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VHorns Saxophones

Sampling meets modeling, again & again
VHorns Saxophones - Sampling meets modeling, again & again
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Horns
$219.00
$219.00
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Following the success of the VHorns Brass Section, we decided to work on saxophones. And after a whole year of work, the complete saxophone family is here!

We went beyond simply sampling one of each saxophone, so with VHorns Saxophones, you get 2 altos, 2 sopranos, 2 tenors and 2 baritones, each played by a different musician and using a technique to cover a specific genre (one more Jazz oriented and the other with less air that is more suited for classical.

Just like for VHorns Brass Section, we wanted to make it easy to use, without any key switches, and able to just control the air flow.

Thanks to our recent work on a hybrid technology blending samples and modeling, we were able to overcome both of these problems and take advantage of having the best of both worlds: impeccable authentic sounding horns with a simple, powerful way of playing them.

The VHorns Saxophones are also based on HAT (our proprietary Harmonic Alignment Technology). This technology allows us to accurately reproduce the timbre evolution from very soft to very loud playing.

We struck a balance in combining both technologies by using samples as the sound source, while the rest utilises modeling techniques. This allows VHorns Saxophones to weigh around just 100Mb per instrument (retina graphics and presets included), while truly sounding like a real live saxophone instrument being recorded with all of its imperfections, as well as having fully continuous response with unparalleled playability.

And we are confident in saying that to our ears, and hopefully yours too, VHorns Saxophones is the most realistic and easy-to-use saxophone VST available today.



Here are a few performances from real musicians versus what we recreated using VHorns Saxophones (and used for our demos). There are slight differences, mainly due to the fact that the real versions were not recorded the same day nor in the same studio creating a slight difference in tone, which we compensated for with some EQ and a very shot room reverb.



8-Instrument Bundle


The VHorns Saxophones contains 8 saxophones: 2 altos, 2 sopranos, 2 tenors and 2 baritones.

We recorded two of each (with two different players) to cover two distinct types of playing, one more jazz oriented with a lot of breath and the other more classical focused, with a much cleaner tone.

The HAT - Air Flow Control


Thanks to our proprietary HAT (Harmonic Alignment Technology), VHorns saxophones is not just another heavily multisampled instrument - you can play articulations yourself like a player would, with just a MIDI controller (or by drawing in automation)! There are no complicated keyswitches involved to play staccatos or anything else, it's just a matter of playing it that way.

All you need to do is play a note and adjust the air flow, that's it! You can even automate vibrato if you want.


Authentic Vibrato


We carefully measured the different parameters that change when a player uses vibrato and combined everything into a highly realistic and adjustable vibrato for VHorns Saxophones.

There are multiple ways to control the vibrato: automatic, automatic depending on time, and completely manually to mimic the jaw movement of a musician.

Legato Transitions


A large part of what horn players play are legatos, so we spent a considerale amount of time and effort to carefully extract every little aspect, pitch changes, noises, etc. and make ours indistinguishable from a real performance.

They go from fast note changes to slow bends, with and without extra attack. We covered all that and let you choose how to control them.

The legatos behavior can be adjusted and even randomized for more life-like performances

Multi Microphone Recording


Recording a horn can be done in various ways and at different positions. We used 4 different microphone positions so that you can get the exact sound you want, as if you chose the microphone placement yourself.

This can yield even better results when using the "virtual space" which is detailed below.

You can apply reverb and EQ to completely mix it to your liking.

Virtual Space


The virtual space perfectly reproduces what a real recording of an ensemble would be using convolution. When you record a big band, you usually place a pair of microphones in front of the musicians and they naturally take position in the stereo field depending on where they are in the room.

The Virtual Space does exactly the same thing: you can place the musician wherever you like.

When using this with multiple tracks, you immediately have the feeling of being in front of a real horns section.

Advanced Editing


There are many ways to play a brass insrument, and we had to make a choice on the default settings, however many of the options can be customized to your taste.

Even better, most settings can be randomized for natural and unpredictable results.

Keyboard, Breath Controller or Wind Controller


VHorns can be played using a keyboard by selecting the notes on the keyboard and controlling the air flow with a MIDI controller like the modulation wheel or a breath controller.

You can also use a wind controller like an EWI, an Aerophone a Sylphyo or any other brand, in which case you need to use the appropriate controller menu in the MIDI section.

Ensemble


If you load multiple instruments at the same time, it will play unisons exactly at the same time.

We added some smart features that first can change the timbre of the instruments, transpose everything by a fixed interval and also act on the MIDI performance.

For example, you can have all 8 instruments with a different transposition value play the same C minor scale, so no matter what you play on the keyboard, it will sound in key.
System Requirements:

VHorns Saxophones comes with its own sample player, the UVI Workstation 3 (requires v3.1.6 or later).

We provide it for free with every library that you buy, you don't need to buy an expensive sampler to use our products. It works on Mac (10.9 or later) and PC (windows 8 or later), in standalone or as a plugin (VST / VST3 / AU / AAX ) and in 64 bits only. You can find more info about it here.

Technical description
UVI Workstation v3.1.6 is required for the library to function properly, the VHorns will not work on windows XP, or OSX 10.6, it will not work on a receptor either.

800Mb compressed in lossless flac format (203Mb for both alto saxophones, 215Mb for both soprano saxophones, 203Mb for both tenor saxophones and 178Mb for both baritone saxophones).


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