9 Soundware has released Orchestral Disorder, a collection of presets for Apple Logic Pro inspired by orchestras.
The concept behind the sound set was not to closely emulate acoustic instruments, but rather to explore the possibilities of orchestral timbres without human limitations or purist biases. Featuring three main components, the multi-format product includes files for the Sculpture and ES2 synthesizers, as well as Channel Strips.
Orchestral Disorder features
- Sculpture presets – With an extremely vast range of timbres and performance interactivity, the Sculpture component of the sound set was designed with the goal of exploring the possibilities of the instrument beyond the type of unique sounds that it is adept at producing. Extensive use of String and Object parameter modulation, Morph, and Jitter, to name a few, are all incorporated in creating impressionistic renderings of orchestral tones crossed with elements that are chaotic, unnatural, and jarring.
The Sculpture component of the sound set comprises of 100 files. Categories include “Violin”, “Cello”, “Double Bass”, “Timpani”, and “Noise”, each of which consists of 20 files. The string instrument categories are further divided into subcategories “Arco” and “Pizzicato”.
- ES2 presets – In contrast to the idiosyncratically organic character of Sculpture, the ES2 presets of Orchestral Disorder harness the precision and flexibility of the instrument. In shaping these sounds, elements such as Digiwaves, noise LFOs, and random value modulation sources were manipulated to simultaneously simulate the naturalistic attributes of instruments and contort familiar timbres to abstraction.
The ES2 component of the sound set comprises of 50 files. Categories include “Choir”, “Organ”, “Theremin”, and “Turntable”, each of which consists of 10 files, with the exception to “Choir”, which contains 20 files. The “Choir” category is further divided into subcategories “Female” and “Male”.
The “Turntable” files are noise instruments inspired by scratching. These presets echo sonic and interactive attributes of vinyl scratching with the advantages of MIDI control.
- Channel Strip settings – Included in the form of Channel Strip settings are 25 ambiences and textural modifiers built from Logic Pro plug-ins, which were designed to extend the sonic range of the Sculpture and ES2 presets of Orchestral Disorder. These files employ extreme settings and atypical routing of effects to radically alter the source audio. The Channel Strip component is made up of two categories, “Ambience” and “Distortion”. The “Ambience” category is further divided into subcategories “Non-rhythmic” and “Rhythmic”, both of which consist of 10 files. The “Distortion” category contains 5 files.
Orchestral Disorder is a modular product. In addition to the full version of the product which includes all three components, the Sculpture and ES2 components are available as partial downloads. The Channel Strip files are exclusive to the complete edition. The 2 MB download includes 150 .pst files and 25 .cst files.
Orchestral Disorder is available to purchase for $39.99 USD, the partial downloads for the Sculpture and ES2 components are $24.99 USD and $14.99 USD respectively.