Just a few days ago, Native Instruments’ announced the release of Session Horns Pro. It’s true: it does have some pretty sweet sounding horns. But is it worth the purchase? Hear for yourself:
It comes with 2 regular trumpets, a muted trumpet, a flugelhorn, an alto sax, a tenor sax, a baritone sax, a tenor trombone, a bass trombone, and a tube (6 more instruments than NI’s Session Horns – that had only 2 trumpets, a tenor sax, and a tenor trombone). Make your horns sparkle with 34 articulations, up to four round robins, up to four velocity layers, and true vibrato samples.
One thing that should be noted is that these horns seemed to best used in funk or jazz or even some modern pop or hip-hop genres – a song that takes advantage of a small combo setting as opposed to a big, epic orchestral fanfare. After all: no french horns! Also, make sure you have room! Session Horns Pro takes up a whopping 30 GB of space! This Kontakt 5 library will set you back $299 – or $199 for the upgrade.
Here’s a video tutorial if you’re interested.
In the last 24 hours, Wavesfactory released a new instrument called W-Glockenspiel for Kontakt 4.2.4 and above for €9.95 (currently that’s $13.64 is USD, if you were wondering). Here’s a video demo:
Great sounds with a beautifully simplistic interface make this plugin incredibly appealing. On the product’s purchase page, you can hear the instrument played in a variety of compositions. The Glockenspiel (or, as we beginner percussionists in the 6th grade use to call them, a “bell kit”) is used largely in orchestral settings, but has become increasingly more trendy as of late in pop music and happy, corporate commercials (often accompanied by ukulele’s and hand claps). This particular instrument includes a wide range of styles and speeds of glissando’s, which I find rather intriguing.
Here’s some info from the purchase page about this instrument:
Recorded in a completely dry recording studio with up to 12x selectable round robins, up to4 velocity layers. Sampled chromatically with no pitch shifting.
Attack/release controls. Playing with the attack you can get very different results.
Recorded with 2 microphone positions, close and room, controllable directly on the interface using a slider that crossfades between the two signals.
Round robin reset keyswitch (green) and a dampen keyswitch (red) to stop all voices applying a fade out.
What do you think, composers: Will you buy it? What glockenspiels do you currently use? Are glockenspiels overused?
(fun fact: the opening song on the demo video is composed by an AudioJungle author who goes by the name alkis. I have emailed with alkis on numerous occasions. He has become a dear friend and audio mentor to me.)