The Ilio booth at NAMM that had constant crowds, due in large part to Spectrasonics new Trilogy bass module. We wanted to do a streaming video of the module for you, but literally couldn't get close enough to shoot whenever we walked by. If it wasn't the demostrator drawing a crowd, it was a person from the crowd grooving on keyboard bass drawing a crowd.
One feature of Trilogy that caught my attention was how it handles repeated notes. Normally on keyboard bass you have to restrike the key to repeat the note, but with Trilogy that is not necessary, allowing for much more realistic parts. Also, things like slides and other bass effects are handled very well. I'm just going to quote the Ilio news release for the rest of it.
-------------Ilio Press Release--------------
Trilogy,a new type of softwarep lug-ininstrument, integrates a custom three-gigabyte core library of more than one thousand brand new Bass sounds with a powerful interface for creating custom user patches. Trilogy is designed to function as a native plug-in instrument, without the need for a sampler, in hosts such as Logic, Digital Performer, Cubase VST, Nuendo and Pro-Tools.
One of Trilogy's most distinctive features is its ability to layer two different bass sounds into a new patch, resulting in over one million potential sound combinations. Each patch in Trilogy has two layers that can be tweaked individually from the core library of over 1,000 Bass sounds. The layers in the core library can also be mixed and matched together or edited independently, providing the potential for previously unimagined sound combinations such as a real Minimoog with a Fretless bass, a Virus with a TB-303, or an Upright Bass with a sub-oscillator.
Trilogy is one of the most powerful Bass Synthesizers ever made. The collection contains three-gigabytes of high-resolution sampled vintage synth waveforms and thick multimode resonant filters for each layer. Trilogy also offers analog synth-style legato triggering and Glide, unique features in the software sampler category that allow for Synth Bass sounds that actually play like a vintage analog synth. Additionally, Trilogy's Zone editing feature allows users to easily create entirely distinctive synth parameters for each key by simply touching the key and moving the appropriate faders.
Trilogy's collection of multi-sampled Electric and Acoustic Basses was captured in an exhaustive series of proprietary recording sessions, featuring some of Los Angelesi top session and performing bassists. This extensive array of sounds is augmented by a variety of techniques and articulations to deliver the sound and feel of a real bass player. The innovative new eTrue Staccato sampling technique allows users to play repeated notes on the basses in real-time. Detailed articulations such as glisses, hammer-ons, harmonics, trills, x-notes, noises and slides of varying speeds are also included, as well as a comprehensive variety of playing styles (fingered, picked, muted, rock & roll, slapping, ballad, fretless, jazz, R&B and more). Lastly, each of Trilogy's samples is mapped with multiple dynamics for maximum user expression.
Trilogy features include:
Massive 3-gigabyte core library
1,000 brand new Electric, Acoustic and Synth Basses, each with dual layers
Mix and Match layers for over a million dynamic combinations
Earthshaking, Cone-blowing, Subsonic sound
Multi-dynamic(up to 8 way) velocity switching multi-sample articulations
Innovative True Staccato sample mapping for realistic repeated notes
Minimoog-style legato triggering
Built-in auditioning system
Rapid load times
Easy to use built-in patch management system
Total recall with your sequence
Multimode resonant filters for each layer, plus master filters
Three envelopes per layer for Pitch, Filter and Amplitude
Matrix-style modulation routing, four LFOs
Powered by custom 32 bit UVI engine
Cross platform plug-in compatibility
$399 MAS, RTAS and VST Mac/PC included.
Directly compatible with Logic, Cubase, Digital Performer, Pro Tools, Nuendo, Musys, Fruity Loops, Orion Pro and other VST hosts....no sampler necessary!
*also works in Sonar with a VST wrapper
512 MB RAM, 3.5 GB free hard disc space
MAC: OS 8 or higher, 350 mHz G3 or
better CPU, MAS, RTAS or VST 2.0 host
PC: Windows 98 or higher, 500 mHz Pentium or
better CPU, sound card, VST 2.0 host
CPU load: LOW