Breath controlled physical model brass synthesizer
Herald Brass is a synthesizer that mimics a trumpet, trombone, or French horn. In place of an oscillator it contains a waveguide brass physical model.
It requires a wind or breath controller. I'm currently using a TEC breath controller, available at http://www.tecontrol.se/products/usb-midi-breath-controller. It plugs right into my computer's USB port. It's very nice.
The sample rate must be 44.1 kHz.
Version 2 adds snaps for Trombones, French horns, mellower trumpets, and a trumpet with a straight mute. Future updates may add more mutes.
* Screeches and falls, via the Embouchure knob.
* Adjustable lip slides from note to note, via the Stiffness knob.
* Adjustable tonguing, via the Buzz Amount and Buzz Duration knobs.
* Adjustable valve and slide speed, via the Finger Time knob.
* Trumpet (embouchure & air pressure) or trombone (pitch) style vibrato.
* Flutter tonguing.
* Piccolo trumpet range (up to F6) on all trumpet snaps.
The physical model needs air pressure to operate. By default, Herald Brass listens on MIDI CC #2 (the breath controller) for air pressure. But other CC’s can be selected instead.
This is an upgrade to the brass instruments in Silverwood. I think its tone is better, and it uses fewer CPU cycles.
I want to thank Sandy Small for creating the custom knobs and buttons.
The physical model itself is based on the Brass model in the Synthesis Toolkit, created by Drs. Perry Cook and Gary Scavone.