Bazantar 5-string Acoustic Bass VST-AU-AAX – Kontakt Instrument


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Blown away (in a good way!!)
by c_angelo (01/20/2017)
I tend to spent too much on plugins, but sometimes its just worth it. the bazabtar didn't let me dow...


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  • Price: $249
  • Kontakt VST / AU / AAX
  • 6GB HDD (compressed from 12.3GB)
  • 2 Microphone Positions (Close & Far)
  • Plucked and Tapped Multi-Samples (x6-8RR)
  • Bowed Sustains and Swells Multi-Samples
  • Deep-Phrase Samples
  • Deep controls and Convolution Reverb(s)
  • Product only available as Direct Download
  • Custom Convolution Reverbs (+40)
  • Full Retail Version of Kontakt 5.5 (or later) Required

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    This video shows the recordings of 8Dio Bazantar with its inventor, Mark Deutsch.

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Bazantar 5-string Acoustic Bass VST-AU-AAX – Kontakt Instrument overview

Welcome to Mark Deutsch’s Bazantar. The Bazantar is a custom five-string acoustic bass, fitted with an additional twenty-nine sympathetic strings and four drone strings. The instrument possesses a melodic range of over five octaves, while its sympathetic range spans four octaves. This results in an interplay between melodic, sympathetic, and drone strings which weaves an unexpected landscape of resonance that is remarkably rich in texture.

The 8DIO Bazantar is a deep-sampled virtual instrument containing over 2.700 samples divided into two main categories: Multi-samples and phrase-samples. The multi-samples consists of both plucked and bowed representations of the instrument. We recorded traditional plucked bass with 8 round robins pr. note, a highly versatile amount of tapped samples at 10 round robins, regular sustains with and without vibrato, several dynamic sustains/swells. In addition we phrase-sampled Mark Deutsch playing the bass in a variety of ways from traditional plucked and bowed bass – to solo’s played with backside of the bow (con legno). We also did deep-sampling of the drone strings, so you have a highly versatile instrument.

In addition the instrument was recorded in a rich church environment with two sets of microphones (close/internal) and (ambient/player), so users can adjust the sound to their liking ranging from recordings from player perspective to more far, hall based microphones.. We also added a variety of controls (ex. pedal volume, release volume, noise reduction, EQ etc) and a visual velocity editor, so you can fully sculpt the piano to your liking. The Bazantar also includes a great selection of convolution reverbs and convolution effects. You can contact and read more about Mark Deutsch by visiting his website.

Microphone and options

The Bazantar was recorded in a lush church environment with full microphone control. We combined dozens of different microphones into two main mics. The first one being our close microphone, which has a near dry representation of the Bazantar. All aspects of the instruments are clear and all the beautiful resonators come to life. The far microphone gives you a more ambient and traditional orchestral perspective. You can either use them individually or dial them together. You also have full live control over 4-Band EQ, Dynamics, Attack and Release Controls.

Effects and Advanced Articulations

The Bazantar contains a wealth of effects (ex. Lo-Fi, Rotator, Delay, Custom Convolution Reverbs, Normal Reverb, Distortion etc). We also added a variety of advanced articulations, including 4 types of expressive arcs, plucked (jazz inspired) Bazantar, multi-sampled taps, sustains with vibrato and non-vibrato and massive collection of additional phrase material. So you have the best of both worlds in regards to deep-sampled multi-samples and a wide assortment of phrase material.

  • Deep-Sampled Bazantar by Mark Deutsch
  • 2 Microphone Positions (close/internal & hall perspective)
  • Arc Swell 1
  • Arc Swell 2
  • Arc Swell 3
  • Arc Swell 4
  • Sustain with Vibrato
  • Sustain with Non-Vibrato
  • Plucked (x8 RR)
  • Tapped (x8 RR)
  • Bowed Sadness
  • Dark Bowed Sadness
  • Dark Deep Drones
  • Medium Vartiation
  • Mystical Dark Bowing 1
  • Mystical Dark Bowing 2
  • Medium Notes
  • Light Drone Bends
  • Light Dual Notes
  • Dark Deep Solo 1
  • Dark Deep Solo 2
  • High Harmonic Melodies
  • High Harmonic Phrases
  • Dark Solo With Drone 1
  • Dark Solo With Drone 2
  • Dark Plucking Solo
  • Resonator and Drones
  • Round Robin Sustains (x 3 round robin pr. note & velocity layer)
  • Round Robin Staccato (x 6 round robin pr. note & velocity layer)
  • Advanced Release Triggers
  • Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.5 or later required
  • Custom Convolution Reverbs (+40)
  • Several Custom Convolution Reverb(s) / Impulses
  • 25 Kontakt 4.nki files
  • 25 Kontakt 5 .nki files
  • 2.789 samples
  • 6 GB installed
  • 24 bit / 44.1 kHz stereo .NCW Compression Format
  • Sample resolution: 44.1Khz / 24Bit stereo
  • Format(s): Kontakt / .NCW Compression
  • Kontakt 5.5+ is 32 and 64-bit compatible on both PC and MAC platforms
  • Bazantar requires 6GB of hard drive space
  • Runs as a stand-alone application, VST® or Audio Units plug-in, RTAS® under Pro Tools 7/8
  • Minimum: Mac OSX® 10.4 / 10.5, G5 2.0 GHz or Intel Core Duo 2.00 GHz, 4 GB RAM or Windows® XP (32 Bit) or Windows Vista® (32/64 Bit), Pentium® or Athlon XP 2.0 GHz, 4 GB RAM. 4 GB of RAM or more is highly recommended