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    Official Garritan Jazz & Big Band 3 Release Announcement



    By now this is old news to many of you, but In keeping with our “release, then announce” approach, here's the official release announcement:

    GARRITAN RELEASES JAZZ & BIG BAND 3.0 – Download Version
    Now featuring the new ARIA Sample Player and additional instruments


    Orcas Island, USA (April 21, 2010) — Garritan has announced that the new 3rd edition of its Jazz & Big Band collection is available in a download version. The world’s most popular jazz & big band sample library just got better! Garritan Jazz & Big Band 3 is now powered by the ARIA Instrument Engine and adds new features, new instrument sounds and updated programming at a lower price. Existing users of previous versions of Jazz & Big Band 3 can download the upgrade for only $49.95. New customers can purchase and get it for $149.95.

    What's New in JABB 3.0
    • New ARIA Advanced Instrument Engine – ARIA, a new and highly-optimized instrument engine, developed in collaboration with Plogue Art et Technologie Inc, goes beyond ordinary samplers. ARIA is intuitive, efficient and versatile, loads instruments quickly, and places very low demand on your computer’s processor. The ARIA engine has been rigorously tested and is widely used in products by Microsoft, SONY, AKAI, MakeMusic (Finale) and other industry leaders.

    • New Price - Instant Download! - JABB 3 is affordable, eco-friendly, and available on demand. Simply download and play. The entire JABB3 sample collection can be downloaded with a fast internet connection, dramatically reducing the product’s environmental impact and eliminating the waiting time associated with shipping.

    • Additional Sounds & Ensemble Presets - JABB 3 includes additional instruments such as organs, slap basses and harmonica. There are also extended ranges for select instruments and Ensemble Presets.

    • Auto Legato - JABB3's new Auto Legato intelligently detects when you are playing a smooth line with overlapping notes and automatically applies correct legato transitions between notes. Creating realistic phrasing has never been easier. Auto Legato also makes playable trills extremely easy.

    • Integrated Ambience Reverb & Stereo Stage - JABB3 now integrates the high quality Ambience reverb with the ARIA Player with individual mixing sends for each instrument. Stereo Stage imparts spacious stereo imagery for JABB instruments.

    • MIDI Playback and Recording Features -The Standalone ARIA Player allows you to load and playback MIDI files. You can also produce audio recordings of the MIDI file or record yourself playing live.

    • Designed for Compatibility - JABB runs on both Macintosh and Windows and a variety of formats to fit your workstation and your workflow (VST, Pro Tools RTAS, and OSX Audio Units). It supports 64-bit platforms in Windows (works in Windows 7). JABB3 is further optimized for use with the AKAI EWI Wind Controllers and integrates with popular notation programs such as Finale 2010.

    • Graceful & Easy Authorization - ARIA authorization employs a personalized digital keycard. Simply drag and drop the personalized graphic card onto the ARIA Instrument Engine to authorize it and get playing in seconds.
    JAZZ & BIG BAND has become the industry standard and won prestigious industry awards including Electronic Musician's ‘Editor's Choice Award, Keyboard Magazine ‘Keybuy’ award, Sound on Sound ‘5 Star’ award, and Music Tech Magazines ‘Recommended’ award.

    This library contains over 60 individual instruments, and each instrument offers a great deal of real-time control, perhaps more so than any other sample library. Techniques unique to a particular instrument type are also represented (e.g., trumpet falloffs, doits, and even the characteristic "kiss" or "rip") - all applied as needed by the user. Certain features, like trumpet and trombone "shakes" can be tailored to specific needs rather than limited to switchable recordings of particular shakes and the feature is now much easier to use than in previous versions of the library.

    Garritan Jazz & Big Band has developed an enthusiastic following for its "performance-driven" approach and ability to create realistic and expressive sounding jazz and big band music.


    Pricing: New Suggested Retail price: $149.95
    $49.95 downloadable upgrade for existing users
    DVD version coming soon

    Availability: Now

    For further information: www.garritan.com



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    Cool, JABB ARIA has been released, one step closer to GOS2!!!

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    NDEE

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    AH, There's the official release announcement. Very nice! I was getting concerned that it was being kept super low key, like with one little guy twirling his finger in very small circles in the air. THIs is more like it--YAAaaaaah JABB, GOOoooo JABB goooooo.

    Anybody without the new JABB - I assure you, it's better than ever. Run to the Garritan store now!

    Randy B. in cheer leader mode.

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    Loving this. Once the Concert and Marching Band comes out, I can go 100% Aria for all my projects. Honestly, making the jump to Aria was easily one of the best things to come from the last few years.

    Also, kudos to having a download upgrade option. Saves time, saves packaging expenses, and makes us crazy environmentalist types very happy

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    Re: Official Garritan Jazz & Big Band 3 Release Announcement

    Huge congratulations to Gary and his team and with thanks to the excellent beta testers.

    This really is excellent, would thoroughly recommend it. I especially like the additions of the banjo and harmonica plus, of course, the new Aria player.

    For me, the purchase, download, install and authorisation went without a single hitch.

    Thank you to everyone involved.
    Michael
    Patience is a virtue, sensitivity is a gift

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    Re: Official Garritan Jazz & Big Band 3 Release Announcement

    Would JABB be of any value to someone whose only musical interest and talent (if any at all) is in classical music? Consider that that "someone" currently has Sibelius and no sequencer so is limited to out-of-the-box sound plus very minor MIDI tweaking (adding MIDI messages into the score being interpreted).

    Consider a repeat of the same question but add to classical music a small dose of Eastern European (i.e., Balkan) folk music - the Balkan music added to into classical pieces, not necessarily writing Balkan music. Get JABB? Wait for the World Instruments collection? Stick with what I've got?

    Pat

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    Re: Official Garritan Jazz & Big Band 3 Release Announcement

    Quote Originally Posted by pokeefe View Post
    Would JABB be of any value to someone whose only musical interest and talent (if any at all) is in classical music? Consider that that "someone" currently has Sibelius and no sequencer so is limited to out-of-the-box sound plus very minor MIDI tweaking (adding MIDI messages into the score being interpreted).

    Consider a repeat of the same question but add to classical music a small dose of Eastern European (i.e., Balkan) folk music - the Balkan music added to into classical pieces, not necessarily writing Balkan music. Get JABB? Wait for the World Instruments collection? Stick with what I've got?

    Pat
    Hello Pat,

    If I have understood your question correctly, I think it's a difficult one to answer; it might be of value to some whose only interest is in classical music and not to others.

    I think the best way to answer this question for you personally is to take a look at the instruments in the JABB3 library and compare this to the instruments in the GPO4 library.

    You will find that, for example, that JABB3 has no oboes or bassoons, no French Horns, no solo or section strings, no harp etc which is to be expected for a jazz and band library. Conversely, the JABB3 library contains instruments not normally found in the Classical orchestra such as saxophones.

    Apart from this, those instruments in JABB that are common to jazz and classical worlds, such as the flutes, trumpets, trombones and the piano are specifically 'prepared' in JABB3 for use in jazz and, therefore, sound different to their counterparts in GPO4.

    Personally, I wouldn't be able to manage at all with just JABB; I have to have GPO4 as well.

    Just a personal view.
    Michael
    Patience is a virtue, sensitivity is a gift

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    Re: Official Garritan Jazz & Big Band 3 Release Announcement

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael_uk View Post
    If I have understood your question correctly, I think it's a difficult one to answer; it might be of value to some whose only interest is in classical music and not to others.
    ...
    Apart from this, those instruments in JABB that are common to jazz and classical worlds, such as the flutes, trumpets, trombones and the piano are specifically 'prepared' in JABB3 for use in jazz and, therefore, sound different to their counterparts in GPO4.
    Thanks Michael. I probably should have worded my question more clearly. Do composers of classical music (that use sound libraries such as the Garritan products) find need for jazz-"prepared" instruments in their compositions?

    If I understood him correctly, Jim (Snorlax) recommended in another thread using brass instruments multiple libraries in order to get more realistic sounds. I wondered if JABB3 provided such instruments, or if the sound of the JABB instruments was too far from the GPO instruments to be useful. I suspect CoMB instruments would be a closer fit.

    Pat

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    Re: Official Garritan Jazz & Big Band 3 Release Announcement

    Hi Pat, I layer several JABB instruments with my GPO instruments, COMB and even non-GPO projectSam instruments to achieve a better sound. I also like the sax sound in JABB (I do wind ensemble/concert band mainly and a little movie scoring as well) and use it. Most notably I use the lead trumpet in JABB for layering.

    The bass bone is killer too.

    Hope that helped.

    - Reber Clark
    In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.

    http://reberclark.blogspot.com http://reberclark.bandcamp.com http://www.youtube.com/reberclark

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    Re: Official Garritan Jazz & Big Band 3 Release Announcement

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Hopkins View Post


    By now this is old news to many of you, but In keeping with our “release, then announce” approach, here's the official release announcement:

    GARRITAN RELEASES JAZZ & BIG BAND 3.0 – Download Version
    Now featuring the new ARIA Sample Player and additional instruments
    Tom:

    News to me that it was released! It downloads as I type this.I can't afford it, even at the upgrade price, but I can't afford to not get it. I've waited for this since the development was first discussed. For anyone who doesn't know, the promise of this implementation shown in the limited EWI version of ARIA makes this a really phenomenal set of instruments.

    Y'all are to be commended for the fine work, and congratulated for the release of the only real performable sample set!

    Thank you. That's a thanks to you, to Gary, to Plogue, and to all of the Beta testers.

    Joe

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