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Straight Ahead Jazz Horns

Straight Ahead Jazz Horns

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The ultimate virtual horn and sax band!

This library is designed to give you all the tools to create realistic solo and ensemble brass band mockups, with thirteen (!!) deeply-sampled instruments and over 75,000 samples total. Everything from the recordings to the performance scripting and multis has been created with authenticity and respect for jazz genres, but the library is equally suitable for big band/swing, pop, R&B, funk, and much more.

Key Features

  • Over 75,000+ 16 or 24-bit samples
  • 4 solo trumpets
  • 3 solo trombones, 1 bass trombone
  • 2 alto and 2 tenor saxes
  • 1 baritone sax
  • Sustain, staccato, staccatissimo
  • Quarters, falls, long falls, turns
  • Legato, glissando, doits, shakes and many more!
  • 2 unique mic positions
  • Super playable instruments out of the box
  • Ready-made multi ensembles
  • Total Articulation Control Technology
  • Smart Voicing: Easily create realistic harmonies and arrangements in real-time
  • Send harmonized MIDI to other instruments
  • Extensive articulation tweaks and options
  • One-click FX (analog EQ, compressor, delay, reverb)
  • Compatible with FREE Kontakt Player

SA Jazz Horns was originally released by Straight Ahead Samples, who Impact Soundworks has collaborated with to present this newly revised virtual instrument. Though the sample pool is largely the same as version 1 (with some additional tweaks and clean-up), the script and interface has been totally redone, including the realization of Smart Voicing - described in more detail below.

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Smart Voicing

The gamechanging new Smart Voicing Technology makes it incredibly easy to write fully-voiced harmonies and ensemble arrangements with a minimum of effort. Here's how it works in a nutshell:

1. Load an ensemble multi, such as 4 Trumpets or 5 Saxes.
2. In the left-hand, play or write a chord.
3. In the right-hand, play a melody.

Now, with each note of the melody, Smart Voicing will create a full harmony based on the chord you play, the melody note, and the full context of the melody you're playing. To do this, we created a database of over 10,000 possible voicings which are also displayed as sheet music notation in real-time! There are multiple voicing types available too, from simple triads to jazzier Close voicings, unisons, and octaves.

With Smart Voicing, you don't need to know how to write intricate jazz parts, or laboriously copy MIDI data across many solo instrument tracks. Just play basic chords and a melody! Keyswitches, velocity and other MIDI CCs also work perfectly, and each solo instrument can use its full set of playing techniques including legato and glissando transitions.

As an added bonus, using Kontakt's "Send MIDI to Outside World" option, you can send Smart Voicing harmonies to other plugins!

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The following reviews have been placed by customers who also bought this product from us. All reviews are provided through eKomi, Europe’s largest independent customer review company.

3.0 of 5  
08.05.2018 Sprache: deutsch

Ich habe WIRKLICH mehr erwartet für ein "2017" update von "nur" BigBand-Bläser. Die Grund-idee stimmt schon mal. Und es gibt viele tolle patches die den meisten Hörer *** können... (und der Produzent nicht echte spieler bezahlen will/kann). Allerdings muss ich IMMERNOCH (unglaublicherweise) sagen das ich "nur" ein -sehr gutes- basis library brauche - die auf anhieb gut klingt wenn ich NOTEN SCHREIBE! Nicht muskier-ersatz. Es geht mir nur ums HÖREN. GUT Hören. Nicht Täuschend echt. Da ruf ich einfach Kollegen an. (Geht viel schneller, und klingt besser - und macht spass). Blöderweise finde ich das Finales 100MB soft-synth immer noch vernünftiger klingt als das was hier angeboten wird. (Ja, man KANN auch recht gutes Ergebnis hinbekommen... aber mit SEHR viel Zeitaufwand). Schade. Sonnst ein gutes Produkt.


Made for Kontakt Player

This product works with the free Native Instruments Kontakt Player, the latest version can be downloaded through Native Access, Native Instrument’s download manager!

The minimum required Kontakt version for this product is stated in the product description or can be found on the manufacturers wesite.

System Requirements:


  • macOS 10.14 or higher 
  • 64 bit
  • Intel Core i5 or Apple M1 (native)
  • RAM: 4GB (6GB recommended)


  • Windows 10 or higher
  • 64 bit
  • Intel Core i5 or similar CPU
  • RAM: 4GB (6GB recommended)

Supported Interfaces:

  • Mac (64-bit only): Stand-alone, VST, VST3, AU, AAX
  • Windows (64-bit): Stand-alone, VST, VST3, AAX

Legacy Versions:

If you require legacy installers of Kontakt Player please refer to this Knowledge Base Article.

Required Registration:

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