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The P-Bass

  • Timeless. Classic. P-Bass
  • 25 Programs / 10 Parts
  • 3K Real-Time Samples™ / 1.43GB
  • Soundpaint™ Engine (Free)
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The. Timeless. Bass

The Classic Precision Bass (aka P-Bass) is one of the most iconic bass sounds of all time, heard on generations of recordings from artists like Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and Paul Simon. More recently, Sting, Elvis Costello, Guns N' Roses, Foo Fighters, and many others have kept the sound of the instrument fresh and alive... and evolving into the new century.

The P-Bass is known for its solid body and split-coil humbucking pickup, creating a powerful and punchy sound with a natural grit. It can dial in a warm and fuzzy tone from the 60s, but also showcase a much more aggressive and in-your-face timbre when picked and slapped. We meticulously deep-sampled the P-Bass, capturing fingered, picked, plucked, and slapped articulations.  Moreover, each of these nuanced variations features dynamic and emotive sustaining samples, as well as muted staccatissimo notes for your classic 8th note bass lines.

The "Humbucking Coil" was invented in the 1930s and uses phase cancellation to remove any interference coming into the transducer.  It works by using two sets of magnets in the pickup, each with the opposite polarity facing the string.  When the two string vibration signals are flipped back in phase, the interference gets flipped out of phase and cancels itself out.  How clever is that?  (Clever enough for a patent granted in 1936!)

The Humbucker pickup is an integral part of the P-Bass sound, and its distinctive color and attitude has earned this instrument the reverence of generations of musicians.

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“Timeless P-Bass. Seven Decades Old.  Still Going Strong"

—Troels Folmann

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