Saxophone - Explorations

Sublime, Evolving, Intense

Saxophone Explorations is a unique sample library for Kontakt Player. Featuring abstract and aleatoric saxophone textures combined with a custom modular effects rig performed by virtuoso saxophonist and artist, Jay Reynolds, It is sublime, evolving and intense.

Designed to fill a gap in the virtual instrument market, this library has a wonderfully compelling and beautifully dark sound which is perfect for capturing a modern cinematic sound world which can be heard in scores by the likes of Colin Stetson, Bobby Krlic and Mica Levi. Our custom user interface was carefully designed to be both intuitive and inspiring, allowing you to warp and shape your sound with filters, reverbs, distortion and much more.

THIS LIBRARY WORKS IN THE FREE KONTAKT PLAYER AND IS NKS COMPATIBLE

£69.00

We spent countless hours with saxophonist Jay Reynolds curating a selection of some of the most interesting and creative techniques possible with a saxophone. Taking inspiration from the sound worlds of artists such as Colin Stetson, Bobby Krlic and Mica Levi, we wanted to create a virtual instrument that surpassed what would be expected from a saxophone library and explore new territory with no limitations. Jay is not only a fantastic saxophone player, but also a huge synth and modular enthusiast. We realised that combining his love for saxophone and modular effects was a way to create sounds and textures far beyond what is possible with a Saxophone. We recorded the whole family of saxophones, from baritone, tenor, alto and soprano with the aim of capturing Jay's performance and expression in intimate detail, whilst focusing on the way it could evolve and morph with the help of the modular effects.

The library was recorded under lockdown conditions, remotely from Jay's studio with a selection of top end microphones which were later edited and mixed by Sonixinema's in house engineer. There was a lot of collaboration between Jay and our team to make sure that the source material was as creative and playable as possible. For many of the patches featured in the library, we feature all four of the saxophones placed across the keyboard, to give you the widest playable range as possible. With the help of the character slider, you can use your mod wheel to smoothly fade between the dry signal and Jay's custom effects signal, which included the following; Mutable instruments Rings, Makenoise Erbe-Verb, Makenoise Quad Peak Animation System, Makenoise ModDemix, 4MS Tapographic Delay, Intellijel Quad VCA, Mutable Instruments Warps, Mutable Instruments Ripples, Befaco I4 Instrument Interface, Digitech Whammy Mk1. Jay's microphone set up consisted of a Beyerdynamic M160 into a Cloudlifter for close mic, and an AKG C414ULS for the room, combined with an FMR Audio RNP preamp and the onboard pres my Audient ASP880. The converters were the ASP880 and the I/O was and Audient ID22.

 

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  • Instrument
  • Saxophone
  • Product Range
  • Explorations
  • Microphone Positions
  • Close Mono, Direct Signal to Modular Rig
  • Presets
  • 27 Articulations (108 presets)
  • File Size
  • 6.8GB Delivered as 3.5GB NCW
  • Kontakt Version
  • Free Kontakt Player
  • File Format
  • VST
For all of our products, you need to ensure that you are using the correct version of Kontakt. Most of our libraries require the FULL version of Kontakt, unless stated otherwise. Currently our only Kontakt Player libraries are CONTEMPORARY SOLOISTS: CELLO, HANG DRUM, ABSTRACT and SAXOPHONE EXPLORATIONS. You can find out the specific requirements in the specification tab on each product page. If you have any questions regarding this, feel free to get in touch by emailing us at support@sonixinema.com

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Most Asked Technical Questions

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Kontakt Player is a free sampler created by Native Instruments, which allows you to use certain sample libraries without the need for additional paid software. Kontakt (sometimes referred to as the FULL version of Kontakt) is a sampler which can be purchased from www.nativeinstruments.com. The vast majority of our libraries only run in the FULL version of Kontakt, and therefore you must check that you have the correct version of Kontakt in order to use our sample libraries. Please check the description of each individual product page to find out which version of Kontakt you will need.
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All of our Kontakt based libraries contain samples that have been converted to NCW. This has been done primarily to protect the content within the library, making it more difficult for people to use the samples outside of Kontakt. Certain libraries created by us include a WAV pack which means you can work directly with audio within your DAW.
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Official Trailer

Introducing Saxophone Explorations, a unique sample library featuring a collection of abstract and aleatoric Saxophone textures combined with a custom Modular Effects Rig performed by virtuoso saxophonist, Jay Reynolds. Made for the free Kontakt Player.

Library Walkthrough

Take a look at our walkthrough video, where we will take a deep dive into the library and all of the fantastic sounds that we captured. We will also cover the interface controls, and how you can create your own patches!

Contextual Demo

In this video, Stefano takes you through his demo track from start to finish and shows you how he used Saxophone Explorations and other Sonixinema libraries.

Technical Overview

Want a crash course on how to use our interface? Watch this video to learn all the tips and tricks needed to get the most out of your new sample library.
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