Cinematique Instruments has released Low Banda Brass, a new brass library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Low Banda Brass includes 2 instruments: a single Tuba (CI selected the F Tuba) and a single Bass Trombone. Both instruments cover the lowest range of the brass family and stand out with a deep and powerful sound. Currently these two instruments enjoy great popularity - mostly used in Banda Music which is a brass-based form of traditional central American music consisting of a variety of forms, including rancheras, corridos, cumbias, baladas, and boleros. Low range brass is also frequently used in Mexican pop & rock, cumbias as well as polka and traditional German/Austrian music. Whatever you do, the Tuba and Bass Trombone are perfect tools to lend your music a unique sound basis and add roaring power from down below to your productions.
To keep the data small and the price reasonable CI set the focus on the main playing techniques: long, short and staccato notes. In order to achieve a unique, realistic and organic sound they spent a lot of time finding the right microphone setup. They decided on a ribbon and two condenser mics as well as an additional bass drum microphone which was located close to the bell (used for "Tuba Short div" patch). They recorded up to 5 velocity layers in 3 round robin variations. In order to keep a very authentic sound and feel they decided to keep the tuning as natural as possible.
Price: €37. Native Instruments Kontakt 4.22 or higher full version is required.
More info, videos and images at www.cinematique-instruments.com