CD-ROM (basses and grooves)
Akai and Roland
$99 Audio CD
A World-Class sampling library featuring three of the greatest bassists
on the planet:
* MARCUS MILLER
* JOHN PATITUCCI
* ABRAHAM LABORIEL
Their distinctive performances have been fundamental to literally thousands
of great recordings, including the classic albums of musical giants like:
Stevie Wonder, Donald Fagen, Chick Corea, Scritti Pollitti, Bryan Ferry,
Elton John, Joe Zawinul, Aretha Franklin, Joe Sample, Dave Gruisin, Ry
Cooder, Al Jarreau, Robbie Robertson, Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, George
Benson, Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Natalie Cole, Boz
Scaggs, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, and.......well, you get the idea!
Bass Legends is one of the first sample libraries to offer you both intricately
multi-sampled instruments & chromatically sampled grooves & phrases
that we call Chromazones(tm).
This technique makes "phrase sampling" a more original and flexible
tool, allowing you to create your own grooves in any key signature, that
can even work in multiple tempos!
For bass sequencing applications, the CD-ROM collection is recognized
worldwide as the most complete and musical Bass Instrument Library on
the market. It's no wonder that Bass Legends has become one of the best
selling CD-ROMs of all time.
The players' instruments cover a tremendous variety of tones, ranging
from 4, 5, 6 & 8 string electrics- to Patitucci's Pollman Acoustic,
and were all recorded with the finest in vintage tube technology &
captured from within a musical context.
Bass Legends was produced by L.A. studio synthesist Eric Persing, well-known
for his sound design and CD-ROM development for Roland.
Keyboard Triple 5 star rating
"...a truckload of great multisampled basses...easily the best acoustic
bass I've ever heard on any sample collection ...thoroughly convincing...the
velocity switching is superb...really fun to play...the low-end sounds
particularly good... the most flexible bass loops I've encountered...This
is a great disc... Definitely put this one on your list of must-haves!"
Electronic Musician 5 star review
"...really two products in one: a collection of bass phrase loops
and a library of multisamples matching the tone and style of each loop...Coming
from three such magnificently talented, multifaceted players, the phrase
loops are naturally superb...styles span a wide range, from funk, rock
and reggae, to swing and acid jazz...The documentation is excellent...Although
the phrase loops are great, Bass Legends is worth purchasing for the multisamples
alone...over 40 different bass sounds, including picked, fingered, slapped,
popped, and muted clean electrics; half a dozen fretless basses; a couple
of overdrive-colored electrics; and one sterling acoustic bass...Many
use velocity-switched layers for greater expressiveness, and some also
include extensive samples of special effects, including slides, string
hits and scrapes...an ultra-organized labeling system...the combination
of memory-usage options with clear, consistent labeling really makes working
with the library a pleasure...the best sampled acoustic bass I've ever
heard....a totally incredible three-way, velocity-switched funk bass...The
samples and programming work together exceptionally well...wonderful fretless
basses...cool and fun to play, these sounds are useful in the real world...Bass
Legends is a genuinely superb product. The phrase loops are well-organized,
exquisitely recorded, and brilliantly performed; the bass multisamples
are flawlessly looped, expertly programmed, and lend themselves to expressive
playing. I'd encourage anyone to go for the CD-ROM version rather than
the audio CD; you don't want to miss out on those multisamples!"