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    Realistic jazz double bass suggestions

    Hi!

    Can anyone know of some really good upright bass for jazz purposes (pizzicato, no arco needed) that sounds like an actual player and not separately sampled pizzicatos? Or is there one?

    I'd like to have:
    -real legato if possible - this is what many smaller VIs are missing, all the notes just sound separate and you can't for example slide the finger from a note to another, especially not in a variable speed
    -close-micing
    -would also be nice if it wasn't too clean like many double bass VIs are. I like the crap and the mistakes in the recordings

    I've been mostly using the double bass from JABB and Kontakt 4 so that's my starting level.

    Any ideas are welcome!
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    Re: Realistic jazz double bass suggestions

    My go-to double bass for jazz, pop, bluegrass, and just about everything short of classical is Larry Seyer's Bass library. Sadly it is only available (at least for now) as a GigaStudio library or a GS based VI called PowerBass - but at $99 the only reason I haven't purchased it yet is I have the original.

    Second choice would probably be Trillian. I have not had a chance to use it yet, but the demos are remarkable. And of course Trillian includes lots more than an acoustic upright bass - which may or may not be a good thing, depending on your situation.

    Third choice might be the JABB bass, it's really quite good, as are some of the acoustic bass patches in Cakewalk's Dimension Pro. Dan Dean's bass library is currently featured as a 'no-brainer' deal at AudioMIDI. The samples sound awesome, but there isn't as much detail as in the Seyer library - at a fraction of the cost and size that might be a good thing too.

    Check out Larry Seyer's PowerBass first though... it is amazing.
    Bill Thompson
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    Re: Realistic jazz double bass suggestions

    Spectrasonics Trillian ROCKS. Comes with a bunch of Bass sounds, including a few different, separately sampled, acoustic double-basses. I've always used it, and am very happy with the sound. Much of Trillian IS legato, so the pizz samples are not separate.

    It's extremely versatile- I highly recommend it.

    -Alex

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    Re: Realistic jazz double bass suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexDavis View Post
    Spectrasonics Trillian ROCKS. Comes with a bunch of Bass sounds, including a few different, separately sampled, acoustic double-basses. I've always used it, and am very happy with the sound. Much of Trillian IS legato, so the pizz samples are not separate.

    It's extremely versatile- I highly recommend it.

    -Alex
    While no one in the world should be without Trillian in my opinion, Core Bass Pear is very nice indeed.

    B

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    Re: Realistic jazz double bass suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by BarrieB View Post
    While no one in the world should be without Trillian in my opinion, Core Bass Pear is very nice indeed.

    B
    Agreed, Orange Tree Samples Pear.

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    Re: Realistic jazz double bass suggestions

    I would highly recommend Spectrasonic's "TRILIAN". Never heard of "Trillian" though, so perhaps those of you who are familiar with that product could elaborate?
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    Re: Realistic jazz double bass suggestions

    I'll second the bass in JABB. But I also use Kirk Hunter's. It's relatively inexpensive and you get quite a variety of articulations.

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    Re: Realistic jazz double bass suggestions

    My go to Upright Bass library is the Chris Hein Bass. It has An upright (besides others) with different strings ( Nylon , Steel and Gut ). Many cool features as well.
    best regards

    Przemyslaw K.

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    Re: Realistic jazz double bass suggestions

    If you've got the money, Trilian is what you want. If you want to go cheaper, Core Bass Pear is what you want. Everything I have heard from Trilian has been amazing, and I wish I had known about it before I spent money on other libraries. I do have the Pear upright samples, and while I prefer a slightly different sound in my upright, they do work very well, and have several extras to help you program them to sound real (such as open string harmonics, slapping the strings, and muted thumps for inbetween notes).

    Here is a piece I did with the Core Bass Pear:

    http://podcastthemes.com/audio/JazzHorrorCue.mp3

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    Re: Realistic jazz double bass suggestions

    Thank you for an amazing response!!! I thought Trilian was a dongle-library, but it seems to work with a challenge-response! Great!!! It sounds really good and will also solve my e-bass problem at the same time. I'll also check out the alternatives.

    Thanks again!
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    My latest project: Our first indie pop -single, produced in Ableton Live, available also on iTunes and Amazon
    Mac Pro 6-core 3.33GHz

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