Hi everyone, I have been asking a lot of questions in this forum for the past couple weeks so I finally come bearing content! I recently purchased an NS Design NXTA which I am using with a line 6 helix to get as close to an upright bass sound as I can. (I have linked the audio below). There is a lot of info below but the TLR is that this bass sounds really nice once I got it all tweaked to the way I wanted it. If anyone is interested I will post my Ampeg Baby Bass emulation tomorrow. The Audio: Here is my setup: -NS Design NXTa -Innovation Super Silvers? (I think, honestly I'm not sure what these strings are but they are synthetic, thick and low tension.) -Line 6 HX Stomp -Foam under the strings (Similar to how you would do a P Bass) -3Sigma German Bass Impulse Response My helix settings: 3sigma audio German Bass Impulse response 5bu -> La Studio Comp (Moderate Compression) ->Cali Q Graphic ([email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]) -> Gain block (Clean gain +7.8) Hit me up and I will send you a couple patches for you to try but you will need the impulse response. My quick review of the impulse response: This is a pretty killer addition, if you guys want I can record another without the impulse response so you can hear it but this really works to give it the "airiness" of an upright. For 10 bucks you really can't go wrong but you need something capable of running an impulse response if you want to use it live but there are free impulse loading software if you just want to record. My quick(ish) review of the NXTa (Yes another one to add to the thousand already here haha) I bought this primarily for it's portability. It is small and portable but still not small. The sound out of the box is pretty horrible in my opinion. With the crossover strings it really just sounds like a fretless electric to me. (If that's your thing great! I'm not gonna piss on any parades). I think that a lot of people looking for an upright bass in a travel size will be disappointed. Once I got the crossover strings off and put on some really dampened upright strings things started to get closer to the sound I wanted. It came even further when I cranked up the bridge as high as it would go. Then when I added the helix with the Impulse Response, compression, EQ, I became really happy with the sound. The negatives: The tuners on this bass are pretty bad. I could feel them stressing to get even these low tension strings up to pitch. The stand is also another weak point of this bass, For almost 2k we still get a stand that wobbles and tuning pegs that feel like they are going to shear off? I feel uncomfortable playing because I don't have good resistance from the bass and can't really 'dig in' well. I will be buying the endpin stand shortly but it is not cheap! I will also be getting the thumb stop for the D position because that is another thing that I miss from the upright. And lastly before I quit my complaining, I can't find a super comfortable position for my right hand thumb. (Waaah ) The positives: This bass is beautiful! I'm a big fan of portable silent instruments as I travel more than I'm at home and have a Yamaha silent guitar as well. For craftsmanship this bass blows Yamaha out of the water on that front. The neck is perfect and the tuning dots are in the perfect position. The tone is good if you are willing to give it a chance. Final line: If you are willing to mess with it until you get it right this bass is great, if you are looking for a plug and play upright emulation look elsewhere. Overall, I am very happy with this setup. I've certainly had worse live sound than this even with my "real" upright bass which I love acoustically.