Muze has released Bass Elements Demo, a freely downloadable electronic bass sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Bass Elements Demo contains around 2 GB of bass sounds from the full version of the library. There are 144 free bass patches to choose from in the free demo version of the instrument. It’s worth noting, though, that the full version of Kontakt is required for playing these sounds. The library will only work for fifteen minutes in the free Kontakt Player plugin (read more about the Kontakt Player demo mode). Also, Muze didn’t provide the samples in WAV format, so there is no compatibility with other sampler plugins.
Normally, I wouldn’t write about a demo version of a product. However, the Bass Elements Demo provides some very cool bass sounds packed in a rather capable Kontakt instrument. What’s particularly interesting is that the Kontakt interface lets you blend two source patches together, resulting in more complex bass sounds. The instrument also features a range of built-in effects, as well as an arpeggiator. Mix effects like compression and EQ can be accessed from the main instrument panel. Creative effects like delay, reverb, chorus, and flanger, are available on the dedicated FX panel.
As for the included bass sounds, they’re not breathtaking, but there are definitely some good sounding ones. Users who utilize Kontakt daily in their music production workflow will undoubtedly benefit from this little collection. The included sounds are mostly designed for use in electronic music.
Not everything about Bass Elements is excellent, though. The interface is not very intuitive, and, at first, I thought that some of the controls aren’t working. The thing is, some of the control parameters that look like drop-down menu buttons are actually sliders. For example, to change the arpeggiator mode, you will need to click and drag the “Off” button until you reach the desired setting. Also, accessing the preset browser is something that took me a while to figure out. For some reason, the only way to access the presets panel is to click the “In Settings” label underneath the audio meters. Weird and unintuitive, but it is what it is.
To download your copy of the Bass Elements Demo, visit the product page and scroll down to the “Free Version” section. You can download the demo pack completely free of charge and without signing up for a user account. Muze is also offering a couple of other similarly feature-packed demo versions of their commercial sound libraries for Kontakt.
More info: Bass Elements Demo (1.27 GB download size, ZIP archive, requires the full version of NI Kontakt)