Jaco Bass

“This sampled bass represents a big step forward in in terms of the realism achievable from a sampled bass and playability. Jaco is Orange Tree’s most extensively sampled instrument to date with individually sampled strings, natural and artificial harmonics, retrigger samples, legato articulations, and effects such as mutes and string slaps. It’s been tested and operates in both Kontakt 2 and three formats. Extensively modeling the fretless bass guitar, it fits well with jazz, rock, metal, drum and bass, pop, etc. Other developers of guitar and bass libraries are praising it…” – Film Music Magazine

As Orange Tree Samples’ most extensively sampled instrument to date, Iconic Bass Jaco provides incredible realism and playability.  According to Orange Tree Samples founder, Greg Schlaepfer, “Iconic Bass Jaco was the most challenging bass library we’ve produced.  As a bass player, and a huge fan of the man, I was extremely demanding in producing this library.  I’m certain that the end result made it worth the effort.  This library establishes a new standard for us.  It has more detail and features than any of our existing libraries, including retrigger samples, multiple velocity layers, and variable release samples.  It takes advantage of Kontakt’s powerful scripting engine to produce realism that would not otherwise be achievable. Even seasoned pros will not be able to tell the difference between a well played performance with Iconic Bass Jacoand a live bass player.  Best of all, it’s really enjoyable to play.”

Jaco’s famous fretless jazz bass is currently in poor shape, painstakingly glued together after it was smashed in the mid ’80s.  Orange Tree Samples was able to get as close as possible by using a recreation of Jaco’s bass made by the same company as the original model.  We meticulously recreated the fine details, such as using the identical roundwound .045 gauge strings that Jaco preferred, and sampled the bass directly from the output of the electric bass, the way Jaco typically recorded in the studio.  To achieve his dynamic tone, Iconic Bass Jaco features samples taken from several different plucking positions, such as playing close to the bridge in order to obtain the growly, biting tone commonly called the “Jaco growl”.  And just like Jaco, who worked in jazz, pop, and rock, this library fits in many musical genres.  For example, just add distortion to the “Jaco growl” and you’ll find it fits perfectly in hard-hitting rock tracks.  The library also includes samples with a deeper, mellower tone where the plucking hand is much closer to the neck of the bass, and fits very well in many pop and rock productions.

In addition to using traditional sampling techniques to reproduce Jaco’s legendary fretless bass tone, Iconic Bass Jaco introduces the next generation of scripted sample libraries.  Using Kontakt’s powerful scripting engine, the library intelligently reproduces the audio cues that have historically distinguished live bass playing from those that are sampled.  These subtle nuances combine together to have a significant impact in creating the most realistic sound possible.  For example, a big giveaway of a sampled bass is the unrealistic silences at the end of notes and between notes.  Thus, over half of the samples in this library are devoted to release samples, note transition samples, and fret noises—elements crucial for achieving a realistic sounding performance.

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