IMO Dan Dean and SAM horns ahve a pretty different sound.
While both can do anything from \"padlike/soft\" to \"epic\"
Dan Dean seems to have more \"extremes\" of the dynamic range. FFF has ALOT of bite, and PPP is SUPER soft.
SAM has more of what most people consider the \"useful\" dynamic range. The forte/Double Forte is powerfull but doesn\'t have the same bite as DD. This however is something that I sometimes want and isn\'t something I can get from DD.
both are really amazing and its up to the sound you need. They are both incredibly good choices.
I will say that SAM is at such a low price that you should get it even if you do get DD. Its a library with a price that is stupifyingly low for its quality and usability.
There is no such thing as \'should I by SAM Horns OR...\' You just buy it, everyone does and everyone in the world will own SAM Horns. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Its insanely cheap for what it is and what it is is just too good.
I have the Solo horn and am awaiting the full package, but I have to say that even the solo is extremely playable and is a simply wonderful recording.
I need French Horns for a project I am currently working on. I know that SAM Horns are out there, and they seem to be great. But I also know that I might need the other brass intruments in the future. So I was wondering, should I pay the extra money now and get Dan Dean Brass Ensembles, or should I go with SAM Horns? Does anybody experienced the two librairies?
Also, is the SAM team planning to sample other brass instruments in the future?
First of all let me start by saying that Dan Dean Brass Ensemble is incredible! It totally blows everything else out of the water (at least right now). The sounds are extremely usable and the mix very well with the rest of the instruments.
Now....SAM Horns is about $600 cheaper and as far as horns are concerned, extremely good.
I don\'t think that Trumpets or Trombones are the next venture for the SAM team....I believe percussion is.
If you need the full enchilada within the next 3 months I would seriously consider DDBE.
If you want to save some cash and all you really need are great sounding horns, go with SAM.
Just remember that the DDBE are a total Brass Solution. All instruments interact beautifully. I find that the Sam Horns are a little mellower a little more bottom end, yet the DDBE Horns bottom end is probably performed more precisely. I simply can\'t decide which one I like better. Its a happy problem. I would find it hard to believe that VSL or QLO could improve on either of these.