The most interesting aspect in sampling industry is, that there are tons of developers out there. Some are really well known and other smaller ones are unknown or a so called “secret tip”. Dream Audio Tools (at least for me) counts from today on to the last one mentioned. The goal of Dream Audio Tools is helping the creative process of composers, arrangers and in general music artists providing them with usable and carefully designed tools.
One of these tools is the third volume of Repetitive Bass this time as Liverpool Edition.
What is Repetitive Bass Liverpool Edition?
In a simple sentence: The Repetitive Bass series features multisampled electric bass repetitions as sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt. Playing properly realistic bass repetitions is considered to be a troublesome task, even with round-robins, due to the lack of interconnections between notes. That becomes expecially audible when composing modern rock or hybrid rock tracks. The Repetitive Bass series fills the gap introducing real repetitions, multisampled and playable according to host tempo.
Repetitive Bass Liverpool captures the vintage sound of a Höfner 500/1 (also called “Beatles Bass” or “Violin Bass” which was made famous by Paul Mc Cartney mainly playing the 1962 model) and covers three different playing techniques: Hard Pick, Soft Pick and Muted Pick. Each of them includes repetitions in half notes, fourths and eights, sustains, hammer-ons and slides. It also includes complete keyswitched patches for real time performance.
- Tempo synced
- All samples are 24bit/48.000khz
- Separate multisampled sets for 4th string and 2nd/1st string
- A complete set of 40.nki patches including keyswitches
- 1.1 Gbytes of sampled patterns and tones
- Low memory usage, Laptop ready
- Designed effect variations activable (Reamp, Chorus, Delay, Reverb)
- Full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 4.2.3 or above is required
- Price Tag: 24.90 Euro
After purchase you will be able to download the installation files of Repetitive Bass Liverpool. Two files will be available for download. One called “Instruments” and the other “Samples”. Once unzipped, be sure to keep the two folders “Samples” and “Instruments” on the same level. Open your file browser in Kontakt and load your patch of choice from the “Instruments” folder. As this library needs the full retail version of Kontakt it will not appear in the libraries tab pane. But you can add it to the quick launch menu.
The patches explained
- 4th String Repetitions (Hard Pick, Muted And Soft Pick) (9 Patches)
A full set of single bass note repetitions, played and multisampled across the neck on the 4th string. Eights, quarters and half notes.
- 4th String Sustains (Hard Pick, Muted And Soft Pick) (3 Patches)
Sustained patches for 4th string.
- 4th String Hammer-Ons (Hard Pick, Muted And Soft Pick) (3 Patches)
Hammer-ons patches for 4th string. Pitch wheel modulates hammer-on speed.
- 2nd String Repetitions (Hard Pick, Muted And Soft Pick) (9 Patches)
A full set of single bass note repetitions, played and multisampled across the neck on the 2nd string. Eights, Quarters and half notes.
- 2nd String Sustains (Hard Pick, Muted And Soft Pick) (3 Patches)
Sustained patches for 2nd string.
- 2nd String Hammer-Ons (Hard Pick, Muted And Soft Pick) (3 Patches)
Hammer-ons patches for 2nd string. Pitch wheel modulates hammer-on speed.
- Keyswitches (9 Patches)
Keyswitched patches separate for 4th string and 2nd string, for each articulation (Hard Pick, Muted, Soft Pick).
- Slides (1 Patch)
A wide choice of bass slides, ascending and descending.
How Does Repetitive Bass Liverpool Work?
The main focus is on the real played and recorded repetitions which have been multisampled. What does this mean?
Dream Audio Tools have recorded tones in eights, quarter and half repetitons. So if you press let’s say E1 and want to play a steady 8th groove simply hold the key down and you geht a tight played bass groove. If you now play across several keys you get a natural feeling bass groove. These repetitions are multisampled for all three playing techniques: Hard Pick, Soft Pick and Muted Pick. The patches are also mapped completely the same so you can also change on the fly the playing technique to check which of these will match better to your track. The repetitions are locked to host tempo and will match automatically to it. But also if you are not in need of the repetitions and want to play your own patterns or sixteenth the patches feel very well and comfortable.
When I think to The Beatles and Paul Mc Cartney always the track “Lady Madonna” comes into my mind. So I did a small cover version to show the different playing techniques on this track. You will hear the pure sound out of the box. The drums are the Abbey Road 60s drums, the piano is Maverick from Native Instruments Komplete 10 Ultimate. All tracks haven’t been processed (incl. playing errors).
As you can hear, in a track reference the difference between the three playing techniques is very subtle but notable. The bass melts very good with drums and piano and sounds absolutely authentic and high quality. To refine the basslines all other patches like hammer-on, slides and effects are very good helpers and not only additional content.
It’s a joy to work with Repetitive Bass Liverpool and I have to say that I love this little library. Because of the sampled instrument it is of course a specialist and if you are in need of this sound it covers this very well. But I am sure also for “normal” bass, or with amp simulations it could work as a rock bass.
What I also like is that the patches are mapped all the same. This is really helpful if you want to check on the fly which playing technique matches better to the track. You nearly can change them without the need to do editing on the midi file. Compared to the price and the use you get out of it I would say this is really a no-brainer.