Chris Hein – Winds Compact (KONTAKT)

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Orchestral wind instruments for your computer in unheard of perfection!
Chris Hein Winds Compact is a lightweight version of the unique four-part Winds Complete library. She offers the same number of instruments: four flutes, three clarinets, three oboes and three bassoons.
For the compact version, we have collected the most important and common elements and functions of the full version. At the same time, this woodwind library undoubtedly meets the highest standards for the highest sound quality, expression and usability. The library tools use carefully prepared multisamples with detailed phase alignment to correctly align the phases and crossfades of dynamic layers. Up to eight dynamic layers ensure realistic sound.
The exceptional and versatile sound quality of Chris Hein’s Winds Compact makes it the perfect addition to any orchestral library, especially for woodwind performances whether in classical pieces, epic film scores, or orchestral pop ballads.
Among the undeniable advantages of the library are true legato, variable attack on the note, innovative aids such as hotkeys, note headers and remote control of all functions via MIDI via TouchOSC.
If you don’t need the huge amount of articulations that many thoughtful scores require, Chris Hein Winds Compact offers an efficient selection of woodwind instruments that meet the highest sonic expectations.
Chris Hein Winds Compact relies on the powerful Kontakt sample engine with its custom-tailored user interface and extensive scripting suite to meet the specific requirements of these instruments.
Both high-quality equipment such as select Neumann microphones and outstanding performances by musicians create a sound aesthetic. Unlike the award-winning Chris Hein – Horns, this library uses the famous WDR Symphonic Orchestra.
All instruments were recorded individually, avoiding crosstalk. Regardless, CH Winds Compact has an inevitable orchestral interaction. Therefore, the participating musicians used monitoring headphones to complement each other.


Thanks to the dual convolution of the sample engine reverb and the intentionally dry sound of Chris Hein Winds Compact, you can easily adapt the instruments to different situations. Kontakt allows you to freely place instruments in a stereo panorama. In addition, separate folding mechanisms for both the sound of the body (body) and the environment (room) make it possible to create any spatial environment, from intimacy to large orchestral halls. This distinguishes CH Winds Compact from many competitors with its fixed spatial characteristics. This makes the library very versatile and, moreover, it can be combined with almost any other available library.
Over a period of six months, all samples were completely phase-matched. Accordingly, the instruments offer perfect, seamless dynamic layer transitions without degrading sound quality.
The combination of long and short notes is a serious problem in sample libraries and often does not give reliable sounding results. With real musical instruments, note length often affects the attack behavior as well as the end of the note. CH Winds Compact addresses these aspects in their Note Head Designer. For each sustain, you can call up short, corrected sample variations, called shorts, through the controllers.
These shorts not only offer the appropriate correct attack behavior, but also the end of the note that perfectly matches the length of the note. These user-definable variations of short note variations are available on a maximum of eight dynamic layers each and can be combined with corresponding stable phases, resulting in amazing, realistic results that cannot be achieved with random RR selection. Of course, these shorts are also available in custom designs.
Chris Hein Winds Compact instruments offer true legato. Appropriate detailed recording and editing results in unexpectedly realistic sounds with perfect transitions between notes. At the same time, you can expand these realistic articulations with additional artificial legato inserts.

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