Review: Braams by Sampletraxx

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Yet again, Sampletraxx have created a small, but very useful collection in Braams, which focuses on a singular motif of modern film music.  Taking their cues from Hans Zimmer on the sound itself and pushing it into deeper territory, Sampletraxx have another trick up their sleeves with Braams.

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Review: Braams by Sampletraxx

Yet again Sampletraxx have created a small, but very useful collection in Braams, which focuses on a singular motif of modern film music. For arguably the last 8 years the braams sound has been integral to action film trailers and high-octane film scores. For those not familiar, it is that single note, low brass, foghorn like, thunderous hit that enhances the big moments in Hollywood. With the horn for centuries acting as our warning noise of choice, it perhaps comes as no surprise that its emotional impact is deep in our psyche. Showing no signs of going away soon, Sampletraxx have seized upon this iconic sound and made one of the only dedicated libraries around featuring braams in all its various guises.

 

Braams sells for €39 from Sampletraxx

 

Thoughts

My first thought on opening this library was “where are the Kontakt files?!”

More of that later, but in essence, this is a back to basics library of pure 96khz/24bit Wavs only.

Hans Zimmer may have been one of the people to have helped create the classic Braam PUSH THE BUTTON, but Sampletraxx have taken that and ran with it giving us a really comprehensive range of different types. It means this library is usable in a wide range of musical contexts.

There are a range of bass focused braams on offer here, some quite straight, others pulsing and these are great for less intense sections where you want the gravitas, but not the rasping full-on brass.

Moving on, the biggest braams type here is the Designed one. These encompass a transient drum hit, deep bass and often a distorted or modulated brass note. Most have a sweep up to the hit, tons of reverb and an extensive tail. Mega. The Drones and Larson samples by contrast have a gentle smooth attack ideal for intros and outros, whilst the Robomorphs are braams for the year 2100.

The Simple Design patches are less complex in nature than Designed with more focus on the actual brass part of the sound,. They come with and without hits, which is handy if you want to combine your most bad-ass third party impact with some dirty low brass.

Lastly are the Transition braams, which are far less in your face and quite quick swells with long tails – pretty good when moving into a quieter section or as a subtle bit of movement in less intense parts of a cue. Somewhat bizarrely they also include a quite random and small folder of hits, whooshes and sub drops. Feels a touch out of place, but always a bonus to have more FX to hand!

So my chief grumble is, without doubt, the lack of Kontakt support.

It is a huge miss for such great source sounds. There is huge scope for a single nki from which you can easily select, play and tweak all 130 samples. I cannot quite understand it, especially when all their other packs I own have nki aplenty.

My other minor criticism is that the sonics err slightly on the synthetic side and arguably lack the organic heft I personally quite like. The brass does not sound particularly high end and they do not have the thunderous low end that big taikos in a hall might have. However, it is simple to layer from another library if you feel it lacking in that regard.

all the sounds here are blockbuster friendly and superbly well executed, with a full spectrum of frequencies across a wide soundstage.

Both those things being said, all the sounds here are blockbuster friendly and superbly well executed, with a full spectrum of frequencies across a wide soundstage. The more subtle bass and transition braams types will also be hugely useful. Finally, it is worth noting the simple but savvy move to include the root pitch with every file name, which saves those of us without perfect pitch reaching for the piano or guitar to find the note. Also, each collection of braam types has different root notes, so if the one you like does not re-pitch to the desired key too well, there is often another similar sound that is closer in semitones to your desired note.

How long the vogue for these types of impacts lasts is anyone’s guess, but it is as popular as ever right now, so if you are a trailer composer or writing scores on the more epic tip, then Braams comes highly recommended.

Facts

130 Wav files at 96khz/24bit with pitch information
A full version of Kontakt is required

Braams sells for €39 from Sampletraxx

 

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