8Dio Bazantar [KONTAKT]

Welcome to the Bazantar by Mark Deutsch
The Bazantar is a custom five-string acoustic bass, fitted with an additional twenty-nine sympathetic strings and four drone strings. It has a melodic range of over five octaves, with a sympathetic range of four octaves. This results in an interplay between melodic, sympathetic, and drone strings which weaves an unexpected landscape of resonance that is remarkably rich in texture.

The Bazantar contains over 2,700 samples divided into two main categories: Multi-samples and phrase-samples. The multi-samples consist of plucked and bowed representations, with and without vibrato, with up to 10 round robins per note, as well as dynamic sustains/swells. We phrase-sampled Mark Deutsch playing the bass traditionally and with backside of the bow (Col Legno).

We added a variety of controls (ex. pedal volume, release volume, noise reduction, EQ) a visual velocity editor, and a great selection of convolution reverbs and convolution effects. The instrument was recorded in a rich church environment with two sets of microphones (close/internal and ambient/player), so users can adjust the sound to their liking.

The Bazantar was recorded in a lush church environment with multiple microphone positions. We combined dozens of different microphones into two main mic stems. The first one is a close, dry perspective. The other is a Far stem, which gives you a more ambient and traditional orchestral perspective. You can use them individually or dial them together.

The Bazanatar also features a wealth of advanced articulations, including four types of expressive arcs, plucked (jazz inspired) pizzicato, multi-sampled taps, sustains with both vibrato and non-vibrato, and a massive collection of additional phrase material. So, you get the best of both worlds with multi-samples and phrases.

The Bazantar contains two parallel FX systems. The first is our new Front-Faced FX, which allows you to control the most fundamental effects (ex. Step Based Filtering, Pitch, Delay, and our new Textural Delay). You can also go deeper with our Chaos FX system, which includes Phase Modulation, EQ, Bit-Crusher, Distortion, Dual Delays, and more!


  • 2 Microphone Positions (Close/Internal & Hall Perspective)
  • Arc Swell 1
  • Arc Swell 2
  • Arc Swell 3
  • Arc Swell 4
  • Sustain With Vibrato
  • Sustain With Non-Vibrato
  • Plucked (With RR)
  • Tapped (With RR)
  • Bowed Sadness
  • Dark Bowed Sadness
  • Dark Deep Drones
  • Medium Vartiation
  • Mystical Dark Bowing 1
  • Mystical Dark Bowing 2
  • Medium Notes
  • Light Drone Bends
  • Light Dual Notes
  • Dark Deep Solo 1
  • Dark Deep Solo 2
  • High Harmonic Melodies
  • High Harmonic Phrases
  • Dark Solo With Drone 1
  • Dark Solo With Drone 2
  • Dark Plucking Solo
  • Resonator And Drones


  • Instant STACKING (Stack Any Patch You Want)
  • Phaser & Flanger Modulation
  • Delay
  • Degrader (Bit Crusher)
  • EQ
  • Filter
  • Convolution Reverb
  • Transform (Alternative Convolution Reverb)

Full Retail Version Of Kontakt 5.8.1 Or Later Required!

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