Review: CASE Solo Brass by 8Dio

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CASE Solo Brass is the 2nd installment in the Concert Aleatoric Solo Effects (CASE) series from 8Dio. With multiple Mic positions and a variety of built-in effects, there’s a surprising amount of sound potential packed into this product. CASE Solo Brass is a great tool for creating ugly, haunting, and strange brass textures.

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Review: CASE Solo Brass by 8Dio

CASE Solo Brass is the 2nd installment in the Concert Aleatoric Solo Effects (CASE) series from 8Dio. This library contains 4.37 GB worth of recorded samples of solo brass instruments being played in every way imaginable – except for the normal, tonal way. With 6 mic positions and a variety of built-in effects, there’s a surprising amount of sound potential packed into this product. CASE Solo Brass is a great tool for creating ugly, haunting, and strange brass textures.

CASE Solo Brass sells for $299.00 from 8Dio
CASE Solo Bundle with Strings, Brass, and Woodwinds together sells for $599.

 

Thoughts

As with all of the CASE series interfaces, Solo Brass sports a nice looking and modern user interface with a whole lot of knobs and faders for tweaking. This UI looks like it would fit right in on the bridge of the Enterprise.

The layout of the Solo Brass interface mirrors that of its Strings and Woodwinds counterparts. Inside of each instrument patch, there are several variations of the articulations lined up along the top. Simply click one of the buttons and your sounds are instantly assigned to the keyboard. You can also adjust the volume of different articulations with a small fader inside of each space. Below this is a row of knobs for quick and dirty effects, including stereo width, envelopes for pitch, amp, and filter, EQ/Tone, and distortion drive. The distortion is a standout, and it sounds great applied to these already raspy and dirty brass sounds.

If you need to add some rhythmic motion to your textures, the Filter LFO is extremely useful for that purpose. Set up like a typical step sequencer, this control will vary the cutoff of a filter in time with your DAW’s tempo. It’s worth noting that this particular feature benefits a lot from the randomize button, which takes the form of a question mark. This button is available on most of the controls in these products, and it’s a lot of fun to mash it and see what kinds of crazy sounds the universe comes up with.

The main panel continues with its 6 mic position mixer and a few more effect knobs. The mixer comes with the standard faders and solo/mute buttons. Each patch is recorded with 2 instruments, and you can use the different microphones to separate them out into single instruments. It could also be useful to take out the room sound and get really up close and personal with these dirty sounds. The extra effects knobs include filter, gate, pitch bend, delay, compression, and form.

As if the effects in the main panel weren’t enough, the CASE series also provides an entire FX rack in the secondary panel. Here you can play with a Phaser, EQ, Degrader, Delay, Transform (convolution), and Reverb. The “Transform” effect is the standout here with its variety of creative impulse responses that can give your sounds some very unique reverb tails. Stacking these effects on top of what’s already in the main panel can open up a whole new world of options.

Rips, falls, slides… These are the terms that often come to mind when “brass effects” is mentioned.

Rips, falls, slides… These are the terms that often come to mind when “brass effects” is mentioned – and that’s what this library delivers. While brass instruments don’t have as huge of a variety in playing styles as strings, there is still plenty in this package.

8Dio recorded Horns, Trombones, and Trumpets, neglecting the lower end of the brass section. This is a bit of a shame, because low brass effects can be really menacing, but the included samples are well done and sound great. There are a massive variety of ways to make aleatoric sounds with brass instruments, and they’re very well covered in CASE Solo Brass – everything from long bending textures to short rips and falls. If you’re going for a Jason Graves’ Dead Space vibe, this is a great place to start. This is the kind of library that allows you to create tension/horror atmospheres by loading up an articulation and smashing your face across the keys (not that we advocate lazy composing in any way)!

There isn’t too much to say about the sound of a library that intentionally avoids realistic and “standard” playing. The programming and interface is all spot on, and the sounds are exactly what you’d expect – dirty, chaotic, chilling, and sometimes even uncomfortable; a perfect sonic palette for horror and thriller scoring.

 

Facts

Facts:
CASE Solo Brass contains 4.37 GB (installed) worth of samples recorded from 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, and 2 french horns. There are 96 total articulations in this package, which requires the full retail version of Kontakt 5.5 or later.

CASE Solo Brass sells for $299.00 from 8Dio
CASE Solo Bundle with Strings, Brass, and Woodwinds together sells for $599.

 

Demos of CASE Brass by 8Dio

Videos of CASE Brass by 8Dio