I don’t like playing bass guitar. I just don’t. Eventually I wound up making a bunch of samples and turning them into a soundfont in the hopes that it’d spare me some trouble. Full disclosure: one of the strings was a little flat, but I think that allows for things to sound a bit more human; using the few flat notes for quick transitions can make things sound a bit more natural.
It’s been awhile since I made this, but I remember sampling each string. Basically, this means that it’s not completely linear as far as pitch goes—sometimes a higher note switches to a lower pitch on a new string.
As with all my soundfonts, Bass Guitar is a single instrument for both file-size reasons and to make it as easy to run as possible.
Just click the above link. If that doesn’t work for whatever reason, try right-clicking and hitting “save link as,” or something like that. Different browsers say different things since they’re made by spiteful octogenarians, but I trust you to figure it out.
Why call it Bass Guitar?
Because unlike my distorted soundfonts, I felt no need to give it a clever name. Unique instruments that can’t be clearly identified get unique names mostly out of necessity, but if I were to name everything like that, my soundfont folder would eventually become a mess. I’d be all like, “I need a bass soundfont… hmmm… maybe this one?” Then the bass lead I wrote gets played back by samples of cats meowing or something. Simplicity is often for the best.
What you can do with it
I suppose this would normally be called “license” or something, but I’m not a big believer in official-sounding stuff. Okay, here are the rules:
I HEREBY GRANT YOU THE RIGHT TO USE BASS GUITAR FOR THE PURPOSES OF MUSIC, SYNCHRONIZED STRIPPING (IF THAT’S A THING, AND IF IT’S NOT THEN IT SHOULD BE), AND PRETTY MUCH ANY OTHER REASONABLE USE A REASONABLE PERSON COULD THINK OF. IF YOU’RE A SCHEMING, CONNING DOUCHEBAG, HOWEVER, YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO USE IT BECAUSE I SAID SO. THAT BASICALLY MEANS NO CHARGING FOR IT, THOUGH IF YOU WANT TO PRETEND THAT YOU CREATED IT IN ORDER TO IMPRESS THE JUDGES IN YOUR SYNCHRONIZED STRIPPING COMPETITION, KNOCK YOURSELF OUT. ALSO, IF YOU WANT TO SPREAD BASS GUITAR AROUND TO SHARE THE THE FRUITS OF MY BASS-Y LABOR WITH ALL MANKIND, IT’D BE NICE IF YOU LINKED YOUR BUDDIES TO THIS PAGE. I SUPPOSE YOU COULD JUST COPY THE FILE AND GIVE IT TO A FRIEND, BUT LINKS ARE ALWAYS APPRECIATED.