Upright bass was sampled from the pluckings of a gigging upright bass player. The bass itself was an inherited instrument from the musician’s grandfather. The exact age of the bass is not known, but it had seen some action, and although a little beat-up, still sounded great! To produce this library, the bass was sampled through a close-miced stereo pair of Shure SM81’s, an AKG D112, a Neumann Tlm 102 and a “di” bridge pickup. During mixing, it was decided that the SM81’s blended with the D112 gave the best overall tone. The bass was sampled over the course of a few 10 hour sessions, where the bass player played plucked notes, slap bass, and slides. Boy, did his fingers burn after those slides!