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Jaeger Review – Essential Modern Orchestra Library by Audio Imperia

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Jaeger Essential Modern Orchestra

Jaeger by Audio Imperia Review

Orchestral all-in-one packages have become handy tools for working composers to use, with libraries like Symphobia 2, Albion and Metropolis Ark becoming popular examples. We’ll be having a look at Jaeger from Audio Imperia today to see how it fairs in the all-in-one orchestral package game.

Audio Imperia hasn’t been around for very long, and they’ve mostly provided experimental and cinematic trailer tools up to now, so Jaeger is their first fully fledged orchestral product.

Jaeger ships with a violins, violas, celli and basses section; a trumpet, horn, trombone, and tuben section; an essential set of percussion and a bunch of trailer tools, with a solo female vocalist to top it off. Each section has the vital collection of articulations, with the violins, celli, trumpets, horns and solo vocalist sporting true legato.

Installation

Being a Kontakt full library, all you need to do is download the library via the Connect downloader, which will install the library to your desired folder. Then you’re ready to play.

Sound

For a library that’s marketed as a hybrid orchestral scoring tool, Jaeger sounds much more traditional, which may not be to the liking of someone looking for some punching processed instruments. The sound is very controlled and even has an air of daintiness to it (if that’s the right word to use). The string sections’ sustains are expressive, while the spiccatos are pointy and the staccatos have a fluid stroke to them. The tremolo is what you’d expect from the strings, and the col legno and bartok pizzicato are excellent as well. The portato allows you to play more bold strokes with longer sustain and has strong releases for shorter playing, which again, oddly makes the strings much more suited to traditional work than powerful hybrid stuff. Because of this, the strings tend to get smothered in a dense mix, so I recommend some mixing to bring their brightness and attack out more. But overall, each section has a rich tone and consistency of sound across the board.

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Jaeger (Essential Modern Orchestra for Kontakt) | Audio Imperia – Strings

The brass has a wonderfully controlled sound with a regal tone. The trumpets sing and the horns really belt (but with manners), while the trombones have just the right amount of rasp and the tuben section has plenty of richness and a little growl. The short notes are impressively disciplined as well, which is something I don’t often see in libraries containing brass. I’d say the brass wins the gold star out of all the sections in Jaeger.

The percussion section sounds excellent and is very well recorded, but there’s hardly enough here to facilitate epic scoring – once again, it seems to go against the hybrid grain. There aren’t many dynamic layers for the drums either, so while what’s on offer sounds lovely, it can be challenging to play or program expressively. We get a gran cassa ensemble, a high and low snare ensemble, a high and low tom ensemble, three solo taikos from big to small, stick hits, piatti hits, and tam-tam hits. It sounds like a lot on paper, but working with it feels somewhat minimalist, especially for epic music.

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Jaeger (Essential Modern Orchestra for Kontakt) | Audio Imperia – Snare

All of the mentioned sections were recorded center field and had close, mid, wide and far mics as well as a large sounding full mix. Each mic has a controlled similarity of sound and isn’t very wet (or processed), so it’s obvious that Jaeger was designed to be mixed and processed the way you want it to be, rather than coming pre-mixed with a wet hall sound. This is great for composers who like control over their sound, but for those wanting to jump in and have a massive sounding orchestra from square one, they may find it a little “unimpressive” sounding (even though the library does sound impressive, just in a natural, unprocessed way).

Jaeger Essential Modern Orchestra Brass
Jaeger – Essential Modern Orchestra Brass

Then we have the solo vocalist, which is provided with a single mic perspective and sounds excellent. The available ah, mm and ooh legatos sound lovely and are surprisingly smooth even without reverb applied. There are also breaths provided to chuck in between the legatos and the selection of phrases that are available. I can see why Audio Imperia chose to offer this solo vocalist section as a stand-alone library – it’s mustard (British for “awesome”).

The provided trailer braams, booms, mech hits, drones and the like DO fit very well into the hybrid genre unlike the instrument sections, and I’m happy to say they are very well made, sound great and are flexible to use.

Lastly, I must mention that while the violas, basses, trombones and tuben don’t get true legato – the true legato for the violins, celli, trumpets and horns is top notch. The full transitions have been kept, so playing these legatos requires a little practice, but they sound great and are a real strong point for the library overall. But still, no woodwinds to be found!

User interface & Usability

Script-wise, Jaeger is pretty darn solid. The GUI provided for the instrument sections is simple and elegant (and it looks cool if you ask me) and nifty controls like legato sample start time for the legatos is provided, along with a sample start slider that brings in more of the pre-transient (great for getting more live sounding short notes or drum hits), and a “big knob” (clever name) that introduces some distortion and bit crushing among others. You can also go into the fx page to customize how this and other effects work.

Jaeger Essential Modern Orchestra Brass
Jaeger – Essential Modern Orchestra Brass

For the trailer tools, you get a visualization of the wave, which you can also control the sample start time for, which is handy for the drones and the build-ups. It’s all very logical and doesn’t get in the way of composing, and I haven’t found a single bug (yet), so that’s a good sign. All in all, this library sounds excellent, is rock solid and is easy to use. Thus it earns every bit of its score.

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Jaeger (Essential Modern Orchestra for Kontakt) | Audio Imperia

Rating:  Four out of five stars

So why not five? Well, I personally think it would have been a much more ground-breaking package if there were legatos included for the violas, and maybe just one woodwind instrument at least, considering this library’s (possibly unconscious) leaning towards a traditional sound rather than a hybrid one – and I honestly feel as though the percussion section was fairly stripped down and should have contained what was later featured in the Cerberus library. I love Jaeger and would recommend it to anyone who loves an excellent orchestral package, but seeing libraries like Cerberus, and Talos Part One, and Talos Part Two… I just keep getting this feeling something was intentionally left out of the library…

UPDATED: I was just informed that the violas will, in fact, get a legato section some time next year (from the date of this article’s publication) so kudos to Audio Imperia for adding to an already stellar product.

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Audio Imperia FVDE MIDI CC Controller: Premium Customizable MIDI Control for Composers and Producers

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Audio Imperia FVDE MIDI CC Controller Premium Customizable MIDI Control for Composers and Producers

Looking for a premium customizable MIDI CC controller? Look no further than the FVDE MIDI CC Controller from Audio Imperia. This top-of-the-line controller is perfect for composers and producers who need precise, customizable control over their MIDI instruments and effects.

FVDE is a fully programmable and dedicated MIDI CC controller, specifically made with the needs of professional composers and producers in mind.

Audio Imperia FVDE MIDI CC Controller: Premium Customizable MIDI Control for Composers and Producers
Audio Imperia FVDE MIDI CC Controller: Premium Customizable MIDI Control for Composers and Producers

An uncluttered design with timeless and classy aesthetics retains all the features you expect and need. The FVDE has 4 assignable buttons which can each be programmed to send MIDI notes or control change messages. The 4 encoders can also be reassigned to MIDI CCs as well as causing button presses.

Audio Imperia FVDE MIDI CC Controller

With its intuitive layout and sturdy construction, the FVDE MIDI CC Controller is sure to become your go-to tool for creative music production.

Are you looking for a MIDI controller that is compact and easy to travel with, but also has a solid build quality? Look no further than the FVDE MIDI CC Controller. This controller is USB powered, so you won’t need an additional power supply.

It features 14-bit (high-res) MIDI and fully programmable faders and buttons. The visual info/feedback from the display is very helpful, and the silicone buttons are illuminated (each of the four programmable banks has a different color). The smooth fader feel is perfect for detailed midi cc input.

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FVDE Materials

The FVDE MIDI CC Controller is a top-of-the-line controller that allows you to take complete control of your music. With custom-made walnut side panels, a steel enclosure, and illuminated silicone buttons, this controller is built to last.

Audio Imperia FVDE MIDI CC Controller: Premium Customizable MIDI Control for Composers and Producers
Audio Imperia FVDE MIDI CC Controller: Premium Customizable MIDI Control for Composers and Producers

The premium LED display and fader caps provide a clear and concise way to see and adjust your settings, while the superior construction ensures years of reliable use. If you’re looking for a top-notch MIDI controller that will give you the ultimate control over your music, look no further than the FVDE MIDI CC Controller.

FVDE Custom Desktop App

FVDE is a powerful and versatile tool that can be used to increase productivity and efficiency in any workplace. The Custom Desktop App makes it easy to program FVDE to fit any workflow, and the app is available for both Windows and MacOS.

With the Custom Desktop App, users can customize FVDE to perform a wide range of tasks, from simple tasks such as opening and closing documents to more complex tasks such as managing email inboxes or scheduling appointments. The Custom Desktop App is an essential tool for anyone who wants to get the most out of their FVDE investment.

FVDE Custom Desktop App
FVDE Custom Desktop App

Is it a Good MIDI CC Controller?

Alex Pfeffer, our author, recently released a video on the FVDE MIDI CC Controller by Audio Imperia. In the video, Alex gives an in-depth look at the features of the controller and how it can be used to control MIDI devices.

He also compares the FVDE to other MIDI controllers on the market and gives his opinion on whether or not it is the best one available. Overall, Alex seems very impressed with the FVDE and believes that it is a great option for those looking for a high-quality MIDI CC Controller.

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FVDE MIDI CC Controller FAQ

What is the MIDI CC controller?

The Audio Imperia FVDE MIDI CC Controller is a great choice for those who need a versatile and customizable controller. It features MIDI and fully programmable faders and buttons, and comes with a custom desktop app that makes it easy to customize the controller to your specific needs.

Is the Audio Imperia FVDE MIDI CC Controller USB powered?

Yes, the controller is powered via USB. Q: Does the Audio Imperia FVDE MIDI CC Controller come with a power supply? No, you will not need an additional power supply as the controller is USB powered.

How many programmable banks does the Audio Imperia FVDE MIDI CC Controller have?

The controller has four programmable banks.

What are the dimensions of the Audio Imperia FVDE MIDI CC Controller?

The dimensions of the controller are: 159mm width x 216mm length, 18mm high at the front, 45mm high at the back,

Is the Audio Imperia FVDE MIDI CC Controller compatible with Windows and MacOS?

Yes, the Custom Desktop App is available for both Windows and MacOS.

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Review of Audio Imperia Chorus | Kontakt Choir Sample Library Review

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Audio Imperia Chorus Kontakt Choir Sample Library Review

Let’s do a review of the new Kontakt Choir Sample Library Chorus by Audio Imperia.

Review of Audio Imperia Chorus

Audio Imperia presents the all-new Chorus library, recorded in collaboration with Performance Samples. This comprehensive collection contains 24 women’s and 24 men’s voices, with four mic positions and three ready-to-go mixes: Classic, Modern, and Scott Michael Smith.

The included syllable patches are Traditional, Energetic, and Slow, making it easy to find the perfect sound for your project.

With over 70 GB of installed content (in NCW format), this library is a must-have for any composer or producer looking for realistic choir sounds.

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SOLO – Lyrical And Expressive Soloists for Kontakt Player

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