Chris Hein - Orchestral Brass

is a collection of 12 orchestral Brass instruments and 9 Brass Ensembles

that sound lively and totally authentic.

Recording Concept

Building an ensemble from the individual instruments sounds more cohesive,

thanks to a brand new recording concept: 

3 virtuoso brass players from the famous WDR symphony orchestra were recorded

simultaneously in their natural ensemble, able to see and hear one another but accoustically separated. 

The resulting instruments gel together wonderfully as 3-piece ensembles whilst maintaining individual nuances.

Chris Hein pushed the players to their pitch and dynamic limits,

resulting in almost 4 recorded octaves for Trombones & French-Horns

(a whole octave lower than most other brass libraries).



16 articulations and 8 dynamic layers range from soft warmth to power-ful blasts.

F-Tuba, Sousaphon and euphonium have 24 articulations and up to 16 dynamic layers.

The phase-aligned samples give artefact free blending between the dynamic layers. Perfect for extreme crescendos.

True portamento transitions and other legato types allow for smooth transitions between notes.

Huge customization options utilize the fully-featured interface and intelligent Kontakt scripting.

Audio Demos


3 x Trumpet

3 x Trombone

3 x French-Horn

1 x F-Tuba

1 x Sousaphon

1 x Euphonium

9 x Ensembels

Main Features

• 12 Orchestral Brass Instruments

• 32 GB Content   

• 94.000 Samples

• 14 -24 Articulations 

• Up To 16 Dynamic Layers

• Unique Phase-Align technique

 4 Dynamic Modes

 Dynamic Expression Sustains

 Note-Head Designer

• Hot-Keys

• Intelligent Legato & Portamento

• Glide-Mode To play realistic runs

• Muted Brass option

• 10 built in DSP-Effects

• 2 independent Convolution Reverbs

• 63 high class impulse responses

• Attack- & Release controls

• Special Noise Controls

• Ensemble Maker

• Micro-Tuner

• Adjustable Fader Settings in the UI

• Intelligent LFO-Vibrato including EQ

• Customizable Auto-Vibrato

• Key-Vibrato


• Sustain

• Crescendo

• Dynamic Expression Long

• Dynamic Expression Short

• Flutter Tounge

• Short 1

• Short 2

• Short 3

• Short 4

• Short 5

• Short 6

• Run Up

• Run Down

• Rip 1

• Rip 2

• Fall

Only Low Brass:

• Repetitions 16th

• Repetitions 8th

• Short 7

• Short 8

• Dirty Attack 1

• Dirty Attack 2

• Dirty Growl

• Dirty Ornaments

• Effects 1

• Effects 2

• Effects 3

New in Orchestral Brass EX

The new Low Brass Instruments:

F-Tuba Sousaphon & Euphonium


Live playing vs MIDI programming

„Interplay“ by Przemyslaw Kopczyk


MIDI re-production by Przemyslaw Kopczyk


Original live performance by Hans Nickel


„How To - Deal With Dynamics“


During the recording and programming of Chris Hein Orchestral Brass there was a great deal of emphasis placed on capturing a wide dynamic range, from the softest notes to the loudest and more aggressive. The players were really pushed to their limit to get the maximum possible dynamics out of their instruments.

Within the Orchestral Brass Kontakt instrument, most sustained articulation have six velocity layers, the shorts have eight and the special articulation have 3 to 4 velocities.

There are four ways to control the huge dynamic range in the articulation preset page.



There are many ways to control the many functions to achieve a convincing realtime performance. You can use hardware faders, a breath controller, TouchOSC on an iPad is a good choice.

Here you see an example of controlling CH-Orchestral Brass using the Leap Motion sensor controller together with Geko MIDI, the controller app for Leap Motion.

The leap motion is the only controller which enables to control multiple functions at a time in a pretty intuitive way.




How To - Create A Fanfare

This is a tutorial for Chris Hein - Orchestral Brass.

"How To Create A Fanfare"

Przemyslaw Kopczyk composed a nice Fanfare

using Chris Hein - Orchestral Brass.

We show how to build the orchestral brass tracks

from scratch and walk you through the process of making it.


Review at Sound Bytes net music magazine