Augmented BRASS

Acoustic instruments reinvented

Augmented BRASS delivers a rich variety of expressive, unique, and powerful brass sounds for modern production and composition, uniting beautifully recorded samples, bold synth engines, and seamless morphing between them.

Air and metal like you’ve never heard it

Go from evocative chamber trumpets to huge cinematic ensembles, somber melodies to thunderous synth-infused fanfares, essential brass tones to experimental textures unheard - all in the same place. Augmented BRASS morphs beautifully-recorded samples and powerful synth engines into captivating and refreshing sounds for your composition, production, and sound exploration.

Brass instruments evolved

Finally unlock the next-level brass sounds you’ve been looking for, from glossy ‘80s Blade Runner pads to earth-shattering orchestral tones, transformed for modern & experimental music making.

Project-ready sounds

Create brass parts that instantly lock in with your projects, from ambient production to library composition, with hundreds of tailor-made presets and endless tonal sweet spots.

Effortless expression

Command your brass sound with ease; make sweeping changes to any sound with the Morph control, intuitively alter key sonic characteristics with quick-fire macros, and more.

Deeper sound design

Augmented BRASS is easy to use, but it can go deeper if needed. Fine-tune every aspect of your sound, from your multiple engines to dynamic modulation, and everything in between.

Morphing: sound between the valves

Navigate the exciting sonic territory between each of Augmented BRASS’ elements with the central Morph control.

A single sweep adjusts multiple parameters, moving between samples and synthesis, motion and color, familiarity and the unknown.

Sampling

A vast range of expressive & powerful brass samples, from chamber trumpets to tubas, punchy staccatos to orchestral swells, alongside an embellished selection of outboard-processed and resynthesized recordings. The most comprehensive range of useful, musical, and creative brass samples, featuring dozens of articulations, forming an essential foundation for evolved brass sounds.

Synthesis

Infuse your brass timbres with the hard-hitting modern sound of 4 synth engines - Virtual Analog, Granular, Wavetable, and Harmonic - alongside the Simpler engine, a flexible library of impact and noise samples for extra energy, precision, and depth.

Multi-Sample Layering

Virtual Analog

Wavetable

Granular

Harmonic

Simpler

Easy, hands-on,
creative.

Brass that can be transformed, customized, and animated in seconds.

Augmented BRASS is designed to deliver the powerful, authentic brass sounds you need, but give you the flexibility to push your sound into new territory when you need to - in as little time as possible.

  • Morph

    Blur the lines between Augmented BRASS’ multiple layers, move from authentic to synthetic, and choose any selection of up to 8 parameters to adjust with a single sweep of one control. Explore any combination of samples, synthesis, or hybrid, unlocking a universe of next-level brass sounds within one preset.

  • FX, Delay, Reverb

    Introduce character and space to Augmented BRASS’ multi-layered sound with your own custom FX slots and dedicated Delay and Reverb master FX. Whether you’re looking for the right spatial balance, or a sound processed beyond recognition, these macros put it all within immediate reach.

  • Color, Time, Motion

    Command your custom brass ensemble with immediacy, expression, and effective results guaranteed. A single gesture can introduce movement, drama, and character to your sound by intelligently adjusting multiple parameters like synth controls, filter cutoff, modulators, and more.

Deeper
sound design

Rearrange, modulate, and customize every aspect of your hybrid ensemble.

Augmented BRASS’ simple interface and diverse preset library brings quick results to keep your flow moving - but when you want to get complex, you can. The Advanced panel takes you deep into the inner workings of the instrument, giving you detailed control over your sound sources, modulation, performance, and beyond.

LAYERS
MODULATION
ARPEGGIATOR
EFFECTS
MACROS

Tap into the full capabilities of Augmented BRASS’ sound sources by adjusting the dual engines within each layer. This puts 4 sound sources at your disposal; any combination of up to 2 sampling and 2 synthesis engines. Within each engine, make subtle tweaks or drastic changes, from essentials like part-specific panning and waveform combinations, to detailed elements like vibrato assignment or keyboard offset.

Animate and transform your sound with ultra-simple click-and-drag modulation routing. Apply multiple LFOs, functions, random generators, and keyboard controls to numerous parameters, and customize each modulation generator to do your sonic bidding.

Turn the simplest of ideas into vibrant patterns of brass texture and momentum with a built-in 16-step arpeggiator. Whether you’re injecting movement into a chord sequence or turning static drones into evolving soundscapes, this familiar tool is built to be synchronized, randomized, and tweaked in real-time.

Dial in your own flavors of distortion, sound-sculpting, and drastic processing with 2 FX slots per layer, and sprinkle the final spatial and time-based touches with Delay and Reverb at the end of the chain.

The command center for Augmented BRASS’ crucial macro controls; observe a real-time overview of every parameter and function that each of the 8 macros are altering, and hone in on the detail of each adjustment as you perform, produce, or record.

Capturing the essence
of brass

This isn't just a detailed sample library; this is a collection of diverse, authentic, and modern brass recordings, from the wonderful to the weird, performed by a dynamic and expressive ensemble.

Repeated chords, each with a different recorded brass sample.

Before morphing, modulation, or expression, Augmented BRASS needed a solid sonic foundation. The sample library that forms this foundation was recorded in a specialist studio in Europe, with a colorful variety of microphones and preamps, spanning tuba, cimbasso, contrabass trombone, bass trombone, tenor trombones, trumpet, and horns. It explores 11 orchestral articulations, from soft sustain to random fluttertongue expressions, alongside 16 chamber articulations, including trumpets, horns, trombones, and tubas.

Tipping over into experimental territory, you're also equipped with 15 processed brass sounds, where both orchestral and chamber samples have been treated with vintage outboard units, tape machines, distortions, and other effects to unlock a wealth of exciting new timbres. Finally, the library is complemented by 15 addditional brass-esque sounds, from resonant synth pads to droning metallic textures.

Your production-ready
brass library

For when you need immediate results to get that project finished, Augmented BRASS’ preset library contains hundreds of expertly-crafted presets, from ideal bread-and-butter brass to dense hybrid textures - all at the touch of a button.

Brass

Wide and Proud

Full orchestral Brass section with expression by velocity and macros.

Arouser

Classic sustained ensemble brass with vibrato on the aftertouch.

Logos Cluster

A clustered chord adding a sixth on top of a fifth chord. Play individual notes or fifth chords.

Hybrid

Brassy Bell

A resonant sound that combines several layers, including breathy horns and a bell sound from the Simpler engine.

After the Rain

Long, smoothing evolving soft Brass with a Sci-fi flavor.

Doomed Hero

Random orchestral brass swells morphing into noisy detuned ambience.

Synths

Across the Vista

Dreamy '90s video game-inspired brass.

Lithosphere

A slightly distorted polyphonic lead sound with a pitch bend phase in the attack time.

Church of Robots

This minor chord cluster layers real brasses with additional samples and synth engines.

Artistscorner

PressClippings

  • Gearspace

    On Augmented BRASS

    “I just loved the deep tubas tweaked into heavy drones, the small flutes turned into big pads, and all kinds of different sonic manipulations one can think of.”

  • Create Digital Music

    On Augmented BRASS

    “It’s the perfect synth-acoustic hybrid, and so much a pleasure to use that even more traditional synthesists won’t want to overlook it.”

Hear it
in action

Augmented Brass

(Raven Bush)

A poignant classic demo showcasing the power of the real samples in Augmented BRASS.

Brass Euphoria

(Rob Martland)

Elevating modern electronic track with several instances of hybrid brass patches.

Brassy Rain

(mininova)

This lo-fi jazzy track uses a versatile selection of Augmented BRASS sounds, from dry muted trumpets to electronic pads and plucks.

Malleable Horizons

(The Solos)

A powerful, epic neoclassical track showcasing the splendor of the Augmented BRASS multisamples.

Surge

(Richard Veenstra)

A cinematic piece culminating in tension, showcasing Augmented BRASS' real samples.

Watch Me

(Matt Paull)

Augmented BRASS trumpets and ensembles shape the main riffs of this mischevious classic pop powerhouse.

The features
you need

  • In-App Tutorials

    Integrated in-app tutorials guide you through every aspect of the instrument, from individual parameters to tips from our sound designers, so you can focus on the creative stuff. It shouldn't be this easy, but it is!

  • ASC

    Arturia Software Center lets you download, organize, and update all of your Arturia software titles in one place, as well as manage all of your licenses across multiple devices. Keep it simple.

  • DAW ready

    Our virtual instruments and plugins are designed to fit right into your setup without hassle. Whatever your style, you can explore sound while enjoying full compatibility with major DAWS, on both Windows and MacOS.

  • Preset browser

    Instantly find the sound that’s in your head with intelligent & streamlined preset browsing. Search with keywords, explore by instrument type, musical style, and more - you can even save your favorites to quickly recall later.

  • Resizable GUI

    Whether you want the full visual immersion of our classic instrument emulations, or to save precious screen real estate, the interfaces for all of your Arturia virtual instruments can be resized to a scale that suits you.

  • Perfect integration

    Instruments come seamlessly mapped for the Arturia KeyLab range - but they’ll place nice with other MIDI controllers too. Instant sound tweaking macros, easy DAW integration, and standalone operation.

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Main Features

Virtual Instruments playable in a DAW (Live, FL Studio, Logic,...) or standalone with a MIDI keyboard.

Dynamic hybrid brass instrument

2 Layers within each preset; each layer contains 2 customizable sound sources

Detailed brass sample library with expressive and contemporary articulations

  • Chamber recordings
  • Orchestral recordings
  • Processed recordings (tape, outboard, distortion, and more)
  • Additional brass-style samples (synths, drones, textures, and more)

Flexible synth engines

  • Virtual analog with our award winning TAE® technology
  • Granular engine producing Warp, glitch and stretch sounds
  • Harmonic engine based on additive synthesis
  • Wavetable engine with look up table for more abrasive digital sounds
  • Simpler (impacts, noise, and more)

Morph control moves between Layers A and B, and/or affecting up to 8 custom destinations

7 additional macros: Time, Color, Motion, FX A, FX B, Reverb, Delay

2 LFOs, 2 Function Generators, 2 Random Generators, 4 Keyboard modulation sources, dedicated Vibrato & Tremolo

2 FX slots per layer with 14 FX including ParamEQ, Bitcrusher, BL-20 Flanger, and more

Dedicated Delay and Reverb sends with 5 spatial/time-based algorithms

Built-in 16-step arpeggiator

Keyboard Offset feature

Over 300 factory presets included

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Win 10+ (64bit)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost)
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • ARM processors not supported on Windows

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

Apple

  • Mac OS 11+
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost) or M1 CPU
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

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