Jazz Machine' is 12-Bit Crunch's debut Kontakt Instrument. It's part sample-player and part chord-generator (albeit one that doesn't output MIDI):
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!
Depending on which octave you're in, you'll hear a different chord flavour. From bottom to top you have Major 7, Minor 7, 13, ♭13, 7#9, Sus and m7♭5. That's 84 different types of chord!
On the fly you can switch between 4 vintage instruments:
- A Challen Upright Piano
- A '66 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar
- A Rhodes home piano (i.e a '73 mkI)
- A Deagan Vibraphone*
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, I guarantee you'll come up with some new progressions, as Jazz Machine's 'one-finger-per-chord' method requires a totally different approach to playing a regular keyboard patch.
Aside from all these chords, you also have 4 different articulations to play: Straight, Chops (attack trimmed off), Rakes and Melody top-notes.
Watch the walkthrough here to see all the features described in detail:
IMPORTANT: please note the system requirements, there are no refunds if your Kontakt version is too old:
- Native Instruments Kontakt 5.6.5 or higher (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
*The Deagan sound on Jazz Machine is not played in real-life, by me. I took some dry multisamples I have and meticulously dialled-in a slow vibrato effect. A bit of a workaround, but I hope you'll agree that it sounds pretty badass!