Bass Harmonica


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The Instrument

The double bass harmonica is not exactly a common instrument. It was more popular several decades ago, when harmonica ensembles were more common. The bass harmonica is a double-deck instrument with two hinged bodies, the lower having all the natural notes, and the upper having all the sharps/flats – so it is fully chromatic covering a range of two octaves, starting with EE (like the lowest note on a bass guitar). Each of the holes of the harmonica has two reeds tuned an octave apart – thus this harmonica has 58 reeds total. The double bass harmonica is an “all blow” instrument.

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It was a tough cookie to catch the real timbre and authenticity of this giant harmonica. Thus we tested several recording settings in which we recorded at least every second note in a long sustained and a short variation. We ran with velocity layer and Round Robin variation and came out with three seperate sample sets recorded with different microphone set-ups. Beside this we recorded a typical flutter fx and added some scriptings to provide more opportunities.

The Package

5 different patches of the bass harmonica: close, double, normal, mud style and a triple texture FX. For more details please read the manual.
Kontakt 3 full version is required

Listen to Double Bass Harmonica

Saturday Night Super-Sound EK-470, upcoming “Home Drums”, real Guitars Score, © by EvG
Drear Trees (solo) just the Double Bass Harmonica Score, © by EvG