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Native Instruments releases Scarbee Pre-Bass for Kontakt / Kontakt Player

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Native Instruments has announced the release of Scarbee Pre-Bass, a new software instrument that NI says provides a meticulous, highly musical rendition of the iconic Fender Precision bass. Pre-Bass is derived from the Scarbee Blue Bass library, and the first release in the recently established development partnership between sampling expert Thomas Hansen Skarbye and Native Instruments.

Powered by the Kontakt engine and playable via the free Kontakt Player or the full Kontakt 3 sampler, Scarbee Pre-Bass delivers the full sonic spectrum of the most popular bass guitar of all time, suitable for a universal array of musical styles from pop and rock to hip-hop, jazz, funk and beyond. All four strings of the original instrument have been sampled in nine velocities, resulting in over 4,000 individual samples. The sample material was recorded through a DI for maximum sonic flexibility, using round-wound strings for a bright and punchy sound. 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 Pre-Bass to fit the musical context.

To preserve all the acoustic intricacies of the real instrument, Pre-Bass takes full advantage of the unique scripting features of Kontakt. Authentic articulations and playing techniques include hammer-ons, pull-offs, grace notes, various trills, mutes, harmonics, pickup hits, fret noises and much more, most of which are automatically triggered based on the incoming 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.

Scarbee Pre-Bass is available for download purchase in the NI Online Shop for $89 / €79.

Registered Scarbee Blue Bass users can download a Kontakt 3.5 update that will transform it into an identical version of Scarbee Pre-Bass including new graphics and new manual.

New Features and changes:

  • Human Vibrato using Modwheel or Aftertouch. Vibrato based on real performance.
  • Player profile - alters the auto string selection depending on musical style.
  • Position keys moved 1 octave up.
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