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Roots Upright Bass

Upright Bass by Bolder Sounds
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Roots Upright Bass by Bolder Sounds is Soundware (e.g. samples or presets that load into other products).
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This style of bass playing evolved from music where there were no drums to establish a strong rhythm. Therefore it was the job of the bass player not only to play the bass lines but also to create a strong rhythmic feel using special percussive techniques. We were very fortunate to be able to work with a musician who is a master of this style - Eric Thorin.

Some Features of the RUB sample library for NI Kontakt:

  • 4 Kontakt instruments - the main plucked bass .nki, a bowed bass .nki, a knocks .nki (turns the bass into a percussion kit) and a extra slides .nki.
  • Sampled articulations include standard plucks, slapped notes, ghost notes, finger flicks, palm hits, harmonics and slides.
  • Recorded with a Nuemann U87 (on the bottom of the bass) and a Sennheiser small diaphragm microphone (on the fingerboard) with a control knob to balance these 2 sources.
  • A very sophisticated Auto-Position script allowing idiomatic movement around the fingerboard - especially helpful for non-string players (keyboard players. This script can also be turned off if desired. String imposition keyswitches for playing up a single string.
  • Velocity levels for each sample layer can be customized to the user preference for tonal variety.
  • All keyswitch locations can be reassigned to the users preference.
  • The bowed bass features a auto-legato script with short and long bow strokes in both down and up-bow articulations.
  • All 4 RUB instruments share the same Effects data file for ease of switching between .nki instruments and keeping the same effect settings.
  • Effects include pre-compression EQ, compression, post-compression EQ, delay, reverb and IR convolution.

The full uncompressed size of this library is 1.8 GB. It has been Kontakt compressed (.ncw) down to 931 MB for convenience of downloading and rapid loading into Kontakt.

This library requires NI Kontakt FULL RETAIL version 5.5.2 or higher, and has been tested for compatibility in Kontakt 5 & 6.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By Jazzstylezz
May 13, 2020

I let myself go and bought yet another Upright bass library. Did I need it? No. Did I want it? Yeah.

when I first tried it with MIDI files I was confronted with unwanted slaps, slides, palm knocks. Thing is, the library plays two octaves above some Upright bass libraries, like Artvista Bass. After correcting the MIDI settings (not in Kontakt, cause that don't work as expected, but in my DAW) this opened up a wonderfully detailed and "dirty" bass. It sounds sooo wonderfully warm and aggressive at the same time.

Another minor thing is that I found the velocity somewhat too compressed. Since you can easily alter that inside Kontakt without any scripting, it doesn't bother me too much.

I think the maker mentions all the musical genres this bass could accommodate and goes to great lengths to avoid the jazz-word, for jazz music this is a super bass. Especially for small band settings. It's not a discrete, electric bass-like Double Bass, but a whispering, growling, singing, humming and sometimes shouting gentle beast of a bass.

Maybe I am naive, but, the idea that the library was recorded through the hands of a real musician, explains, imo, the surprising and exciting richness and variety of the sounds. Subtle changes in playing position, in pressure on the fret(less)board, in velocity, in the way the fingers play the strings...

5 stars is never merited, there are flaws in every library, but this is a wonderful surprise goodie that shoudn't go unnoticed.

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