Acoustic Unicorn Series – Skimmer Electric

An acoustic double bass sampled with an EBow and delivered in a highly customizable Kontakt instrument....

The story

This is Skimmer Electric, an acoustic double bass performed with an eBow.

from wikipedia
”The EBow is a battery-powered electronic device for playing the electric guitar. The EBow uses a pickup – inductive string driver – feedback circuit, including a sensor coil, driver coil, and amplifier, to induce forced string vibrations. The EBow is monophonic, and drives one string at a time, producing a sound reminiscent of using a bow on the strings.
The name EBow stands for “Electronic Bow” or Energy Bow.”

The instrument was recorded with several microphones mixed into three different signals for you to play with;
Close – the “main” signal, for everyday use.
Contact – slightly distorted and “airy”.
Room – a stereo signal placed further away in the studio.

The magic happens when you click the unicorn.

There are effects; Chorus, Delay and Reverb
But more fun is a random round robin that uses the full range of the keyboard. Subtlety is not a feature πŸ™‚

There is also a reverse button that can be used to randomize the sounds even further.

This virtual instrument was specifically made for the Swedish show “Festen”.

Have fun!


Leave a review to let others know what you thought of the instrument!

  • Another nice warm pad

    Another interesting library to play with. Sound is a warm textured pad. With this kind of warm pad, I think it would have been even better with wider range of keys assigned which would enhance the playability.

    Asuka Amane17 October 2021
  • solo swells

    Love the soundscape you can create especially using the extended range top register. Was trying to find how to have more control over the attack in a simple way, couldn't find an option for this. Could see me using this as a quick textural sound without having to faff around with finding a similar sound using a synth.

    Phil Wallace13 October 2021
  • Ambient Awesomeness

    This is a fantastic little instrument, that can only do good to your compositions, especially if you are after a dreamy soundscape. My two observations are that 1 each sample doesn't "loop" perfectly by itself. It fades out and fades in, as if you let the key go. At the end of the sample you can hear a small texture crack, which can be fine in some cases but has to be noted. They last long enough though! I'd give a 4.5/5 if I could. 2 The mic positions are awesome and you can do really cool stuff with CC handling, but at the very "contact" mic overlaps everything else at the top, which seems kind of weird to me. Finally, the GUI is not my favourite. I don't know why you have to click on the unicorn icon to get the extra options. It could be more dreamy to match the entire theme of the instrument.

    Alex Raptakis12 October 2021