Product Review | MOJO: Horn Section
Today I'm checking out another instrument from Vir2. Ever since I got it I've been playing with it, it's a dedicated horn instrument called Mojo. Every time I used to buy a new keyboard workstation, I would always checkout the brass/horns. Some of them had great sounding brass sections, and others were okay.
In the digital realm with all the samples available, you would think a great horn instrument would be easy to find, but it's not. Many of the brass samples available are either loops, or geared towards orchestral brass...nothing for that jazzy, funky, rnb style of music.Until Mojo....
What is Mojo?
Mojo is a dedicated, versatile, and innovative horn section instrument. This means it's dedicated to the same type of horn sounds you would use for funk, jazz, soul, rnb, etc. These are instruments, not just a dvd full of loops, so they respond to your playing and give you access to a huge and authentic collection of horn and brass sounds. The instruments covered in the instrument are: Trumpet, Trombone, Trumpet Muted, Trombone Muted, Piccolo Trumpet, Bass Trombone, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Clarinet, and Flugelhorn It's easy to control every aspect of the instrument from the instruments panel. You can adjust it from solo to 10 players, right in the interface...allowing you to create an instant section of instruments. You also have control over the various articulations like crescendo, trill, sustain, swell, stab, staccato, doit, etc.
There is a built in fx section for you to get your tweak on, including an "ez room" section that has multiple reverb space presets. it also has saturation, distortion, chorus, limiter, delay, eq, and reverb.
Quick Specs - Content: 15gb of 24bit stereo samples - Format: Kontakt powered virtual instrument - Price: $499
How real does Mojo sound?
I'm not a sax player, or any type of brass instrument, but I'm always looking for the best and most realistic sounding to my ears. The recording and production of these instruments is incredible, not to mention it's easy to tweak them and just plain fun to play them. You can load one of the core instruments, and it will load all articulations for that instrument, which are all keyswitchable.
In addition, you get premade ensambles, as well as some instrument special fx. Another dope feature is that it comes with over 1600 riffs mapped across the keys. The riff instruments are labeled by instrument type, tempo, and key. And they are amazing. There is also a folder of instruments labeled "wind controller" which work with midi wind controllers. You can also go very deep tweaking the instrument with micro tuning, changing the vibrato, pretty much every characteristic of the sound can be altered to your liking.
So what's the final verdict on Mojo?
Mojo delivers the goods and has become my favorite instrument from Vir2 to date. I love how real the sound, the quality is fantastic, but even more...it's really just fun to play these sounds. It's fun to pretend you have the chops to play these amazing brass instruments and being able to add convincing horn sections to your music is creatively inspiring. It comes in Kontakt player format, so even if you don't have the full version of Kontakt you can still use this product, which I like.
Mojo gets a 5 out of 5 subs from me, I just love it! It's high quality, easy to use, fun to use, and easy to tweak. It's sounds super realistic and doesn't lean towards "orchestral brass" like most libraries I've come across, which is a good thing, as there are many of those types of libraries available.
Bottom line is this: no Mojo isn't cheap, but the quality speaks for itself. If you really like to add realistic brass and horn sections to your music, I can't see any other instrument outshining Mojo. They way the instrument's built in humanization responds to your playing and the ease at which you can access various articulations, riffs, sound fx, and playing styles is simply unmatched by any brass instrument I've come across to date.
I suggest you check it out, if you love brass and have been looking for an ultimate horn section library, look no further. Go listen to the demos: Mojo Horn Section.
To see this product in action, check out JK's video review at SoundsAndGear.com