Music Software Review: The Lowdown by Modwheel

Chris Harris takes a look at “The Lowdown” sample library from a relatively unknown company from New Zealand called “Modwheel“. From the company’s website;

[The Lowdown is] a Beautiful 100 year old Double Bass owned and played by Bass luminary David Donaldson for the past 35 years, which has been deeply sampled by MODWHEEL to create a Kontakt sample library made up of every conceivable sound you can generate using bows, mallets, chopsticks, brushes, and anything else that came to hand (or foot).

The original concept for the LOWDOWN was to detune the Bass to a low G, 8 semitones lower than its normal low E and record over a minute of low drones on each note over a range of 3 octaves. We then recorded bowed harmonics playing the same notes that can be layered on using a keyboard mod wheel.

The result is a huge variety of rich organically moving drones and pads, that are all at least a minute long performance before looping, from very natural to very messed with.

After achieving this aural triumph, we decided to extend the library to include traditional pizzicato and arco articulations and some more experimental rhythms and impacts. The rhythms are all BPM’d and will play at whatever tempo your session is at.

For more information, visit Modwheel’s website at http://www.modwheel.co.nz

Chris Harris takes a look at “The Lowdown” sample library from a relatively unknown company from New Zealand called “Modwheel”. From the company’s website; [The Lowdown is] a Beautiful 100 year old Double Bass owned and played by Bass luminary David Donaldson for the past 35 years, which has been deeply sampled by MODWHEEL to create a Kontakt sample library made up of every conceivable sound you can generate using bows, mallets, chopsticks, brushes, and anything else that came to hand (or foot). The original concept for the LOWDOWN was to detune the Bass to a low G, 8 semitones lower than its normal low E and record over a minute of low drones on each note over a range of 3 octaves. We then recorded bowed harmonics playing the same notes that can be layered on using a keyboard mod wheel. The result is a huge variety of rich organically moving drones and pads, that are all at least a minute long performance before looping, from very natural to very messed with. After achieving this aural triumph, we decided to extend the library to include traditional pizzicato and arco articulations and some more experimental rhythms and impacts. The rhythms are all BPM’d and will play at whatever tempo your session is at.

For more information, visit Modwheel’s website at http://www.modwheel.co.nz

The Modwheel


INSTALLATION – 100%


PATCHES – 90%


INTERFACE – 60%


SOUND – 90%


VALUE – 100%



88%

88/100

The Lowdown is one library that has a great content versus cost quality to it. What it lacks in overall interface functionality, it makes up for it with a huge low end sound that is crystal clear and brings the bite that you want out of a double bass. This library has the versatility to be used in conjunction with a small string ensemble as well as in a big hybrid epic that in both cases, will bring the low end to life.

88

Written by: Christopher Harris

Christopher Harris is a film composer in the San Francisco Bay Area who enjoys spending time with his family and playing video games. Chris regularly posts videos of product demos and composition tutorials on his Youtube channel.

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