Toontrack EBX: Fretless

Expansion Pack for EZbass

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  • Regular price $89.00 20% off
  • $71.00

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The Basics

iLok is a copy protection method used by many of our brands.

It has 3 types of activations, iLok USB, iLok Machine, and iLok Cloud.

Different brands/products will offer different iLok methods. iLok USB is always an option, but the availability of iLok Cloud and iLok Machine methods is at the discretion of the software developer.

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iLok USB Key

iLok USB

This activation is stored on an iLok 2 or 3 USB key.

It is the best option for portability, if you frequently move between multiple machines, and offline use.

iLok Machine ID

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While this is a convenient way to work offline, and does not require the additional cost of an iLok USB, there is the risk of a license being lost in the case of a drive failure.

This option also requires extra care when you upgrade to a new computer, the license(s) must be deactivated on your old machine first to ensure you do not lose them.

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Fretless Is More

The fretless bass, the presets, and the MIDI you need for flawless composition across the genres.

At a glance, one wouldn't think that removing the seemingly insignificant metal rods that separate the notes on a bass' fretboard would open up a completely new harmonic panorama and transform it into an almost altogether new instrument. But it does, indeed. The sublime and soaring violin-like character, the near-weightless glissando, the rich, full, and hearty sustain, and the incredibly unique overall expressiveness are all qualities that make it utterly impossible to mistake it for a traditional bass. A subtle vibrato or just the strike of a single note gives it away.

The Fretless EBX comes with a handpicked instrument, sampled in extreme detail to capture all of these unique characteristics. In addition to the sounds, it also includes a broad selection of presets as well as a custom content of MIDI tailored for fretless playing styles.

Immortalized by players like Sting, Les Claypool, Bernard Odum, Pino Palladino, Gary Willis, and, of course, Jaco Pastorius, the fretless has truly become a mythical creature in the world of basses - revered for its tone but feared for its profound complexity to handle. Regardless of what style you're looking to write, welcome to a bass that encompasses the entire dynamic and tonal range needed to cut through on both ends of the extremes. This is a bass that lets you paint with sound - outside the lines. Literally.


  • A meticulously captured fretless, top-shelf bass
  • Includes a collection of presets covering a broad range of tones - from dark and mellow to bright and articulate
  • For use in any style where the bass has a prominent role
  • Includes a custom MIDI library tailored for the instrument and fretless playing styles

The Instrument

When looking for an optimal fretless bass to sample for an expansion like this, the Toontrack sound design team had an extensive list of boxes it needed to tick. Extreme craftsmanship and attention to detail was one, a pure and transparent tone was another and an even and balanced sustain was a third. In the end, the list whittled down to one obvious choice, the brainchild of fretless master player Gary Willis: an Ibanez GWB 1005.

The Sounds & Articulations

Seeing as the fingerstyle is predominant for fretless players regardless of the genre in which they may operate, the Fretless EBX solely hones in on that. Generally, a fretless bass is played more softly than a fretted one since a hard-hit string rattling against metal frets as opposed to a blank fretboard sounds way more appealing.

Oftentimes, fretless players also use the entire picking surface to generate a broader width of tone. In the Fretless EBX, this was illustrated by sampling each note not only in an increasing velocity, but also by gradually changing the position of the right hand. The softer a note was struck, the closer to the neck it was sampled. This will help further showcase the entire frequency range and expressiveness of the instrument.

The Presets

The scope of music a fretless can be used in is as endless as the tonal range of the instrument itself. There are fretless players in anything from classic jazz and modern fusion to extreme death metal. With that in mind, the included collection of presets was designed to showcase as much width as possible while keeping the instrument and its unique qualities in focus.

Expect anything from dark and mellow to bright and articulate tones – all flaunting the distinct growl and timbre of the instrument.


The included MIDI was created by noted player Laurence Cottle and covers anything from basic to elaborate basslines – all tailored for the touch and tone that can’t be mistaken for anything but a fretless.

    System Requirements

    • Toontrack EZbass 1.1.0 or above is required
    • 4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
    • 600MB free storage space

    Crossgrade Proof

    This crossgrade is for owners of a competing DAW. To prove your DAW ownership, we require that you upload proof in the form of an image/PDF.

    Types of proof

    A copy of your purchase receipt for the original license or the most recent update/upgrade

    A screenshot of your product registration

    A photo of your package (either CD/DVD or printed manual), with the unique serial number included in the photo.