chris Hein - Horns Compact


The Mixer

Paint Your Sections

Unlimited sound-colours with just a view clicks

Up to 8 instruments can be loaded and played within one Multi-Instrument of CHH-Compact.

If you need more instruments playing simultaneously, simply open a second Multi-Instrument in your Kontakt-Player. The dropdown menu lets you assign any of the 53 Solo-Instruments and 6 Synth-Brass instruments into any of the 8 channels.

Load multiple Multi Instruments and create a unique Sax-Section, a shiny selection of Trumpets,

and a low & fat Trombone, Tuba, Bass-Sax combo.

All in one instance of your Kontakt-Player !

CHH-Compact is highly optimized to use the lowest possible ram.


Load - Loads an instrument into your computers RAM.

Solo - Mutes all other instrument channels to solo the selected instrument.

Mute - Mutes the selected instrument channel.

Instrument - Assigns an instrument from this drop down menu to assign it to the selected channel.

Volume - Sets the volume for each instrument channel separately.

Panorama - Places the selected instrument channel in the stereo field.

FT - Fine-Tunes the instrument from -50 to +50 cents. (Works great for sections.)

Out - If you have multiple outputs configured in the Kontakt-Player Output settings, this dropdown menu lets you select an individual audio output for each channel. (Requires a multi-output audio-interface.)

Volume & Dynamic Control

Dynamic Lets you control the Velocity Response of your midi keyboard.

Curve - Sets the curve for the Velocity Response. 

Min - Sets the Minimum velocity.

Max - Sets the Maximum velocity.

Velocity Usually the dynamic of an instrument is just controlled only by the velocity of your midi keyboard. Velo Mode offers different options to control the dynamic.

Select the different Velocity-Modes from the drop down menu.

Velocity Key - The instruments in CHH-Compact has 6 velocity layers. The solo instruments have 20 velocity layers. When set to Velocity Key these layers are available through the velocity of your midi keyboard.

Velo Fade - When this is selected, the velocity is controlled via midi Control Change (CC11, Expression, by default). You can also use any other controller by changing the Velo Fade CC. Setting the controller to zero, plays the lowest velocity layer, moving the controller up, fades between the velocity layers while increasing the value crossfades between the velocity layers until the highest value of 127 is reached.

Velo Key & Fade - This is a combination of Velo Key and Velo Fade. Velocity is controlled via keyboard velocity, but you can also use Expression (CC11) to crossfade between the velocity layers. Velo Key & Fade works in an intelligent way. Lets say you play a note at velocity 100. then you increase Expression (CC11), starting from zero. No change is audible until the Controller reaches value 100. From here, Expression takes control of the velocity and lets you change the dynamic even after the note is pressed. Velo - Key & Fade is perfect for playing realistic crescendos and decrescendos.

Velo Auto Fade - This performs an automatic volume curve, which can be a big help, especially for realistic trumpet sections in a live-performance. 

When Velo Auto Fade is selected, the automatic volume curve starts at the highest velocity, performing a decrescendo followed by a crescendo.

Velo Key & Auto Fade - This is a combination of Velo Key and Velo Auto-Fade. Velocity is controlled via keyboard velocity, but the Auto fade is performed depending on the sElected settings. It performs the same volume curve as Velo Auto Fade, but the starting point is the velocity of the played note.

The speed of the Auto-Fade curve can be adjusted with de decay and length knobs. You can adjust the speed in musical beats, the absolute length depends on you host tempo.

Amount sets the destination velocity for the decrescendo (decay). If Amount is set to 100, the decay goes down to velocity 0. Amount set to 0 cReates no volume curve.

Decay - sets the time from the highest velocity (or the played velocity in Velo Key & Auto Fade“) to the velocity, selected in the Amount“ setting.

Length - sets the overall time of the volume curve. When the decay time is over, the sound starts to swell. The highest velocity is reached when the selected Length“ time is over.

Thats why the decay can not be longer than the Length, and the length can not be short than the decay time. Got it? ;-)

Re-Trig.- sets the time for polyphonic playing. All notes within the selected time range are affected by the auto fade settings.

Vibrato - This is a kind of Auto-Vibrato which works independently from the Velo settings. The Auto-Vibrato performs an evolving vibrato with a defined delay and increase time. Delay and Increase time depend on the „Decay“ and „Length“ settings. The vibrato know sets the maximum intensity of the auto vibrato. Adjustments on speed, volume and tune change can be made in the vibrato settings page.


Fully Customizable Keyboard-Layout to fit your live performance

The Keyboard-Layout Page lets you assign a specific keyboard range for each mixer channel.

This enables you to play different combinations of instruments on different keyboard positions simultaneously. This feature is fantastic for a live performance. For example, you can assign a low brass section at the bottom, a group of saxes in the middle and some trumpets at the top range of your midi keyboard.

The Hot-Keys 

are special keys which are used to trigger different effects and articulations. The position of the Hot-Keys can be set to any key. You can even assign two Hot-Keys to the same note, if you feel that makes sense. The position of each Hot-Key is represented by a uniquely colored bar in the Keyboard Layout.

The following functions are available through the Hot-Keys:

Repeat Last Note - Repeats the last note you have played. This is great for fast repetitions.

Harmonize - Adds a second note with a different pitch, depending on the Interval setting in the Harmonize section.

Attack - Adds a short and hard attack note to the sound. The volume of the attack sound can be adjusted with the volume knob in the Attack section.

Triller - Switches to a real played trill on saxophones & clarinets and a real played Shake on Trumpets & Trombones. Volume and Fade Time can be set in the Key-Trill./Shake section. Instead of using a Hot-Key you can also use the Intens knob to adjust the intensity of the Trill/Shake via midi CC.

Fall - Pressing this Hot-Key while a note is being played, stops the sustain note and adds a real played fall down of the note.

Doit - Same as Fall, but switches to a fast glide-up of the note.

Key Vibrato Up / Down - Rather than playing a static vibrato with the modwheel, this enables you to perform the vibrato manually on a key of your midi keyboard. You can choose between Vibrato Up or Vibrato Down, which affects the pitch of the note being heard. A real vibrato, performed by a wind instrumentalist, consists of a change in volume and pitch. You can edit both parameters separately.

General Controls

Pitchbend You can assign the Pitchbend range separately for Bend Up and Bend Down from 1 to 12 semitones. You can also assign one of the articulations (i.e. Doit or Fall) to Bend Up or Bend Down by using the dropdown menus.

Speed Detection automatically selects a different version of the sustain  articulation when  playing at faster speed. For example when playing the sustain sound, the attack of the sound might be too long when playing faster melodies. In this case you can turn on the Speed Detection, which triggers special versions of the sustain samples with a faster attack.

Time (ms) sets the time between two notes required to perform the speed-control articulation switch. The time-range is shown in milliseconds. Only notes played within the selected time range are performed with the sustain-speed articulation.

Sustain Pedal If you have a sustain pedal connected to your midi keyboard, these settings allow you to change the function of the pedal. If no pedal is connected, you can use CC 64 to switch to the Hold or Legato mode. 

Hold - Holds the played notes when pressing the Sustain Pedal.

Legato - Activates Legato Mode when pressing the Sustain Pedal. Provides a quick and easy way to switch between Polyphonic and Legato (Monophonic) playing.

Vibrato These are the controls for the intelligent LFO-based Vibrato available through CC01 (Modwheel). Two independent types of vibrato are available. The crossfade between Vib.1 and Vib.2 can be set with the vertical fader in the middle. The midi CC value at which the crossfade is performed, is displayed at the bottom of the fader.

Why two independent Vibrato types?

Usually you‘ll need only one vibrato type. But, to achieve more realism in your performance, you can set the second vibrato to produce a subtle or more intense effect. You can also use the second vibrato to seamlessly blend from the vibrato to a trill.

The following controls are available for Vib.1 & Vib.2:

Speed - Sets the speed of the volume and pitch change.

Volume - Sets the volume of the vibrato.

Tune - Sets the degree of pitch change. Setting tune to 0 performs a tremolo.

Vib. CC - sets the midi controller to control the vibrato (CC1 - Modwheel by default)

Legato Mode

When playing a note, holding it, and playing another note, the Legato  performs a smooth transition between the two notes. You can edit the behavior of the Legato transition in detail in the Legato- Settings Page. Playing in Legato Mode is always monophonic.

Legato: Switch between Legato or Polyphonic playing.

You can assign unique articulations, each with different attack times, to perform the Legato when playing a melody up or down:

Attack Types: Sustain - Legato - Sustain Speed

There are separate controls for volume-fade in/out and for tune-fade in/out:

Fade Out Offset (ms) Sets the time before the fade starts.

Fade Out Length (ms) Sets the length of the fade out.

Tune Out Offset (ms) Sets the time before the detuning starts.

Tune Out Length (ms) Sets the length of the detuning.

Tune (c) Sets the amount of detuning in cents.

Slope Spreads the amount of legato. A higher value results in a lower amount of legato when playing small intervals, like a semitone, and a higher amount when playing larger intervals, like an octave.

Legato Settings

All samples in CHH are perfectly tuned to the standard chromatic scale with A at 440Hz. However, real brass players usually don‘t play perfectly in tune. You can edit the tuning in precise detail, in the Micro-Tuning Page. You can create your own tuning scales by shifting the tuning of each note up or down, or you can use one of the pre-programmed tuning scales based on some of the most famous historical scales.

Preset 12 Micro-Tuning preset scales are available. You can build your own tuning scales or use the pre-programmed scales and edit them in order to create your own scales.

In addition to the Micro-Tuning scales you can fine tune each instrument in its channel strip in the Mixer Page.

Key Sets the root key of the scale.

Amount Scales the overall amount of detuning.

Other tuning methods:

A Master tuning knob for all instruments is available in the header of the virtual instrument on the Play Page. Hold down the shift key (of your computer keyboard) while turning the on-screen knob for fine-tuning. Fine-Tuning for each channel/instrument is available at the right side of the Mixer Page.

Micro Tuner

Convolution Reverb

21 fantastic, built in convolution reverbs.

The impulse responses for these reverbs were specially produced by Wolfgang Lenden of Sonic Lab Studios, the producer of the famous “Halls Of Fame“ impulse responses collection.

Chorus / Phaser

Reverb / Delay

Flanger / Compressor

EQ / Filter