Brass instruments are notoriously hard to emulate in software, but SampleModeling thinks that it’s hit on a winning formula with The Trumpet. A Kontakt 2 Player-based instrument, this is built around a 300MB sample library.
There are actually seven instruments in the new package: three Bb trumpets, a cornet, a flugelhorn and German and piccolo trumpets. Several mute options are available for the Bb models, while you can recreate the sound of prohibition-era Chicago with the two plungers that can be used to craft wah-wah effects.
Additional realism and expressiveness is said to be provided by SampleModeling’s Adaptive Model, which promises to minimise the differences between real phrases and those played by the virtual instrument. There’s also real-time construction of articulations – again, this should aid realism – and The Trumpet can be tweaked with just a few controls.
Available as a download, The Trumpet runs standalone or as a VST, DX, RTAS or AU plug-in for Mac and PC. It costs €149 plus VAT (if applicable) and a backup CD can be purchased for a further €12.50.
Orders can be placed on the Samplemodeling website, where you’ll also find more information and audio/video demos.