With the success of our Shreddage guitar libraries, we received an overwhelming number of requests to do some sort of bass library in the same style. At first, we thought about doing a quick-and-dirty bass instrument focused solely on rock and metal. This would have been easy to do, but we decided that we wanted to go above and beyond our initial scope and make a truly powerful, flexible virtual instrument.
Thus, Shreddage Bass: Picked Edition was born. As with the original Shreddage library, we opted to record everything clean (DI) to allow the user maximum tone-crafting flexibility. Any multitude of amp and cabinet simulators can be used to great effect, but the samples also sound excellent with no processing, which was a central design goal. Our experience with many bass libraries was that they tended to be difficult to place in a mix, so we wanted our instrument to simply sit well with minimal (if any) EQ and processing.
We hope that you'll enjoy Shreddage Bass: Picked Edition and use it in a wide variety of musical productions. We truly believe it's our best sample library yet!
As with all of our sample libraries, a thorough set of articulations, round robins (RRs) and velocity layers are included. In this case, we have 8x RRs (4x down and 4x up strokes), 3x velocity layers, open and muted notes, staccato notes, neck slides and true hammer-on and pull-off samples with an accompanying script.
The next design goal was to make the instrument highly playable and intuitive. The modwheel, sustain pedal and other MIDI CCs are not required. There are no keyswitches. We believe that this kind of usability is vital for any composer!