Hey what’s good fam? Hope everything is going well with ya.
Today I’m checking out a library from a company I’ve been watching for a while.
I finally felt it was time to showcase some of what they are doing over there.
The company is Studiolinked VST and the product is Hip Hop Brass
Let’s check it!
So what is Hip Hop Brass?
Well the concept behind this library is to provide instantly useful brass section sounds and instruments that will work well in all types of urban music.
I’m constantly being asked for brass libraries that work within the urban realm that aren’t “too orchestral” or have a “slightly synthy sound” to them.
Well this library combines both acoustic and synth style brass sections with a straight forward interface that makes it really useful for urban/electronic styles.
They were also setup in a way to facilitate stacking/layering to get even bigger sounding instruments.
With a clean interface and a focused sound, I definitely wanted to see what this was about
- content: 28 main instruments, 12 add ons
- format: kontakt 5 full version
- price: $99.99
- product page: http://studiolinkedvst.com/kontakt-libraries/hip-hop-brass-kontakt-5-edition.html
How does it sound though?
Many times when you get a product aiming at the urban market, it’s possible for it to not quite hit the mark.
No the case with this library, it definitely has a sound that will fit into many styles of urban music.
There are smooth silky brass instruments, and higher end, hyped up brass as well. Everything from mellow jazzy horns to aggressive synth style sections.
I didn’t notice any pops or clicks in terms of how the instruments were edited as well which is always a good thing.
Some of them tend to have a bit of natural reverb on them that doesn’t quite go away when removing the reverb in the interface, but that’s not much of a problem because there isn’t too much reverb on them.
Just wanted to mention that for those looking for “super dry” horns. The reverb doesn’t sound bad or artificial though so it’s not an issue for me really.
So what’s the bottom line?
If you’re looking for some nice hip hop/urban style brass instruments, check this out for sure
They don’t sound cheesy, they have a nice full sound to them as well.
I like the interface as well, it’s clean, simple, and effective.
I give Hip Hop Brass 4.5 out of 5 subs, they definitely delivered a sound that will be useful in many urban music genres.
Admittedly, I was expecting all synthy type sounds aimed at trap music…which isn’t really my particular style.
However, what they have put together works well for Trap, Hip Hop, RnB, Soul, pretty much anything where a nice brass section can be useful.
Now don’t look to this for your cinematic/orchestral brass needs, as I don’t feel this is the library for that.
But for Pop, Electronic, and Urban styles…definitely check it out.
Here’s the link to their site: http://studiolinkedvst.com/kontakt-libraries/hip-hop-brass-kontakt-5-edition.html
Leave me a comment below, let me know what you think