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!
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. As they're in all twelve keys- 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, 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!
Additionally you have 4 different articulations switchable through velocity and mod-wheel: Straight, Chops (attack trimmed off), Rakes and Melody top-notes.
NEW TO VERSION 1.2
Choke mode a new master envelope setting that 'chokes' the end of all the samples
Vinyl rotation animation now much smoother.
NEW TO VERSION 1.1
Chord names displayed in real-time- so you can see exactly what you’re playing
MIDI export functionality- drag chords direct into your DAW to trigger other instruments
‘Warble’ pitch-oscillation effect- perfect for Lo-Fi, Ambient and Vaporwave styles
A Settings panel with +/- offset for vinyl crackle volume and warble effect amount
Tonearm fully animated when switching instruments (it's the details!)
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
*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!