Ready to write out those genius-level bass lines only you can hear? The new version of PreSonus’s Progression 3 software, packed with a better chord library and effects, makes it easier than ever to write your ideas quickly. Progression and its sibling product Notion are the only composing and notation applications that let you create and edit with—and exchange files between—Mac, Windows, and iPad. Bonus: The playback bass samples are by Victor Wooten.
Nano Looper 360
EHX enters the looping game with a small, straightforward pedal that boasts 360 seconds of loop recording time, which can be divided into 11 different loops for maximum flexibility and control. Other highlights? Uncompressed audio, 24-bit A/D/A and 44.1kHz sample rate, and an easy user interface.
Rambler Custom Travel Bass
Travel-ready though it may be, the Rambler has a full-scale 34"-scale neck, a double-action truss rod, and 21 medium jumbo frets, with an adjustable nut at the third fret. It boasts Schaller PBX pickups, a Schaller 3-D4 fully adjustable roller bridge, Schaller custom tuning machines, a removable StringKeeper for fast assembly, and a StringCatcher to protect the finish when the strings are wrapped around the body. Available fretless, with an additional fretless neck, finished in custom colors, with various body woods, with personalized neck shaping, and with your initials inlaid into the fretboard.
Lighter, re-engineered, more vintage-looking, and louder than ever, Fender’s Rumble combos—the 25- watt Rumble 25 1x8, the 40-watt Rumble 40 1x10, the 100-watt Rumble 100 1x12, the 200-watt Rumble 200 1x15, and the 500-watt Rumble 500 2x10—all boast new foot-switchable overdrive circuits and a three-button voicing palette aimed at making each amp as versatile as possible. Fender’s lightweight 1,000-watt Rumble 410 4x10 and 600-watt Rumble 115 1x15 cabinets round out the refresh.
Street Rumble 25, $100; Rumble 40, $200; Rumble 100, $300; Rumble 500, $500; Rumble 410, $400; Rumble 115, $300
Sly & the Family Stone for Bass
Hal Leonard’s bass library takes the funk up several notches with these notated and tabbed transcriptions of essential Larry Graham and Rustee Allen classics. Sly & the Family Stone for Bass features note-for-note transcriptions of “Babies Makin’ Babies,” “Dance to the Music,” “Everyday People,” “Family Affair,” “I Want to Take You Higher,” “If You Want Me to Stay,” “Life,” “Loose Booty,” “Sing a Simple Song,” “Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Again),” “Thank You for Talkin’ to Me Africa,” “You Can Make It If You Try,” and (You Caught Me) Smilin’.”
TWA LD-02 Little Dipper Mk II
The Little Dipper, an envelope-controlled vocal formant filter based on a classic ’70s circuit, can emulate talk boxes, wah-wahs, filters, and phase shifters. A built-in fuzz circuit emphasizes harmonics for a more dramatic effect, while dry blend and noise gate controls provide a full-frequency response with lownoise operation.
It’s not this 4-string’s maple neck, mahogany body, rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, single passive bridge pickup, or black hardware that make it stand out. It’s that Korg Mini Kaoss Pad 2S—with its 100 effect programs that can be controlled real time with a touch-pad interface—that separates the SRKP4 from the pack. The Kaoss Pad’s bag o’ tricks includes looper, vinyl break, and ducking compressor effects, and it can also record, play loops, and store three program memories you can instantly recall. And who doesn’t like a bass with a separate ⅛-inch headphone output jack, located next to the main output, and built-in distortion with separate tone and gain knobs?