Designed for double bass and other stringed instruments, the NinoMute alters the instruments’ note envelope, smoothing out articulation and working to tame abrasive, dynamically inconsistent notes. The resulting tone is thumpier, darker, and more direct; highly effective in ensembles that call for a mellower sound. With a bow, the NinoMute’s focus provides emphasis on fundamental technique and can act as a kind of training aid, helping students develop their fingering while controlling sympathetic resonance and the grating scratch of rudimentary arco technique. The NinoMute expands significantly the timbre and dynamics of the acoustic bass, adding a professional range of colors to the instrument’s sonic palette.
The NinoMute is available for double bass and cello, and NinoMutes for violin and viola will be available soon.
The NinoMute comes in 4- and 5-string models, with the option of two styles:
1. The Original
Provides a quality of thump that can be accessed anywhere on the fingerboard, including higher registers.
2. The XT (X-tra Thump)
For those seeking an X-tra supply of thump.
The NinoMute was developed by bassist Nino Ocampo out of a desire to more broadly emphasize the acoustic quality of his instruments. Nino learned to play upright bass years after he began practicing electric bass guitar. He soon realized that he wanted a sound that more readily lent itself to acoustic settings. When Nino saw his friend Carey Nordstrand release the NordyMute for electric bass, he recognized that its ability to coax out buttery and thump timbres would translate well to upright. After bugging Carey to develop an upright bass mute for about a year, Nino got inspired to design one himself. The result is the NinoMute. NinoMute demos have received thousands of views on YouTube and been praised as a “game changer” by many distinguished acoustic bassists, including endorsements and reviews from discriminating players and bass experts, like renowned educator, author, and player Ed Friedland.