UJAM has just released a line of virtual bassists. Mellow, Royal, and Rowdy. As with their virtual guitarists and drummers, these instruments ship with a fantastic library of phrases in a variety of styles that can easily conform to your own chord progressions. And, as with their other instruments, they are designed to get a variety of tones with minimal fuss. UJAM have sure got the right formula for striking the balance between complexity and ease of use. Which is no small feat! They provide just the right amount of detail. Too much, and it becomes daunting to understand. Too little, and it’s dismissed as a toy. With these, we get a library of fantastic sounding tweak-able grooves. Plus something new!
UJAM has introduced a new “Instrument” mode, that allows these to be played like traditional multi-sampled virtual instruments. This is new ground for their line of instruments, and I think one that opens the door wider, appealing to a more sophisticated audience capable of programming their own bass parts from scratch. These instrument sample sets are so strong, that they stand proudly on their own, separate from the also strong palette of grooves and presets. I think this is a big step for UJAM, in a direction I personally am happy to see them taking.
Mellow is their acoustic bass. Royal is a studio electric bass. And Rowdy is a more aggressive rockier sounding bass. In this video, I put Mellow to the test. To me, the real test of any acoustic bass instrument is how convincingly they can be used to pull off a jazz bass solo. What do you think? Does it cut the mustard?
Learn more about the new UJAM bassists here.