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Straight Ahead Bass

Version: Kontakt 5.0.1 / NCW / V1

Realistic Upright Bass



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Product Overview

Straight Ahead Samples is pleased to announce Straight Ahead! Bass. Taking from all that was learned on our Drums and Brushes & Mallets libraries, SAS dove right away into creating a realistic upright bass library.

Our focus is similar to our drum libraries; the sound and the feel. Featuring our new “Accented Legato” script which is more than just stock legato transitions, this mimics the way players truly move from note to note.

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Randall Pharr

Randall has performed or recorded with such acclaimed artists as Clark Terry, Bill Mays, Bob Moses, Steve Wilson, Bruce Hornsby, Marvin Stamm, The Great American Music Ensemble, Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis,  Bob Moses, Charlie Haden, John D’earth, Robert Jospe, Tim Reynolds, LeRoi Moore, Carter Beauford, Mark Murphy, Valery Ponomarev, and Charlie Byrd.

His huge sound and steam-rolling walking bass feel made him a natural choice for Straight Ahead! Bass.

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Recording Process

In our efforts to capture the most realistic and natural playing, we chromatically sampled the instrument by playing a musical phrase, that naturally contained all the articulations that we needed.  By doing it this way, we got a much truer representation of what “8th notes,” “quarter notes,” and legato transitions actually sound like when someone is playing.  This is because, even though players deeply understand their own technique and what these articulations are supposed to sound like, there are subtle nuances (and imperfections) to the notes when someone is playing a phrase; i.e. a player plays an short note differently if he/she’s just playing isolated short notes, than if they play them in a string of eighth notes.

Accented Legato Script

We also used this recording technique to great effect for our “Accented Legato” script.  We recorded and extracted the appropriate legato transitions from only the particular part of the beat that we wanted, to get a more realistic legato transition that can only happen by recording this way.

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  • Deeply sampled beautiful, 7/8 size double bass
  • 3 microphone positions w/ user-controlled interface
  • Multiple articulations
  • 4 velocity, 4 round robins
  • “Accented Legato” scripting for realistic legato playing
  • Arco
  • 3.19 GB size


4 Stars (2)
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nice upright for the money

Purchased this during the Straight Ahead deal and it's great value at this price. Nice tone, and very playable, a bit too much velocity for my liking and still not as good as the Native Instruments basic upright bass patch that just sits so well in most genres and doesn't get in the way.This is my second favourite upright! I own lots and getting them to sit unobtrusively in a mix without being boomy or too light weight is an issue. This one is nice, with lots of options and mic options as well.

Alan McPike

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Verified Review

Quality Bass Sounds

Very nice sounding contra bass. Good for Jazz and Swing.

Michael Wiedmer

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