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A super versatile, neo-retro finger-played bass – that delivers everything from crispy modern punch, dirty growl, wah leads to muted warmth.

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    Top Features

    • 130 Snapshot Presets
    • Up to 60 velocities per note
    • Both static and vibrating strings recorded
    • Bridge pickup, Neck pickup and all mix between them.
    • 22.737 samples
    • Download/install size 9.52 GB (16.89 GB uncompressed)
    • Automatic 'Pretones' - sound of finger pressing fret before note is played
    • 4 muting levels fully controllable via keyswitches
    • 2 types of muting: palm or left hand - or “dynamic foam”
    • Doubles: octave, fifth and fourth controllable via keyswitches
    • Up to 1885 different articulations variations per note (normal + 4 muting levels)
    • 2 Right-hand playing positions - freely switctable

    This product runs in the free KONTAKT 7 PLAYER and in KONTAKT 7.
    Downloadable via Native Access.

    This instrument will not be a part of KOMPLETE as its not a Native Instrument release.

    Vintage Vibe, Modern Versatility, and Masterful Tone

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    SCARBEE SUN BASS - FINGER represents the fifth evolution of SCARBEE's electric bass VST plugins. We have every confidence that this instrument will help you to create expressive bass tracks that will raise the quality of your productions. This neo-retro finger-played bass is exceptionally versatile, offering a wide range of tones, from modern punch to gritty growl, expressive wah leads, and muted warmth.

    The recording process of this instrument was meticulous and with custom-made convolution technology, we aimed not only to replicate the individual pickup tones but also to faithfully recreate the varying volume mix between the pickups.

    Every detail mattered, so we recorded all 22 frets of each string on the bass and recorded two right-hand playing positions (and you can freely switch between them to create dynamic and timbral variation) – one positioned between the two pickups and the other over the bridge pickup. We also covered the B-string (the deepest on a 5-string bass), capturing notes from B0 to D#1.
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    SCARBEE SUN BASS - FINGER comes with 130 Snapshot presets, showcasing the immense versatility of this instrument and with up to 1885 different articulation variations per note, including normal playing with four muting levels, fret noises, pickup hits, claps, and other unique noises, you'll find all the tools you need to craft realistic and expressive bass lines.

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    The bass used for recording is a solidly built instrument with 22 frets, boasting a versatile sound spectrum and an authentic vintage feel. Crafted from thermally treated Alder for the body and featuring a maple neck with a flat fretboard radius, it offers outstanding playability, making the recording process a breeze.

    Equipped with a Delano single coil pickup at the bridge and a Delano split coil humbucker in the middle position, this bass delivers a wide range of classic bass sounds with unmistakable vintage nuances. From the transparent assertiveness of the single coil to the growling low-middle thrust of the split coil, this instrument covers it all. The substantial 9.5 mm steel poles of the ceramic pickups provide an ultra-fast transient attack, potent low-end response, detailed midrange, and brilliant high-end, resulting in a direct, no-nonsense bass tone, complemented by a gentle, natural compression that enhances every groove.

    Thanks to its tight and expansive frequency range, these pickups are a great choice for both modern and classic funk and rock players. They excel with drop-tuned basses and offer ample room for tone customization, ensuring that even the lowest notes of drop-tuned basses remain tight, focused, and full of life.

    Unlocking Precision and Future Possibilities

    Track delay
    When you first launch the plugin, you'll encounter a pop-up window. As we've meticulously recorded various articulations with full attacks, it's essential to apply a negative delay of 52 ms (first peak will then be 5-6 ms after a beat - like typical kick drum) to ensure perfect synchronization of your bass line with the rest of your tracks. SCARBEE SUN BASS - FINGER is expertly optimized to deliver the most lifelike attacks, incorporating pre-tones, finger scrapes, phase-correction, and precise articulation timing.

    While SCARBEE SUN BASS - FINGER is optimized for studio programming it does not offer ultra-short latency for live performance, however we will add a special 'Live' version with shorter 'latency' to use for live playing or when recording. After the recording you can switch to the 'full' version to get optimal sound.

    The Player extension...
    We're excited to announce that a 'Player' extension is on the horizon that will feature Scarbee Groove Factory: bass line parts and fills. It will be a free update and we promise it will be awesome! Stay tuned for these exciting developments!

  • Playing Techniques & Articulations

    • fingered sustains (recorded both static and vibrating)
    • plucked sustains
    • 4 levels of muting
    • 2 types of muting: palm or left hand (or “dynamic foam”)
    • dead notes and harmonic dead notes
    • harmonics
    • hammer-ons & pull-offs (1 – 3 semitones)
    • fast grace notes short slides (1 – 2 semitones)
    • long slides (in any speed or range you could want)
    • trills (1 – 3 semitones)
    • shakes
    • cross-hammering
    • tapping
    • chords
    • chord slides
    • percussive slides
    • index and middle finger alternation
    • multiple sets of release samples: loose, tighter and tight
    • pickup claps on individual strings fretnoises

    Advanced Scripting

    • automatic string selection
    • player profiles: influences the manner in which the automatic string and fret selection is executed
    • a fretboard display updated dynamically as you play
    • alternation between index and middle finger
    • random or controlled alternation between three different types of release samples
    • muting
    • doubles
    • trills and 'slide-trills' with automated re-triggering of pull-offs/slide downs
    • automated phase correction when combining articulations
    • automated timing correction of hammer-ons, pull-offs and short slides up/down
    • automated timing correction of attacks with compensated “ends” to fill out the “audio holes”*
    • random insertion of ‘pre-tone noises'**
    • chord recognition***
    • random insertion of pickup hits****
    • configuring of all effects
    • load and store 'Snapshot presets'
    • access documentation covering every aspect of the instrument directly through the instrument info help

    * A hard velocity has a shorter amount of sound before the first peak than a soft velocity because the finger movement speed is different, and different type of articulations can can also have different length of this 'pre-attack' – ex. A thumb attack will have little 'pre-attack' whereas a pluck or a pick-scrape will be very long. So when you cut all the samples to make the peaks arrive at same time, you get the problem that there will be an 'audio-hole' between 2 notes - if you play ex. a soft note followed by a hard note. We compensate for this with a very advanced system that took several years of experiments and development.

    ** Before a new note is played you need to press the string down over the fret while picking the note with your right hand. This produces a special attack sound. Also when you play 1-3 semi-tone intervals up/down in legato-style (no overlap) strings produces particular noises as string has to be pressed or released while playing the note.

    *** This ensures correct string selection even if the chord notes don't arrive at exactly the same time, and that the base note of a chord is played with index finger while the other notes are played with middle finger samples.

    **** It is not completely random because it is intelligent enough to take into account on which strings/frets and for which velocities pickup hits are most likely to occur.


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  • Effects

    We dedicated substantial effort to the FX page, ensuring that you have complete command over each effect and the ultimate sound output. The carefully planned routing and arrangement of effects empower you to craft compelling and unique sonic textures:

    • preamp with custom-made IRs (Impulse Response)
    • doubles: octave, fifth and fourth
    • high end tube compressor
    • amp1 (clean and sweet with interesting distortion)
    • amp 2 (gritty and growly with a graphic EQ)
    • custom-made auto-wah with an almost talk-box kind of sound
    • custom-made IRs (Impulse Responses) of 4 cabinets with 3 tweeter settings, recorded with 7 microphones – in 3 angles and 3 distances
    • distortion
    • chorus
    • phaser
    • flanger
    • delay
    • low pass filter
    • reverb


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    Click on the"Soundcloud" logo to the right of the played title to go to Soundcloud page and see details of the track: presets used and other description of track.



    Instrument type:
    KONTAKT instrument
    For use with:
    Number of instruments:
    1 NKI
    Sound category:
    Electric Bass
    Download size:
    9.52 GB
    System requirements:
    Instrument uses 1.95 GB Ram 
    User manual:


    NI_MADE-FOR-KONTAKT-PLAYERThis is a Kontakt Player instrument.

    This means that you do not need to own the full version of NI Kontakt to use it.
    It will run as a plug-in instrument in any VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/WASAPI, compatible host program or DAW

    eg: Cubase, Logic, Ableton Live, DP, Reaper, Pro-Tools. No extra purchase necessary.

    System Requirements:

    Intel Macs (i5 or higher): macOS 11, 12 or 13 (latest update)
    Apple Silicon Macs (via Rosetta 2 & natively on ARM in Standalone or in hosts that support it): macOS 11, 12 or 13 (latest update)
    Windows 10 or 11 (latest Service Pack), Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 2 GB RAM
    Graphics hardware support for Direct 3D 11.1 (Feature Level 11_0) or higher
    4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments).

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