Spitfire–Bernard Hermann Composer Toolkit–Recensione

 

https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/bernard-herrmann-composer-toolkit/

 

ORCHESTRAL INNOVATION INSPIRED BY A LEGEND

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Spitfire’s first dry scoring stage ensemble library, inspired by the electric genius of Bernard Herrmann. Renowned for his groundbreaking scores including Citizen Kane, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Psycho, Vertigo and Taxi Driver, his legacy continues to inspire the work of composers today. We’ve worked exclusively with Bernard Herrmann’s estate to curate and assemble a unique set of studio orchestra ensembles, informed directly by the composer’s legendary orchestration aesthetic. Recorded at Studio 1 Air Lyndhurst by Simon Rhodes (Avatar, Grand Budapest Hotel, Spectre, Harry Potter, There Will Be Blood), we’ve captured players performing as Herrmann would have had them – boisterous, lively and upfront, with patches featuring selected groups, unusual instrumental combis, chords, effects and much more. Fire-up this versatile Toolkit for lively and distinctive scoring.

  • 186742 SAMPLES
  • 225.0 GB UNCOMPRESSED .WAV
  • 146.6 GB DISK SPACE REQUIRED
  • 293.2 GB DISK SPACE REQUIRED DURING INSTALL
  • MAC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS10.9 or higher
  • PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTSWin7 or higher
  • KONTAKT VERSION REQUIREMENTSKontakt Player 5.5 or higher
  • FREE KONTAKT PLAYER INCLUDED
  • USER MANUAL

BACKGROUND

Bernard Herrmann is one of the great modern composers. His work for TV and film is nothing short of iconic, and is truly synonymous with mid-20th Century cinema. Collaborating with Orson Welles on Citizen Kane, Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver, and in long-term partnership with Alfred Hitchcock for scores such as Vertigo, Psycho, The Birds, Marnie and beyond, the sheer magnitude of critical works produced is breathtaking. Not only did his work cause significant impact on culture at the time, but more recently those works have been used to invigorate contemporary scores, for example the use of the Twisted Nerve theme in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill – an eerie whistle which is now instantly recognisable worldwide.
Herrmann had a unique and trailblazing compositional style. His orchestrations were entirely original, daring and inventive; always appropriate for the context and subsequently incredibly influential in film scoring (Psycho is an obvious example of a totally new way to score a thriller). The bold selection of specific instrumental ensembles (his Psycho score was famed for being strings-only, and the infamous Torn Curtain featured 12 flutes) and choice of interesting combinations (harp and vibraphone in Vertigo, stopped horns and pizzicato strings in North by Northwest) challenged the status quo. Equally his experimentation of electronic instruments in scores was pioneering – the ondes Martenot in The Day The Earth Stood Still and amplified Moog synths in Sisters/Endless Nights brought sounds previously unheard to cinemas. He also went as far as to effect change in the performance style of players, requesting that players not play in the traditional, somewhat overblown nature that other Hollywood composers would traditionally employ.
He had a limitless curiosity and love of new music, championing the careers of several composers who became household names as a result of his hard work. His work as conductor of the CBS Symphony Orchestra, and the many radio broadcasts he made with them, helped to bring a huge and often little heard variety of music to a wide audience.
His was a truly individual voice and he stood firm against what he saw as the dilution of the art form and he continues to be massively respected and influential among film composers today.
So, of course, when the opportunity arose for Spitfire Audio to collaborate with his estate, we crumbled with excitement. We hope to have developed a unique library that provides working composers with a broad variety of new sounds and possibilities, albeit rooted in the genius of Herrmann and his approach to film scoring.

GUIS

THE OVERVIEW PANEL

Gives you a quick and easy way to access, view and load the different articulations, mic mixes and essential controller functions which you can then re-assign to suit your workflow.

GENERAL CONTROLS PANEL

A deeper but still simple UI panel that allows you to tweak the general settings. How many round robins you would like and how you would like them to behave. How would you like memory to be organised alongside pitch options and how velocity works.

THE OSTINATUM

Quite simply a little inspiration machine. Not quite an arpeggiator, not quite a sequencer. This intuitive device allows you to build up complex patterns that react to your playing to achieve wild systems results tantalising Zimmeresque tension beds or cheeky multi-tonguing effects!

MERCURY SYNTH

Included in the “advanced” folder are over 30 synth patches inspired by Herrmann’s use of sythesisers in combination with orchestral material. These can be controlled using our Mercury Synth GUI. It is an ingenious user interface that allows you to have instant fun without having to roll up your sleeves and go under the Kontakt hood. All of the controls are assignable to your control surface giving you the immediate ability to make our sounds your own.

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Chris Hein Solo Strings–Recensione

https://www.bestservice.de/en/chris_hein_solo_strings_complete.html

Collection of virtual Solo Strings by Chris Hein

Chris Hein Solo Strings Complete is an extensive Solo Strings Library including Chris Hein´s Solo Violin, Solo Viola, Solo Cello and Solo ContraBass – all recorded with greatest care and endless details, precisely edited and merged into a practical and musical instrument for NI’s Kontakt Player.

Each Instrument has over 10,000 samples, 38 articulations and 4 different legato transitions. Unique phase align techniques enable perfect X-fade blending between up to 8 dynamic layers. Play from smooth & soft to screaming loud with completely natural sounding transitions, all without artefacts or phasing.

Choose from a staggering 102 different attack shapes per note using the unique Note Head function, all with just a single fader. Two on-board convolution reverbs allow you to design the body of the instrument and the performance space itself. The DSP effects rack gives unlimited power to process the string sound, from soundtrack-ready to other-wordly.

Chris Hein Solo Strings Complete include:

CH Solo Violin Image
CH Solo Viola Image
CH Solo Cello Image
CH Solo ContraBass

Chris Hein Solo Violin delivers outstanding, detailed and highly expressive results in all relevant genres ranging from classical music and film scores to gypsy-jazz, folk and pop ballads.

Chris Hein Solo Viola features high-grade sound quality and incredible realistic articulations. This library offers everything you have been missing with previous virtual string instruments.

Chris Hein Solo Cello is a bundle of two fantastic sounding Solo Cello Instruments. The two instruments in CH-Solo Cello have exactly the same features, but a completely different sound.

Chris Hein Solo ContraBass outshines all previous Contrabass libraries. Never before, a sample library of this extent has been dedicated towards a single string instrument.

Chris HeinAll Solo String instruments included in Chris Hein Solo Strings Complete benefits from producer Chris Hein’s 30 years spanning experience in the field of sampling and library production, resulting in a products that offer highest versatility, configurability and practical use.
Unique functions
Perfect dynamic transitions thanks to phase alignment

Over a research period of several months, all samples have been fully aligned in phase. Accordingly, the instrument offers perfect seamless transitions of dynamic layers without sonic degradation.

Unique combination of short and long notes

The combination of long and short notes is a major problem in sample-libraries that often fail to deliver authentic sounding results. With real musical instruments, the note length often influences the attack behavior as well as the note end. Chris Hein – Solo Strings Complete addresses these aspects by its “Note Head Designer” which has been significantly expanded for this library. Each instrument offers a selection of 102 attack shapes. This allows calling up twelve matching short sample variations (Shorts) along with each sustain-articulation. These shorts not only offer the corresponding correct attack-behavior but also a note-end that perfectly matches the note length.

These user-defined selections of short-note-variations are available in eight dynamic layers each and can be combined with the corresponding sustained phases, leading to astonishing realistic results that cannot be achieved using random round-robin based selections. Of course, the shorts are also available as individual articulations.

Solo Strings Complete GUI

True Legato

Chris Hein – Solo Strings Complete offers true legato in up to four dynamic layers for short and long note variations. The corresponding in-depth recordings and edits result in unexpected realistic sounds with perfect note-transitions. At the same time, it is possible to combine these realistic combinations with additional artificial inserted legatos.

Library extend

The performance-data of Chris Hein – Solo Strings Complete directly reflect the immense investment in recordings and configuration possibilities. Every instrument builds upon almost 10,000 single samples, 38 articulations and up to eight dynamic layers. This makes the library one of the most in-depth sampled Solo Strings currently available.

The custom-tailored user-interface of the Kontakt Player not only offers numerous functions to adapt the library’s sound character and articulations but also provides immense configuration choices to live up to specific demands and workflows. At the same time, due to pre-programmed key-switch-presets at the lower part of the keyboard, the library can also be effectively played without any need for deep edits. Thanks to four “Dynamic Modes”, the “Note-Head Designer”, “Key-Vibrato”, “Hot-Keys” and the revolutionary concept of articulation-presets, the user-interface will give you the impression to really play this instrument live.

Sonuscore–The Orchestra

https://sonuscore.com/shop/the-orchestra/

The Orchestra, header

The Orchestra is a revolutionary all-in-one 80 player orchestral library whose heart is our breakthrough Ensemble-Engine that empowers you to convert your ideas into music. Simple and incredibly fast.

Sonuscore: “We found a way to revolutionize your way of composing complex orchestrated music. Its a new simplicity, a more natural approach to cope with multifaceted orchestral colors and rhythms.”


​The idea behind The Orchestra

Orchestral libraries have become more and more complex over the last years. Developers captured every nuance of symphonic orchestras in countless different articulations. But with a tight deadline, having endless possibilities is not necessarily a good thing.

With this library, Sonuscore brings to life a simplistic approach to orchestral composition, giving you both innovative tools to create quick ensemble sketches with minimal effort or write complex orchestral arrangements in all detail.

Paint your orchestral canvas in as broad or as detailed strokes as you want.

Your ideas, your music – all in one instrument.

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The core – The ensemble engine

The Ensemble Engine works through a number of independent arpeggiators and velocity envelopes, heavily inspired by our Sonuscore Origins-Series. Create pulsating rhythms and even inspiring full arrangements from any combination of notes. All of this without relying on prerecorded phrases – you have the full control. It will work, no matter what chord or note you play.
With minimum loading times, a vast amount of presets provides you with full ensemble colors right out of the box.

  • Independent arpeggiators and velocity envelopes create vivid and powerful orchestral colors.
  • Load up to 5 different instruments in independent slots and play them together.
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Compose faster with full instrumental groups

Choose from 150 presets in three categories:

  • Orchestral Colors
    The Orchestral Colors presets are practical combinations of instruments that can be played live on your keyboard.
  • Orchestral Rhythms
    The Orchestral Rhythms contain simple, useful playable patterns for separate sections of the orchestra that make use of our Ensemble Engine.
  • Animated Orchestra
    The animated orchestra presets go even further, and create complex orchestrated rhythms from any played note. This is where the magic happens!

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GUIs
Play the instruments freely:

Play your ideas and your melodies freely with the single instrument patches.
Aside from the Ensemble Instrument, The Orchestra also contains 88 single instrument patches for all standard sections and articulations in a symphonic orchestra, including percussion and as a bonus: choir.

Or unlash the full orchestral power with over 60 multi-track patches:

Multis take the Ensemble Engine even further toward instant playability and sound as they load and layer multiple instances of The Orchestra.
There are Full Orchestral Multis for single articulations, that work perfectly for quick sketching and layering.
Animated Multis combine multiple instances of the Ensemble Engine for even more complex patterns.

The samples: rough & edgy – no polished sound:

The Orchestra was recorded and processed with the intention to sound a bit rougher and more “honest” than the common orchestral Hollywood sound. It offers an alternative and promises straight and powerful sounds, punch and a vivid musical experience.

recording studio

The instruments for The Orchestra were recorded in Budapest at the renowned Studio 22 in their traditional seating position and mixed and edited with great attention to detail. This way the different sections blend together perfectly in the same room. All essential articulations are available, including playable true legato samples and multiple round robins for short articulations.

Key features:
  • Breakthrough Ensemble Engine
  • Play freely or create stunning orchestral colors with simple chords
  • Complete set of standard articulations for all instruments
  • True Legato Interval Sampling
  • 150 ready-to-go ensemble presets
  • 60 Multi-Rack Patches
  • 6.85GB lossles compressed data
  • 16500+ individual Samples
  • fast loading times
  • min. Kontakt Player 5.6.8 required

recording collage

The Orchestra: The power of a full orchestra at the tip of your fingers

The Orchestra was developed for Best Service by SonusCore / Dynamedion, the makers of Trinity Drums as well as NI Action Strings, Action Strikes and Emotive Strings.

DynamedionDynamedion was founded in 2000 by Tilman Sillescu and Pierre Langer, two composers with university degrees in music. With a steadily increasing number of contracts and growing customer base it has since become a leader in soundtrack composition and sound design on the European computer game market. In 2005 Dynamedion produced highly successful, first benchmark live orchestra recordings for a German game soundtrack, setting the standard for large-scale projects in the industry. With numerous further orchestral productions for the video game industry, Dynamedion has earned itself a reputation for unsurpassed quality and integrity in this area.

Recensione Spitfire Symphonic Strings

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http://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/instruments/orchestra/spitfire-symphonic-strings/

Features

Every articulation for every section plus ensembles formerly available in Mural volumes 1, 2, 3 & Ensembles in a single encyclopaedic compendium:
• 175 articulations, including 59 shorts, 94 longs, & 45 legatos
• 60 Top London string players
• Recorded in situ (ie: in the positions they occupy in a scoring session)
• Recorded using priceless valve and ribbon mics
• Neve Montserrat Pre-amps into a Neve 88R desk
• Recorded digitally at 96k via 2″ Studer tape
• Deep sampled with multiple dynamic layers and round robins
• Diverse and detailed with essential, additional and some totally unique articulations
• Legatos designed by Andrew Blaney
• Individual sections and ensembles
• 3 essential, diverse and most favoured mic positions: C(lose), T(ree), A(mbient)
• Kontakt Player included
• NKS-ready
• New intuitive GUI with inline help system
• As used by A-list composers and producers around the globe!

Presets / Articulations

Recensione–VST RINASCIMENTO–Strumenti Medioevali e Rinascimentali

https://fluffyaudio.com/shop/rinascimento/

Rinascimento features 3 bowed string instruments, 2 brass instruments, 8 reed instruments, 5 recorders of different sizes, 2 other kind of flutes, 7 kind of lute instruments (with a auto-strumming engine), 5 percussion, harpsichord, virginal, a positive organ and a complete organ with 10 registers.
All the non-polyphonic instruments feature full sustained legato transitions and staccato and there is a special and unique scripting engine for some complex instruments like the hurdy gurdy, the percussion, the organ or the lutes. 

EATURES

  • 36  Renaissance and Medieval instruments
  • 29 gb installed (compressed in NCW format)
  • 3 Mic Positions
  • Sampled in a warm hall
  • 24 bit / 48 kHz stereo
  • 20 legato instruments
  • Auto-Strummer for Lute instruments
  • 4 RRs for Staccato and Plucked Instruments
  • Custom scripting for the Hurdy Gurdy, Zampogna, Organ and Percussion
  • Sleepless nights of editing and scripting

Chris Hein – SOLO STRINGS COMPLETE–Viola and Cello

Chris Hein Solo Viola

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Chris Hein – SOLO VIOLA outshines all previous Viola libraries.

Never before, a sample library of this extent has been dedicated towards a single string instrument: Recorded with greatest care and endless details, precisely edited and merged into a practical and musical instrument for NI’s Kontakt Player offering an elaborated custom-tailored user-interface with comprehensive scripting. Chris Hein – Solo Viola features high-grade sound quality and incredible realistic articulations. This library offers everything you have been missing with previous virtual string instruments.

You receive over 10,000 samples (4 gigabytes of sample data), 38 articulations, four different legato transitions as well as extensive phase-alignment of all samples to guarantee smooth inaudible crossfades of up to eight velocity layers. This feature-set allows the creation of authentic Viola-arrangements unprecedented on a computer.

Chris Hein – Solo Viola delivers outstanding, detailed and highly expressive results as a solo instrument or as part of an ensemble – in all relevant genres ranging from classical music and film scores to gypsy-jazz, folk and pop ballads.


Chris Hein Solo Cello

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Chris Hein – SOLO CELLO, the third Solo Strings family instrument outshines all previous Cello libraries.

Never before, a sample library of this extent has been dedicated towards a single string instrument: Recorded with greatest care and endless details, precisely edited and merged into a practical and musical instrument for NI’s Kontakt Player offering an elaborated custom-tailored user-interface with comprehensive scripting. Chris Hein – Solo Cello features high-grade sound quality and incredible realistic articulations. This library offers everything you have been missing with previous virtual string instruments.

You receive over 24.000 samples (9,5 gigabytes of sample data), 38 articulations, four different legato transitions as well as extensive phase-alignment of all samples to guarantee smooth inaudible crossfades of up to eight velocity layers. This feature-set allows the creation of authentic cello-arrangements unprecedented on a computer.

Chris Hein – Solo Cello is a bundle of two fantastic sounding Solo Cello instruments. The two instruments in CH – Solo Cello have exactly the same features, but a completely different sound.

· „Modern Cello“ has a hifi sound with extreme dynamic and a precise and clear tone.

· „Romantic Cello“ has a more warm and rich sound. You can hear the old and noble wood.

Chris Hein – Solo Cello delivers outstanding, detailed and highly expressive results as a solo instrument or as part of an ensemble – in all relevant genres ranging from classical music and film scores to gypsy-jazz, folk and pop ballads.


Chris Hein Solo Strings Complete

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Collection of virtual Solo Strings by Chris Hein

Chris Hein – SOLO STRINGS COMPLETE is an extensive Solo Strings Libary including Chris Hein´s Solo Violin, Solo Viola, Solo Cello and Solo ContraBass – all recorded with greatest care and endless details, precisely edited and merged into a practical and musical instrument for NI’s Kontakt Player.

Each Instrument has over 10,000 samples, 38 articulations and 4 different legato transitions. Unique phase align techniques enable perfect X-fade blending between up to 8 dynamic layers. Play from smooth & soft to screaming loud with completely natural sounding transitions, all without artefacts or phasing.
Choose from a staggering 102 different attack shapes per note using the unique Note Head function, all with just a single fader. Two on-board convolution reverbs allow you to design the body of the instrument and the performance space itself. The DSP effects rack gives unlimited power to process the string sound, from soundtrack-ready to other-wordly.

Unique functions

Perfect dynamic transitions thanks to phase alignment
Over a research period of several months, all samples have been fully aligned in phase. Accordingly, the instrument offers perfect seamless transitions of dynamic layers without sonic degradation.

Unique combination of short and long notes
The combination of long and short notes is a major problem in sample-libraries that often fail to deliver authentic sounding results. With real musical instruments, the note length often influences the attack behavior as well as the note end. Chris Hein – Solo Strings Complete addresses these aspects by its “Note Head Designer” which has been significantly expanded for this library. Each instrument offers a selection of 102 attack shapes. This allows calling up twelve matching short sample variations (Shorts) along with each sustain-articulation. These shorts not only offer the corresponding correct attack-behavior but also a note-end that perfectly matches the note length.

These user-defined selections of short-note-variations are available in eight dynamic layers each and can be combined with the corresponding sustained phases, leading to astonishing realistic results that cannot be achieved using random round-robin based selections. Of course, the shorts are also available as individual articulations.

True Legato
Chris Hein – Solo Strings Complete offers true legato in up to four dynamic layers for short and long note variations. The corresponding in-depth recordings and edits result in unexpected realistic sounds with perfect note-transitions. At the same time, it is possible to combine these realistic combinations with additional artificial inserted legatos.

Library extend
The performance-data of Chris Hein – Solo Strings Complete directly reflect the immense investment in recordings and configuration possibilities. Every instrument builds upon almost 10,000 single samples, 38 articulations and up to eight dynamic layers. This makes the library one of the most in-depth sampled Solo Strings currently available.

The custom-tailored user-interface of the Kontakt Player not only offers numerous functions to adapt the library’s sound character and articulations but also provides immense configuration choices to live up to specific demands and workflows. At the same time, due to pre-programmed key-switch-presets at the lower part of the keyboard, the library can also be effectively played without any need for deep edits. Thanks to four “Dynamic Modes”, the “Note-Head Designer”, “Key-Vibrato”, “Hot-Keys” and the revolutionary concept of articulation-presets, the user-interface will give you the impression to really play this instrument live.

Chris Hein – SOLO STRINGS COMPLETE includes:

· Chris Hein – Solo Violin
delivers outstanding, detailed and highly expressive results in all relevant genres ranging from classical music and film scores to gypsy-jazz, folk and pop ballads.

· Chris Hein – Solo Viola
features high-grade sound quality and incredible realistic articulations. This library offers everything you have been missing with previous virtual string instruments.

· Chris Hein – Solo Cello
is a bundle of two fantastic sounding Solo Cello Instruments. The two instruments in CH-Solo Cello have exactly the same features, but a completely different sound.

· Chris Hein – Solo ContraBass*
outshines all previous Contrabass libraries. Never before, a sample library of this extent has been dedicated towards a single string instrument.
*The Contrabass will be released in January 2017 and will be delivered subsequently


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