Native instruments Scarbee bass software!

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Native instruments Scarbee bass software!

Postby ProDigit » Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:38 pm

Native instruments is a company that created the Kontakt player; a free software player that functions as midi trigger software.
Native instruments is connected to all kinds of companies that create or sample the 'perfect' samples,for use with midi keyboards or midi controllers.
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Scarbee is one of these companies that focused on guitar and bass.
On the following page you can see their bass softwares, basically studio sampled bass software.
So far we know Behringer has a USB guitar (midi over usb), but I've yet to find a midi bass.

http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/ ... egory=1761

This is the first transistion of Midi based instruments.

The good:
Everything is electric, and cheaper (for a fraction of the price),
The bad, it is not as real as real instruments but coming very close.

Eg: in the near future, you can go onstage with a desktop tower, Quadcore 3Ghz system with 4GB of RAM, or more, and connect a midi controlled keyboard, guitar, bass, sax, and drumset (aka electronic drumset) to it.
You'd be able to load all that in the trunk of a regular car (not van).
Everything but the cabinets.

The quality of the samples of the software CAN be better than regular piano or drum samples used in electronic instruments (that is if you are willing to pay extra for better sound emulations).

But in terms of dynamics and latencies, I find original and electronic instruments better than the over MIDI controlled software.

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Re: Native instruments Scarbee bass software!

Postby ProDigit » Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:07 pm

here are some youtube vids:



In the youtube video's it's harder to hear the high frequencies, but if you look at the main page, and get the audio demo's you can hear the bass much more clearly!

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Re: Native instruments Scarbee bass software!

Postby TobiasMan » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:16 am

Quite fascinating, but an enormous amount of work to emulate plucking a string for a single note. Then more or less start over for the next note.

:think: The application of this would come where?
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Re: Native instruments Scarbee bass software!

Postby ProDigit » Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:14 am

TobiasMan wrote:Quite fascinating, but an enormous amount of work to emulate plucking a string for a single note. Then more or less start over for the next note.

:think: The application of this would come where?

Native instruments mainly makes samples and software available for use in the studio with midi keyboards.
It is not as hard as it may look, the regular notes can be played using the piano, it's just the muted notes, fretbuzz, string squeeking, and som other slides or so, that requires you to press more than one note at a time.

Scarbee soft has seemingly focused on keyboard here.
But there are many companies linked to NI, who focus on different midi controllers, like eg: Samplemodelling. They use electronically steered wind instruments as their main midi controller. Their software still works with a keyboard, but the main instrument is an Akai EWI, or a Yamaha WX 5 or 7,which has a breath controller onboard.

Behringer has an electric guitar, with Midi over USB out. So far I don't see no bass controller yet.
But if they ever become available, bass controllers could be as simple as a 4 or 5 stringed plastic stick. The tone of the bass doesn't matter since it's only used as a controller.
A bass controller like that probably could cost closely to 100 or $150 US. The software provides for the right bass tones.


Electronic wind instruments are much further than this bass version. This guy may have been an average bassist joe, who don't know much of programming.
Many of the slides and so forth, could be built into the automatic recognition pattern. They only do this for keyboards, but once a good bass controller is out, and they start working together, they most likely will make both of them compatible with eachother, and then the software will be more automatic,less manual; which would make it better for live performances!

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Re: Native instruments Scarbee bass software!

Postby TobiasMan » Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:07 pm

OK,
I've heard/seen an EWI. I saw a guy play one in a Paul Simon concert I attended some years ago.

:think:
So I can see this stuff could be used in a studio by someone creating the whole musical palatte digitally, but the use of 4/5 string plastic stick in anything like a live situation, regardless of its capability sounds just smacks of playing that plastic guitar from "Rock Band", live. :snooty:

:naughty: :)
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