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ProjectSAM announces Orchestral Essentials sample library for Kontakt

Cinematic specialists ProjectSAM have announced Orchestral Essentials: The Essence of Film Scoring – a Kontakt instrument designed to give computer musicians the essential tools to launch their film composing career at an unbeatable price.

ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials

ProjectSAM has carefully selected the essentials from each of their products, including the highly praised Symphobia series, True Strike series and Orchestral Brass Classic, and bundled them into one effective, incredibly versatile package. What’s more, new instruments not found in any other ProjectSAM products are also included.

Covering full orchestra, string, brass and woodwind ensembles, classical and world percussion, Orchestral Essentials gives you the right ammo to start scoring for film, games or pop with the acclaimed “cinematic SAM sound”.

For each of the orchestral sections, an essential list of articulations is available, as well as one expressive legato instrument and an inspiring set of clusters, textures and effects.

Apart from these orchestral elements, you will also find a concert harp, church organ, ProjectSAM’s renowned Dystopia sound design, and, exclusive to Orchestral Essentials, an enchanting grand piano and harpsichord.

Orchestral Essentials follows ProjectSAM’s ensemble recording philosophy. Strings, brass and woodwinds were sampled as sections, as nothing beats the authentic blend of orchestral instruments in a concert hall. ProjectSAM captures this magic in various orchestrations; for example, imagine the noble sound of horns and trombones performing together naturally.

Back in 2002, ProjectSAM set the benchmark for ambient recording and affordability with the release of SAM HORNS. Now, ProjectSAM does it again with Orchestral Essentials.

Orchestral Essentials will be available in Q4 2011 priced £299 GBP / €349 EUR. It is now available to pre-order from Time+Space.

More information: Time+Space

ProjectSAM updates Symphobia 2 to v1.3

ProjectSAM Symphobia 2

ProjectSAM has announced the release of version 1.3 of Symphobia 2, the multi award winning industry standard cinematic orchestral library.

This massive 7Gb update offers a multitude of additional samples, new features and a completely overhauled interface.

Changes in Symphobia 2 v1.3

  • An additional dynamic layer has been added to four of the popular Legato Ensembles. This means that you now have multi-dynamic, expressive mod-wheel control for instruments such as the Celli Doublebasses in Octaves and the Horns+Violins+Violas in Unison.
  • 10 New inspiring Multis are available covering various styles and genres. Some examples are Close the Gates, Femme Fatale, Sniper Mission and Transcending Monks.
  • A whole list of new features and functionality is available: a new Horns Trombones instrument with “cliffhanger clusters”, an informative color-coded Kontakt keyboard, the ability to control release trail volume and length, legato overlap time and curve, reset round robin cycles and much more.

The update is available FREE to registered Symphobia 2 users. For a full list of features found in version 1.3 visit

More information: ProjectSAM Symphobia 2

ProjectSAM Orchestral Brass Classic, symphonic brass sample library updated to v1.2

ProjectSAM Orchestral Brass Classic

ProjectSAM has released version 1.2 of Orchestral Brass Classic, a symphonic brass sound library for Kontakt.

ORCHESTRAL BRASS CLASSIC is the re-issue of the most respected symphonic brass series on the sample market: SAM Horns, SAM Trombones, SAM Trumpets and SAM Solo Sessions. Known for its ambient, cinematic sound, ORCHESTRAL BRASS CLASSIC is the only brass library that no film, TV or game composer can afford to be without.

Changes in Orchestral Brass Classic v1.2

  • Pitch Scaling Curves: All groups in all instruments were re-checked for the presence of Pitch Scaling curves, and removed where found.
  • Bug Fixes:
    • 09c Tuba Staccato s – When playing keynote F2 at the lowest velocities clicks occurred. Zones adjusted.
    • 26 Trp Sect Intervals KEY MOD stage & close – Intervals were more quiet when modwheel is up (so downward intervals) then when modwheel is down, fixed.
    • 01 Tbn Sect KEY s & 11 Tbn Sect staccato s – Group ID 34 had no KSW assignment & Zone volumes imbalanced.
    • 03 T Tbn Solo Sustain DYN c – Pitch Scaling Curves removed.
    • F Hn Sect Intervals – Stage & Close – Wrong interval labels.
    • Multi – Epic Sustain – Pitch Scaling Curves removed.

Orchestral Brass Classic for Kontakt (powered by Kontakt Player) is available to purchase for $399.99 USD / 299.99 EUR ex. VAT.

More information: ProjectSAM

Time+Space announces Symphobia 2 competition

Time+Space Symphobia 2 contest

Time+Space has announced a Symphobia 2 competition.

With a plethora of first class reviews already under its belt and the season of goodwill in full swing, there’s no need for any more excuses for Time+Space to give away a copy of the awe inspiring Symphobia 2 this month!

Described as ‘magnificent’, ‘an absolute joy’ ‘unsurpassed’ and ‘a score writer’s dream’, ProjectSAM’s latest virtual instrument has proved it punches just as much above its weight as its older brother and this is your chance to own the £979 software for yourself thanks to ProjectSAM and their UK distributor Time+Space!

To enter, all you need to do is email Time+Space the answer to a very simple question.

More information: Time+Space

ProjectSAM Symphobia 2, virtual instrument now shipping from Time+Space

ProjectSAM Symphobia 2

Time+Space has announced it is now shipping Symphobia 2, the orchestral virtual instrument from ProjectSAM.

ProjectSAM’s virtual instruments are used by film, tv and game composers all over the world featuring in scores for District 9, the Bourne series, X-Men 2 and The Fast and The Furious, to name just a very few.

Symphobia 2 is set to follow in the same footsteps with a brand new awe inspiring 33GB sample pool and scores of breathtaking new features

Symphobia 2 features

  • New and exciting Orchestral Articulations added to the string, orchestra and horn sections.
  • Massive amounts of fresh and inspiring Symphonic Effects with banks entirely dedicated to ponticello, flageolet or other playing techniques.
  • Exclusive Legato Ensembles with real legato transitions for orchestrated sets of instruments.
  • Better than ever Dystopia 3 section with processed hits, spheres, scapes and risers.
  • Brand new custom interface powered by Kontakt 4.1.
  • Convenient Switchable Mic Mode button for two microphone sets (close and stage).
  • Best ever Multis that allow you to play two, even three legato instruments simultaneously.

Symphobia 2 is available to purchase for a RRP of £999 GBP / €1174.99 EUR.

More information: Time+Space

ProjectSAM Symphobia 2, Kontakt Player 4 powered sample library

ProjectSAM Symphobia 2

ProjectSAM has announced Symphobia 2, a Kontakt Player powered orchestra sample library.

SYMPHOBIA 2 is more of what you’ve been missing in your orchestral palette. New and exciting ORCHESTRAL ARTICULATIONS, massive amounts of fresh and inspiring SYMPHONIC EFFECTS, exclusive LEGATO ENSEMBLES with real legato transitions, DYSTOPIA III and a brand-new interface. SYMPHOBIA 2 is the new no-brainer library for any film, game or TV composer.

The adventure continues… with SYMPHOBIA 2.

Symphobia 2 features

  • Real tutti recordings of symphonic ensembles.
  • Extensive, multi-articulation patches.
  • New and inspiring symphonic effects.
  • Industry-first legato ensembles with real legato transitions.
  • 33 GB 44.1/24 library pool (uncompressed).
  • 2 Mic sets switchable from interface.
  • Brand-new custom interface.
  • NI Kontakt Player 4 included with native 64-bit support.
  • Kontakt background loading.
  • Kontakt compressed sample storage (20 GB).

Symphobia 2 is now available to pre-order for 899.99 EUR excl. VAT / $1,149.99 USD (List price: 999.99 EUR excl. VAT / $1,299.99 USD). Product ships September 2010.

More information: ProjectSAM / Symphobia 2

ProjectSAM re-releases True Strike series (Kontakt Player)

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ProjectSAM True Strike

ProjectSAM has re-released its True Strike series: True Strike “Cinematic Orchestral Percussion” and True Strike 2 “Cinematic World & Effects Percussion”.

Both libraries have been completely re-designed for the Kontakt format and come with Kontakt Player 3.5. New features include a re-structured instrument list, a streamlined audio pool and a custom interface with on- screen ADSR control, instrument information and other options.

Following ORCHESTRAL BRASS CLASSIC, this completes the migration of the main ProjectSAM libraries to the Kontakt Player platform.

True Strike and True Strike 2 are now available at a lowered price level of 299.99 EUR / 399.99 USD each. Various upgrade paths are available starting at 39.99 EUR / 59.99 USD.

More information: ProjectSAM

Review: Native Instruments Urban Arsenal 2

Native Instruments Urban Arsenal 2

Native Instruments has released another KORE SoundPack, Urban Arsenal 2.

URBAN ARSENAL 2 brings yet more of the beats, samples, sounds and loops for creating the freshest urban music productions. Perfectly complimenting the first soundpack, this pack restocks the arsenal with over 1,000 new drum sounds, and and even more groove construction kits, synths, basses, pads and samples provided by professional beat scientists.

Urban Arsenal 2 features

  • 29 drum kits with 40 groove sets and over 15,000 groove variations.
  • 87 new Massive patches, with leads, basses and pads that have been tweaked and treated to give that heavy production-ready sound right out of the box.
  • 80 newly sampled Kontakt instruments, with a focus on the analog synths, layered acoustic instruments and drum machines currently used on the freshest hip-hop joints.

The product page also mentions that several of these instruments were cut to dubplate and resampled for that extra-warm and soulful vinyl sound. Sounds familiar? Perhaps an idea of Goldbaby, one of the content providers for Urban Arsenal 2, alongside ProjectSAM, CLP, Dobie and Montana Beats.

The SoundPack includes a total of 236 sounds in a little over 1 GB content.
Urban Arsenal 2 is available as a download from the Native Instruments online shop for $119 USD / 99 EUR.

So what do I think?

I am not totally familiar with what is and what is not urban music, but my best guess is that it’s a bit of a mixture of contemporary hip-hop, rap and R&B. Urban Arsenal 2 certainly includes tons of suitable sounds for those genres, but I would say it’s not limited to just that type of music.

The instruments sound great and there’s plenty of variety in leads, bass, strings etc. I really enjoyed the drum kits and groove sets. Instant grooves, tons of ‘em! Some of the grooves are almost complete tracks, all you need is an MC. But don’t mistake these grooves for loops, they are actually sequenced single shot sounds in Kontakt. If you want to construct your own beats you have all the single shot sounds right there at your fingertips as well.

Urban Arsenal 2 provides a complete collection of instruments and grooves to create urban tracks, and more. Just have listen to the demo tracks on the product page, and make sure to check the video of CLP and KOVAS building a track with this SoundPack, it’s that easy.

KORE just keeps getting better!

Visit Native Instruments for more information.

If you have any questions about this SoundPack, just post them in the comments.