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Cinesamples releases Hollywoodwinds

Cinesamples HollyWoodWinds

Cinesamples has announced the release of Hollywoodwinds, a comprehensive sampling of the orchestral woodwind ensemble.

This library’s collection of scales, runs, phrases, chords, textures, trills, FX and full ensemble patches, will get you thinking again about using woodwinds in your next cue.

Hollywoodwinds features

  • Cinesamples Intelligent Time Engine (Cite) — The groundbreaking new method of sync on the fly. Kontakt will automatically recognize your sequence’s tempo and playback your scales and textures in time (live). In addition all patches using this engine have samples which have been recorded at multiple tempos. Kontakt will automatically and intelligently choose the correct sample and micro adjust it into place- providing incredibly realistic results and leaving the composer to worry about more important things.
  • Mic Placements — Choose from exclusively Stage Mic patches or Close Mics patches, or using the hybrid patches create your own custom mix – live with no artifacts. Automate your levels using Kontakt 3.5+ or use our presets. Flavor your mix with the 3 Band EQ pre-sets.
  • Notation View — Using Kontakt 3.5+ you can actually visually see the music you are creating, live! The notation window displays incredibly detailed conductor – piano reductions of your current sample being triggered. Very useful for composers, educators and anyone curious.
  • Authentic Hollywood Sound — Straight down the chain we have focused our sound to emulate the voice of the Hollywood scoring stages. From the choice of ensemble, the players themselves, the gear, the mix, the orchestrations, the scale tunings,…. the entire concept is planned to sound with that one goal in mind. Plenty of trail/error, score studying, lunch meeting, phone calling and general research was gathered in pre production so we blatantly tried to squeeze all the detail and life we possibly could at the sessions and in post. This is the extra step the great hollywood composers and orchestrator’s provide on a daily basis.
  • Keyboard Patches — Our method of using tempo synced pre-records with typical keyboard patches is extremely efficient and realistic. The stacked patches, such as the octaves patch, allow the user to voice the ensemble over several different octaves in an authentic hollywood stack (see user manual for details). And of course there is the tutti patch, featuring everybody playing (including the piccolo). There is a whole other half to the library after you check out the GB’s of pre records.
  • 20th Century Textures And Runs — All that creepy stuff the winds do when the spider is attacking, when the beautiful face is morphing, when the eyes turn yellow??? We decided we needed to have that too. From unison ensemble quarter tone bends, to 12 tone cluster stacks to massive collection of Atonal Rips to clarinet “meowing” to multi- piccolo flutters you are sure to find something you need for your track here.

Hollywoodwinds for Kontakt is available for purchase for $299 USD.

More information: Cinesamples / HollyWoodWinds

Cinesamples announces HollyWoodWinds

Cinesamples HollyWoodWinds

Cinesamples has announced HollyWoodWinds, a comprehensive sampling of the orchestral woodwind ensemble.

This library’s collection of scales, runs, phrases, chords, textures, trills, FX and full ensemble patches, will get you thinking again about using woodwinds in your next cue.

HOLLYWOODWINDS: Bringing the woodwinds back into orchestral film scoring.

HollyWoodWinds features

  • Groundbreaking Cinesamples “Intelligent Time Engine” – Auto Tempo Awareness / Syncing.
  • Smart Tempo Matrix Sample Selection.
  • Extensive RR/Legato Programming.
  • Keyboard Style Patches:
    1. Tutti Ensemble
    2. Octaves Ensemble
    3. Major/Minor Triads Ensemble
    4. Unison Tremolos
    5. Chordal Tremolos
    6. Tritone/FX Tremolos
  • Scales and Rips:
    1. Major Scales
    2. Minor Scales
    3. Diminished Scales
    4. Whole Tone Scale
    5. Chromatic Scales
    6. Tonal Rips
    7. Atonal Rips/FX Rips
  • Orchestrated Textures and FX:
    1. Random Note Staccato Patterns
    2. Pitch Bending FX
    3. Cluster Chords/Flutter Chords
    4. Repeating Octaves Duplets
    5. Repeating Octaves Triplets
    6. Marching Textures
    7. Repeating Major/Minor Chords All Inversions
    8. Chordal Trills (Aka John Williams)
    9. Lydian Thirds
    10. Light Hearted Motifs
    11. Oom Pahs – Major Minor
    12. Inspiring Textures 1
    13. Inspiring Textures 2
    14. Inspiring Textures 3
  • Mic Placements: Stage Mics, Close Mics (Both Independently Mixable).

HollyWoodWinds for Kontakt will be available for purchase on October 1, 2009, priced at $299 USD.

You can win a free copy of HollyWoodWinds by following Cinesamples on Twitter. A winner will be drawn randomly on September 30.

More information: Cinesamples / HollyWoodWinds

Steinberg releases HALion Symphonic Orchestra v1.5

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Steinberg HALion Symphonic Orchestra

Steinberg has released version 1.5 of HALion Symphonic Orchestra, a complete symphonic orchestra instrument featuring authentic strings, brass, woodwind and percussion.

HALion Symphonic Orchestra puts the awesome emotive power and sheer sonic majesty of a full symphonic orchestra under your total control. Evocative scores, exquisite arrangements, emotive accompaniments: HSO is the ideal, cost effective symphonic instrument for composition, production and pre-production in music, TV and film scoring and game sound.

Changes in HALion Symphonic Orchestra v1.5

  • Support for 64-bit editions of Windows Vista.
  • New sound bank with “light” versions of the orchestral instruments in order for customers using 32-bit versions of Windows to deploy more articulation and instruments too.
  • More details here (pdf).

The 64-bit update 1.5 and the new sound bank are available as a free download for HALion Symphonic Orchestra users.

Visit Steinberg for more information.

Ableton releases Orchestral Instrument Collection

Ableton has released Orchestral Instrument Collection, a bundle package of the Strings, Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion sample libraries produced in partnership with SONiVOX.

Each instrument has been painstakingly recorded in a number of velocities and articulations, employing the expertise of world-class musicians, engineers and producers. Grab your baton and create authentic, expressive orchestral arrangements within the familiar environment of Ableton Live – quickly and easily. And underneath the hood, Live’s SmartPriming technology manages system resources efficiently, giving you big orchestral sounds with a minimum of CPU action.

Albeton Orchestral Instrument Collection

Orchestral Instrument Collection features

  • Orchestral Strings – A comprehensive selection of naturally rich and dynamic stringed instruments. Features solo and ensemble violin, viola, cello and double bass, all recorded in their natural positions within the orchestra, complete with a number of articulations.
  • Orchestral Brass – A thorough set of vivid and colorful brass instruments. Features solo and ensemble French horn, trombone, trumpet and tuba, with a unique set of articulations in multiple section sizes.
  • Orchestral Woodwinds – Delivers a variety of clear and vibrant wind instruments. Features solo and ensemble flute, clarinet, bassoon, oboe and English horn with a broad selection of articulations.
  • Orchestral Percussion – Captures the true essence of symphonic percussion instruments in pristine quality. Features vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, crotales, glockenspiel, tubular bells, cymbals and timpani with a variety of articulations.
  • All instruments are meticulously multisampled in a variety of velocities and articulations.
  • All instruments are perfectly integrated into Ableton Live’s workflow. Instruments are loaded via Simpler, which is included with Live 7.
  • All instruments take advantage of SmartPriming, Live 7′s new resource-efficient sample engine, allowing users to work with an impressive number of instruments in their compositions.
  • Includes special Rack versions of each instrument, with all articulations switchable via a single macro control in real time for maximum playability.
  • Each instrument includes versions for high-quality production and CPU conservation.

The Orchestral Instrument Collection is available for 499 EUR / $599 USD. The instruments can also be purchased separately. Check the Ableton Shop for current prices (which seem quite a bit lower than when the instruments were first announced back in October 2007).

Visit Ableton for more information and audio demos.

Vienna Symphonic Library releases Extended Content for Special Edition Libraries

Vienna Symphonic Library has released Extended Content for all seven Special Edition Libraries.

VSL Special Edition Extended Content
VSL Special Edition Extended Content

Vienna Special Editions Extended Content

  • Strings Extended / Strings PLUS Extended
    Chamber strings: Violin ensemble (6 players), viola ensemble (4 players), cello ensemble (3 players), bass ensemble (2 players). Appassionata Strings: Violin ensemble (20 players), viola ensemble (14 players), cello ensemble (12 players), bass ensemble (10 players).
  • Woodwinds Extended / Woodwinds PLUS Extended
    Flute 2, alto flute, flute ensemble (3 players), Viennese oboe, oboe d’amore, oboe ensemble (3 players), Small clarinet in Eb, basset horn, clarinet ensemble (3 players), Bassoon ensemble (3 players), Alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone.
  • Brass Extended / Brass PLUS Extended
    Piccolo trumpet, muted trumpet, muted trumpet ensemble, Viennese horn, horn ensemble (8 players), Muted tenor trombone, contrabass trombone, muted trombone ensemble, Contrabass tuba, Wagner tuba.
  • Percussion Extended
    Harpsichord, Konzerthaus organ, Classical guitar, Overdrive guitar.

Visit Vienna Symphonic Library for more information and audio demos.

Kong Audio releases ChineeSuona

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Kong Audio ChineeSuona

Kong Audio has released ChineeSuona, a VST instrument of the Suona.

Suona is rather unique. It is sort of a crossover between brass and woodwind. The sound of Suona is energetic, unapologetically harsh, abrasively brash, and proud-to-be-so-loud, blasting out everythings in sight.

ChineeSuona comprises of two Suonas (a big Suona and a small Suona) with different note ranges, and comes with the meticulously weaved 380 MB sampleset.

Like other much-lauded Chinee Series plugins, ChineeSuona is made with in-depth knowledge of the physical instrument, hence resulting in a very playable product.

ChineesSuona is available for Windows PC for $68 USD.

Visit Kong Audio for more information and audio demos.

Cakewalk releases E-MU Proteus Pack

Cakewalk has released the E-MU Proteus Pack, a collection of original Proteus sample content reissued by Digital Sound Factory, for use with Cakewalk’s Dimension Pro and Dimension LE synthesizers.

E-MU Proteus Pack

E-MU Proteus Pack features

  • Proteus 2000: a vast array of instruments used in film, TV, and commercial scores.
  • Mo’ Phatt: the original Hip Hop sound generator.
  • Xtreme Lead 1: diverse set of cutting edge synthesizers and percussion.
  • Planet Earth: collection of authentic world instruments and percussion.
  • Virtuoso 2000: get string (section and solo), woodwind, brass, and percussion sounds at your fingertips that preserve the natural sound of these high quality acoustic instruments.
  • PX-7: multi-layered acoustic drum kits along with an in-depth percussion ensemble.
  • Over 3,500 different patches.

The packs have a list price of $99 ($79 for download version) each. They are compatible with Dimension Pro, Dimension LE, SONAR 7 Studio and Producer Edition, SONAR Home Studio 6 XL, Project5 Version 2.5, Dimension LE and Garritan Pocket Orchestra.

If you don’t own a compatible product but want to get access to these sounds, you can get Dimension LE and 500 patches free when you register the E-MU Proteus Pack or any of the individual sound modules (time-limited offer).

Visit Cakewalk for more information and sound examples.

Wallander Instruments releases WIVI Woodwinds

Wallander Instruments has released WIVI Woodwinds, a new instrument collection in the WIVI series, containing a large array of the traditional instruments included in an orchestral woodwind section.


WIVI Woodwinds Flutes
  • Concert Flutes – The Western Concert Flute (C-Flute) is the common Flute of the modern orchestra.
  • Piccolo Flutes – The Piccolo is pitched one octave higher than the Concert Flute, and is the highest pitched instrument in the modern orchestra.
  • Alto Flutes – The Alto Flute is pitched a 4th below the Concert Flute.
  • Bass Flutes – The Bass Flute is pitched a full octave below the Concert Flute.


WIVI Woodwinds Oboes
  • Modern Oboes – The Modern Oboe is the common Oboe of the modern orchestra.
  • Oboe d’Amore – The Oboe d’Amore is pitched a 3rd below the Modern Oboe, and has a darker tone. It is relatively uncommon, and not as well-represented in the orchestral literature as the Oboe or the English Horn.
  • English Horns – The English Horn (Cor Anglais) is pitched a 5th below the Modern Oboe. Its tone is closer to the Oboe d’Amore, but even darker.


WIVI Woodwinds Clarinets
  • A- and Bb-Clarinets – The A-Clarinets and the Bb-Clarinets (standard Clarinets) are pitched only a semitone apart, and are practically treated as interchangeable in the Modern orchestra.
  • Eb-Clarinets – The Eb Sopranino Clarinet is tuned higher than the more common A- and Bb-Clarinet. The Eb-Clarinet is a common member of military bands and Clarinet choirs, but many large modern orchestras also have access to an Eb-Clarinet.
  • Bass Clarinets – The Bass Clarinet is tuned one octave below the Bb-Clarinet.
  • Contrabass Clarinets – The Contrabass Clarinet is tuned two octaves below the Bb-Clarinet. The Contrabass Clarinet is one of the deepest voices of the modern orchestra, but not as common as the Bass Clarinet or the A-/Bb-Clarinet.


WIVI Woodwinds Bassoons
  • Modern Bassoons – The Modern Bassoon is the common Bassoon of the modern orchestra.
  • Contrabassoons – The Contrabassoon is tuned one octave below the Modern Bassoon. Most modern orchestras include a Contrabasson, and it is the deepest (pitched) voice of the modern orchestra.

The price of individual WIVI Woodwinds instruments (Windows VST and Mac AU/VST) ranges between $79 and $129.

Visit Wallander Instruments for more information and audio demos.