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Vir2 Mojo 2 Horn Section

Sample Library
By Robin Bigwood

Mojo 2's interface is cool, clear and business-like. Here the Sustains page of the 2GB Flugelhorn patch is shown with Legato and Simulated Vibrato modes enabled.Mojo 2's interface is cool, clear and business-like. Here the Sustains page of the 2GB Flugelhorn patch is shown with Legato and Simulated Vibrato modes enabled.

Mojo 2 Horn Section is an ambitious instrument that aims to succeed where other virtual horn sections fail.

The modern‑day horn section — various combos of sax, trumpet, trombone and other brass or reeds — forms a crucial and distinctive part of the sound of big band, soul, funk and ska. Think Benny Goodman, Birth Of The Cool, James Brown's JB Horns, Tower Of Power, or Steely Dan/Don Fagen...

Hardware workstations frequently fail miserably with horns and their various specialised playing techniques, and even dedicated sample libraries sometimes only scrape the surface. With Mojo 2, Vir2 are aiming to change all that. It builds on their first Mojo Horn Section library from 2009, both in scope, installation size and sophistication of the user interface and player experience. It's still a Kontakt library, and requires Kontakt 5 (Player or full version, 5.8.1 or higher) on at least Mac OS 10.11 or Windows 7. As with any ambitious library, reckon on using recent, reasonably potent PC hardware with plenty of RAM and a fast SSD for best results. Installation size is just under 65GB, by the way, so it's not totally out of the question for laptop users.

Round The Horn

Let's quickly run over how Vir2 have designed Mojo 2. Rather than any pre-configured section combinations, the library presents as a set of individual Kontakt patches, one each for Alto, Tenor and Baritone Sax; Trumpet, Muted Trumpet and Piccolo Trumpet; Trombone; Muted Trombone and Bass Trombone; plus French Horn, Flugelhorn and Clarinet. These all load up as solo instruments but can be switched to form unison ensembles of two, four, six, eight or 10 players, with adjustable stereo spread and 'Humanize' factor. Working with multi-instrument combinations is, of course, just a case of loading the requisite combo of Kontakt patches. That certainly offers the greatest degree of flexibility for users to build their own sections, but has a potential knock-on effect in CPU, disk‑streaming and memory demands.

The Crescendos and Swells articulations can be tempo-sync'ed for typical rhythmic work, in the Performance page.The Crescendos and Swells articulations can be tempo-sync'ed for typical rhythmic work, in the Performance page.

With a Mojo 2 instrument loaded (they typically occupy something around 0.5-2 GB RAM), we're then largely on familiar ground, with separate key...

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Published March 2019