Hello Composers, Mike here!
What are you favorite orchestral brass VST plugins and sample libraries right now, and why? Do you use them in any specific way? Here are my favorites:
Forzo by Heavyocity
- This is my go-to brass library at the moment, simply because it is so versatile and has that warm, bold sound that I love. The articulations are nice, and the interface is very cool imho. I also love the sound shaping capabilities. The only thing is that it lacks legato, which can be an issue for leading melodies in exposed parts. Like solo trumpet or horn. That is when I go to another library like Sample Modeling for example. However, overall the sound quality and warm tone is my favorite of all brass libraries I own currently.
Sample Modeling Brass Bundle
- Acoustically modeled instruments most often sound synthy and lack emotion in the tone. But Sample Modeling Brass is actually pretty amazing. It is only solo instruments, so you can’t do chords unless you separate the tracks in your sequencer, but with a breath controller you can amazingly expressive and realistic performances. I most often use it for layering on top of the main brass mix.
Cinebrass by Cinesamples
- This is a classic brass library that for some reason still holds up in quality and practical use. I especially like it for how easy it is to play and record performances without key switches, due to the mapping system that you can customize. It is excellent for rhythmic writing of brass parts as well. Also, the sound from the hall they recorded this library in is practically instant Hollywood sound! =)
So let me hear your thoughts my fellow composers. What are you favorite orchestral brass libraries and VST plugins right now, and why? =)
Mikael “Mike” Baggström
Founder of professionalcomposers.com