Review: Ample Bass P II Pick Extension from Amplesound

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Ample Bass P II Pick Extension’s sonic playback is truly impressive. This is the sample set fans have been waiting for and with the addition of the “Riffer” to all Ample Bass libraries, this makes the Ample Bass P II library really shine.

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Review: Ample Bass P II Pick Extension from Amplesound

 

This is the one we have been waiting for! Ample P Bass was originally released as a fingered only sample set. The Pick Extension now allows you to get a fully rounded Fender Precision Bass that has been deeply sampled with any articulation you can ask for. The recent addition of Riffer to the Bass product line means you can develop meatier, harder-edged bass riffs for your next production.

Ample Bass P II Pick Extension sells for $63.00 from Ample Sound
The extension does require the Ample Bass P II plugin.

 

 

Thoughts

Amplesound has a knack for choosing just the right basses to transform into virtual instruments. Hall-Of-Fame-Bass guitar, the Fender Precision (P-Bass) had been sampled previously by the developer, but only with the fingered articulations.

With the the Pick Extension for Ample P Bass, Amplesound has unleashed the gutsier side of the Fender Precision, ready made for harder edge music like Metal, Hard Rock and edgier Pop. The secret to Amplesound’s success is the specific choice of instruments that they bring to the marketplace.

If you are a previous owner of Amplesound guitars/basses, the interface will be relatively familiar to you as it uses almost all of the same controls and page layouts. The big difference here is that this is the addition of the new “Riffer” panel and functionality which has been added to all Bass guitars from the developer for versions 2.5 and higher.

There is so much to say about the new Riffer that it could dominate the majority of my review. Let’s just say this is a fantastic little bit of kit to add to the libraries and gives users options for selecting Complexity, Key, Scale and Style to randomly generate a riff that will automatically playback with articulation changes (color coded).

There is so much to say about the new Riffer that it could dominate the majority of my review

The Riffer allows users to save and load their own Riffs. Best of all, the Riffer allows for a simple drag-to-DAW midi functionality that will allow users to create entire bass lines and songs from the riff generation. This will be a huge asset for those on a time crunch or those looking for other inspiration or options for their bass parts. I have included the official Riffer video in the playlist below so check that out for all the details about this new bit of functionality.

There are a couple of other highlights I want to call out with the instruments front interface. First is the fret noise, listed as Auto Buzz. This adds another depth of realism adding buzz to your performances.

Hovering over each of the controls produces a handy purple tool tips popup of helpful information. This is really useful for users like myself who prefer not to go hunting in a PDF manual for information.


The Tab feature provides access to a variety of Tabs for a variety of styles or you can import your own Tabs in as long as they are in GuitarPro format. You can also drag the Tab from the instrument and drag it straight into your DAW.

Playing can be “humanized” by tweaking the parameters in the Tab player to get that feeling you are looking for.

The Articulations sampled for Ample Bass P II Extension are Sustain, Palm Mute, Natural Harmonic, Hammer On & Pull Off, Legato Slide, Slide in & out, Accentuated, Staccato, Dead Note – 11 articulations. There are a number of FX samples that can be triggered as well including slaps, slides and noises. The Poly legato feature along with the ability to play at any speed, pitch or velocity makes for some pretty amazing realism in your playing. Again, if you have any of the other Amplesound guitars or basses, this will be familiar territory.


To be honest, I rarely use effects on bass guitar and with this amazing sample set the P II Extension offers, I almost didn’t want to color the sound. That said, the instrument also comes with Ample’s Stompbox collection in the FX panel. You can add a little phase, compression and EQ to get just the perfect funk sound or compression and EQ for a great rock sound. The effects included sound great and are really handy to sculpt the sound.


The sample and articulation edit options give you an extreme level of control in the form of a giant spreadsheet and the Settings panel allows you to adjust for tuning, max voices, velocity sensitivity, sample cycle mode and MIDI guitar settings.

The true standouts here are the sample playback quality. This is the sample set fans have been waiting for and P II Pick Extension nailed it!  With the addition of the “Riffer” added to all Ample Bass libraries, the functionality really shines.

As with all of my reviews, I will say that before making your purchase, please check out the official demos to make sure that this is the right tool for you.

 

Facts

Ample Bass P II Pick Extension is an extension to the Ample Bass P II plugin.  The libraries are available as VST/AAX/AU/RTAS virtual instrument plugin. It requires 1.55 GB of disk space. Amplesound provides an extremely comprehensive technical fact sheet on their website.

Ample Bass P II Pick Extension sells for $63.00 from Ample Sound

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