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New Physical Modeling Brass Instrument from Arturia

New Physical Modeling Brass Instrument from Arturia


Arturia has announced Brass, a virtual instrument based on physical modeling that provides trumpet, trombone, and saxophone sounds. Developed in partnership with the IRCAM research institution, Brass is designed with real-time performance in mind, providing control over multiple parameters to enable realistic performances.

In “Live” mode, Brass is a ready-to-play instrument. Create your instrument (try an instrument made of wood, or add a mute) or choose a preset, assign MIDI controllers to the various parameters you want to control, and play.

There's also “Riff” mode, intended to simplify the process of creating instrument runs. A library of musical phrases in included which can be tweaked and then triggered by a sequencer or MIDI keyboard. The tempo will synchronize with a host and the riffs can be edited in real-time.

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  • Three instruments available : Trumpet, Saxophone, Trombone
  • 8 parameters to control the instruments in real time
    • Attack
    • Pressure
    • Pitch (for legatos, falls or expressivity)
    • Timbre of the instruments
    • Noise amount in the instrument sound
    • Vibrato
    • 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
  • Instruments Configuration options : 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 MIDI files
  • 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

Brass will be available for Mac OS X and Windows, supporting standalone operation and multiple plug-in formats: VST, DXi, RTAS, HTDM, and Audio Units.

For more information, visit their web site at

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