The use of trumpet VST’s is becoming more and more popular in modern music production and for good reason; they’re effective. We are starting to see a shift from heavily synthesized sounds to more of a natural and organic feel.
Skip Ahead? I recommend Native Instruments Komplete 12 for trumpet sounds. They have a product called Session Horns and they truly sound phenomenal and they are used all over pop music today. (Link to Amazon for reviews and pricing).
Keyboard players typically excel when it comes to playing trumpet parts because you can write similar melodies to the piano. (Link to my recent post on writing melodies).
It is my opinion that there are a lot of good trumpet VST’s out there that actually sound realistic. The best VST’s nail the sounds from the dynamics to the actual sound that is heard as the final product. Pop music is starting to really utilize these sounds as the likes of Bruno Mars and Charlie Puth are influencing some of the production.
What To Look For In Trumpet VST’s?
First off, you want to ultimately be looking for the absolute best sounding trumpets. A lot of VST’s will be able to give you some great customizability in each pre-set. The more that you can change within a VST, the better.
Dynamics are going to be a big part of a good trumpet sound. Not all parts are meant to be blaring and loud, so being able to have a different sound when played quietly will go a long way in your productions.
Effects is going to be another place that you can really start to dial your sounds in. The more effects, the better.
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Note: With all of this being said, the most important part is that the VST is easy to use. Some VST’s make it way too hard to learn how to use them that the producer gets frustrated and moves on to a more user-friendly product. All of the trumpet VST’s discussed in this post are pretty user-friendly.
Why Are Trumpet VST’s Being Used More Often In Pop Music?
The answer to this question is rather simple: they’re being used because pop music is starting to use more organic sounding instruments in their production. While there are a lot of musicians that are bringing jazz instruments to the forefront of pop music, Bruno Mars is definitely one of the main influencers.
Producers are starting to use horn sounds as leads in their productions rather than using a synth lead. I believe this is because synths have been so prevalent in production that people are starting to want to hear different sounds playing the lead.
Being a keyboard player, I personally think it’s awesome to see some more sounds being used, especially when VST’s make it possible for me to hear all the instruments.
Trumpet sounds used to sound rather cheap up until recently. I can remember back to using my old Yamaha keyboards and thinking that the trumpet sounds did not resemble trumpets very well. VST’s have changed this greatly.
Best Trumpet VST’s
Native Instruments Session Horns
- Contains 100+ premium instruments and effects, plus the full SYMPHONY SERIES - COLLECTION, and more than 45 Expansions
- The biggest KOMPLETE: 150+ products, more than 90,000 sounds, and over 650 GB of content
- Optimized for use with KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboard
- Seamless integration with MASCHINE software and hardware
- Works with any DAW
Session Horns by Native Instruments sound amazing. This is a VST that I have personally been using for about 2 years now and the tone is one of the best currently available.
There’s a good amount of presets and sounds to pick from and you can also tweak the sounds very easily.
This is the selling point in my opinion. You can tweak the expression with the click of the mouse and it instantly sounds good. There’s a feature called the octave drop which allows you to drop sections of your horns to lower octaves. What this does is brings a different tonal texture to the overall sound.
Note: Check out this video here where you can hear the session horns in action.
I think that this is easily one of the best products when it comes to trumpets. The sounds and tweaking abilities are what set it apart in my opinion.
The VG Trumpets come in a wide range of varieties from jazz, soprano, baritone, and tenor. These are used through the Kontakt player like many other VST’s.
I think these really sound quite nice. The jazz sound is probably my favorite as it sounds incredibly realistic. If you’re a musician who likes to play jazz or understands it, you will appreciate it.
You get a really rich tone right out of the gate with the VG trumpets and I can’t say enough good things about them.
I think the VG trumpet VST’s are great and definitely worth checking out.
I stumbled upon these recently and I have to say that I am very happy that I did so. The Mojo 2 horn section has a section called session horns that is absolutely fantastic. This plug-in is a little more expensive, but if you swing it, it’s great.
You run this plug-in through the Kontakt player, just like a lot of other VST’s.
The main reason I like this specific plug-in is for its trumpet sounds. You get a nice and rich tone that sounds very realistic compared to some of the other VST’s out there.
The sounds from the Mojo 2 horn section are top-notch. There are a ton of different presets to pick from and a ton of different effects that you can add.
Like I said above, the session trumpets are my favorite because they sound like you’re in the room with an actual session player. It’s really starting to blow my mind how advanced these VST’s are becoming.
Overall, the Mojo 2 horns are phenomenal. Easy to use overall and they are easily some of the best sounding trumpet VST’s out there right now.
Trumpet VST’s have come a long way over the years. I hope this post provided you with some great options to step your production up to the next level.
Are there any trumpet VST’s that you’re using that I didn’t mention? Let me know below in the comments.