I don\'t normally gush in public, but since I recently complained in public about another brass library, I\'m going to balance things by proclaiming my sincere adoration for what Maarten and gang have produced. I missed every sale EastWest has had in the last four months and ended up paying full price for SAM Bones and I\'m not sorry one ounce--or kilo, depending on where you\'re reading this.
The trombones sound absolutely great, as do the horns. The choice of articulations along with the programming are a shining example of how to make a sample library that people are going to simply enjoy using. And for all the arguments made on this forum that essentially \"dry\" sounds are the most ideal to start with, I can only say, thank you, Maarten, for recording with ambience. After hearing this stuff, there really isn\'t much of an argument anymore. If there is, well, then load up the close versions. The far patches (I\'m sure the close, too) sound great in Altiverb. And they blend nicely with other libraries--very important aspect.
You guys are to be highly commended for your musicality and technical skill and knowing what it is that many composers are looking for. One of the responses to my previous complaint was that European players just didn\'t play in the ballsy manner I was looking for and that it must be only an LA film-session player thing. Well, SAM just proves what a line of hooey that is.
Any chance you recorded the muted bones playing staccatos and will there be an update? Muted brass stabs come in really handy when doing action/horror/ suspense cues.
Looking forward to the trumpets. Keep up the fantastic work.