Bass City is a free collection of synthesized bass samples created by Chad Beckwith from PatchArena and Tomislav Zlatic from 99Sounds. The library features a set of 26 classic analog and FM bass patches which have been multi-sampled from three different hardware synthesizers. You’ll notice that this sample library is quite different from the previous 99Sounds releases. Sampling hardware synthesizers is something that I enjoy doing in my free time, so I’ve been planning to publish a synthesizer sample library such as this one on 99Sounds for quite a while. Recently I got in touch with Chad from PatchArena and we both agreed that we should join forces in order to create an elaborate electronic bass sample library by sampling some of our favorite hardware synthesizers.
Chad Beckwith is an experienced sound designer and synthesizer connoisseur from Vermont. He is extremely passionate about synthesis and sound design. He also loves coffee and collecting vintage samplers. You can check out more of his sample packs and other audio related works on his fascinating website PatchArena. I highly recommend his SFZ Flukelele sample collection, as well as the lovely Contact SPACE Kalimba library.
So, Chad recorded several great sounding bass patches from his Korg EX-800 analogue synthesizer and added a touch of FM flavor to the library with the legendary Yamaha TX81Z module. I jumped in with my trusty old Korg Poly-800 synthesizer, which is quite limited in terms of features but still capable of producing some warm bass sounds. The audio signal was passed through a small tube preamp on its way to the audio interface, adding a bit of saturation on top. And that’s how the Bass City sample collection came about!
We also took pictures of the three sampled synthesizers in some rather unusual locations. You can take a look at these photos in the image gallery below.
Bass City contains 399 individual 24-bit WAV samples which form 26 multi-sampled patches in total, covering a wide range of classic analogue and FM electronic bass sounds. The library also contains SFZ patches which were compiled by Chad Beckwith and Kontakt 5 instrument patches created by Tomislav Zlatic. The custom Kontakt 5 interface features simple filter and volume envelope controls.