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release date: 09.05.2014

Chris Hein Winds Complete

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Orchestral woodwinds for your computer in unheard perfection!

halloween10Chris Hein – Winds is an extensive woodwind library meeting the highest expectations in regard to sound, quality, expression and usability. The libraries instruments are based on painstakingly recorded and edited multisamples, with numerous articulations and up to eight dynamic layers. Producer Chris Hein has brought thirty years of sampling experience into this masterpiece, giving the user maximum flexibility and a high level of customization, while maintaining the ease of use.

Chris Hein – Winds consists of four individual volumes, also being available separately or combined in a bundled complete version. The library contains a total of 13 instruments: four transverse flutes, three clarinets, three oboes and three bassoons.

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Flutes Clarinets Oboes Bassoons
  • Flute Piccolo
  • C-Flute 1
  • C-Flute 2
  • Alto-Flute
  • Eb-Clarinet
  • Bb-Clarinet
  • Bass-Clarinet

 

  • Oboe  
  • Oboe D´Amore
  • English Horn
  • Basson
  • Bassoon Barock
  • Contra Bassoon

Chris Hein – Winds focuses on orchestral woodwind sounds maximum flexibility, while maintaining the ease of use.FloeteThe library is arbitrarily configurable to embrace individual workflow techniques and demands of different producers. The available options and solutions take care of almost every practical application, leaving almost nothing left to be wished for – everything has been thought of! Naturally, the extensive amount of samples is handled by a powerful sample-engine, in this case Native Instruments´ Kontakt Player. Expect a custom tailored user-interface and extensive scripting to respect the specific requirements of the instruments presented.Clarinet

Chris Hein – Winds lives up to the expectations of woodwind lovers as well as specialists in demand of outstanding samples, comprehensive details, a complete choice of articulations and a versatile adaption to specific workflows.

The instruments can be loaded as elaborated full sample-sets, offering all articulations ready to be played on the keyboard. On the other hand, thanks to the library´s modular concept, significantly reduced versions can be called up to keep load-times fast and memory requirements low. In clean-start configuration, only a sustain-set is loaded into memory. All other articulations and functions demanding additional memory and CPU-load can be loaded with a single click whenever needed. This allows fluent and efficient work, even on compact and mobile production systems with less powerful specifications.
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Chris Hein – Winds brings you orchestral woodwind sounds tailored to perfection. Besides careful recordings with high quality gear such as Neumann microphones, the musicians significantly influence the sound aesthetic. Unlike the award-winning Chris Hein – Horns, this library takes advantage of orchestra musicians being part of the renowned WDR Symphonic Orchestra.

For this library, dry close mic´ing was an intentional decision. All instruments have been recorded individually avoiding any crosstalk. However, Chris Hein – Winds factors in the inevitable interaction of orchestra musicians when creating their musical tone. Therefore, the corresponding musicians where given headphone monitoring, allowing them to play along to the other musicians. Therefore, time-dependent articulations such as Dynamic Expression receive an especial coherent tone, allowing you to combine individual instruments to perfectly matched ensembles.

Bassoon

The intentionally dry sound of Chris Hein – Winds allows efficient combination with the sample-engine´s dual convolution reverbs to adapt the instruments to various situations.  The Kontakt Player allows a free instrument-placement in the stereo panorama. Separate convolution engines for the corpus-sound (body) and the ambience (room) allow creation of any spatial environment, ranging from close intimacy to large orchestral halls. Here, Chris Hein – Winds differs significantly from the fixed spatial characteristics of many competitors. It makes this library greatly variable and, additionally, combinable with almost any other library available.

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Unique functions

Perfect dynamic transitions thanks to phase alignment

Over a research-period of six months, all samples have been fully aligned in phase. Accordingly, the instruments offer perfect seamless transitions of dynamic layers without sonic degradation.

Unique combination of short and long notes

The combination of long and short notes is a major problem in sample-libraries, that often fail to deliver detailauthentic sounding results. With real musical instruments, the note length often influences the attack behavior as well as the note end. Chris Hein – Winds addresses this aspect with its „Note Head Designer“. Here, along with each sustain-articulation six matching shorts sample variations (Shorts) can be called up using controls or MIDI-controllers. These Shorts not only offer the corresponding correct attack-behavior but also a note-end that perfectly matches the note length. These user-defined selections of short-note-variations are available in eight dynamic layers each and can be combined with the corresponding sustained phases, leading to astonishing realistic results that cannot be achieved using random round-robin based selections. Of course, the shorts are also available as individual articulations.

True Legato

The instruments of Chris Hein – Winds offer true legato in up to four dynamic layers. For example, while playing the French Horn, the sample-engine selects the perfect note-transition from over 2,200 samples, resulting in legato-realism simply unheard until now. At the same time, it is aslo possible to add additional artificial legatos to these realistic combinations .

Library extend

The library´s performance-data directly reflect the immense investment of recordings and configuration possibilities. Each instrument builds upon almost 10,000 single samples, 14 articulations and up to eight dynamic layers. This makes Chris Hein – Winds the most in-depth-library of orchestral woodwinds currently available. The custom-tailored user-interface of the Kontakt Player not only offers numerous functions to adapt the library´s sound character and articulations but also offers immense configuration choices to live up to specific demands and workflows. At the same time, the library can also be effectively played without any need for deep edits. 26 pre-programmed key-switch-presets at the lower part of the keyboard (A-1 to A#1) allow fast tryouts of all available types.

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Thanks to four "Dynamic Modes", the "Note-Head Designer", "Key-Vibrato", "Hot-Keys" and the revolutionary concept of articulation-presets, the user-interface will give you the impression to really play these instruments live.

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  • Main Features
  • 13 Orchestral Woodwind Instruments
  • 50 GB Content
  • 130.000 Samples
  • 13 Articulations
  • Up tTo 8 Dynamic Layers
  • Unique Phase-Align Technique
  • 4 Dynamic Modes
  • Dynamic Expression Sustains
  • Note-Head Designer
  • Hot-Keys
  • Intelligent Legato
  • Glide-Mode to play realistic runs
  • 10 built in DSP-Effects
  • 2 independent Convolution Reverbs
  • 63 high class impulse responses
  • Attack- & Release controls
  • Special Noise Controls
  • Ensemble Maker
  • Micro-Tuner
  • Adjustable Fader Settings in the UI
  • Intelligent LFO-Vibrato including EQ
  • Customizable Auto-Vibrato
  • Key-Vibrato

Free Kontakt Player included (version 5.3.1 or higher required)

 

 

 

 

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Flag ENspaceThe Audio Spotlight, 06/2014


TAS review Hrisn Hein Winds

Final:
Chris Hein Winds is a good instrument bundle and it includes everything you need to create a realistic woodwinds section. The sound is extremely good but the cluttered GUI might keep you so busy that you forget how good it really is.

TAS full review Chris Hein Winds


Flag ENspaceSoundbytes Magazine 07/2014


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40 GB, Kontakt player included. Thats all you need to mimic a real wind ensemble. No more complaining about hiring a real player. We live in a time when fake is real and real is fake. Can you spot the difference? I cant, and Im not even sure that creator Chris can.

Aleksander Arsov

full Chris Hein Winds review at Soundbytes Magazine


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Auszug / Fazit

Die Chris Hein Winds nehmen mit ihrer Artikulationsvielfalt, dem nuancierten, dynamischen Spiel sowie durch ihre Ausstattung mit innovativen Gestaltungsoptionen eine Spitzenposition ein. Sie sind universell und genreübergreifend verwendbar.

Ihr Klang präsentiert sich ausgesprochen natürlich und musikalisch, die Audioqualität der trocken aufgenommenen Instrumente ist exzellent. Bei vielen Anwendungen reichen die mitgelieferten Presets vollkommen aus und man kann sofort loslegen. Zudem sind auch anspruchsvolle klassische Partituren umsetzbar und können von der vitalen „Persönlichkeit“ dieser Instrumente profitieren. Die Bedienung ist trotz der Vielzahl von Optionen übersichtlich. Das Einspielen mach wahre Freude und die Klangerlebnisse sind inspirierend. Will man an aufwändigen Arrangements möglichst latenzfrei arbeiten, ist ein schneller Mehrkernrechner jedoch Pflicht.

Pluspunkte:

  • Die Chris Hein Winds sind ohne Zweifel ihren Preis wert. Neben der kompletten Version ist die Library zudem in vier einzelnen Teilen verfügbar.
  • Note-Head Designer für Attacks
  • Nuanciert dynamisch spielbar
  • Umfangreiches Angebot an Artikulationen
  • Exzellente Audioqualität
  • Umfangreiche Optionen zur gestaltung des Speilverhaltens
  • Relativ leicht bedienbar

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Die Chris Hein Winds library besticht schon beim ersten Laden der Instrumente durch die flexible Spielweise, die Laune macht.

Schon die Grund-Patches lassen sich fliessend spielen, erkennen legato oder non legato, reagieren auf Velocity, und auf kurze oder lange Noten. 

Die zahlreichen Keyswitches, mit denen man verschiedene Artikulationen anwählen kann, bieten eine grosse Auswahl. Dabei sind die verschieden langen „Shorts"-Artikulationen hervorzuheben. Diese 6 verschiedenen Längen sind sinnvoll ausgesucht und reichen von langem Portato zu staccatissimo in bis zu 8 Velocity layern. Selbst komplizierte rhythmische Phrasen lassen sich dadurch überzeugend echt darstellen. 

Wenn man etwas tiefer in die Anpassung der Patches einsteigen will, bietet die Chris Hein Library viele Möglichkeiten die Spielbarkeit der Patches an die eigenen Vorlieben anzupassen. 

Die Funktionen sind klug durchdacht, der Grundsound sehr geschmackvoll, die Artikulationen sind sehr musikalisch eingefangen.

Ein Highlight sind für mich die Vibrato up/down - Keyswitches, mit denen man eine bereits gespielte Note retriggern kann, diese dabei aber nach oben oder unten „verstimmt" . Man kann damit sein sehr persönliches Vibrato - aber auch ethnische klingende Phrasierungen und Ornamente generieren. Kombiniert mit den Fall-retrigger-Keyswitches, die leider nur in den Oboen vorliegen, eine geniale Kombination.

Insgesamt eine aussergewöhnlich musikalische Library

Jörg Magnus Pfeil

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Bonedo 4,5Fazit

Chris Hein hat mit seinen Woodwinds einen äußerst erfolgreichen Aufbruch zu den neuen Ufern der Orchestermusik gestartet. Die Library bietet die Möglichkeit, hochgradig realistische Holzbläser-Passagen zu programmieren, und vor allem die Tatsache, dass die meisten Artikulationen gleichzeitig von den verschiedenen Instrumenten eingespielt wurden, trägt zu seinem homogenen Klangbild bei. Vor allem im Vergleich zu früheren Vertretern dieser Reihe sind längst nicht mehr so viele Anpassungen nötig. Dass bei Chris Hein trotzdem sehr ausgiebig programmiert und an einer Vielzahl an Parametern und MIDI-CCs geschraubt wird, hat sich dagegen nicht geändert, und dies ist durchaus eine der großen Stärken der Library und macht sie vor allem für erfahrenere Anwender interessant. Dass manche Artikulationen von vornherein etwas lauter wirken als andere und dass sich die Samples nicht unabhängig vom Hall im Panorama platzieren lassen, sind Details, mit denen man definitiv leben kann. Wer möglichst realistische und gleichermaßen flexible Holzbläser aus der Dose sucht, darf ruhigen Mutes zuschlagen!
Alexander Berger, für Bonedo

Ganzer CHW Test bei Bonedo

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Kontakt poweredThe latest NI Kontakt Player is included in this product!
The minimum Kontakt Player version to use this library is specified in the product description.

Download latest free Kontakt Player Windows (~ 450MB)
Download latest free Kontakt Player Mac INTEL (~ 600MB)

Windows
Windows 7 or Windows 8 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64, 2 GB RAM (4GB recommended)

Mac
Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 (latest update), Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM (4GB recommended)

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  • 1GB free disc space for player installation
  • additional hard disc space according to the library size
  • internet connection for product activation required (on any computer)


SUPPORTED INTERFACES

  • Stand-Alone
  • VST
  • Audio Units
  • RTAS (Pro Tools 9 + 10)
  • ASIO
  • CoreAudio
  • WASAPI
  • AAX Native (Pro Tools 10)
  • 64-bit AAX-Plug-ins (Pro Tools 11)

 

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