In the time since Heavyocity released the Gravity engine for Kontakt, they’ve developed quite the large suite of ‘packs’ that stand alone but utilize the user interface and setup of Gravity. Scoring Bass is their latest offering, and probably one of most surprising feats that the venerated instrument maker has been able to pull off.
Scoring Bass is powered by Kontakt, so you’ll need the Kontakt 6 player or later. The library itself is NKS ready with full Komplete Kontrol integration (thanks for that, Heavyocity). There is just about 4GB of sample content with well over 500 presets. These presets range from fully playable multi-sampled bass guitars to completely warped atmospheres that only faintly resemble a standard four string. The samples are packed into the Gravity engine, so your ability to twist, punish, contort, and otherwise sonically re-sculpt these sounds is vast and welcome.
If you’re not familiar with Gravity’s interface, the basics are fairly evident by the knobs and such in front of you. You’ve got the ability to quickly tweak the sample by adjusting start point, level, pan, envelope,and basic effects. There are 2 proprietary algorithms lovingly called ‘punish’ and ‘twist’ that will allow you to really shape and drive the sound from subtle to… er… NOT subtle effect. There is also an extensive motion engine that allows you to modulate quickly and with an impressive amount of steps.
To start, I loaded up the basic ‘playable’ bass sounds. These are the fundamental samples that don’t have most of the Gravity engine twisting and warping things. I called up the Warwick model and played a few notes.
I really enjoyed Scoring Bass, and it truly is the perfect companion for the Scoring Guitars library. Locking in the rhythmic elements of these 2 libraries creates some real magic, and the instrument is conservatively priced. If you’re looking to turn heads with your compositions using some low end power, look no further.
Pros: Extensive library that utilizes bass as its source material like no other, Modest 4GB size, excellent sound design, easy to use interface, great new sound library manager
Cons: Truly none. This instrument is fantastic and a great value.
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