Chris Hein Chromatic Harmonica
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But, before you do a google search, check out this review for the expertly crafted Chris Hein Chromatic Harmonica Kontakt instrument. Learning to do some simple stuff on a blues harmonica was easy after a few days practice. However, years later when I picked up a chromatic harmonica that I wanted to play like Stevie Wonder, I quickly realized that it is a very different beast and that it would require many hours of practice to get to a level of ability where I could play it and get a decent result, so I bailed. Until now!
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But, before you do a google search, check out this review for the expertly crafted Chris Hein Chromatic Harmonica Kontakt instrument. Learning to do some simple stuff on a blues harmonica was easy after a few days practice. However, years later when I picked up a chromatic harmonica that I wanted to play like Stevie Wonder, I quickly realized that it is a very different beast and that it would require many hours of practice to get to a level of ability where I could play it and get a decent result, so I bailed.
Until now! It will not work in the free Kontakt player. The bottom line is that if you have a really old, slow computer with very little RAM, you may struggle with this. That said, any reasonably new computer with a decent amount of RAM, will handle it just fine.
Chris has, however, provided buttons that allow you to unload or load all the demanding memory controls so that if you only want a single articulation, e. What You Get When you purchase the Chris Hein Chromatic Harmonica, you get a single instrument with a four-octave range, up to eight dynamic layers that blend really seamlessly. Pic 1 – The keyswitch map Although they are pre-assigned, you can easily reassign them to keyswitch assignments of your own preference.
You can also determine how you want them to behave: So far, I am mostly using the first option but it is early days in my practicing with it yet. It also has a suite of built-in DSP effects, including two independent convolution reverbs with a wide range of presets, as you can see in Pic 2. Personally, I shut them off and send this to my UAD Lexicon plug-in and the sound is glorious, but the included reverbs are quite good.
You also get a delay, chorus, phaser, flanger, compressor, filter, and EQ. Pic 2 – Lots of reverb presets to choose from. You can even draw in your own curve! These choices, and others, are made in the Articulations Presets page, which is where you will be spending a lot of your time, at least in the beginning.
See Pic 3. Pic 3 – The Articulations Presets page Not enough control for you? How about vibrato? If you choose the latter, you can go to the Vibrato window that you see in Pic 4, and create your own presets for speed, volume, tuning, and EQ.
Optionally, you can play the vibrato manually on your keyboard with the Vibrato Hot Key. Pic 4 – The Vibrato page There is also a Transient Designer included, which is essentially another kind of compressor and there are controls for attack shapes and speed detection. It is endless. This instrument will pretty much behave any way you want it to after you have configured it.
The amount of preferential control is as great as any sampled instrument I have tried. Playing the Chromatic Harmonica Instrument Chris has given us an instrument that is simply a joy to play.
If you are in Legato mode, holding a note and playing another creates a smooth transition that sounds very believable, while Polyphonic mode turns this off so you can play chords. There is a Glide mode also, that creates multi note passages definable by your choice of key, scale, speed and number of steps.
Best of all, you can trigger it on and off by playing your sustain pedal. Simply brilliant! Chris has given us an instrument that is simply a joy to play. However, what separates this library from the others I have tried is that all the nuances that make a great chromatic harmonica performance are available. My favorites so far may be the Sustain Expressive Mouth and Hand articulations. The combination can be really powerful as it allows me to, for instance, when in Polyphonic mode being playing a sustain with vibrato articulation and have it switch temporarily to playing octaves by holding a Hot Key.
Pic 5 – The Articulation Overview Oh, and did I mention that you can set up an Ensemble of instruments with determinable spread and detuning and a Micro-Tuner with twelve Micro Tuning presets, in addition to being able to build your own? See Pic 6 and Pic 7. Pic 6 – The Settings page Pic 7 – The micro-tuner presets Conclusion This is one of those rare examples of a library that really has no competition and that many of us have wanted for a long time.
If you do not play chromatic harmonica and you do not live in LA, or you do but cannot afford Tommy Morgan, then this is a library for you.
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Please notice: This Product does not include a “Free Kontakt Player” license! For your own protection this library is provided as individual personalized files including a Digital Water Mark – DWM! This License is only valid for the individual who has purchased an unopened, new and lawfully made copy of Chris Hein Chromatic Harmonica from a dealer or distributor authorized by Big Fish Audio. Only the purchaser of this CD is authorized to use the sounds for his music-, multimedia-, film-, radio-, games-, webcast- or similar productions and only as long as no isolated samples, loops or phrases become available for a third party. It is not allowed to use the samples and programs within a network if this opens the possibility to be used simultaneously by multiple users.
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Zero-G’s definitive collection of HARMONICA samples, performed by Ben Hewlett This superb new sample library contains a huge array of moods and timbres. Need a realistic-sounding harmonica with an plenty of articulations and And that’s the field where Chris Hein’s Chromatic Harmonica library really shines, with all Keyscape Keyboard Sample-based Virtual Instrument from Spectrasonics. A collection of RAW/unprocessed sample data from our Classic Blues Harmonica Kontakt Instrument. If you just want to, “drag and drop” samples into your DAW.