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ProjectSAM updates Orchestral Essentials to v1.1

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ProjectSAM has released version 1.1 of Orchestral Essentials, a major free update to the orchestral library featuring carefully selected the essentials from each of its products, including the highly praised Symphobia series, True Strike series and Orchestral Brass Classic.

ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials

Version 1.1 adds 2.5 GB (1.2 GB in Kontakt’s compressed NCW format) of new content for all registered Orchestral Essentials users.

Changes in Orchestral Essentials v1.1

  • Celli + Basses real legato in octaves (stage mic, 2 layers).
  • Full Choir Aahs (stage mic, 2 layers).
  • Brass Staccato Mutes (stage mic).
  • Flute and Piccolo Octave Runs (close mic, major/mior, up/down).
  • New World Percussion drums kit (previously unreleased percussion samples.).
  • Tubular Bells (close mic).
  • 8 New Multis.
  • New Full Orchestra instrument.
  • Various programming fixes.
  • Graphical interface tweaks.

The update is a free download to Orchestral Essentials customers. Note: the update requires version 5.3 of Kontakt or Kontakt Player.

More information: ProjectSAM / Orchestral Essentials

ProjectSAM releases Symphobia Colours: Orchestrator for Kontakt

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ProjectSAM Symphobia Colours Orchestrator

ProjectSAM has released Symphobia Colours: Orchestrator, the latest addition to the Symphobia Colours series.

Behold an industry first: real legato transitions for chords. For SYMPHOBIA COLOURS: ORCHESTRATOR, ProjectSAM recorded major and minor chords with all possible transitions between them. For example, C major and F minor were recorded separately, as well as C major changing into F minor and vice versa. The result is extremely realistic, musical and evocative.

The two ensembles recorded for ORCHESTRATOR are strings performing with choir and brass performing with woodwinds. A full set of legato chords is available for these two arrangements. Major and minor chords are mapped to two regions on the keyboard, allowing you to trigger and connect them using single keys.

In addition to the legato chords, a number of other ensembles are available, including legato double basses performing with choir basses, violin with soprano sustains, various staccato chords as well as a bonus set of alternative chord orchestrations.

Orchestrator features

  • Orchestrated major and minor chords with real chord change transitions.
  • 2 legato chord ensembles: brass with winds and strings with choir.
  • Double basses & choir basses ‘Dark Basses’ legato instrument.
  • 3-Layer mod wheel dynamics.
  • Bonus tremolo chords, flageolet sustains and staccato instruments.
  • Bonus celli with double basses sustains from Symphobia.
  • Free mode or scale locking option for chord instruments.
  • 3 concert hall mics with real-time mixing.
  • On-the-fly octave shifting (nudge instrument mapping left or right).
  • 9 GB library pool (4.9 GB in compressed NCW format).
  • 44.1 kHz 24-bit.
  • Kontakt 5.3 format (does not work with earlier versions).
  • License for Kontakt Player included.
  • Fast and easy download experience with ProjectSAM Downloader.

The library is available to purchase for 175 EUR/ $235 USD.

More information: ProjectSAM / Symphobia Colours: Orchestrator

ProjectSAM releases Symphobia Colours: Animator

ProjectSAM Symphobia Colours: Animator

ProjectSAM has announced the release of Symphobia Colours: Animator, the first title in a brand-new library series that expands the world of Symphobia.

Building on the SYMPHOBIA concept, SYMPHOBIA COLOURS brings you fresh sounds in smaller packages.

Two exciting new volumes mark the launch of this series.
This week: ANIMATOR. Next week: ORCHESTRATOR.

Laughing clarinets, jazzy staccatos, xylophone winks and trombone slides – SYMPHOBIA COLOURS: ANIMATOR is a library dedicated to all things funny. Instantly playable, ANIMATOR will become your go-to source when scoring cartoons, animated features, light games or sitcoms.

Symphobia Colours: Animator features

  • Aimed at cartoon, feature animation, light games and sitcoms.
  • Recorded arrangement: clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, violin, contrabass, piano, harp & percussion.
  • Instantly playable, pre-arranged articulations and effects.
  • Select solo articulations and effects.
  • 3 concert hall mic positions with real-time mixing.
  • Tempo-synced runs & phrases.
  • Free time-stretch control for majority of instruments.
  • Tempo sync for runs and phrases.
  • On-the-fly octave shifting (nudge instrument mapping left or right).
  • Contains select material from Symphobia 3: Lumina.
  • 4 GB library pool (2 GB in compressed NCW format).
  • 44.1 kHz 24 bit.
  • Kontakt 5.3 format.
  • License for Kontakt Player included.
  • Fast and easy download experience with ProjectSAM Downloader.

The library is available to purchase for 175 EUR / $235 USD. Registered owners of Symphobia 3: Lumina receive a 40 EUR / $50 USD loyalty discount on Animator.

More information: ProjectSAM / Symphobia Colours: Animator

Ableton intros Orchestral Ensemble Essentials 2 by ProjectSAM

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ProjectSAM Orchestral Ensemble Essentials 2

Ableton has announced the release of Orchestral Ensemble Essentials 2, an instrument sound library featuring a comprehensive collection of brass, string, woodwind and full-orchestra sections, taken from ProjectSAM’s renowned Symphobia series.

There’s nothing like the sound of an orchestral ensemble to set the right tone for your music. The only problem with orchestral sounds is that you usually need an actual orchestra to get them. Enter Orchestral Ensemble Essentials 2 by ProjectSAM – the newest addition to our selection of Packs brings immaculately recorded symphonic instruments into your Live session.

This comprehensive collection of brass, string, woodwind, full orchestra and special effects sounds comes with a wide variety of articulations and intelligenty mapped macro controls for truly expressive and dynamic orchestral sounds.

The sound library is available from Ableton for 79 EUR.

More information: Ableton / Orchestral Ensemble Essentials 2

ProjectSAM updates Lumina to v1.1

ProjectSAM Lumina

ProjectSAM has announced version 1.1 of its Lumina virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Featuring full orchestra, choir, smaller ensembles and a wide range of guest instruments, LUMINA dives into the world of fantasy, mystery and animation, adding depth and delicacy to your musical palette.

Based on more recordings than ever before, this third volume in the SYMPHOBIA series is ProjectSAM’s most ambitious release yet.

Changes in Lumina v1.1

  • Section splits for textures: New sessions were booked to record individual sections for the library’s textures, totaling 7 GB* of new content. In Lumina 1.1, the majority of orchestral textures now offer the ability to perform the following sections individually: strings, choir, woodwind, piano/harp/percussion. The exact secctions available differ per texture instrument.
  • New stories: Lumina 1.1 doubles the amount of Stories in the library to 16. Among the new Stories are New Seoul, Round Table and Smoking Gun. Some of them utilize the new section splits. Stories are intended as inspiring starting points for cues, and ProjectSAM intends continue to expand on this concept.
  • Other new 1.1 features:
    • New miscellaneous textures instrument.
    • Global speed control for all textrues.
    • On-screen Story programming info.
    • Updated and streamlined GUI design.

Lumina is available to purchase for 849 EUR/ $1,099 USD (ex. VAT & shipping). The update is available to all registered Lumina users.

More information: ProjectSAM / Lumina

Win ProjectSAM Lumia & Orchestral Essentials at Time+Space

Time+Space ProjectSAM Sweepstakes

Time+Space has announced a sweepstakes in which you can win the Lumina and Orchestral Essentials cinematic libraries from ProjectSAM.

From horror, fear and disgust to amusement, joy and tenderness, ProjectSAM’s incredible virtual instruments have helped many a composer take audiences on a gripping emotional rollercoaster ride.

With the best selling Symphobia 1 and Symphobia 2 firmly bedded into the studio setups of composers and music producers around the world, ProjectSAM recently unleashed the much anticipated third volume – Lumina.

Already reaping press awards and dubbed by Music Tech magazine as ‘perfect’, ‘inspiring’ and ‘expressive’, Lumina takes you on an evocative journey through worlds brimming with fantasy and mystery thanks to the stunning combination of orchestral and choir ensembles. The library also pays homage to the playful world of cartoons with dedicated ensembles and phrases for careful tiptoeing and tongue-in-cheek suspense.

This month, ProjectSAM’s distributor Time+Space have a copy of Lumina worth £840.00 to give away to one very lucky winner!

PLUS two runners up will each win a copy of Orchestral Essentials – a great value cinematic package that combines carefully selected elements taken from existing ProjectSAM libraries with new instruments not found in any other product making it an all-round solution for hobbyists and serious composers alike.

The competition ends June 30th, 2013.

More information: Time+Space

ProjectSAM Lumina arrives at Time+Space

ProjectSAM Lumina

Time+Space has announced it is now shipping ProjectSAM’s Lumina, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

ProjectSAM is well-known for its ensemble recording concept, and this third volume in the critically acclaimed Symphobia series trumps this with even finer arrangements.

The warmth and beauty of orchestra and choir performing together has been captured in stunning, playable ensembles. Moreover, Lumina is packed with superbly orchestrated textures covering the full spectrum of fantasy and mystery. Refined with grand piano, harp and percussion, these recordings are truly luminous.

Lumina’s solo and guest instruments range from legato woodwinds, such as oboe and clarinet, to a beautifully sampled Celtic harp, tin whistle and a full bell tower! The library also pays homage to the playful world of cartoons with dedicated ensembles and phrases for careful tiptoeing and tongue-in-cheek suspense.

Of course you will find ProjectSAM´s popular Dystopia section, too, with all-new sound design based on Lumina’s samples.

Lumina is available to purchase on a USB stick from Time+Space, priced at RRP £840 GBP / €995 EUR (inc VAT).

More information: Time+Space

Ableton releases Orchestral Ensemble Essentials Partner Instrument

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Ableton has announced Orchestral Ensemble Essentials, a new partner instrument by ProjectSAM.

Ableton ProjectSAM Orchestra Ensemble Essentials

There’s nothing like the sound of an orchestral ensemble to set the right tone for your music. Startling horns and short string stabs bring up the tension, while slow, sustained bowing and fluttering woodwinds establish a more elegant atmosphere. The only problem with orchestral sounds is that you normally need an actual orchestra to get them.

Enter the ProjectSAM Orchestral Ensemble Essentials. Gorgeously multisampled and custom-built for Ableton Live, OEE features a robust selection of string, brass and woodwind ensemble sounds – in addition to a selection of one-shot orchestral effects samples – that give you the power of an orchestra on your computer.

Orchestral Ensemble Essentials is available to purchase for $99 USD.

More information: Ableton / Orchestral Ensemble Essentials