Friday, April 12, 2019

REVIEW: Scoring Bass by Heavyocity


Scoring Bass is a deep library of production-ready bass content, specifically designed for the pro composer on a deadline.
5.7 GB uncompressed (3.9 GB compressed)
Motion page for advanced volume, pitch, and pan pattern creation
Playable Trigger FX for real-time control
Stand-alone, VST, AU, AAX
300+ Motion Presets (NKA’s) 
Kontakt 6 (Player) or later
This is the main layout of the SCORING BASS interface. You can select a variety of master effects and controls like Mix, Pitch, Punish, and Twist. The Punish effect knob is in the middle of the GUI which is a combination of compression and saturation.

 The twist effect is an animated, tone-altering effect that twists the audio. You can use it as a stationary effect to quickly alter the tone of the instrument, or you can use the animation controls to give the tone movement.

There are five Trigger FX available:
2- LoFi 

Multi-Channel–the version is found in the Three Channel instruments. It features a full set of volume, pan, and pitch modulation sequences for each channel.

1 Three-channel “Playable Basses” NKI with Three Multi-Sampled Bass Guitars


After the successful release of Heavyocity's Scoring Guitars 1 and 2, I wondered how cool it would be if they came out with a scoring bass instrument. Well, they did it, Scoring Bass is the 6th Gravity pack and once again, does not require you to own Gravity. However, I would recommend owning Scoring Guitars 1 & 2 with this instrument because they were designed to complement each other. 

If you are familiar with the other Heavyocity Gravity packs, then you will see the interface is designed the same way. All the controls are designed across multiple pages. On the main page you will find the master effects, mixer, and volume envelopes. The second page can be accessed on the bottom called EQ/FILT which contains equalizer and filter choices. The 3rd page is TFX, where you can apply and manipulate trigger fx (Distortion, LoFi, Filter, Panner, and Delay. Finally, the last tab on the bottom is where you gain entry to the Motion page. This is a modulation sequencer where you can change the volume, pan, and pitch of the preset. For more in depth details you can refer to the Scoring Bass Manual PDF

The 1st thing I noticed about Scoring Bass is the superior tone and depth of the instrument. The uses of this library are immense. Not only does this instrument sit perfectly in cinematic scoring but it can be used in almost any genre of music. There are four main categories within Scoring Bass which are playable basses, pads, pulse grooves, and rhythmic pedals. There are 96 tempo-synced pulse grooves divided up in different keys and a collection of rhythmic pedals that are tempo-synced loops. The differences between the grooves and rhythmic pedals is that the loops in the pedals are less groovy and more rhythmic in the sequence. If you need something fast, these 2 categories make it quick to hit that deadline. 

Heavyocity deeply sampled three basses including, a Warwick, Ken Smith, and Sire. These bass guitars sound full, fat, and polished. The samples in Scoring Bass has been superbly produced and will cut  through any mix. The sound of the basses are stunning. Another great thing about this library is how affordable it is for this kind of production ready content. The instruments loaded fast, and it was super light on my CPU. 

The other part of Scoring Bass I would like to address is the PADS category. Not only do you get a plethora of outstanding bass guitar sounds and sequences, but you also get a selection of rich ambient textures divided up in 3 sub-categories including, Complex, Element Menus, and Elements. The Complex sub-category is a combination of three elements mixed together. The Element Menus is a different pad sound on each key and Elements is simply a single pad sound that is playable over the keyboard. At the bottom of this page, you can check out a simple preset walk-through video I did and an impressive Heavyocity Demo walk-through video.

If you don't own the full version of Kontakt do not worry, it is Free Kontakt Player 6 compatible. 

Heavyocity continues to innovate and design instruments that revitalize musical creativity. Scoring Bass is one of those sample libraries that sounds flawless out of the box and the potential of this Kontakt instrument is vast. The architecture of this library is pure brilliance and Scoring Bass executes a perfect groove.

5 Out of 5 Stars !

Written by Steve Montgomery 
(Infinite Mindscape, Darkmood)

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