Native Instruments Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass review

Submitted by on Mar 12, 2013

Hey what’s good fam! Hope all is well with you, I’m back with a new review from NI and Scarbee.

This is the latest Scarbee bass library called the Rickenbacker Bass.

Let’s just dig into it shall we?


What is the Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass?

It’s a newly capture Rock/Pop bass captured by none  other than Thomas Skarbye

This library specifically captures the sound of a Rickenbacker 4003

Of course it has a custom interface, scripting, effects, and everything needed to add to the experience and play-ability of the instrument.

As for me, first and foremost I want to know how it sounds…

so lets talk about that!

Quick Specs

How does it sound?

Reel to Reel Tape RecorderI really, really….REALLY like the sound of this bass! As you can tell from the video, I enjoy it quite a bit.

While previous Scarbee bass libraries were great, I feel this one is really well done. I love the tone of it, it has a rich deep tone with plenty of detail while playing.

I also love that the scripting is powerful enough to make it sound great without requiring any key switching. Sure there are some there for those that want to dig into that, but I like just being able to play and having the instrument respond to velocity, legato, and my overall playing.

But at the end of the day, that’s all fine and good, yet if it doesn’t sound good I won’t use it.

This bass really sounds good and I find myself grabbing for it as a first choice when I want a nice, clean, deep,  and real sounding bass.

So what’s the bottom line?

I know sound is subjective, that’s why I do these videos so you can make up your own mind.

5subsFor me, I feel the Scarbee Rickenbacker deserves 5 out of 5 subs. I think it sounds great, is easy to use, and super fast to tweak as well.

I’m a Komplete user so I’ve played with all the bass libraries NI has done with Scarbee and this one is by far my favorite.

It’s not as smooth sounding as a Jazz bass but I find I can get the tone I need out of this much quicker than many other bass instruments…and there’s just something about the detail in the sound I can’t quite explain but I can hear it!

Now the question remains, do you get this on it’s own…or do you get it with part of Komplet 9 which will be dropping on the 27th of March?

That’s for you to decide, but even if you choose not to get Komplete, at the price of $99 this Rickenbacker is definitely a tool to have in your collection.

Checkout the information and demos on the NI site:

leave me a comment below and let me know what you think!

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2 years 6 months ago

word fam, thanks for the comment

2 years 6 months ago

It’s my favorite out of all of them, I wasn’t blown away by the others, I love this one though!

2 years 6 months ago

Me too. It’s one of the best sample library purchases that I’ve ever made. The Rickenbacker bass is really nice. The only minor problem is that because of the pre-delay, the bass won’t play perfectly on time (unless you adjust it by 30-33 milliseconds.) No big effort required, thankfully.

Kevin Ford
2 years 6 months ago

Cool umma have to look into gettin this…and you ever checked out J Bass by Native? Thats my go to bass…I do more boombapish typa stuff so it works out ok for me..but I will try this one

2 years 6 months ago

how is this compared to the real bass in trilian?