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August 15, 2004
Zero-G's latest sample CD project from Vinnie Zummo, NYC-based drummer and producer of the New York Cutz series of sample CDs, is entitled Akoustik Bass Hitz, profiling the enormous versatility of world class acoustic bass player, Chip Jackson, who has worked with everyone from Elvin Jones, Horace Silver & Wynton Marsalis in the jazz world, to Natalie Merchant in the pop realm.
With over 1.5 GB of content on DVD-ROM provided in Kontatk/Rex2 and Wav formats, the Jazz tip that Chip is famous for is reproduced along with approximately 500 individual bass lix and full band construction kits in just about every musical style imaginable.
The musical styles showcased include Retro Lounge, Hip Hop, Latin, 60's English, Rock-a-Billy, Dance, Zydeco, Acid Jazz, Fast Jazz, Abstract Jazz, Swing, Folk, Heavy Metal, Reggae, Ska, Wa lix, Bow & Voice lix, Acoustik Fuzz Bass, Atmospherics, and the list goes on. The over 100 matching drum loops programmed or played by Vinnie Zummo, cover the same range and beyond. The live drum loops feature 2 or 3 separate fills as well to make it easy to program your own music. There are also plenty of guitar, rhodes, organ tracks, & even some banjo, dobro, & mandolins within the construction kits. Instruments are offered solo-ed as well and in 6 to 12 keys wherever possible.
While planning this project, Chip and Vinnie included as many acoustic bass styles as possible since the currently available acoustic bass sample CDs were very limited in the range of musical idioms offered. Throughout the project, the major priority was to capture Chip's raw, live, New York energy and combine it with useful drum loops made in the "New York Cutz" style as well as live drums and retro grooves. The emphasis was on making tracks that feel great as opposed to technically perfect bass licks. Some of the licks were taken from live concert tapes as well in an effort to bring you the "sweaty live grooves" factor.
Akoustik Bass Hitz sample library is available now on DVD-ROM. Recommended retail price 59.95 GBP / 90 Euro / $99.95 USD.
For more information, visit their web site at www.zero-g.co.uk