Review: Talos Vol. 2 Low Brass by Audio Imperia

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Talos Volume Two is the thunderous (LOW RANGED!) expansion of the Brass section by Audio Imperia. It features a massive ensemble of 12 players made of 4 Tubas, 4 Cimbassi (!) and 4 Bass Trombones. As usual, being recorded in the same hall as Jaeger, Cerberus and Talos Horns, it perfectly complements all Audio Imperia’s latest libraries while performing equally well as a stand-alone product.

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Review: Talos Vol. 2 Low Brass by Audio Imperia

At the time of publishing, Talos Vol. 2: Low Brass is on sale for $149.00. Talos Vol. 2: Low Brass normally sells for $199 from Audio Imperia

Thoughts

Talos Low Brass is the second instalment of Audio Imperia’s Brass section, meant to expand the Orchestral range of libraries started by the amazing “all-in-one” Jaeger.

The basics and the philosophy behind Audio Imperia’s Orchestral libraries have been extensively covered in our previous reviews of Jaeger, Cerberus and Talos Horns thus, if you haven’t already (or if you are new to Audio Imperia Orchestral libraries), I invite you to read those reviews before diving into this one.

Assuming that you are familiar with the GUI and the general sound of Jaeger, Cerberus and Talos I’d like to start by saying that Talos Low Brass remains faithful to his older brothers.

Talos Vol. 2 IS THE most modern sounding low brass around: warm, full-bodied yet punchy and brassy, it packs up a lot of power, detail and provides a solid low end without losing definition in a ton of reverb.

To have a clearer view, here you can see what’s inside the Instrument folder:

Just like in Talos Volume One, you have a Multisamples folder and the Sound Design Folder.

The Multisamples folder contains the Low Brass patch with all the articulations and a sub-folder to select the individual patches in case you would like to save some RAM.

As you can notice, for the Long articulations you have the Sustain patch – NOT legato – and the Sustained Flutter Tongue. On the other hand you have several Short articulations like Marcatos and Staccatos, Rips and Bends. Differently from Talos 1 Horns you have Crescendos instead of Double/Triple/Quadruple Tonguing.

While I love the fantastic Legato on Audio Imperia Instruments and I loved the amount of articulations on Talos Horns, I perfectly understand the decision of not keeping the same articulations on this second instalment.

Low Brass would generally provide support to the 12 Horns’ (or other instruments’) melody while rarely taking thematic/melodic duties, at least in a trailer/epic/cinematic environment. The choice of not having consistent articulations between libraries keeps the disk space under control, which is always a good thing!

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The GUI for the main patch is still the same as Talos Volume One: Articulations at the bottom, mic positions on the left, controllers to tweak the responsivity of the instrument on the right and the big knob with plenty of effects in the center.

All the articulations sound amazing, they are very warm, full-bodied and very focused – which is sometimes an issue in the lower register of other sample libraries – but can go up to 11 and become very brassy and powerful. The fact that this library has been recorded in centred position gives a lot of flexibility and a very modern sound as well.

Reverb and room mics are very well balanced in the Full Mix: the sound never gets washy, giving you a detailed wall of sound without blurring it with reverb!

The Sound Design department is well-assorted as the previous products from Audio Imperia, giving you more Bends, Drones, Atonal/Tonal Soundscapes and SFX. This is, by itself, an entire Sound Design library.A particular mention goes to the bends, which are by far my favourite since they cover an incredibly low range without EVER losing definition and power. If you are a fan of the ominous, characteristic sound of “The Beast” from “Sicario” OST you won’t be disappointed… because that’s what we are talking about: a real monster of low brass (on steroids) bending VERY LOW notes!

If you have the chance of trying Talos Low Brass, immediately head over the Sound Design folder and try out the bends. You will surely fall in love with them! A particular mention goes to the bends, which are by far my favourite since they cover an incredibly low range without EVER losing definition and power.

If you are a fan of the ominous, characteristic sound of “The Beast” from “Sicario” OST you won’t be disappointed… because that’s what we are talking about: a real monster of low brass (on steroids) bending VERY LOW notes! If you have the chance of trying Talos Low Brass, immediately head over the Sound Design folder and try out the bends. You will surely fall in love with them!

The GUI remains the same as in the previous release: EQ at the bottom, volume/pan/pitch on the left, attack/release/stereo spread on the right and big knob in the center. Still, all the sounds design comes from the original Orchestral recordings and blends perfectly with the rest of the library.

Overall, Talos Low Brass is a fantastic sounding library, just like every Orchestral release from Audio Imperia.
It would be nice to see if Audio Imperia will offer upgrade paths and/or bundles with the other orchestral libraries once the Talos series is completed. For the time being if you don’t have Talos Horns, grab it on sale at the intro offer with Talos Low Brass at a special intro offer because it will add a lot to your low-register sonic pallette… as you can easily understand from the stunning demos on Audio Imperia’s website!

Facts

Talos Volume 2: Low Brass from Audio Imperia installs at 4.83 GB via Continuata, requires the FULL version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5.5.2.880 or higher, the Kontakt Player is NOT supported.

Talos Volume 2 is a great sounding Low Brass library that has a great low end, with a lot of focus and power.A big part of the library is also dedicated to sound design based on its original recordings.

If you do not need individual instruments for your low brass section nor low brass legatos it’s a very good library to consider adding to your arsenal, especially if you have other Audio Imperia Orchestral releases and you focus on epic/cinematic music.

Talos Low Brass is the most modern sounding Low Brass library you will find, particularly when compared to older “Monster Brass”, which became the industry standard quite some time ago, and definitely offers a wall of sound without losing focus and definition in a sea of reverb like recent Trailer dedicated Brass releases.

At the time of publishing, Talos Vol. 2: Low Brass is on sale for $149.00. Talos Vol. 2: Low Brass normally sells for $199 from Audio Imperia

 

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