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Session Horns Pro Explained

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Sections & Chord Voicing

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    Tutorial 1

    Road Map

    4:49

    Learn about the performance, key switch, and solo instrument types, how the various functions are laid out in the three main windows, and take a first look at Session Horns Pro.

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    Tutorial 2

    Section Setup

    7:41

    See and hear how the section setup drop down menu is used to load in pre configured horn sections, and how to build your own ensemble from scratch by loading either solo instruments or combinations into the four available slots for a maximum of six horns.

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    Tutorial 3

    Voicing Assistant

    6:13

    See and hear how the various voicing modes distribute the notes of a chord across the horn section, and how the dedicated legato transition samples are used to recreate the subtle pitch transitions that occur when brass players play legato phrases.

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    Tutorial 4

    Smart Chords

    9:11

    See and hear how the Smart Chord function is used to play automatically generated four note chords by pressing only one or two keys on your keyboard, and how the black keys are used to trigger altered chord voicings.

Animator

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    Tutorial 5

    Animator Overview

    6:42

    The Animator is an adaptable MIDI phrase player. Learn about the main functions and controls that are used to control and customize it.

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    Tutorial 6

    Tempo Swing & Harmony

    6:41

    See and hear the effects of the tempo and swing controls, and learn how to use different trigger notes to have the Animator conform to the underlying chord progressions.

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    Tutorial 7

    Animator & Smart Chords

    5:00

    Learn how to use Smart Chords in conjunction with the Animator songs in order to force the phrases to conform to a specific key signature and chord map.

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    Tutorial 8

    Animator Start & Length

    4:25

    Hear how the start and length parameters are used to yield interesting syncopated variations when playing back song phrases from the Animator.

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    Tutorial 9

    Animator Songs & Phrases

    5:49

    Learn how to control song and phrase playback with the following techniques: customizing the phrases associated with each song, using trigger notes to trigger the various phrases, customizing the start and end positions of the phrases to create variations, and setting the key center with Smart Chords.

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    Tutorial 10

    Animator Playback Modes

    5:49

    Explore the various ways of controlling the way phrases and chord voicings playback using the Animator's harmony, unison, one shot, and rhythm only modes.

Articulations, Key Switching & Expression

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    Tutorial 11

    Articulations

    14:04

    Learn how to switch between articulations based on a velocity crossover point, hear examples of the different playing styles available, and see how to trigger doits using pitch bend

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    Tutorial 12

    Key Switching

    6:12

    See how the key switch version of Session Horns Pro is used to access and trigger up to nine of the sixteen available articulations by means of either programming in, or playing, key switch notes in the C-1 octave.

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    Tutorial 13

    Control View

    6:36

    Learn how to use MIDI CC 11 as a means of controlling dynamics, and how to use the doit/fall articulation on note releases.

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    Tutorial 14

    Solo Instruments

    2:58

    See and hear how the solo instrument versions of Session Horns Pro are used for absolute control over the individual elements in a brass section. The instruments can be played individually, or in any custom groupings with custom voicings and custom articulations.

Sound Window

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    Tutorial 15

    Sound Window View

    8:05

    Explore the sound shaping tools, including compression and EQ, available on a per instrument basis for the selected brass section.

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    Tutorial 16

    Reverb FX Send

    3:00

    Learn how to route a parallel signal from each instrument in each slot to the on board global reverb send FX module, how to switch between different preset spaces, and how to control the overall reverb output level.

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    Tutorial 17

    Delay FX Send

    3:50

    Hear how the Delay FX send knobs are used to send signal from each instrument to a global delay module where repeats are generated. See how the timing, number, damping, and overall amount of the generated repeats are controlled from the Global Send FX pane.

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    Tutorial 18

    Global Master FX & Automation

    7:08

    Explore the Global Master FX section and see how to add tape style saturation and other processing to the ensemble as a whole, and how to automate the movement of parameters so they change dynamically over time.

Eli Krantzberg brings you the definitive series on Native Instruments Session Horns Pro! With over 114 minutes of video, Eli takes you from beginning to end, leaving no features or functions behind. You'll learn the important basics and cool advanced topics that will have you creating realistic, big sounding horn parts and melodies in no time!

Eli starts off with a "Road Map" video which shows you all about the different Instrument Types, 3 Main Windows, and an Overview of the instrument itself. Next it's on to Section Setup, where you'll see how to load pre configured Horn Sections and Build Your Own from Scratch. The Voicing Assistant and Smart Chords are then revealed, and you'll learn them inside and out, allowing you to create authentic Voicings and Chords.

Now Eli gets deeper and gives you numerous tutorials on the Animator, Articulations, Key Switching and Expression features. These functions are what make this virtual instrument shine and sound like "real horns", giving you endless creative options. Finally, the powerful Sound Window View is explored and Eli covers all the Sound Shaping Tools here such as Compression, EQ, Reverb, Delay, Automation and more!

If you're ready for the last word in playable horns, this series will end the conversation and give you the best sounding horns for your songs and productions... Watch "Session Horns Pro Explained" today.

Audios
Submitted 4 months ago

Wonderfully clear and thorough

I'll admit that I haven't used Session Horns Pro much since I bought it about a year ago but I suppose that's partly the reason I'm so impressed with the videos. Every plug-in has a huge number of options and every one has unique controls that do things that are far from obvious. The end result is I (and probably you if you're reading this!) don't use such software a lot because they don't do anything great out of the box and the learning curve is so big that you move on to something else. Along comes a wonderful series of bite-sized but still thorough explanations and you suddenly feel inspired to have another look at the software, in this case Session Horns Pro. I don't know what the videos didn't cover, if anything, since I haven't used the software much (which is why I watched the videos in the first place, of course!) but I sure know a lot more now than I did. Great job all around: clear explanations, thorough coverage (no control left unchecked), and lots of good examples of how to use the software. More plug-ins, please!

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Robbo
Submitted 4 months ago

Session Horns Pro Explained

As always a high quality tutorial that guides you through the features of the software in a way that makes you feel that you will be able to make use of it in a practical way.

I am a: Musician

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Daring Dean
Submitted 7 months ago

Solid. The 1st Place For Learning Session Horns

As usual, Eli did an excellent job in this tutorial. Being walked through Session Horns Pro and hearing the effect of various functions and configuration helped me grasp the product more quickly than I would've otherwise. I have no complaints. If you want to learn session horns pro, you should watch this tutorial.

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Keith123
Submitted 8 months ago

excellent

very,very helpful however it would be even more helpful if you did a video along the lines of a "quick start" project style keeping it very basic just to get a sense of completing a session; then you would feel more confident to delve deeper and have an understanding of the separate parts. I feel you move too fast into the more advanced aspects. But... the videos are really helpful,as playing them over and over breaks things down very well. will definitely buy more in the coming months.

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Session Horns Pro Explained is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Wonderfully clear and thorough I'll admit that I haven't used Session Horns Pro much since I bought it about a year ago but I suppose that's partly the reason I'm so impressed with the videos. Every plug-in has a huge number of options and every one has unique controls that do things that are far from obvious. The end result is I (and probably you if you're reading this!) don't use such software a lot because they don't do anything great out of the box and the learning curve is so big that you move on to something else. Along comes a wonderful series of bite-sized but still thorough explanations and you suddenly feel inspired to have another look at the software, in this case Session Horns Pro. I don't know what the videos didn't cover, if anything, since I haven't used the software much (which is why I watched the videos in the first place, of course!) but I sure know a lot more now than I did. Great job all around: clear explanations, thorough coverage (no control left unchecked), and lots of good examples of how to use the software. More plug-ins, please!
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Session Horns Pro Explained As always a high quality tutorial that guides you through the features of the software in a way that makes you feel that you will be able to make use of it in a practical way.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Solid. The 1st Place For Learning Session Horns As usual, Eli did an excellent job in this tutorial. Being walked through Session Horns Pro and hearing the effect of various functions and configuration helped me grasp the product more quickly than I would've otherwise. I have no complaints. If you want to learn session horns pro, you should watch this tutorial.
Date published: 2016-09-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from excellent very,very helpful however it would be even more helpful if you did a video along the lines of a "quick start" project style keeping it very basic just to get a sense of completing a session; then you would feel more confident to delve deeper and have an understanding of the separate parts. I feel you move too fast into the more advanced aspects. But... the videos are really helpful,as playing them over and over breaks things down very well. will definitely buy more in the coming months.
Date published: 2016-08-01