The Symphonic Brass Collection, featuring solo and ensemble French Horns, Trombones, Trumpets and Tubas, is the newest addition to the SONiVOX premium Symphonic Collection. Like the acclaimed Symphonic String Collection, this is another “must have” library for composers and producers.
Recorded in the same hall, using the same award-winning engineers, and featuring Boston Pops musicians, this collection packs a truly unique set of features including the largest set of brass articulations available, multiple section sizes (1st chair, 2nd & 3rd chair, 1st – 3rd chair, and 1st – 6th chair), up to 4 alternate takes on staccato, ta, ka, and sfz articulations, plus release samples and looped sustains. Extra realism, a perfect blend with the string collection, and Sonic’s well deserved reputation for superb playability and quality, make this the brass collection of choice.
Each section was recorded in its traditional position within the orchestra for a full stereo sound. User defined panning possible without stereo phase degradation.
Dynamics and Phrasing
Up to 4 dynamic levels were recorded for each articulation. Short articulations include up to 4 different alternate takes on the same note for added realism in fast or repeating passages.
Release samples are included to preserve the natural instrument resonance and subtle ambient decay of the hall. The release samples simply trigger when you lift the keys so the effect is simply there when you play. The difference? Now you’re playing instruments, not samples.
Sustained tones for legato playing at all dynamic levels. 4 velocity levels, release samples, all sections.
Sustained tones with an initial punch of dynamic intensity that tapers off to a smoother sound. 2 velocity levels for trumpets, trombones and horns, 1 velocity level for tuba, release samples, all sections.
A more melodic legato with a touch of vibrato, intended for solo melodic passages, 4 velocity levels, release samples, solo trumpet and solo French horn.
Sustained tones using a straight mute in the bell to provide a classical mute timbre. 3 velocity levels for trumpets and trombones, 2 for the horns, release samples, all sections except tuba & Solo French Horn.
Bells Up Legato
Strong and loud sustained legato tones for the French horns, in which players raise the instrument so that the bell is up in the air facing the audience instead of against the body facing away from the audience. 1 velocity level, release samples.
Stop Muted Legato
Sustained tones for the French horns, using a stop mute in the bell to provide the classic stopped horn timbre. 2 velocity levels, release samples.
Short staccato tones for accented passages, 4 velocity levels, 3 takes per note for trumpets, trombones, and horns, 2 takes for tuba and solo horn, all sections.
Short staccato tones with a straight mute in the bell, 3 velocity levels, 3 takes per note, all sections except tuba.
Double Tongue “Ta” and “Ka”
Short fast tones in which the player plays a rapidly repeated series of notes by placing the tongue alternately between the positions for “t” and “k”. Recorded in a phrase for realism, the “Ta’s” and “Ka’s” have been separated to allow the composer complete control. 3 velocity levels, 3 takes per note, all sections except tuba.
A sustained articulation in which the player places his tongue against the roof of his mouth, just above and behind the top teeth. When blowing, the airflow causes the tongue to separate from the roof of the mouth and the muscles cause the tongue to be restored to the roof. The resulting sound has an ethereal and “fluttering” quality. 2 velocities, release samples, all sections except tuba.
Muted Flutter Tongue
Sustained Flutter Tongue with a straight mute in the bell. 2 velocity levels, release samples, trumpets.
Strong, powerful short tone with a sharp attack followed by a quick drop in volume. 1 velocity level, release samples, all sections.
Sforzando with a straight mute in the bell. 1 velocity level, release samples. all sections.
Similar to a Sforzando, but with a quick drop in pitch. 1 velocity level, trombones.
Falls with a straight mute in the bell. 2 velocity levels for trumpets, 1 for trombones.
An articulation in which the pitch slides up or down. Slow medium and fast variations are included. 1 velocity level, horns and trombones.
Similar to a Glissando, but with a more intense, loose attack, 1 velocity level, trombones & tuba.
Rips with a straight mute in the bell. 1 velocity level, trombones.