How to Create Amazing Horn Sections with Native Instruments Session Horns KONTAKTMAGNETRiXX
If you are looking for a way to add realistic and expressive horn sections to your music production, you might want to check out Native Instruments Session Horns KONTAKTMAGNETRiXX. This is a powerful and versatile Kontakt instrument that lets you play and arrange a four-piece horn section consisting of trombone, tenor sax, and two trumpets. Whether you need some funky stabs, soulful melodies, or reggae skanks, Session Horns can deliver them with ease and authenticity.
In this article, we will show you how to use Session Horns KONTAKTMAGNETRiXX to create amazing horn arrangements for your tracks. We will cover the following topics:
How to load and play Session Horns KONTAKTMAGNETRiXX
How to use the Smart Voice Split feature to automatically assign notes to the right instruments
How to use the Animator feature to jam with over 170 pre-recorded phrases in different styles and moods
How to customize your horn section with different articulations, effects, and mixing options
How to Load and Play Session Horns KONTAKTMAGNETRiXX
To use Session Horns KONTAKTMAGNETRiXX, you need to have Kontakt or the free Kontakt Player installed on your computer. You can download the free Kontakt Player from the Native Instruments website[^1^]. Once you have Kontakt or Kontakt Player installed, you can load Session Horns KONTAKTMAGNETRiXX as a standalone application or as a plugin in your DAW of choice.
Session Horns KONTAKTMAGNETRiXX comes with two main NKIs (Kontakt instruments): Section Performance and Section Keyswitch. The Section Performance NKI lets you play the whole horn section with one MIDI channel, using keyswitches to change articulations and phrases on the fly. The Section Keyswitch NKI lets you play each instrument separately on different MIDI channels, giving you more control over each voice. You can also load each instrument as a solo NKI if you want to focus on one sound at a time.
How to Use the Smart Voice Split Feature
One of the most innovative features of Session Horns KONTAKTMAGNETRiXX is the Smart Voice Split function. This function automatically assigns each note of a chord to the corresponding brass instrument, just as a real arranger would. For example, if you play two notes, the instruments will split into lower and higher ranges: trombone and sax at the bottom, trumpets at the top. If you play three notes, the trombone will take the lowest note, while the sax and trumpets will share the higher ones. If you add a fourth note below, the trombone will move down and take the new bass note, while the rest of the ensemble will adjust accordingly.
This way, you can create realistic and harmonious horn arrangements with just your keyboard, without having to worry about which instrument plays which note. You can also adjust the range and voice leading of each instrument in the Voice Split menu on the interface.
How to Use the Animator Feature
If you need some inspiration or want to spice up your horn parts with some ready-made phrases, you can use the Animator feature. The Animator is a riff generator that lets you trigger over 170 phrases in different styles and moods with your keyboard. You can choose from funk, pop, reggae, indie, neo-soul, and more. The phrases are always in sync with your host tempo and key, and they follow your chords harmonically.
To use the Animator, simply press one of the keys in the blue range on your keyboard (C1-B2 by default). Each key corresponds to a different phrase that you can preview on the interface. You can also change the phrase category and subcategory with keyswitches in the green range (C0-B0 by default). You can layer up to six phrases at a time by pressing multiple keys in the blue range. The Smart Voice Split function will make sure that each phrase is played by the right instrument.