com/CakewalkSoftware.
The Gibson Bass Collection Expansion Pack will be available globally through the Cakewalk Store in January of 2016 for $49.95. The Gibson Bass Collection Expansion Pack also includes Rapture Session — a $30 value with a 4 GB sample library.
Please visit www.cakewalk.com for complete version details, and localized pricing.