Impact Soundworks Straight Ahead Jazz Horns

An entire jazz horn and sax ensemble in one library!

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The ultimate virtual horn and sax band! With 13 deep-sampled solo instruments – trumpets, trombones, and saxes – this library has everything you need to produce incredible jazz, pop, funk, swing and big band music. Plus with new Smart Voicing ensembles, writing full harmonies and arrangements has never been easier.

SUMMARY OF FEATURES

  • Over 75,000+ 16 or 24-bit samples
  • Super playable instruments out of the box
  • Ready-made multi ensembles
  • Total Articulation Control Technology
  • Smart Voicing: Easily create realistic harmonies and arrangements in real-time
  • Send harmonized MIDI to other instruments
  • Extensive articulation tweaks and options
  • One-click FX (analog EQ, compressor, delay, reverb)
  • Compatible with FREE Kontakt Player

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Concept

Welcome to version 2 of Straight Ahead Jazz Horns! This library is designed to give you all the tools to create realistic solo and ensemble brass band mockups, with thirteen (!!) deeply-sampled instruments and over 75,000 samples total. Everything from the recordings to the performance scripting and multis has been created with authenticity and respect for jazz genres, but the library is equally suitable for big band/swing, pop, R&B, funk, and much more.

SA Jazz Horns was originally released by Straight Ahead Samples, who we have collaborated with to present this newly revised virtual instrument. Though the sample pool is largely the same as version 1 (with some additional tweaks and clean-up), the script and interface has been totally redone, including the realization of Smart Voicing - described in more detail below.

The result of our nearly year-long collaboration is an even more playable, realistic, and customizable virtual instrument that offers both excellent solo instruments and some of the most powerful ensemble writing tools ever developed, powered by our new Smart Voicing technology. We’re sure this library will find a place in your template and we can’t wait to hear what you do with it!

Smart Voicing

Our gamechanging new Smart Voicing technology makes it incredibly easy to write fully-voiced harmonies and ensemble arrangements with a minimum of effort. Here´s how it works in a nutshell:

1. Load an ensemble multi, such as 4 Trumpets or 5 Saxes.
2. In the left-hand, play or write a chord.
3. In the right-hand, play a melody.

Now, with each note of the melody, Smart Voicing will create a full harmony based on the chord you play, the melody note, and the full context of the melody you're playing. To do this, we created a database of over 10,000 possible voicings which are also displayed as sheet music notation in real-time! There are multiple voicing types available too, from simple triads to jazzier Close voicings, unisons, and octaves.

With Smart Voicing, you don't need to know how to write intricate jazz parts, or laboriously copy MIDI data across many solo instrument tracks. Just play basic chords and a melody! Keyswitches, velocity and other MIDI CCs also work perfectly, and each solo instrument can use its full set of playing techniques including legato and glissando transitions.

As an added bonus, using Kontakt's "Send MIDI to Outside World" option, you can send Smart Voicing harmonies to other plugins!

Instruments include:

  • 4 solo trumpets
  • 3 solo trombones
  • 1 bass trombone
  • 2 alto and 2 tenor saxes
  • 1 baritone sax
  • Sustain, staccato, staccatissimo
  • Quarters, falls, long falls, turns
  • Legato, glissando, doits, shakes... and many many more!
  • 2 unique mic positions

 "Overall I really felt like the strengths of these instruments are playback at softer dynamics. They blend really nicely and have rich and lush character to them and even that “spittle” sound is clear and present in the softest of dynamics adding to the realism. The Tenor Sax, Bass Trombone and Bar Sax really shine through all dynamics." - samplelibraryreview.com Check out the full video review below

 

This product works with the free Kontakt Player – a free sample player based on Kontakt 5 that runs all Native Instruments’ KONTAKT instruments, as well as third-party products made for the platform.

You can download the Kontakt Player via this link (will take you to Native Instruments website)

Instruments made for Kontakt Player will also run in the full (paid for) version of Kontakt.

Please click on the link below to view the download and install guide for this product.
http://help.timespace.com/home/installation-guide---setting-up-a-third-party-kontakt-library

Customer Reviews

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Tech Specs

Product Type:

Virtual Instrument

Format:

  • Kontakt library

Product Specs:

System Requirements
  • Requires Kontakt 5.3 or the free Kontakt Player 5.3 or higher
  • 4GB RAM (8GB for full ensembles)
  • 2011 or later processor

Download Size (RAR files)

  • Parts 1 - 11: 2 GB each
  • Part 12: 729 kB
  • Part 13: 56 kB