SA! Jazz Horns Released by Straight Ahead Samples



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lright everyone. After a looooonng road, a ton of work and some huge setbacks along the way, we're finally ready to release SA! Jazz Horns. We're really proud of this library and hope that you guys like it and find some good uses for it in your music.


With SA! Jazz Horns you can finally produce realistic and compelling big band, jazz horn tracks. Featuring 13 unique solo instruments and harmonized ensemble patches that authentically auto-harmonize lead lines into classic-sounding horn voicings. Jazz/pop articulations like falls, doits and bends with amazing performance legato that really swings.

http://straightaheadsamples.com/sa-jazz-horns/

13 Solo Instruments


4 Trumpets (each played by different players)
– Lead Trumpet
– 2nd Trumpet
– 3rd Trumpet
– 4th Trumpet.

4 Trombones (each played by different players)
– Lead Trombone
– 2nd Trombone
– 3rd Trombone
– Bass Trombone.

5 Saxophones (each played by different players)
– Lead Alto Saxophone
– 2nd Alto Saxophone
– 1st Tenor Saxophone
– 2nd Tenor Saxophone
– Baritone Saxophone.

Ensemble Patches. Utilizing our “Harmonic Automation” technology, the ensemble patches create full ensemble harmonized chords/lines by only playing single-line melodies. Contains all the same articulations from the solo instruments.

Ensemble Types
– 8 Brass - Close Voicing– 4 Tpts & 4 Tbns
- 4 Trumpets - Close Voicing
- 4 Trombones - Close Voicing
– Sax Soli – 5 saxes Close
- Open Triads - Trumpets
- Open Spread Voicings - Trombones

Voicing Types – Orchestrationally well-balanced and stylistically-accurate.
– Thickened Line Voicings – used for playing melodic passages.
– Chorale Voicings – used for hits, stabs, and long pads/backgrounds.

Features:
SA Samples “Accented Legato” – Not just a generic legato between every note. In conjunction with our recording process that captures the conditions and the way that players actually perform legato, our Accented Legato script intelligently inserts the recorded legato transitions in the appropriate places in real-time while you’re playing.
Our new “Harmonic Automation” + Harmonized Tutti Voicings – For our ensemble patches, we very pleased to introduce this new concept which understands any chords you play and then allows you to play single-line melodies and SA Jazz Horns will intelligently play fully harmonized ensemble voicings. Creating a lighting fast way to create big, stylistically accurate, orchestrationally-sound, tutti horn section lines.
2 Microphones with mixer. Mix/blend between a pristine U47 or a beautifully dark vintage RCA U44.

Articulation List:
Sustains
Vibrato Sustains
Quarters/8ths
Staccatos
Staccatissimos
Scoops (some solo instruments have "subtle" & "big" scoops, triggered by key velocity)
Falls (some solo instruments have both "subtle" and "medium" falls, triggered by key velocity)
Long Falls
Forte Pianos
Doits
Half-step Bends
Glissandos
Flops (brass only)
Turns (brass only)
Shakes (brass only)

Total installed size = 45.7Gb





http://straightaheadsamples.com/sa-jazz-horns/
 
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chimuelo

Star Of Stage & Screen
Some folks need several Strings. Then guys like me need several Horns.
Not much into vrs. others but more like what will this add.
Trumpet tone in the highest ranges.
Shakes in the solo and ensemble recordings.
The rest will blend with others with a minute difference in tuning.
Sweetness....
 

Rasmus Hartvig

Senior Member
Congrats on the release guys!

I resisted this for a day. It was indeed futile, and now I have firmly pulled the trigger. Sorry wallet!

Now that it's out there, are you considering doing an expansion with mutes?
 

prodigalson

Senior Member
question for Straight Ahead, were the voicings in the thickened-line patches recorded that way? or is there some fancy poly-legato, auto-harmonizer scripting going on?

In other words, in playing the thickened line voicings, is Kontakt playing back recorded chords or is it pulling from samples of the solo instruments?
 
question for Straight Ahead, were the voicings in the thickened-line patches recorded that way? or is there some fancy poly-legato, auto-harmonizer scripting going on?

In other words, in playing the thickened line voicings, is Kontakt playing back recorded chords or is it pulling from samples of the solo instruments?
The chords are "baked-in." All the voicings+articulations are prerecorded. The lead player remains solo to allow for flexibility, but the rest of the notes are 1 audio file.
 

prodigalson

Senior Member
The chords are "baked-in." All the voicings+articulations are prerecorded. The lead player remains solo to allow for flexibility, but the rest of the notes are 1 audio file.
Excellent! thanks so much.
 
Hey all, we were getting a few questions, so I added some bits of information in the original post. Here too, for those interested.

Total installed size = 45.7 Gb

Articulation List:
Sustains
Vibrato Sustains
Quarters/8ths
Staccatos
Staccatissimos
Scoops (some solo instruments have "subtle" & "big" scoops, triggered by key velocity)
Falls (some solo instruments have both "subtle" and "medium" falls, triggered by key velocity)
Long Falls
Forte Pianos
Doits
Half-step Bends
Glissandos
Flops (brass only)
Turns (brass only)
Shakes (brass only)
 
Congrats guys, this sounds absolutely superb! :)
Thanks so much.

I feel this is how all brass libraries should go: individual instruments with diff players. Kudos for going in this direction.
Yes, for us, it was the only way to achieve what we were going for. When you hear the 3/4 Trumpets in unison patch it all makes sense. :)
 
Including demos of ballad-playing with a couple of solo instruments. As you guys know, getting these kind of nuanced jazz phrases with a solo instrument like this is indeed tricky. We think SA! Jazz Horns does a pretty nice job.