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Arturia, in partnership with IRCAM, announces Brass

Published: Thu April 07, 2005  News Feed

Arturia and IRCAM (Institute for Music/Acoustic Research and Coordination -www.ircam.fr) have announced Brass, a software recreation of three wind instruments - a trumpet, a saxophone and a trombone - based on physical models. All the characteristics of the real instruments have been analyzed and modeled through mathematical algorithms.

After five years of research at IRCAM, the models have reached a point where it would be hard for anyone to distinguish the original instruments from their software counterparts. Indeed, Brass allows you to play these instruments like experienced performers would - with the same control, the same flexibility and the same expression.

Brass can be used as a stand-alone software or as a virtual instrument for Windows and MacOS X. It comes loaded with more than 40 instrument presets and offers a large library of more than 1000 pre-written riffs in different musical styles. These riffs have been made by a selection of the most famous designers and arrangers in the industry.


  • Virtual instrument playable through a MIDI keyboard.
  • Three instruments available : Trumpet, Saxophone,
  • Trombone 8 parameters to control the instruments in real time :
          Pitch (for legatos, falls or expressivity) 
          Timbre of the instruments 
          Noise amount in the instrument sound 
          Position of the instrument toward the microphone
  • Mute (for trumpet and trombone)
  • Total MIDI control of each parameter through powerful settings, control sense and hardness.
  • Independent automation of each parameter via a dedicated control window.
  • Configuration of the instruments : 4 attack and 4 vibrato types, material, humanization.
  • More than 1000 riff presets in all music styles.
  • Easy and fast searching of riffs with the preset explorer.
  • Up to 4 simultaneous instruments in a riff.
  • Editable length, tempo and tune of each riff.
  • Riff editing with the zoomable piano roll and independent parameter editing.
  • Powerful editing options : solo, mute, 8 drawing tools.
  • Import and export riff presets from and to MIDIfiles.
  • Live playing of several riffs with the keyboard.
  • Chorus mode for all instruments, up to 4 instruments unison section.
  • Spatialization of the instruments in a configurable room.
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