Philippe Saisse
 
Liveshot      BRASS: THE LIVE MODE

The Live Mode allows incredible realism and expressivity thanks to a fully controllable 8 parameters panel especially developed for real time playing. A complete assignation page allows assigning MIDI information like Velocity, Aftertouch, Modulation… to numerous parameters like Attack, Pressure, Vibrato…

Choose a preset in the library, play via a midi keyboard, and use the controllers to add modulation. You want to go further? Configure your instrument: make a wooden trumpet, add a mute, humanize: physical modeling is flexible. In LIVE mode you have access to a wide range of intuitive qualities to control your instrument.


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PRESETS




 
With a number of presets to choose from, pick the style that suits you best and begin playing. For example, one could choose a setting called "jazz solo" and all the parameters (attack, pressure, etc) are set up to play a jazz solo. Select a "classical section" of trumpets and you will instanly get the right settings for the parameters.
 
Presets allow you to save and recall:
  • The instrument      
  • The instrument configuration
  • The real-time parameters settings which will define the particular style you want to play in: the type of attack, automation of the timbre-sweep, range of the mute opening, etc...
  • The MIDI settings that define how you want your controller to interact with the instrument (what parameter is the modulation wheel assigned to, the response curve you want for the modulation wheel's control of the timbre...)

You will also be able to import new presets from our site.

Presets are not mandatory while playing in BRASS; like everything else in BRASS, the Presets are just a manner of facilitating your playing experience.


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THE REAL-TIME PARAMETERS
 
Parameters:

Below is an explanation of each parameter offered to give you an idea of what you will be working with in BRASS.

  • Attack: a really important parameter for accentuation, articulations and use of different playing techniques. Set the attack force high for faster and stronger attacks and lower for a slower and softer attack.
  • Pressure: Set the pressure of the air entering the instrument. Allow variation of tone and value of the instrument at the same time, in the same way a musician would blow stronger in the instrument. Make smooth transitions and go for maximum expression.
  • Pitch: Make glissandos, slides, or legatos; you can even automate the pitch moves for each note you play or vary the notes around the notes played. By default, the pitch parameter is set in the middle of its range to the 0 value.
  • Timbre: Set the sound of the instrument in order to obtain a variation in the timber of the sound. You can program subtle changes in Riff Mode or control the parameter in real time.
  • Noise: This parameter controls breath or air that integrated into the sound of the note. It is subtle but makes a big difference in the realism of the sound.
  • Vibrato: Different types of vibratos are offered here, allowing one to change the speed of the vibrato and its range. And once again if you want to automate a vibrato to certain notes, after a delay, or according to a certain curve, this is possible.
  • Vibrato Frequency: This adjusts the frequency of the vibrato.
  • Mute: Accessible uniquely for the trumpet and the trombone, and in the case where a "muted wahwah" effect is chosen the parameter allows us to set the intensity of the effect, otherwise said the position of the hand for a muted wahwah or the position of the mute plunger. When no mute is activated, or a static mute is chosen, the real time controller is disabled.


Extreme Values:

Around each parameter bar there is a small arrow to the left and the right. These arrows represent the boundaries between which the parameter will maneuver if we assign it to a MIDI control. This option is particularly useful and permits great flexibility in the real time parameter control



For example, if the modulation wheel is assigned to vibrato amplitude (via the "MIDI Settings" panel), and if you want the maximum amplidude of the modulation wheel to correspond to a measured value of the vibrato amplitude, you must set the parameters as indicated in the picutre above.



Automation:

All the parameters of play LIVE can be automated (except fo the attack). By clicking on the "A" button above the parameter name, you open an automation window corresponding to that parameter. The automation allows you to vary the parameter value for each note. That makes it possible to play more realistically, while making interpretation and control simpler. For example, you can program the beginning of a progressive vibrato, or a light point of white noise in the sound attack. You can even delay the automation release or change the speed of the player time.







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PHYSICAL INTERFACES


In LIVE mode, each preset has been configured for three different types of controllers: a standard keyboard controller, a keyboard offering after-touch possibilities, and a keyboard + breath-controller setting. In this way, we can guarantee the parameters in the model are assigned to the right controls no matter what your configuration.

Assigning parameters to controls and deciding the response curve (the range to which you limit the control) is an important part of what defines a preset. As an example, let's say that you assign the velocity of your keyboard to the attack and pressure in the trombone model. By choosing a control curve of this type, you will probably have a direct and straightforward sound any time you press a key. By setting up this curve , it requests a strong pressure on the key to get the same result.

In live mode, using a MIDI controller is better if you wish to truly "play" your instrument. The controllers permit you to acquire a useful ease in your search for realism and expression. Find out more about Midi Physical Interfaces here.