Session Horns Tutorial

Session Horns Pro Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Sections & Chord Voicing

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    Road Map

    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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    Section Setup

    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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    Voicing Assistant

    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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    Smart Chords

    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.

Chapter 2 : Animator

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    Animator Overview

    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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    Tempo Swing & Harmony

    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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    Animator & Smart Chords

    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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    Animator Start & Length

    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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    Animator Songs & Phrases

    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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    Animator Playback Modes

    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.

Chapter 3 : Articulations, Key Switching & Expression

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    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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    Key Switching

    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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    Control View

    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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    Solo Instruments

    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.

Chapter 4 : Sound Window

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    Sound Window View

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

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    Reverb FX Send

    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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    Delay FX Send

    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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    Global Master FX & Automation

    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.

Product Overview

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.

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Session Horns Pro Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 19 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Really good teacher. He explains things very well. I come away with knowledge not stress from not understanding.
Date published: 2021-05-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful! I feel I am well underway to start using this plugin, after watching this series.
Date published: 2020-07-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Well explained I have this from NI and wanted to fined out its full potential, these videos have certainly done that, Very well explained, even found a few tricks for Logic Pro X.
Date published: 2020-04-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A Well Presented Tutorial—filled with information The title says it! I will need to go back through the entire tutorial a few times to truly soak up what there is to offer in this G3 offering. I learned a lot and look forward to other tutorials from this author.
Date published: 2019-12-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I love it! I know nothing about horns or how to use them, but this course is changing all that.
Date published: 2019-09-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from good Great teacher. covered everything
Date published: 2019-07-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial! Needed to know my way around this software and this did the trick. Great examples of practical use by the instructor.
Date published: 2019-04-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Groove3 is a great shortcut to learn about your gear Clear and helpfull as usual!
Date published: 2018-11-30
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very Good video! It is a very good video. It would be nice to accompany it with examples that could be downloaded and played.
Date published: 2018-11-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great stuff I have been using Session horns for about three years, while the results have been good, I always had a feeling I was not using the software to its full potential, these videos have really helped me find techniques and functions to help me gain much better result in less time...good work
Date published: 2018-09-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent source of info What the course does and does it well is to open up the immense variables of the Session Horns software. Native Instruments info is fine but to fully understand it you need this course and the complexity that is available therein. Having recently purchased Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate the Groove 3 courses are ideal in order to get a fuller understanding as to what is going on under the hood. Recommended.
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very helpful For a total beginner into this vsti from native instrument. Theses video helped me understand some basic stuff very fast. The author explains very well each part of the virtual instrument. Totally worth it !
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Super Helpful. I was a little overwhelmed when initially "unpacking" SHP and not being completely "midi literate." I wasn't sure how to take advantage of the features of SHP that actually bring life to the samples - especially because I work in a different DAW. But after watching all of the videos - especially the Articulations and Keyswitches it's become really clear how to utilize this software (and edit the midi) and finally start getting the sounds I hear in my head out of my head and on to "tape." Thank You!
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Deep and fun I love Eli's videos. This tutorial is very practical and helps to learn in deep the features of Session Horns. Recommendable
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very helpful nice explanation
Date published: 2017-07-30
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
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