Play it like you mean it None of this is much use without articulations of course — the nuances and playing techniques that make real instruments sound real and not just like they have been played by a computer. The Performance Patch main tab, showing the Animator's control panel. Each genre has its own sub-menu of brass-lick variation, and every lick can be subjected to quite a bit of editing. Kontakt's on-the-fly sample loading becomes very useful in these circumstances. The trombone, tenor sax and two trumpets have been sampled to perfection and deliver a rich, authentic sound, playable by anyone. The articulation switch in Performance mode is a useful tool, but still rather a blunt one, and has to be set very carefully for it to sound natural. And intelligent auto-arranging gives you true-to-life horn arrangements no matter your skill level.
The articulations on offer are Rips a glide at the beginning of a sustained note , Grace, Grace Vibrato, Porte-Piano-Crescendo there is a two-beat option and a four-beat one, but if time-stretching is enabled the crescendos will adjust to suit the host tempo , Growl, Growl Vibrato, Marcato Long and Marcato Medium. Expressive Performance Make your horn arrangements sparkle with 34 articulations, up to four round robins, up to four velocity layers, and true vibrato samples. And I also don't want to screw this up, as all my other Kontakt libraries are playing perfectly. Please do detail what you have tried, as well as where things currently are - in terms of any tweaks that you have tried if any. The first four are simple presets that can be demoed easily to find out which one suits the material best, although Animator has a whole set of controls all of its own. It has the sounds and the tools necessary for creating wider-ranging material too, but more work and care will be needed to get the best from the universally high-quality sample material.
There is some control over how the instrument-to-keyboard assignment is made, however, and this is provided by a feature called the Voicing Assistant. No need to decide in advance which articulation you want to play. Thanks, I am hoping this will work for you now, Bob Bone Sorry for the delay in replying, all. Arrange 10 perfectly-sampled instruments into sections of up to six pieces. You get ten instruments, available either in solo versions or more interestingly as ensembles with up to six assignable slots so you can mix and match from three saxophones, two trombones, three trumpets, a tube and a flugelhorn.
However, there are a handful of caveats among the chording rules which take a little getting used to. The multi-instrument interface called Performance is the one that provides the user with the most compositional aids, enabling them to play horn sections without having to do any real programming. Hate fixing stuff that already works. Smart Voice Split is brilliant and automatically assigns the different instruments to different notes as you play, based on their ranges. And intelligent auto-arranging gives you true-to-life horn arrangements no matter your skill level. The final Voicing Assistant mode is the Animator, an entirely different beast to the similarly named rhythmic arpeggiator of Session Strings.
Or customize your horn section with up to six instruments split into four voices. Price: Full version £249, Upgrades from £169 Pros: Beautifully sampled horn sounds. Thanks for staying with me EvilDragon. Plus with new Smart Voicing ensembles, writing full harmonies and arrangements has never been easier. The Animator is an endless source of inspiration, and an ideal starting point for your productions.
The usefulness of this becomes apparent when you discover that the Animator can be momentarily engaged via the sustain pedal from any of the other playing modes. You should be running 3. Although an instrument in this price range won't cover every conceivable articulation and playing technique, it offers enough expressivity to do the job convincingly well, and represents very fair value for money. The mod wheel also adds just the right amount of tasteful vibrato. Followed the instructions here and managed to fix it in no time. Mere mortals wouldv'e bugged out by now. Consider it as a workaround to the limited articulations available at one time in the Performance patch.
A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w. The other, Vir2's Mojo Horn Section, covers the subject in equally comprehensive detail. I found the best way to work was to build a simple core using an ensemble setup, and then open instances of single instruments to create specific melody and lead lines, or for particular embellishments, thereby ensuring that the right articulation settings were applied to each instrument. The only thing lacking, perhaps, is key-on and key-off noise. The comprehensive internal mixer allows you to precisely adjust each individual instruments to your liking.
Specific instruments can be lowered by one octave: Drop 1st lowers the trombone, Drop 2nd lowers the sax, and Drop 3rd lowers trumpet 2, working from bottom to top. The views expressed are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the publishers. Obviously the Keyswitch interface is handy for performance work too, but it takes a little more setting up in the first place and lacks the phrase-generating Animator function. To have those phrases play in C-major, you have to add an A. An update from Session Horns is available and worth buying for the additional features such as multiple keyswitching, extra instruments and sound sets and, of course, the solo instruments, which make a huge difference when detailed editing is needed.