Native Instruments releases Session Horns Pro

Native Instruments Session Horns Pro

Native Instruments has released Session Horns Pro, a major upgrade to the popular Session Horns, offering 10 times the power, flexibility and detail of the original.

SESSION HORNS PRO now provides users with an extended and comprehensive sample library of horn sounds, customizable horn sections of up to 6 instruments, and intelligent play modes for increased playability.

SESSION HORNS PRO’s highly detailed 30GB sample library comes with additional velocity layers, round robins and articulations. The instrument range is expanded to include three saxophones, two trombones, three trumpets, a tuba, and a flugelhorn. All instruments can be played solo or as a part of customizable horn sections. 38 horn section presets provide common section types from popular music, making the process of finding the right sound easy for users of every level.

SESSION HORNS PRO’s Animator feature is also boosted to include over 200 ready-to-play riffs – up to six phrases can be combined at once. The Smart Voice Split feature identifies the correct instrument for each note, providing authentic horn arrangements without needing sophisticated knowledge of arrangement techniques. 34 articulations,and added true vibrato samples deliver an exceptional level of authenticity throughout. The revamped mixer section also adds a new level in control over the final sound, both over individual instruments and via master effects such as compression, EQ, tape saturation, and a low-pass filter.

SESSION HORNS PRO was created in partnership with e-instruments – the specialists for intensely detailed sampled instruments. Thomas Koritke and his team have captured the clarity, sparkle, and liveliness of these horns in outstanding sound quality.

Session Horns Pro is available for purchase for $299 USD / 299 EUR / £249 GBP. Session Horns users can upgrade for $199 USD / 199 EUR / £169 GBP.

More information: Native Instruments / Session Horns Pro


Spitfire releases Low Brass library for Kontakt

Spitfire Audio BML Low Brass

Spitfire Audio has announced the release of Low Brass, the fifth instalment in its definitive BML (British Modular Library).

Providing you with the most solid foundations for your orchestral palette, Spitfire’s Low Brass celebrates some of the greatest players on the world stage today.

Recorded in Lyndhurst Hall – Air Studios, one of the finest scoring stages in the world, through rarefied vintage valve and ribbon mics, via the unique Neve “Montserrat” pre-amps via a Neve 88R desk onto a pristinely maintained Studer 2″ tape machine and digitised via the finest Prism A-Ds. With a huge host of mic positions to choose from alongside mixes from our chief engineer Jake Jackson: Low Brass offers the definitive edition of these instruments:

THE TUBA – Played by Owen Slade one of the most called-upon session musicians in the country, Owen conjures a beautiful lyricism made from pure Chocolate, to monstrous side ripping lows and gentle and warm humorous parps.

THE CONTRABASS TROMBONE – Wagner Strauss and Schoenberg are some composers who put this instrument through its paces, however, Samuel Adler in his book “The Study Of Orchestration” rather flippantly remarked “Since the contrabass trombone taxes the performer so greatly, we advise not to write for the instrument…” Pah to that! London has a handful of fine players and in this library we have the finest.

THE CIMBASSO – Or Verdi Trombone Basso. Until recent times quite a rarefied instrument, now making a come back on many of the big studio picture scores. In it’s lower dynamic range it’s not unlike a Tuba. But it’s not this that we’re looking for with a Cimbasso, for the real character of the instrument is in its upper dynamics and Cuivre style of playing. For therein lies a sound that could have sprung straight out of a Hieronymus Bosch painting.

CIMBASSO A2 – As above but with 2 two different players playing at the same time. Combine the two patches and you have three Verdi trombone bassos!

The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £184 GBP for a limited time (regular RRP £245 GBP). Subject to VAT in the EU. Requires full version of Kontakt v4.2.4 or higher.

More information: Spitfire Audio / BML Low Brass


Cinematique Instruments releases Low Banda Brass

Cinematique Instruments has announced Low Banda Brass, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt including 2 instruments: a single tuba (F tuba) and a single bass trombone.

Cinematique Instruments Low Banda Brass
Low Banda Brass – Tuba and Bass Trombone instruments

Both instruments cover the lowest range of the brass family and stand out with a deep and powerful sound. Currently these two instruments enjoy great popularity – mostly used in Banda Music which is a brass-based form of traditional central American music consisting of a variety of forms, including rancheras, corridos, cumbias, baladas, and boleros. Low range brass is also frequently used in Mexican pop & rock, cumbias as well as polka and traditional German/Austrian music. Whatever you do the Tuba and Bass Trombone, are perfect tools to lend your music a unique sound basis and add roaring power from down below to your productions.

To keep the data small and the price reasonable we set the focus on the main playing techniques: long, short and staccato notes. In order to achieve a unique, realistic and organic sound we spent a lot of time finding the right microphone setup. We decided on a ribbon and two condenser mics as well as an additional bass drum microphone which was located close to the bell (used for “Tuba Short div” patch). We recorded up to 5 velocity layer in 3 round robin variations. In order to keep a very authentic sound and feel we decided to keep the tuning as natural as possible. The result is truly impressive and we are now proud and excited to present the Low Banda Brass to you. All rounded up with he CI typical easy mapping and scripting and as always a real stylish design. It is enormous fun to play and you will quickly create fast rhythmical patterns as well as long dramatic melody lines.
Low Banda Brass enriches your music with a realistic, organic and unique, deep brass sound.

Low Banda Brass is available to purchase for 37 EUR.

More information: Cinematique Instruments / Low Banda Brass


ProjectSAM Orchestral Brass Classic, symphonic brass sample library updated to v1.2

ProjectSAM Orchestral Brass Classic

ProjectSAM has released version 1.2 of Orchestral Brass Classic, a symphonic brass sound library for Kontakt.

ORCHESTRAL BRASS CLASSIC is the re-issue of the most respected symphonic brass series on the sample market: SAM Horns, SAM Trombones, SAM Trumpets and SAM Solo Sessions. Known for its ambient, cinematic sound, ORCHESTRAL BRASS CLASSIC is the only brass library that no film, TV or game composer can afford to be without.

Changes in Orchestral Brass Classic v1.2

  • Pitch Scaling Curves: All groups in all instruments were re-checked for the presence of Pitch Scaling curves, and removed where found.
  • Bug Fixes:
    • 09c Tuba Staccato s – When playing keynote F2 at the lowest velocities clicks occurred. Zones adjusted.
    • 26 Trp Sect Intervals KEY MOD stage & close – Intervals were more quiet when modwheel is up (so downward intervals) then when modwheel is down, fixed.
    • 01 Tbn Sect KEY s & 11 Tbn Sect staccato s – Group ID 34 had no KSW assignment & Zone volumes imbalanced.
    • 03 T Tbn Solo Sustain DYN c – Pitch Scaling Curves removed.
    • F Hn Sect Intervals – Stage & Close – Wrong interval labels.
    • Multi – Epic Sustain – Pitch Scaling Curves removed.

Orchestral Brass Classic for Kontakt (powered by Kontakt Player) is available to purchase for $399.99 USD / 299.99 EUR ex. VAT.

More information: ProjectSAM


HV Synth Design updates LowBrassCollection

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HV Synth Design LowBrassCollection

HV Synth Design has released an updated version of the LowBrassCollection, a virtual instrument featuring an acoustic modeled Bass Trombone, Tenor Trombone, F-Horn and WagnerTuba.

Changes in LowBrassCollection

  • Improved F-Horn and Tuba sound,
  • Implementation of an attack engine for loud and bright attacks,
  • Amplitude and Pitch vibrato are now separate sections.

LowBrassCollection is available for $179 USD. The demo version has been updated as well.
You can now also purchase the TotalBrassCollection (trumpets and low brass), for a reduced price of $299 USD.

Visit HV Synth Design for more information and audio demos.


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