ProjectSAM releases Orchestral Essentials 2 for Kontakt

ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials 2

ProjectSAM has launched Orchestral Essentials 2, an instrument library for NI Kontakt featuring brand-new selections from the acclaimed ProjectSAM product catalog.

The Orchestral Essentials series captures the essence of the ProjectSAM experience: an inspiring collection of sounds taken from our extensive, cinematic product catalog.

This volume expands your Orchestral Essentials template with brand-new selections from the ProjectSAM catalog, including the Symphobia series, the True Strike series and our other libraries, all re-designed and streamlined to fit the Orchestral Essentials concept.

Orchestral Essentials 2 features

  • Brand-new selection taken from the acclaimed ProjectSAM catalog.
  • Beautifully orchestrated full orchestra articulations.
  • New strings, brass and wind ensemble articulations.
  • 5 New legato instruments featuring real note-to-note transitions.
  • Full choir articulations.
  • New epic drum sounds and other percussion.
  • Intimate concert piano.
  • New Dystopia sound design.
  • Inspiring and thematic Multis.
  • Does not include Orchestral Essentials 1 content: all-new sounds.
  • Orchestral Essentials 1 license is not required: works stand-alone.
  • Available as Direct Download and on boxed USB stick.

Orchestral Essentials 2 is available for purchase for 299 EUR/$399 USD. Orchestral Essentials 1 is now also available at this price. The Orchestral Essentials Pack with both volumes is 575 EUR/$759 USD.

More information: ProjectSAM / Orchestral Essentials 2

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VST Buzz launches sale on Soloist Bundle by Aria Sounds

Aria Sounds Soloist Bundle

VST Buzz has announced a limited time sale on the Soloist Bundle by Aria Sounds, offering the orchestral instruments bundle for Native Instruments Kontakt at a 70% discount.

The “Solo Instrument Bundle” by Aria is a stunning collection of 4 solo instruments – the cello, violin, french horn and classical guitar. This diverse range of beautifully recorded instruments is perfect for a wide style of musical genres, and will add an incredible level of realism to your music.

From a lush and flexible violin, to a dark and brooding cello, a stunning classical guitar to brilliant sounding French horn, each instrument has a large range of articulations including pizzicato, legato, strumming etc. along with multiple dynamic levels and round robins.

The bundle is available from VST Buzz for £36.99 GBP until November 4th, 2014 (regular £123.30 GBP).

More information: VST Buzz

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Cinesamples releases CineSymphony LITE for Kontakt

Cinesamples has announced the release of CineSymphony LITE, a comprehensive sketch tool recorded by industry veteran Dennis Sands at the world famous MGM Scoring Stage at Sony Pictures studios in Los Angeles.

Cinesamples CineSymphony LITE

CineSymphony LITE covers all the essential instruments from the string, brass, woodwind, and percussion sections and is designed to give students and professional composers a solid starting foundation in their music scoring palette.

According to co-founder of Cinesamples, Michael Patti, the origins of CineSymphony LITE came from a familiar problem for composers. “I was trying to sketch ideas down for an upcoming project, and I was out of town. I really wanted to use our larger CineSymphony products on a laptop, but our libraries are deep-sampled and intended for professional composer studios.” This made the Cinesamples founders realize the gap in the market for a sketch library for professionals and also a smaller scale CineSymphony collection for students. Says Patti, “back when we were students, it was a challenge trying to find really high-quality libraries at a price we could afford. CineSymphony LITE is our solution to this problem.

Maintaing the professional sound and simplicity of their full CineSymphony line was especially critical to the company, says Michael Barry, co-owner of Cinesamples. “This library was designed by composers, for composers, with direct feedback from the film community during its development. We always want our libraries to be composer-friendly and sound professionally mixed right out of the box, and CineSymphony LITE is no exception.”

CineSymphony LITE is especially revolutionary in its ability to recreate the sound of the orchestra with minimum system specifications. CineSymphony LITE includes the principal instruments of every section and their most common articulations in stunning detail and unparalleled recording precision. Each instrument was meticulously sampled for the CineSymphony Core line to capture the unique Hollywood sound. By extracting the essential samples from its CORE-line, Cinesamples has created a product less demanding on lighter systems while still maintaing the usability that its customers have come to expect from its CORE-line.

CineSymphony LITE for Kontakt is available for purchase for $399 USD / $199 USD (educational license).

More information: Cinesamples / CineSymphony LITE

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EastWest releases Hollywood Orchestral Percussion

EastWest has launched Hollywood Orchestral Percussion, a percussion instrument library produced by a team comprised of Doug Rogers, Nick Phoenix, Thomas Bergersen, and engineer Shawn Murphy.

EastWest / Quatum Leap Hollywood Orchestral Percussion

Hollywood Orchestral Percussion is a unique orchestral percussion library featuring one of America’s best orchestral percussionists and his arsenal of instruments. A composition tool for serious composers, Hollywood Orchestral Percussion includes PLAY 4 software, offering powerful scripting for ease of use and up to 5 microphone positions for control over each instrument including main pickup (Decca tree), mid pickup, close pickup, surround pickup, and an alternate vintage circa 1945 RCA ribbon room pickup.

Recorded in the famous EastWest Studio 1, the home of major Hollywood soundtracks and television themes, Hollywood Orchestral Percussion perfects techniques pioneered in Stormdrum 3, using unique repetition sampling techniques and 8 way round robin that deliver a virtual live performance. The entire collection uses zero noise reduction resulting in “a sound that will virtually jump out of the speakers”.

Hollywood Orchestral Percussion features

  • Orchestral percussion staples include timpani, snare drums, cymbals, bass drums, and metals.
  • Specific instruments to handle extreme tempos.
  • Extensive and fluid timpani.
  • An extensive array of epic anvil samples.
  • Orchestral chimes are sampled to mimic the sound of real church bells, as the instrument was originally intended.
  • Array of vintage field drums, such as Epic Bass Drum Ensemble and Mahler Hammer.
  • The celeste has been captured in a multi mic position environment with extremely low noise.

The library is available in a Diamond Edition for $799 USD (supplied on an optional hard drive), the Gold Edition is $499 USD, and the Silver Edition costs $249 USD.

Diamond and Gold Editions are available now. The Silver Edition will be available later in October.

More information: SoundsOnline / Hollywood Orchestral Percussion

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Cinesamples intros CineSymphony Lite for Kontakt

Cinesamples has announced CineSymphony Lite, an upcoming instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

CineSymphony LITE is a comprehensive sketch tool recorded at the world famous MGM Scoring Stage at Sony Pictures studios in Los Angeles, and recorded by industry veteran Dennis Sands.

CineSymphony LITE covers the essentials of all orchestral instrument sections, and provides students and professional composers with a solid starting foundation in their music scoring palette.

The library will be available October 15th, 2014.

More information: Cinesamples

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