Best Brass VST Plugins: Your Top 5 Choices
There are thousands of plugins available today. While some are available for free, other high-end ones are developed by small to large sized labels.
Plugins have opened up new economic opportunities for digital musicians who know how to program and they have opened up incredible creative opportunities to the entire music industry.
You’ll find plenty of audio plugins that emulate the sound of real instruments. Believe it or not, some of them sound so close to the actual instrument, that a trained ear couldn’t tell the difference.
In this article, we will review the best brass plugins that are available in today’s marketplace.
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Orchestral Companion – Brass by SONiVOX
If you need an ultra-realistic brass instrument, Orchestral Companion is the way to go.
Orchestral Companion Brass by SONiVOX is possibly the best brass VST plugin money can buy. With more than 80 outstanding brass patches, each one was painstakingly crafted to deliver an experience as accurate and convincing as possible.
That’s not all – the Orchestral Companion brass virtual instrument comes with a comprehensive collection of full orchestral brass ensembles along with a wide array of smaller brass subgroups.
Also, the SONiVOX Orchestral Companion Brass provides you with a complete selection of solo instruments like trombones, bass trombones, tuba, solo trumpets and French horns.
To add more depth of content for more convincing brass parts and tracks, the Orchestral Companion also includes double and flutter tonguing, sustained and staccato notes as well as instrument swells, mutes, marcato and sforzando voicing.
Priced at $99, the Orchestral Companion Brass virtual instrument is definitely one brass VST plugin you must try.
Vintage Horns Kontakt Instrument by Big Fish Audio
The Vintage Horns Kontakt Instrument by Big Fish Audio is just what you need to emulate sounds of classic horn sections from the era of 60s and 70s.
This VST plugin is unlike any other – it does not focus entirely on being a perfect-sounding virtual instrument; it strives to bring back the sound of R&B, funk and soul bands from the 60s and 70s including the imperfections that add character and authenticity to the sound instead.
With the Vintage Horns Kontakt Instrument, you can recreate famous horn section sounds like the powerful Oakland Soul sound, Detroit Soul, Philly Soul sound, Memphis Soul horn section and the popular JBs horn section sound.
Also, this VST plugin contains 9 instruments patches with control long notes and keyboard switches, short notes, swells, falls and stabs.
Sforzando samples have also been included for brass and reeds along with 16 multis that will enable you to access pre-made sections for recreating the sound of classic horn sections and a few basic sections too.
The Vintage Horns Kontakt Instrument comes with a price tag of $199.95 and offers great sound accuracy and value for money.
Orchestral Suite by UVI
Keeping ease of use and affordability in mind, the Orchestral Suite Virtual Instrument by UVI is just what you need to take complete control of your orchestra.
Unlike other VST plugins, the Orchestral Suite Virtual Instrument gives you access to more than 60 classical instruments like percussion instruments, woodwinds, brass, strings, celesta, harp, classical guitar, cathedral organ, harpsichord, etc.
You can select from solo instruments or ensembles, choose various playing styles and even further tune your suite with per-instrument controls for expressive, realistic performances. Each sound is meticulously recorded with some of the most famous players in the world and edited to perfection for realistic results and playability.
What sets this brass VST apart from the rest is that it is employs custom tailored user interfaces for each instrument, providing intelligent controls that deliver to their unique characteristics and playing styles.
For on-the-fly articulation changes to facilitate complex performances, the Orchestral Suite uses a convenient key-switch system.
Priced at $199, the Orchestral Suite Virtual Instrument by UVI is definitely worth the investment.
Satellite Kontakt Instrument by AudioThing
Satellite is a rare and uncommon Moog synthesizer from the 70s.
It is basically a monophonic preset synthesizer with a single VCO and limited modulations. Back in the days, the Satellite Kontakt Instrument was used as an add-on for electric organs.
The Satellite Kontakt Instrument comes in two versions – tuned and unturned since it is not properly tuned along the keys especially at the ends.
The present sounds included in the Satellite are reeds, strings, brass, etc. Priced at just $15, the Satellite Kontakt Instrument by AudioThing is a steal.
Personal Orchestra 4 by Garritan
With more than 200 instrument choices including strings, brass, percussion, keyboards and woodwinds, Personal Orchestra 4 is the ultimate VST if you’re looking for the most bang for your buck and has set the bar high for orchestra sample libraries.
The Personal Orchestra 4 gives you utmost flexibility and enables you to create several combinations of instruments – each capable of playing a separate part.
Also, the Garritan Personal Orchestra 4 instrument library integrates the one-of-a-kind, powerful ARIA player for high performance and realistic results every time.
This small but mighty virtual instrument package will give any high-end orchestral package a run for its money.
Reasonably priced at $149.95, the Garritan Personal Orchesta 4 will never cease to impress you.
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These are the 5 best brass VSTs you can buy on a budget with no compromise on sound quality and accuracy.