Checking Out: Beaufort by Orchestral Tools

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I heard Beaufort and my jaw dropped. Orchestral Tools mic up Brass in the world-famous Lyndhurst Hall at AIR Studios. With a healthy helping of articulations, 10 mic positions the new library promises to capture the sounds of classic movie theme brass and spoiler alert . . . they are triumphant!

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Checking Out: Beaufort Vivid Scoring Brass by Orchestral Tools

Beaufort from Orchestral Tools truly took me by surprise (I’ll admit, I haven’t been keeping up as much with any upcoming release announcments as much as I used to). I do remember hearing them tease that they were recording something in AIR Lyndhurst Hall in London, which was surprise number one, as that recording venue was exclusively used and highly associated with another famous developer (Orchestral Tools most commonly uses Teldex Scoring Stage in Berlin).

I had personally been searching for a new brass library that could fill a gap in my template that no other library has been able to do- I needed something with ultra-realistic playable repetitions and a variety of short note lengths and marcato attacks. I’d say for at least the past two years I’ve struggled with the trumpets in my template especially, often layering and combining at least 2-5 libraries into one massive Franken-stein style Kontakt multi that took up way too much RAM and was a pain to program and balance perfectly!
Then out of no where, I saw the video for Beaufort was almost unassumingly uploaded to the Orchestral Tools Youtube channel. Intrigued, I clicked and my jaw dropped. One of the taglines for Beaufort was “transients matter”… and they do, they really do, at least for the specific “fanfare-esque”, thematic style of brass writing that I was struggling to achieve with my current samples.

The Beaufort collection, especially the trumpets, horns, and tenor trombones, have a tone and an overall quality that is truly incredible to my ears. A lot of this has to do with the overall philosophy and how Orchestral Tools approached the recording sessions. The amount of short notes and marcato-style long notes with various attacks, swells, releases, etc, is really impressive. Playable repetitions sound a bit different than staccatissimo, for example, and the marcato adventure long sounds different than the marcato maestoso long. Sometimes it’s just subtle differences, sometimes it’s drastic, but it allows you to program in phrases that sound absolutely incredible with regards to realism and consistency across sections.

Notice I said “program phrases”, as this is NOT a highly-playable library that you can just open up and play an incredible phrase on your MIDI keyboard. The amount of options means you have to be very detail-oriented and meticulous in programming, which I actually love to do, so keep that in mind- this is a library that requires a lot of editing, auditioning notes, and adjusting things on the MIDI level with lots of mouse-clicks. It might be overwhelming to users looking for a more simplistic approach. The trade-off is, that this library simply can pull off phrases with astounding realism that other libraries simply can’t come close to.

The legato articulations and softer dynamics are not represented very well here, and the bass trombones and tuba have been recorded together, which limits the amount of control you have for the low brass. I think the price would be at least 150-200 euros more if we got those sections separated though. This is a library that is very up-front about what it sets out to do, and it absolutely NAILS it. The trumpets, trombones, and horns were integrated into my template immediately, honestly. I was able to free up a lot of RAM and replace 3 other libraries by integrating these instruments from Beaufort, and the overall RAM use for every articulation is very low, 412 mb for just the tree mic which sounds amazing.

Beaufort Vivid Scoring Brass by Orchestral Tools is available for €349 until July 3, 2024 during introductory pricing here
Beaufort Vivid Scoring Brass normally sells for €499 from Orchestral Tools

Facts

Vivid Orchestral Brass recorded at Air Lyndhurst Hall in London.
10 Mic Positions – up to 22 articulations.
Trumpets, Horns, Solo Trumpet, Solo Horn, Tenor Trombones, and Bass Trombone + Tuba Combo.
Runs in the SINE Player, 141 GB of samples (58 GB SINEarc compressed)

Beaufort Vivid Scoring Brass by Orchestral Tools is available for €349 until July 3, 2024 during introductory pricing here
Beaufort Vivid Scoring Brass normally sells for €499 from Orchestral Tools

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