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Dannenberg Brass

Eight breath-controlled wavetable brasses

(25 Votes)
4 (Updated 3 months ago)
13.2MB
June 30, 2020
Reaktor 6

DESCRIPTION

EDIT: Version 4 adds a piccolo trumpet, a cornet, and a flugelhorn.

Dannenberg Brass is a breath-controlled instrument created from the brass wavetables in the Dannenberg Wind Oscillator and contains the following horns:

* Piccolo Trumpet
* Trumpet
* Cornet
* Flugelhorn
* French Horn
* Tenor Trombone
* Bass Trombone
* Tuba

It uses Spectral Interpolation Synthesis, a method of synthesizing brass and woodwind instruments via a two-dimensional wavetable as described by Prof. Roger B. Dannenberg at https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~music/sis/index.html.

This instrument is breath-controlled and without a wind or breath controller operating on CC2 or CC11 it will make no sound. I've been using a TEC breath controller available at http://www.tecontrol.se/products/usb-midi-breath-controller, and an AKAI EWI Solo available at https://www.patchmanmusic.com/.

In a pinch you can instead use the mod wheel, setting the Air Input Type to OTHER and the CC# to 1. But it won't sound as good.

It includes these features:
* Vibrato
* Flutter tonguing
* Sizzle (bell cracking)
* Mutes (five in all)
* Formant shift, useful for making horns shorter or longer
* Pitch Attack Overshoot (initial pitch instability)

COMMENTS  (54)

2 weeks ago
hi chet! thanks for ur content aha i have a problem. I can not using ur synth with my keybord. How can i ? thanks a lot
Chet Singer
2 months ago
Yes I'm interested. How can I listen to them?
Rastko Petrović
2 months ago
If you are interested, I've made some short demos for this, including the beginning of Tchaikovsky's 4th, and ending of Korsakov's Schecherazade (brass only), so you can perhaps put them here?
Bill Thompson
2 months ago
Just came across this, can't wait to give it a try! I did not realize Dr. Dannenberg was still active. I lost track of him when the Amiga finally went to its final resting place.
Chet Singer
3 months ago
Thanks Matthew. There were no changes to the existing horns.
Matthew Babineaux
3 months ago
One of the best gifts to Reaktor. All of these sound incredible. Did you improve the older sounds on this new update too? They sound better, and was just wondering if it's just my imagination or if there were changes in the engine or wavetables!
Chet Singer
3 months ago
Hello Alex, thank you for your kind words. I used many sources while studying physical modeling including magazines, books, patent applications, and forums. But the most useful was a C++ source code library called STK. There's enough there to make models that actually work, even if they're simplified and don't sound very convincing. I wrote https://electro-music.com/pm_tutorial/Index.htm if that's helpful. This particular ensemble isn't actually a physical model, but a 2-dimensional wavetable. Faust looks intriguing, but I'll probably stick with Reaktor.
Alex Enkerli
3 months ago
Those new horns sound quite good! Unsurprisingly. Might do some kind of A/B test with the SWAM flugelhorn, now that the AUv3 is in public beta. Speaking of adding new horns… Do you have patch design advice for someone who’s interested in embarking on the Physical Modelling journey? Since interactions between parameters are non-linear, the starting point is probably very important. Are you using some data from your prior work when you sit down to craft a new instrument? And speaking of documentation… Your work on the Nord Modular G2 popped up on a Facebook group about Yamaha VL/VP series, yesterday. As Physical Modelling is making something of a comeback (partly thanks to MPE and iPadOS), it might be the right time to revive some older research. Let me know if you ever get into FAUST, Chet! ;-) https://www.facebook.com/groups/2588309261223429/permalink/3731709643550046/?comment_id=3743227869064890&reply_comment_id=3743605275693816
Chet Singer
4 months ago
That is the choir at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee, orchestrated by Samuel Metzger.
Leandro Gardini
4 months ago
What is this choir in the background of the music demo?
windplayer
4 months ago
This ensemble is named as one of the best Reaktor ensembles in the actual Beat-magazine, and as "best emulation"-Reaktor-ensemble. You deserve it, Chet!
Chet Singer
4 months ago
OK, this latest version now works with wind controllers, breath controllers, and other controllers (mod wheel, foot pedal, etc.).
Zalevskyi86
5 months ago
Thank you for this amazing instrument!
windplayer
5 months ago
After this fine release, I took a look at your other Dannenberg-creations and the Wind Oscillator Block. Is it possible to release an ensemble with the integrated Dannenberg Wind oscillator block (for exemple the ensemble with which you created the sound-exemple)?
Matthew Babineaux
5 months ago
Thanks so much, Chet! Just emailed you!
Chet Singer
5 months ago
Matthew, do you still have my email address? I've lost yours. I'd like to send you an ensemble.
Thomas Helzle
5 months ago
Brilliant! Me and my EWI love it :-) THANK YOU!!!!!
Chet Singer
5 months ago
Matthew, the new input circuit does use velocity to determine the hardness of the tonguing when set to Wind Controller. Is it feasible to let velocities pass through the Bome MIDI Translator?
windplayer
5 months ago
Sounds good. I hope, you will fix the bugs soon.
Chet Singer
5 months ago
Yes, I've built wavetables for saxophones, double reeds, and clarinets. But not flutes, they're noisy and this technology doesn't do noisy instruments well. I'd like to add more instruments but I've got to get the bugs out of the brasses first, heh.
windplayer
5 months ago
It works fine with my windcontroller. Is it also possible to use the Dannenberg-system for a woodwind instrument family (for exemple saxophones)? That would be a great new project! :-)
Matthew Babineaux
5 months ago
Yes. That previous version works perfectly.
Chet Singer
5 months ago
Matthew, does the previous Dannenberg Trumpet & Trombone work properly with Divisimate?
Fedor Tkachev
5 months ago
Sir thank you so much for this! Incredible instrument with a ton of subtleties. Thanks for getting that pitchbend range to 24, working great with linnstrument now.
Matthew Babineaux
5 months ago
Thanks for putting in so much thought and work to try to remedy this, but the new Dannenberg is responding the same way- not responding to my breath unless I bypass Divisimate.
Chet Singer
5 months ago
Matthew, the air input circuit has been reverted to the original one. Please give it a try.
Chet Singer
5 months ago
Matthew, I'm going to restore the air handling circuit of the previous versions. That should make everything work as it used to.
Chet Singer
5 months ago
This new version uses the note-on velocities to control the speed of the tonguing attacks while the previous versions used the air pressure level alone. It must make a difference to Divisimate. I'm not sure what to do about it. I'll do some thinking.
Matthew Babineaux
5 months ago
Sure! In the previous versions, I was able to use multiple tracks of Dannenberg with Divisimate with the “Wind Controller” function selected, and my CC2 events were able to make all the instances of Dannenberg respond together. (I’m using an EWI 5000 going through Bome MIDI Translator to extract just CC2 and Pitch Bend.) Now with the new version, “Wind Controller” doesn’t respond to CC2 unless I bypass Divisimate and use it basically as a Breath and not Wind controller. Otherwise the new version just responds to key events at a set CC2 or velocity value. The previous versions work fine with the aforementioned settings, but not the new one
Chet Singer
5 months ago
I'm sorry to hear that Matthew. I'm using an Akai EWI Solo and the WIND CTL button with CC# of 2 is working for me. Can you give me more details?
Matthew Babineaux
5 months ago
I don't find that the "Wind Controller" switch is working on the new update, though it totally works with your last 2 versions of this ensemble.
windplayer
5 months ago
Thanks for your new package. These are really fine instruments. My favorite is the French Horn.
Chet Singer
5 months ago
I think I see what's happening. When using the mod wheel the CC# also needs to be moved from 2 to 1. I should rename MOD WHL to something else, perhaps OTHER, to reduce confusion.
Chet Singer
5 months ago
Guillaume, I'll look into that later today.
Guillaume Richard
5 months ago
fantastic contraption but for some reason setting the air on mod whl doesnt work in this latest version :(
Matthew Babineaux
5 months ago
Genius as usual!! Phenomenal new horns!
Esteban Villanova
6 months ago
Sounds gorgeous! Wish I had a breath controller.
Damon Krause
6 months ago
Rytelier - you should try 6-rev, it is a legacy Reaktor reverb from many many years ago. I think it's absolutely fantastic though and I still use it over many other popular reverbs. Space Master expanded on 6-rev and some people say they're essentially the same thing, but 6-rev sounds a bit more subtle and natural to me.
Matthew Babineaux
6 months ago
1st to comment on the new trombone: MARVELOUS!! I live for the thrill of these updates!
Randy Hoexter
7 months ago
This is absolutely amazing. I am using the Tecontrol breath controller with it, and it's incredibly expressive and natural. Incredible! Thank you Chet!
Jorge Porras
8 months ago
Wow, congratulations!
Rytelier
8 months ago
That's pretty great! I'm curious - what possibilities you see for physical modeled room reverb? Orchestral instruments especially brass sound lackluster when dry without room and even reverb plugin can't improve that and I'm wondering if it could be achieved with dedicated advanced room algorithm.
steve w
9 months ago
Chet Thank you very much for your advice will give it a go, I really appreciate your work you are indeed very talented. Thanks Steve
Chet Singer
9 months ago
Fedor, the pitchbend range is now ±24 semitones.
Chet Singer
9 months ago
Hello Fedor, I sure can. Please give me a day or two and I'll have it finished.
Fedor Tkachev
9 months ago
Can you please expand pitch bend setting up to ±24, so that the pitch would be playable on linnstrument. Thanks!
windplayer
9 months ago
I got it with a second track in Reaper. @Andrew, 2nd remark. Because, he is a nice guy! :-)
windplayer
9 months ago
I want to use this great trumpet as second voice in Reaper. I want to send all instruments to this trumpet and then to master; but, if I switch the trumpet "on" (from bypass), the other instrument gets silent. Is there a possibility (ensemble-settings?) to let other sound-signals through?
andrew aronson
9 months ago
how does Chet Singer do it? "who cares" why does Chet Singer do it? "nobody knows"
Chet Singer
9 months ago
Hello steve, set the CC# to 1, the Type to 'Wind', and use the mod wheel in place of the breath controller.
steve w
9 months ago
Could you please make this for the poor who don't have breath controllers please.
sameer uddin
9 months ago
The grandmaster is back ! Huge fan of your ensembles Chet.
windplayer
9 months ago
You have done it again, Chet. The trumpet is perfect! I really like the different mute-options to change the character of tone. Thank you for this gem!
Matthew Babineaux
9 months ago
YES!! I’ve been waiting for this masterpiece! Yes! Stellar as always!
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