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The Twine Bass is composed of a pair of very special instruments: a modified cello and a traditional Kenyan fretless stringed instrument called a Bolon. We strung the cello with rough hemp twine in various tunings and played it as a stand-up bass. The resulting sounds are deeply sonorous, with rich, warm resonance, powerful low end and a woody, soft quality. The bolon has a cow’s horn for a neck and a gourd as a body, with four twine strings and a goat-skin resonating head that the strings pass directly through. In addition to deep-sampling the strings with 10x round-robin and up to 14 velocity layers, we sampled a number of other sounds such as legato slides, string mutes, tuning peg pluck/twists, finger taps and brushes, and other percussive effects on the instrument’s body.
This unique custom instrument collection features our brand new, exclusive glissando/chord generator. This powerful tool gives you deep control over a wide variety of chord and glissando functions such as speed, range, scale, stroke direction, string dynamics, humanization and more. You can choose from 26 different chords and 13 different scales. The number of strings is adjustable from 1 to 24 in Glissando mode and 1 to 6 in “guitar” Strum mode. There is also a bank of 16 assignable key-switches for instant access to your favorite selection of chords.
The Twine Bass is a massive library, containing over 2000+ samples and weighing in at over 2 GB. As usual, it comes complete with a full range of performance shaping and effects controls, including full control over our custom convolution reverb impulses, allowing you to take the sound in any number of new directions. We’ve also included a collection of ambient pads, atmospheric drones and evolving soundscapes, giving this library a vast array of tonal possibilities.
Our newest feature is the Glissando/Chord Generator. In Glissando mode, you can choose the speed of the gliss, the scale, time signature, gliss direction, note duration and either control the velocity in real-time or use the table to draw the velocity of each note in the gliss. You can define the number of strings (up to 24). In chord mode, there’s an integrated auto-strum function that allows you to determine up and down strokes or alternate automatically. You can also control strum tightness, timing variability between each note in the strummed chord, the number of strings and the mode/scale that the chord adheres to, with any root note you desire. In both modes, you can play multiple glissandos or chords at different root notes with full polyphony. You can also arrange up two 12 real-time chord/gliss mode changes using our user-definable key-switches.
In the legato presets, we’ve taken a different approach, with a two-handed playing system that allows you to finger-tap and play hammer-ons and pull-offs on the frets with one hand while plucking with the other. Left handed? No problem, we’ve provided a switch to flip the hand arrangement. You can move the open note to any note you like on the fly, play with or without legato, and control slide volumes and transition pitch-bending.
NKI Program Presets
This library is designed for the full retail version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or later (Kontakt 5 is also supported). We’ve included 77 Kontakt 4/5-compatible nki programs, featuring automatable attack, release, offset, swell, key-switching, EQ, convolution, and a full range of other effects controls.
- 4 Twine Bass pluck
- Twine Bass string mutes
- 4 Twine Gourd pluck articulations
- Twine Bass string mutes
- Average of 10 x round robin / 10 x velocity layers on string plucks
- Twine Bass string slides (up and down)
- Several Twine Gourd finger brush articulations
- Numerous Twine Gourd finger tap articulations
- Tuning peg pluck/twist effects
- 26 Chords to choose from
- 13 Scales to choose from
- Strum direction selection (up/down/alternate)
- Strum tightness with separate random control
- Selectable velocity “As Played” or graph sequencer
- 12 key-switchable assignable chord buttons
- And more!
Controls and FX
- Custom front panel controls
- Custom “Uberpeggiator” controls
- Custom legato controls
- Hammer-on / Pull-off simulation
- Selectable effects including: EQ, Cabinet sim., Delay, Vowel, Phaser and more
- 30 sound-designed ambient patches
- 40 custom convolution IR samples
- 6 special FX patches
2037 Samples (standard pcm wav)
77 .nki files (unlocked format)
2.3 GB installed (1.05 GB Download)
24 bit / 44.1kHz stereo PCM wav format
Format(s): Kontakt 4 .nki and pcm .wav
Includes a free bonus collection of custom sound-designed ambiences, drones and special FX presets, as well as our favorite custom convolution reverb impulses and an advanced Kontakt user interface with full automation support.
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Important Note: Native Instruments Kontakt version 4.2.4 or 5 full retail version of Kontakt required to use all .nki instrument program presets included in this library. The free Kontakt “Player” does not support this library.
System Requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7. Intelmac and Mac OS 10.5 or higher. Runs stand-alone or as plug-in via VST, AU, RTAS (Pro Tools 7 & 8). Dual Core PCU, 2 GB System Ram, 7200 RPM 8MB Buffer SATA II hard drive recommended.