There is a lot to like about SESSION HORNS. I really like the availability of the two different instruments. It gives you a lot of flexibility over what you are creating and when you combine that with the fact that you can rearrange your section – a complete section consists of two trumpets, a tenor sax, and a trombone, into a lot of different combinations.
The other thing I like is the Smart Voice Split that allows you to allocate each note of a chord to the corresponding brass instrument. In sampling a four horn section, each horn plays the same note. The problem becomes when you play two notes at the same time, you now get effectively eight horns. What Smart Voice Split does is to split the horns over the notes so that if you play four notes each horn plays one of the notes giving you a more balanced sound – essentially how a four horn ensemble would sound in real life. Now in the traditional polyphonic mode, you can still get the doubling sound, but I like the fact of the finer grain of control.
I also like the Animator which turns chords into authentic brass phrases while maintaining real-time control-ability. This lets you use the Animator to play back pre-programmed yet flexible phrases or just use the pre-programmed rhythm of the phrase with your own chords.
As with all of the Native Instruments, SESSION HORNS is a lot of fun to play with and very easy to learn and work with. The sounds that it creates are very realistic and it provides you with a lot of powerful voicing capabilities. If you are in need of a powerful horns library then I can very highly recommend SESSION HORNS.