Review Jaeger by Audio Imperia

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Audio Imperia’s Jaeger is an amazing orchestral library for cinematic music and a must have for the advanced trailer music composer.

The sound is punchy, well defined and has a good dynamic range (PP to FF) that will make it shine even in softer passages.

It covers the essential elements of modern and hybrid scoring, including Sound Design and one of the best female soloist vocals ever sampled. The legatos are also one of the best around even if they are not available for all instruments – this keeps the library under 25 GB.

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Jaeger sells for $599.00 from Audio Imperia

Thoughts

Audio Imperia’s Jaeger is one of the biggest releases from the renowned sample library developer which aims to cover the essentials of cinematic music, packing up an incredibly punchy and focused Orchestra along with some extra goodies.

The library can fit the definition of “All-in-One” or comprehensive Hybrid Orchestral library. The adjective “Hybrid” is crucial since this library does not include woodwinds but covers the other important aspects of modern bombastic music: Sound Design and a top-notch ethereal Solo Vox!

Once you have downloaded the 24.33 GB via Continuata the Instruments folder will look like this:

The instruments are grouped in five “Hangars”:

– 1 Strings
– 2 Brass
– 3 Percussion
– 4 Vox
– 5 Sound Design

In every Hangar, you will find the individual instruments of each section, ready to take off.

The GUI is very similar for every instrument and, in perfect Audio Imperia style, is very modern and appealing. We really have the feeling of controlling a big bad Mecha, ready to conduct the most fierce piece of music.

Starting on the left side, we can find the different mic positions: Spot, Decca, Wide and Far as well as a Full Mix that is enabled by default. The Full Mix has a great sound already, very tight, focused and present. It clearly is the sound of Spot and Decca with a touch of Wide and/or Far mics. This sound is simply perfect for the style of music this library is meant to cover but, sometimes, I felt the need of a touch of more room and a bigger, lusher sound. Tweaking the mix by adding the Wide and Far mics will get you closer to that kind of sound but, since those mics are also very focused, you will probably want a little bit of external reverb or a layer of a very wet library.

On the right side we have several – very useful – controllers and options. These controllers are Dynamics, Expression, Dynamic Range, Sample Start and Legato Sample Start. On the lower right side we have a Transpose and Range options and a Velocity Curve enabled on “Shelf”.

the Dynamic Range of the library goes from a sweet PP up to a majestic FF.

While most of these controllers are pretty self-explanatory and easy to use, I’d like to spend a couple of words on the Dynamic Range and Velocity Curve. Even if Jaeger is meant for cinematic music it is not, as the developer says, only meant to be LOUD. In fact, the Dynamic Range of the library goes from a sweet PP up to a majestic FF. This Dynamic Range is achievable with a proper use of the Dynamics and Expression controller BUT, after spending some time with this library, I felt like the Dynamic Range and the Velocity Curve could be spread out more evenly. This led me to put the Dynamic Range up quite a bit and change the Velocity Curve to a “Linear” shape instead of “Shelf”. This way I obtained a nice, even Dynamic Range and avoided an unnatural steep Velocity/Dynamic response.

At the very bottom of the GUI we find all the available articulations (this area will be blank if we load a split patch – e.g. just spiccatos) and the adjustable keyswitches. Generally speaking, you will have staccato, staccatissimo and sustains for pretty much all instruments and true legato only for Violins, Celli, Trumpets, Horns, and Vox. I have to say, this is one of the best sounding legato I have ever heard. It is natural, it doesn’t feel rushed or “detached” from the looped sustained note. The only weak point is that the Celli tend to sound less natural and more synthetic compared to the rest of the library, especially on very long notes.

The center of the GUI is dominated by THE BIG KNOB, the heart of the Mecha which will set this library on fire if you will.
You can select any kind of effect and parameter to be controlled by the big knob: compressor, distortion, phaser, lo-fi, chorus, etc… Turning the big knob up will bring more of the modulated sound in the mix.

The FX section gives you a complete overview of all the available effects of the library which can be controlled via keyswitches. This section is complemented by a step mod sequencer, just in case you want to get crazy with sound design and have some movement in your sound. The step sequenced effects can be controlled by keyswitches and can also be individually latched.

The big knob and the FX page are very intuitive and you can get great results even with just a couple of effects.

It is worth mentioning that many of the sound design elements included in this library come from its original orchestral recordings and it is quite easy to get similar results when making your own ones with the BIG KNOB and FX… especially using the Percussion as a starting point!

Briefly talking about the Percussion section, there are two mixes: distance compensated and non-distance compensated. Distance compensated mixes have a lot of punch since the waveforms are compensated (the transients of close mics and far mics are aligned) and avoid phase -align issues that might occur when you have close and very far mics (not perfectly positioned) playing at the same time. Non-distance compensated percussion are more natural sounding but still well defined since the room is not huge and, in any case, do not present phasing issues or loose low end that is not uncommon to sampled instruments like bass drums.

Hangar 5 is where the sound design is stored. The GUI for the sound design hangar is slightly different from the others. We have a “Main” section on the left, with volume, pan and pitch, an attack, release and sample start on the right. At the bottom there is a Low Pass filter, High Pass filter and EQ. At the center we always have the BIG KNOB, even more useful for tweaking and designing your own sounds. The waveform of the sound is displayed right below the BIG KNOB.

All the Sounds are top notch, made by illustrious sound designers, just like you would expect from Audio Imperia, famous for incredible Sound Design libraries. The hits have a lot of body and character, ranging from soft to very hard, just like the Braams and Drones. As a side note, I just found that there could have been more risers and whooshes, compared to the copious amount of Hits and Braams.

Last but not least the Vocal hangar.

For this section, Audio Imperia has recorded the renowned singer Merethe Soltvedt,

For this section, Audio Imperia has recorded the renowned singer Merethe Soltvedt, whose collaborations go from 2 Steps from Hell to Ivan Torrent and Ghostwriter Music. The result is, possibly, the best solo vocal library available to the public. The attention to detail is unrivaled, the vibrato is very natural even on longer sustains, the releases and the legatos are just perfect. Add some external reverb to this ethereal voice and you will get a stunning soaring lead voice for your cue! Besides Aah, Ooh ad Mmm you have Phrases, Scales and additional FX like Breathes.

According to many composers, the Voice alone is worth the price of the entire library and I actually could not agree more!

Overall, Jaeger is perfect for the advanced epic/trailer music composer who needs a punchy and detailed library to complement a more roomy and loose “All-in-one” Orchestral library which does not have individual instruments. The Sound Design and Vox sections are great and, along with the Legatos, are worth the price of the entire library alone!

In the future, Jaeger will continue to be supplemented by new releases of instrument libraries or companions to fill in some components as taming this “hunter” is a massive undertaking that will happen over time. Jaeger is definitely a SampleLibraryReview.com Thumbs Up given the quality of content and potential found in Jaeger!

 

Facts

Jaeger from Audio Imperia installs at 24.33 GB via Continuata and requires the FULL version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5.5.2 or higher, the Kontakt Player is NOT supported.

The library contains the individual instruments from the String, Brass and Percussion sections with the addition of cinematic Sound Design (Braams, Hits, Drones, etc) and Solo Vox from Merethe Soltvedt.

Besides the basic articulations, an astonishing True Legato is available for Violins, Celli, Trumpets, Horns and Vox!

The sound is incredibly defined and punchy with any of the mic position, perfect for that “in-your-face” sound of Cinematic and Trailer Music.

Being recorded in centered position it is very easy to position and manipulate in case you would like to layer it with bigger and wet libraries or add a touch of reverb.

Jaeger sells for $599.00 from Audio Imperia

 

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