While these instruments may work very well in a full orchestral setting, when played on their own in an exposed setting, they do not sound convincing to me. Symphony Series String Ensemble is really easy to set up and use. Stick to single notes for the layered staccatos, chords for the p, mf or f, knock back the release time, and things should go smoothly. Areas of improvement: Other libraries provide more articulations, which you need to add through additional libraries from a different vendor. All possible intervals were recorded for truly fluid legato performances, and meticulous mic positioning captures the most favorable reflections for solo instruments. I wonder if this set can do it realistically? This made the use of the instruments a lot simpler for me, since I could add my own reverb. With Symphony Series Woodwinds, Soundiron teamed up with Native Instruments with a goal to deliver just that.
The list of articulations for both Ensemble and Solo Libraries is nothing if not comprehensive; the devil is, as always, in the detail. There are four folders, one for each brass instrument section: Trumpets, Horns, Trombones and Tubas. I have experimented extensively with different mic positions as well, and while I do prefer the close mic, I still do not like the overall sound of this library. . Some of the short patches are good, but the sustains sound very, very fake and processed to me. All sections include True Divisi key feature , true polyphonic legato, and portamento as one of the key features for realism.
Action strikes includes 12 full ensembles plus 65 single instruments and 12 carefully-compiled Hit Sets. The staccatos are nice and deep and have a nice attack, that have been recorded to up to 8 round robins. The people who simply need a small section here and there probably won't bite at 499. And its very tricky to do this in real time as the gap must be very small. For the most part, the various effects like clusters, flourishes, and the like, all sound very natural and add a nice human performance to a composition, and I can definitely see myself using them quite a bit.
The patches in the Symphony Series Brass Ensemble library were captured by sampling a 32-piece brass ensemble including Trumpets, Trombones, French Horns, and Tuba sections. Auto Divisi monitors your playing and distributes divisi parts appropriately between the number of players in a section. Beneath you will find an attack, release, tightness and vibrato knob. There are options for enabling different arpeggios for the sustains, shorts, and legato patches, which is a nice option to have, although while some scales perform great, others are out of sync and really not very usable in my honest opinion. The tongue stop staccatos are a really nice addition, since I have not found them in any other library.
Native Instruments Symphony Series String Ensemble Review Native Instruments Symphony Series String Ensemble is a 60-piece string orchestra with a simple, intuitive interface allowing you to compose quicker. Trills are pleasingly chaotic, if not a little ragged the whole—tone trills tend toward thirds rather than tones , whilst the intriguing didgeridoo drones are evocative of Tuvan throat singers. Also of note is the Woodwinds Ensemble patches. However, when you move up to the E key, it no longer performs the arp with consistent 16th notes, instead having more of a swing, which gives it a human feel, but it will not be in sync with any other 16th notes in your track, and the lack of consistency is quite frustrating. I hope to not discover many others. Each section provides six types of preset: Effects, Expression, Legato, Staccato, Sustain and a general—purpose preset named after the relevant instrument. The Mixer tab controls the selection, levels and panning of Close, Mid, Far and Stereo pre—mix microphones.
Keyswitches appear in the score as seemingly nonsensical random notes, usually with dozens of ledger lines, and have to be deleted — which means making a separate, score—friendly version of the project. Then again I really don't care much, I have Vienna and other products to fill the need. Below these settings you will also be able to select your articulations and see other functionalities depending on the patch you have loaded. For me, it is replacing , as I greatly prefer Kontakt over the Play engine. State-of-the-art recordings deliver unparalleled sonic depth and realism. Staccato horns in particular are perfectly suited for scoring an exciting chase through Sherwood Forest — full of exuberance and sheer cheek — whilst the trombones and tubas honk with arch rudeness. I was enticed by the fact they included a great variety of orchestral percussion instruments, so you got all the usual rhythmic instruments cymbals, bass drums, snares, toms, gongs, triangle, etc as well as tuned percussion timpani, celeste, vibraphone, xylophone, low piano hits and a nice variety of kits.
This is the kind of outstanding detail in scripting in an instrument that can make all the difference when writing. Staccatos include both double and triple tonguings, upward and downward bends, and straight mute. Later you would replace the Ensemble patch with the individual sections. But if you're given a chance to wait, i'll try to wait for Chris Hein's upcoming Orchestral Strings library which he has showcased lately in one of the strings comparisons demos. The Woodwinds Ensemble patches sound great and will likely make it into many of my final mixes. The full-sized set of professional scoring tools.
Each of the banks corresponds to a key switch to make it easy to jump between articulations. My only critique here is I wish I was able to transpose my instruments keyboard playback range as easily as I can change my keyswitches. Most instruments including separate p, mf, f and a main legato articulations. I expected the 'Symphony Series' to be a single cohesive orchestra, but seemingly that isn't the case. You can use it with any of the short articulations with controls over type of run, speed, number of notes in the run count and Mode. Now, to address a few of the criticisms and questions I had about the instrument: I found a few little noises Flute Effects Cluster pp G 3 had some noises in the tail just from my time spent with the instrument. Are you looking for cinematic orchestral percussion for your music compositions? An Articulation indicator occupies the lower area, together with two further performance controls that vary depending on the selected preset or articulation within a preset.
The default, Sustain, provides smooth, dynamic cross—fading from p to ff, and at maximum level, the horns and trumpets shine with as much fizz as any on—screen hero could wish for. This key feature prevents you from increasing the number of players where the listener would know even without any musical training that the sound is somehow wrong. And the selection of percussion included is extensive. If I leave gaps, I get a slow attack sustain. I've been discussing this on Facebook, and someone brought up the point that hybrid composers like to layer libraries together that were recorded differently. All instruments were recorded as separate A and B divisi sections.