MOJO: Horn Section

The heart and soul of funk, pop, jazz, and big band horn sections


  • Kontakt Player 3
  • Plug-in
$ 499.95

  • Kontakt Player 3
  • Plug-in
$ 499.95

Vir2 Instruments

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"...sound quality is excellent and highly usable... If you use horns regularly in your MIDI arrangements, you need to get your Mojo!" - Sound On Sound

"This is a well-implemented VI with sufficient sounds, tools and controls to program remarkably authentic-sounding horn parts... We would advise anyone looking for a virtual horn section to give MOJO serious consideration. It's competitively priced and delivers the goods" - Music Tech Magazine

"Aside from the sound quality, what I like most about MHS is that it's fun to play... Mojo: Horn Section delivers on its promise." - EQ Magazine

"If you're in the market for brass sounds, you simply must check it out... there's no doubting that Mojo is one of the best horn instruments available." - Computer Music

Description


Now at the tips of your fingers is the most versatile horn section in the world, MOJO: Horn Section, which offers the most flexible and innovative approach to pop, funk, jazz, and big band horns ever created in a virtual instrument. Inspired by legendary groups like Tower of Power and the big bands of decades past, MOJO is capable of emulating everything from a sultry sax solo to a screaming full big band playing at the top of their lungs.

Mojo screenshot


Pushing the boundaries of sampling and scripting technology far beyond traditional sample libraries, MOJO offers a simple but feature-packed interface. No need to decide in advance which articulation you want to play. Simply load the instrument, turn the Ensemble knob to specify how many players you want playing that instrument (from a soloist to a dectet) and begin controlling the instrument from the keyboard. More than a dozen articulations are instantly loaded and intelligently handled via performance features and keyswitches. Behind the scenes, a humanizing function, smart release layers, and custom legato and vibrato tools assist the player in reproducing the ultimate dimensions in realism. Crescendos and swells sync instantly to host tempos and can be triggered in real time.

Included in the instrument collection are: soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, trumpet (open, muted, and piccolo), flugelhorn, trombone (open and muted), bass trombone, and clarinet. The articulation list varies for each instrument, but generally includes sustains, stabs, staccatos, trills, slurs, shakes, octave runs, rise to hits, falls (including four different lengths), doits, bends, stylistic riffs, special effects, and tempo-synced swells and crescendos. All samples are recorded in 24-bit stereo using the finest preamps in the world, including a vintage Neve 1073 and a LaChapell Audio 992EG, and mics by AKG, Neumann, and Coles.

MOJO is powered by the popular Kontakt engine, offering total integration into all major sequencers via its AudioUnit, VST, and RTAS plug-ins, as well as standalone operation.

At the heart of MOJO are twelve core instruments: Trumpet, Trombone, Trumpet Muted, Trombone Muted, Piccolo Trumpet, Bass Trombone, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Clarinet, and Flugelhorn. Using MOJO is as simple as deciding which instrument to load. Solo and ensemble playing is built into each individual core patch, as are all articulations and release types. MOJO makes it as easy and straightforward as possible to begin playing without having to make too many decisions or sifting through dozens of patches. When any of the twelve core instruments are loaded, this interface is displayed.

Mojo screenshot


The first two knobs allow you to control how many players should be playing this instrument (from one to ten) and which mode they should be playing in (polyphonic, monophonic, or legato). These knobs, as well as virtually every other parameter in the MOJO interface, can be controlled via MIDI, so these knobs can be programmed and adjusted on the fly. Using these features, it's easy to sequence a stacked trumpet section, then switch to a solo trumpet, then return to the section, all within one MIDI track or performance.

Mojo screenshot


As you add players to the ensemble, MOJO intelligently spreads the ensemble around the stereo field and gives you control over their spread, tuning variation, and other aspects of the group.

The onscreen display shows you which articulation and release type is active at any given time. Each instrument includes various articulations and release layers which are triggered via keyswitches, such as bends, runs, crescendos, swells, doits, falls, staccatos, stabs, and more.

Mojo screenshot


Doits, falls of various speeds, and up-slurs are available as releases and are also triggerable via keyswitches. In other words, hold down a sustain chord, then hold down the keyswitch trigger, then exactly when you release the original chord, MOJO will play the release articulation, ascending from the original notes you played.

Swells and crescendos are programmed to sync to the tempo of the host sequencer. Using MOJO's advanced automatic timestretching, you can configure MOJO to play swells and crescendos that are the exact number of beats you want, from 1 beat to 18 beats. MOJO will also follow a changing tempo, so if the tempo changes in the middle of the song, swells and crescendos will adjust automatically.

Each core instrument includes a full suite of integrated effects, such as compression, limiting, reverb, EQ, and more.

Mojo screenshot


Many other engines and controls have been integrated into MOJO, including physically modeled vibrato, advanced humanization, character control (allowing adjustment between mellow vs. aggressive playing), attack control for more percussive playing, and EZRoom one-click convolution reverb.

In addition to the twelve core instruments discussed above, MOJO includes prerecorded riffs and special effects.

For more in-depth information about MOJO, please see the Vir2.com product pages.

Details



Here is an overview of Mojo's features:

Instruments

  • Alto Sax
  • Bari Sax
  • Bass Trombone
  • Clarinet
  • Flugelhorn
  • Piccolo Trumpet
  • Soprano Sax
  • Tenor Sax
  • Trombone
  • Trombone Mute
  • Trumpet
  • Trumpet Mute

Articulation List (varies by instrument)

  • Sustain
  • Octave Run Up and Down
  • Stab
  • Staccato
  • Bend Down
  • Crescendo (tempo-synced)
  • Swell (tempo-synced)
  • Rise to Hit
  • Shake
  • Trills

Release Types (varies by instrument)

  • Standard
  • Doit
  • Slur Up
  • Falls (4 different speeds)
  • Shake

Riffs

  • Over 1600 riffs included
  • Tempo-synced
  • Transposable
  • Organized by instrument, key, and tempo

Effects

  • Hundreds of special effects samples

Ensembles

  • Instant adjustment between 1 and 10 players per instrument
  • Intelligent and adjustable stereo positioning
  • Adjustable accuracy and sloppiness

Integrated Engines

  • Physically modeled vibrato
  • Advanced humanization
  • Character control
  • EZRoom Convolution Reverb

Playing Modes

  • Polyphonic
  • Monophonic
  • Legato

Built-in Effects

  • 3-Band Equalizer
  • Compressor
  • Saturation
  • Distortion
  • Chorus
  • Reverb
  • Delay
  • Stereo Width
  • Limiter

Other

  • Remote MIDI CC control over almost every parameter
  • Lite patches with fewer samples for faster loading
  • Individual articulation instruments

Engine

  • Powered by Kontakt
  • Standalone, VST, AU, and RTAS operation
  • Mac and PC compatible



Download Sizes


Version Compressed Download Size
 
Kontakt Player 3/Plug-in Download includes
  Installation Instructions:  859.9 MB
  Mojo Part 1:  4.19 GB
  Mojo Part 2:  4.19 GB
  Mojo Part 3:  4.19 GB
  Mojo Part 4:  2.29 GB
  Install Video:  Video

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License Agreement


The Following End User License Agreement is included with MOJO: Horn Section. This License is only valid for the individual who has purchased an unopened, new and lawfully made copy of MOJO: Horn Section from a dealer or distributor authorized by Big Fish Audio.

"The samples contained herein are licensed, not sold to you, the individual end user, by Vir2 Instruments. This non-exclusive, non-transferable license is granted only to the individual end user who has purchased an unopened, new, and lawfully made copy of this product from a dealer or distributor authorized by Vir2 Instruments. All samples remain the property of Vir2 Instruments and are licensed only for use in the creation of a live or recorded performance that includes the licensed samples as part of a derivative musical work created by the licensed end user. This license expressly forbids resale, rental, loan, gift, or transfer of these samples in any format or via any medium, except as part of a derivative musical work. The samples may not be included, whether unmodified or as part of a derivative work, in any sample library product. Any unlicensed usage will be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible under the law."



Horns

Reviews


 
Article Rating Author
 
Computer Music 9/10
EQ Magazine Craig Anderton
Keyboard Magazine Marty Cutler
Music Tech Magazine
Sound On Sound Magazine David Ricard
SoundsAndGear.com JK Swopes

Compatibility


 
  This product is compatible with...
 
  AU
  Cubase
  Digital Performer
  GarageBand
  Kontakt
  Logic
  Mac
  Nuendo
  PC
  Pro Tools 7
  RTAS
  VSTi

Videos


As you add players to the ensemble, MOJO intelligently spreads the ensemble around the stereo field and gives you control over their spread, tuning variation, and other aspects of the group:

Movie 1


This video shows how each articulation can be triggered via keyswitch triggers and shows a typical set of articulations for each instrument in MOJO:

Movie 2

This demonstration video shows the release options for the trumpet: doit, slur up, fall short, fall medium, fall long, fall extra long, and shakes:

Movie 3


This demonstration video shows the same trumpet section swell played at three different tempos. MOJO is tracking the tempo changes automatically:

Movie 4