28th January 2013
Les Productions Zvon has released Marching Band Horn, a new sample set for Kontakt 4.
The exact name of this instrument is unknown. It uses a French horn mouthpiece and the range is a little lower than a trumpet and a little higher than a trombone. To make most of the instruments in this set Les Productions Zvon played single notes and resynthesized them to create multi-samples. In all cases the resulting tone is still very brassy and close to the natural one.
Some samples are time stretched so this library is not meant to emulate the real instrument. It's a simple library without velocity layers or alternate samples but it is great for adding a horn flavor and also providing a wider range of uses, a good way to add brassy sounds to your compositions at a very low cost. The sounds range from smooth and mellow to hard hitting and growling, from staccatos and stabs to sustained pads.
In the full version, the programs are in 2 main folders, "01 Natural" and "02 Transformed". The programs in the first folder play the samples as they are except for the added Kontakt reverb. The second folder contains instruments made with Kontakt's tone or time machines engines. The "01 Natural" folder contains 38 single instruments, 6 combis and 6 multis. The "02 Transformed" folder contains 13 single instruments and 7 multis. Two scripts are included.
This set is for the full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 4 or better, not the Kontakt Player. It costs $2.49 and there's a free dowloadable demo.
Visit this page for more info and orders.
There is also a Caustic 2 (Android) version here.