Tuesday, September 4, 2018

REVIEW: FORZO Modern Brass by Heavyocity

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"These inspiring instruments will keep composers moving forward."
Ramin Djawadi. Composer for Game of Thrones, Westworld & more.
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"Forzo is the brass library I have been waiting for."
Trevor Morris. Composer for Iron Fist, London Has Fallen & more.
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"Well, I've found my new go-to brass library."
Jason Graves. Composer for Dead Space Series, Tomb Raider, Far Cry Primal & more.
From John Williams to Hans Zimmer, orchestral brass has been a source of force and power in the modern era of film scoring. Heavyocity's FORZO: Modern Brass was made in that image. Recorded at the legendary Skywalker Sound, FORZO is the product of Heavyocity's world-class sound design team joining forces with award-winning composer, Jason Graves, and A-list Hollywood Film Score Engineer Satoshi Mark Noguchi. This dream team entered the hallowed halls of Skywalker with one goal in mind: create a new benchmark for orchestral brass.

Beyond Ordinary

Amassing an epic ensemble of world-class brass players was the first step in bringing this monster to life; FORZO's 12 french horns, four trumpets, eight trombones (tenor, bass, & contrabass), and two tubas deliver 25 GB of sheer brass power straight into the hands of the cinematic composer. Creative articulations like cluster bends and random flutters flex these sections’ muscles in a way that you just haven’t heard before. And when you want to truly harness this explosive brass VI, FORZO's Full Ensemble NKI puts the entire 26-piece brass orchestra (playing at the same time, in the same room) at your fingertips. You've heard brass, but not like this. FORZO: Modern Brass is truly beyond ordinary.

Skywalker Sound

Where does a composer go to get premier-level sound? They go to a world-renowned soundstage. And the main soundstage at Skywalker Sound is just that. It’s where cutting-edge films like Clint Mansel’s The Fountain, and classic games like Jason Graves’ Dead Space 2 & Steve Jablonsky’s Gears of War scores were recorded. This is FORZO: the sound of virtuoso players performing in a room where Hollywood’s finest films were scored. This epic soundstage is a living, breathing instrument in and of itself, surrounding the brass with an organic warmth that can’t be recreated with plugins or algorithms. The team at Heavyocity travelled across the country to record in this iconic room, and now they’re sharing these inspiring sounds with you.
25 GB uncompressed (16 GB on Disk with NI lossless compression)
Available as direct download only
11,475 Samples
237 Snapshot Presets
57 NKAs
107 Articulations
432 Tempo-Synced Loops
9 NKIs
5 Traditional Sections: French Horns, Trumpets, Trombones (Tenor, Bass, Contra Bass), Tubas, Full 26-piece Ensemble
Hybrid Brass Designer
Brass Loop Designer
Intuitive Sample Browser
CYCLE page for advanced granular & rhythmic playback
MACRO knob for dynamic multi-parameter control
System Requirements
Powered by the Kontakt 5 Engine
Kontakt 5 (Player) ver 5.8 or later
Komplete Kontrol integrated (NKS-ready)

Minimum System Requirements
Mac: OS OS X 10.11, macOS 10.12 or 10.13 (latest update), i5, 4 GB RAM
PC: Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack), Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 2 GB RAM
An Internet connection and a graphics card that supports OpenGL 2.1 or higher are required to download and activate this product. Once installed and activated, the product can be used offline.
4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments)


When I think of Heavyocity, I think about the first time I bought one of their virtual instruments and how it literally blew my mind. The anticipation of hearing Forzo Modern Brass was like waiting in line for 'The Empire Strikes Back' as a kid. Not only do I consider Heavyocity the George Lucas of virtual instruments, but they also recorded Forzo at the one and only Skywalker Sound. If you're not familiar with Skywalker Sound, it's sound effects, sound editing, and music recording division of George Lucas (Lucasfilm motion picture group). So, after hearing that, you can imagine my excitement. 

In the library, there are 5 Traditional Sections: French Horns, Trumpets, Trombones (Tenor, Bass, Contra Bass), Tubas, a Full 26-piece Ensemble, a Hybrid Brass Designer and Brass Loop Designer. The instruments are divided up as follows: 12 horns, 4 trumpets, 8 trombones (tenor, bass, & contra bass), and 2 tubas. There is a total of 237 snapshots, 107 Articulations, and 432 tempo-synced loops. This library also works with the Kontakt player making it available for non-owners of the full version of Kontakt 5.

I own many brass libraries and when I hit the first note my jaw dropped. I knew this was going to be Epic in every way. As I dug into the library, I quickly became engrossed in the beautiful articulation, timbre, and velocity of the instruments. When I combined the brass loop designer with a variety of traditional instruments I heard a characteristic of sounds never thought possible with such little effort. You can select a variety of articulations from the front page of the traditional section including staccato, portato, long sustain, sforzato, crescendo, and more. This is not only a cinematic breakthrough but it's a brass library of a modern composer's dream. The sound design in Forzo combines hybrid and traditional scoring, making this the perfect marriage of a brass sample library.

Within the evolved content, you get 2 NKI's, the Brass Designer and the Brass loop designer. The brass designer contains a total of 135 snapshots and the brass loop designer contains a total of 36 snapshots. The contents of the loops are divided up in 3 categories and 4 sections.  You get 108 straight loops, 108 triplet loops, 108 straight reverse loops, and 108 triplet reverse loops. There are 36 ambient, 36 motif, and 36 rhythmic loops per category. The loops are marvelous and will give you instant inspiration no matter what you're scoring. Included in the evolved section, you get the Punish Knob (compression and saturation control) and the Twist Effect Knob, which is a staple in Heavyocity's instruments.

Heavyocity is a company used by top Hollywood film and Game composers. I can already picture this library scored in the next cinematic blockbusters for years to come. Heavyocity's team united with award-winning composer, Jason Graves, an A-list Hollywood Film Score Engineer Satoshi Mark Noguchi to create Forzo. However, what they created was so much more than a great brass library. Forzo is impeccable, flawless, and
 its characteristic tone will intoxicate your ears. 
Since Heavyocity’s first virtual instrument ‘Evolve’, they have continuously broken new ground with each release. Forzo not only broke new ground, it decimated it.

This is the best modern brass library I've ever heard or played. Not only is this an essential purchase for all composers and virtual instrument enthusiasts, but it also earns an unequivocal

5 Out Of 5 Stars!

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Written by Steve D Montgomery (Composer & Recording Artist for DARKMOOD, SDM, & INFINITE MINDSCAPE)

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