'Jazz Machine' is 12-Bit Crunch's debut Kontakt Instrument (now updated to version 1.2). It's part sample-player and part chord-generator with MIDI export functionality:
Conceptually think of it like this: imagine you're digging for vinyl and you find an insane library record that has like 300 solo chords played in all twelve keys and on various cool vintage instruments. 'Jazz Machine' is like a sampler patch with all those crackly chords ripped, pre-loaded and ready to lay some drums under!
On-the-fly you can switch between four vintage instruments:
- A Challen Upright Piano
- A '66 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar
- A Rhodes home piano (i.e a '73 mkI)
- A Deagan Vibraphone*
Depending on which octave you play in, you'll hear a different chord flavour. Through octaves 1-7 you'll hear the following chord-types:
- Major 7th
- Minor 7th
As they're in all twelve keys- that's 84 different types of chord! As they're each played on four different instruments, that's over 300 unique samples!
Additionally you have four different articulations switchable through soft/ hard velocity and up/ down mod-wheel:
- Chop (attack trimmed off)
- Rake (played gradually from bottom-to-top)
- A complimentary melody top- Note
For further tweaking, you can choose between a crackly Vinyl sound (with over 300 individual crackle samples tailor-made for each chord, just like sampling for real), a CD sound or a crappy-sounding MP3 sound.
You can have total control of the instrument's envelope by engaging the Choke feature, which truncates the end of it's output (as in, when you release a key, the chord or note stops).
There's a 'hidden' Warble effect, which adds wow and flutter, which you can dial in to taste (as well as the crackle volume when 'vinyl' is selected as the source) on the Settings page.
In case it wasn't already clear, our instruments play back chords recorded on real instruments. You needn't be restricted to those sounds though, as you can drag the chords direct into your DAW for re-arranging and playing back on whatever sound you like.
If you're new to music, you'll be sounding like a real jazz cat in no time. If you're a fully fledged keyboard player, we guarantee you'll come up with some new progressions, as Jazz Machine's 'one-chord-type-per-octave’ method takes you way out of your comfort zone and using your ears instead of your fingers.
Watch the 2 walkthrough videos here to see the instrument explained in detail and most importantly hear it in action:
IMPORTANT: please note the system requirements, there are no refunds if your Kontakt version is too old:
- Native Instruments Kontakt >5.6.5 or 6 (full-version only)
- Mac: OS X 10.11, macOS 10.12 or 10.13 (latest update), i5
- Windows: Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit) Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
It's highly recommended you use a MIDI controller with at least 61-keys for our instruments. You'll want to be able to access as many of the octaves as possible for ultimate creative freedom.
*The Deagan sound on Jazz Machine is not played in real-life, alas. We took some dry multisamples and meticulously dialled-in a slow vibrato effect. We hope you'll agree that it sounds pretty badass though!