"Bottom Line - BRASS is a comprehensive, astonishing software package that has opened new avenues in the world of softsynths. I hope that Arturia continue to move in this direction because they aren't just emulating anymore; they're giving something back to musicians that we haven't seen in years; and that is the capability to create, control and add soul back into the often sterile software that merely offers instant gratification and then rapidly loses it luster...."
Before BRASS's Riff mode was introduced, composers had mainly two options: work with a sampler or select in a loop library. With a sampler, musicians can easily perform the recorded sound of each instrument on their keyboard. Unfortunately, this simplicity often has a price: a certain lack of expression, flexibility and instrument control. Once the performance is captured within the individual sample, it's difficult to modify the performance into something resembling a live player. Also, the research to find the right sample can be long, tiresome, and often does not match the productivity criteria set by the music industry today.
The second method, the loop library, is a database of small, previously recorded musical phrases guaranteeing an expression and interpretation closer to reality. Unfortunately, the downside of the loop is that we cannot modify the content, articulations, tone, or the mood; this strongly limits the musical usefulness of the recorded phrase.
BRASS offers another option that truly allows YOU to be the creator of your music. We've given you the samples on this page to show you how much of a difference BRASS truly can make in comparison to the classic methods of software composition. BRASS allows you to go much farther than ever before.
Datrump uses a trumpet in the jazz style funk. The usage of pitch shows the different variations in the sound of the trumpet; the note, from time to time, slides lightly from a sound with lots of finesse to a more bluesy one. Using the mod-wheel on this demo is equally important for the vibrato.
The following demo uses three instruments: trumpet trombone and tenor sax. I love the possibility of moving the instruments in the audio space; in this demo, the main goal was to simulate a jazz club with 3 brass instruments + piano and acoustic bass. I used the breath on the amplitude of the sax just as an example of the power BRASS holds to recreate the ambiance of a Brass Jazz band.