Spitfire Symphonic Brass is a well-rounded and versatile orchestral brass sample library for Kontakt Player.
Although this library was made many years ago, Spitfire continues to update and improve on the library. This library contains the core of standard brass techniques and blends well with the other symphonic libraries from Spitfire as well as the more unusual techniques from the Albion series.
As always, the sample tracks below are original composiitons that were made as part of my evaluation of the sample library. All of the brass instruments are from the Spitfire Symphonic Brass library along with some Strings from the Spitfire Symphonic Strings Library,
Example 1: Cheeky Brass March
This first example uses exclusively brass and I tried to leave space to hear the different instruments and a variety of playing techniques. The instruments convey a great sense of realism even on their own, outside of the context of a larger orchestral orchestration.
Example 2: Brass Fields
This second example also uses exclusively brass but with a very different affect and mood. Here is an example of an orchestral pad, a calm and continuous, pastoral sound. The instruments sound full and ambient in this context, very mellow at the low end of their dynamic range.
Example 3: Cinematic Brass Theme
While the brass still takes the lead, I have added some strings to fill out the sound and hear the brass in the context of a fuller orchestral sound.
Example 4: Calm Strings and Brass
Here the brass is made to blend more with the strings.
Example 5: Epic Brass March
Here the brass has a more epic and powerful tone.
Example 6: Proud Warm Brass
This final track provides an exasmple of a more dramatic cinematic style that mixes many of the legato and sustained symphonic brass instruments with strings.
Conclusion: Reccomended for most
Spitfire Symphonic Brass is an excellent brass library with perhaps only one or two competitors on the same level of quality.
My only major problem with the library is the sound of the swells, where the sense of realism is sometimes broken moving through the dynamic layers of the sampler. Although not as versatile, it would have been great to have some swell dynamics as part of the library.
A secondary, more minor issue, is that the additional microphone positions are sold seperately.