i've been on a year-end spending binge and recently acquired jabb.  it's a complete sound library of jazz instrumentation, including rhythm section (with a couple of very nice soft steinways), several different trumpets, trombones, saxes plus goodies like flutes (a particularly beautiful alto flute sound set), flugelhorn and tuba.  all sounds are run off ni's kontact player, either as in stand-alone mode or (most usefully in my opinion) as a dxi/vsti plugin within your favourite sequencer.  the sounds can be manipulated through the use of midi controller data to give close control of expression and articulation and, though i've only had this nice toy for a short while, i can already see that it should be possible to produce extremely lifelike emulations of small to huge jazz band lineups providing you put in the work with the controllers.  midi controllers are the key to everything, so if you're tempted by jabb it's really worth boning up on this aspect of midi (lots of excellent stuff on the web) to get the most from the package.  i'd also recommend collecting some of the handy midi tools out there for manipulating controller data.  i'm making a lot of use of frank's midi plugins (particularly the humanise utility) and also some of controller remapping scripts from the garritan forum.

if, like me, you dream of a perfect jazz world where the musicians you play with always do what you say, never lose parts, always turn up on time, never get drunk and paw each other's girlfriends, and never ask to be paid, jabb could be the answer.

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hey sid
how could we hear some of your arrangements with gabb?
ah-ha! so that's what you were talking about when i asked about the vibraphone sound.

and i don't remember pawing your girlfriend (or maybe i got so drunk that i don't remember pawing her - naw! that couldn'have happened, could it?)
look out jeff - there are photographs.

chris: i'll try to find time to put up an mp3 somewhere.  time time time, it's running out faster than oil.

i want to hear some samples sid!
i'm still working on converting some conventional large group midi arrangements i did a while ago into jabb format.  using midi controllers creatively to get the right sound takes forever and i may be taken away to the sunset home for washed-up jazz musicians long before i finish.  in the meantime i've put up a couple of mp3s of left-field stuff i'm involved with, in which i've used jabb voices without trying to make them sound particularly lifelike.


the titles in question are "the bee" and "crumbs" (the latter is a big download, best avoided if you haven't got broadband).  i may post a couple more examples when i get a moment.  technical comments and queries welcomed.

i suppose you have heard of band in a box? no big band but plenty of jazz - instantly
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