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CineBrass Orchestral Brass Library from CineSamples

Yo what’s good fam!

Back with another review for ya.

If you’re in the US I hope you had a great holiday weekend for the 4th of July

Now back to the good stuff!

Today I’m checking out another library from CineSamples, this time, it’s an orchestral brass library

So let’s get into it!

What is CineBrass?

It’s a dedicated orchestral brass library that was recorded at the SONY Pictures scoring stage, yeah…like many of the movies you love.

They worked with actual hollywood brass players, to capture “that” sound.

It runs in the free Kontakt Player so you don’t need the full version of kontakt to use it.

And just like everything else they do…

it’s laid out and programmed in a way that anyone can use, it’s not complex or cryptic at all.

 

Quick Specs

  • content: 8.6GB
  • format: kontakt 4 and kontakt 4 player
  • price:  $399
How does it sound?
This brass sounds CRAZY good!!
I love the ambiance and space around it, but it’s not so much that it’s overbearing. It really sounds like the brass we love from movies and film, at least I know I love that stuff. I’m sure there are brass specialists that can get into and pick out all the fine details in this library, for me, bottom line, it sounds dope!
Not only that, but it’s easy for me to know what I’m about to play, I don’t have to go through a huge library of weird and foreign (to me) patch names based off of the articulations.  Nope, it’s just some straight up easy patches, articulations in one patch, legato instrument in it’s own patch, ensemble and solo…easy to pick.
I love how you can mix and match the mix levels and reverb to your own taste so if you want more space you can get it, if you want it more “in yo face!” you can do that.
Dynamics are already assigned to the mod wheel which makes it very easy to create swells or just adjust your velocity/amplitude quickly.
Like I said, I know there will be many hardcore brass players that dissect every note and register, but I had one criteria when playing this library.
“Does this make me feel like I can easily compose for a movie or trailer….does it have THAT sound?”
I say yes, it does (despite my ability or inability to do so!!). I really feel like I have control over a hollywood brass ensemble, ready for my next major epic film masterpiece…..Or my next electronic experimentation, whatever the case may be ;)
So what’s the bottom line?

If you want that huge, hollywood style brass sound that’s easy to control, load, and play.

Check this out, period.

One thing I love about CineSamples is how easy they make it to use their libraries. Though they are powerful and really capture that sound that composers are looking for, they make it simple to use for those that make not be composers, may not understand all the articulations, sections, and other functions.

Sure, those that are advanced in all these areas will feel right at home as well, and will appreciate a lot of the programming and features that went into the library.

However, unlike many top notch cinematic orchestral libraries, if you don’ t have a complete understanding of the full orchestra and all it’s articulations, playing styles, etc, you will not be scared away by this library, and THAT is one of the things I love about their libraries.

I give CineBrass 4.5 out of 5 subs, great library, full of realism and a sound that just makes you smile…I literally laughed quite a few times playing this, it’s that good.

One thing I wish it had, some of the low chords and octave patches like their CineOrch library…but just with the horns. That would be pretty nice (hint hint…patch update….)

They don’t sacrifice realism and high quality sound for usability, and they don’t sacrifice usability for flexibility and advanced programming.

My demo can’t do this library justice, I really suggest you go over to their site and hear it in the proper context.  http://cinesamples.com/products/cinebrass/

 

Fear not, if you’re not a composer you can still get great use out of this library. Anyone wanting a blockbuster brass sound, this is definitely one to consider. I personally used it in an rnb/downtempo track the other day and it fit quite well. The controls over mic and eq really let you make it your own.

Enough chatter, go check it out man!

Leave a comment below, I want to know what you think.

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22 Responses to “CineBrass Orchestral Brass Library from CineSamples”

  1. sky says:

    always down for some Orchestrated noize..very thankful cuzz.bless it.

  2. Jon says:

    Oh man, that is exactly what I’m looking for. Really really nice sound. I’ve got a little corner of my hard drive reserved for that one. :)

    I thought the price was a tad steep at first but when I heard it and I recognised that laugh when you were hearing how good it sounded in the room there, I changed my mind. That type of realism is worth every penny.

    • saintjoe says:

      @Jon, Haaaaaaaaaaa you know that laugh huh? Man I didn’t plan that, but it was honest. The sound is really good, it actually does sound like a movie score/trailer.

      The control is awesome. It’s a bit steep, but then again, I’ve seen steeper. I really dig the tone of it. The sustains are crazy thick man! Fat brass chords…oh my!

      But what I really like, it’s simple to use, easy to understand what patches you want to load. I’ve used products that have just a bunch of crazy patch names based on articulations and playing techniques and unless you really know your stuff when it comes to orchestral arranging, they are just a headache to use.

      I’m usually just guessing or running through all the patching till I find what I need.

      Not here!

  3. angelinni says:

    Lovely sound. Maybe not so lovely price…. the good thing it works with kontakt player. Did you have a change to check kirk hunter brass 2? It’s around the same price, but requires full version of kontakt. It has a nice sound too, but not so cinematic. Well, maybe just proper usage of reverb may “fix” it.

    • saintjoe says:

      @angelinni, I have Kirk’s orchestra diamond and it has some brass in it, but I don’t find them as “immediate” as these. They are good, but just different. The thing I like about CineSamples, you don’t have to work hard to get a good sound they usually nail the exact sound they are going for. I guess it depends on if you want orchestral or pop soundding brass.

  4. Danny says:

    You always makes great videos fam.

    I really like the library although i’m generally not a fan of brass samples. I often find that you can’t get them to sound real, although these seems pretty realistic when you play them.

    • saintjoe says:

      @Danny, yeah I agree, it’s definitely a difficult task it seems. These really feel good when playing and they just sound really nice, the video just doesn’t do it justice, you gotta play and hear them on your own system.

      maybe they will show up at trysound in the future.

  5. Baddboy2000 says:

    The sounds are pure & delivers the feel as if the musicians are in your personal studio when playing the samples.SJ,thanks for reviewing this great product. :)

  6. Thomasgreco says:

    Sounds great but do you think it’s alot better than the Kontakt Brass library?

    • saintjoe says:

      @Thomasgreco, way better, kontakt factory brass is not that good imo. Actually the whole kontakt factory libary is pretty weak in comparison to dedicated libraries. Only thing I use on occasion is some of the vsl strings and woodwinds.

  7. Sounds real good. I’m sure I can put these to good use. No doubt.

  8. i says:

    I can’t stand software Horns since my Dad plays the Trumpet but… This is the exception! I love this, it’s sounds really really GOOD! A MUST have!.. for me at least :-) Good look Joe!!!

    • saintjoe says:

      @i, Bro I know how you be about horns so if you are pleased then they must be doing something right. Thought they are more orchestral than jazz/funk style. You should also checkout samplemodeling, they have some dope horns man.

  9. gnxmusic says:

    Getting that later this week. I have been feenin for it since I saw the first demos of it.

  10. hasznone says:

    Ok I know I’m late but, I’m sitting here at work browsing so I decided to head over to the site and hear it for myself as you suggested. To hear one of my favorite movie themes played..for real!!!! I grew up kryptonian bro, their take on it was phenomenal I smiled too, we all got that smile man! It’s the little kid in you coming out…amazing sound speechless other than the quiet grinning LOL!!

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