Best Strings: Symphobia 1 Vs. Orchestral Essentials 1
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ProjectSAM Symphobia / Lumina opinions?
Arsov, Nov. Are there any better sounding orchestral libraries on the market at the moment? So, what is the point than with this one? The answer is pretty simple and you can easily find it on a library site or if you have purchased boxed version, right under the Symphobia name. It is a Cinematic library, basically orchestral library but totally adapted to cinematic needs.
A plenty additional articulations and effects and similar add ons along with basic articulations that are also adapted to the nature of cinematic music. To be honest, Symphobia 2 is a pure cinematic Pit-bull, It bytes every time when it heard the word cinematic. Not sure if you are aware, or if you thought about that, but cinematic music is buffed with specific phrases, or we can even call that rules that make a big gap between classical orchestral music and cinematic music. They both use same instruments, same tools, but the end result is not so equal.
Attack Is the King The main issue with cinematic music is attack. There is a lot of fast passages, dramatic moments where staccato violins should fly like a bunch of a mad bats and cellos and basses should bark, also there is a lot of moments when instruments should byte in attack phase continuing with a long legato note with long decay and moderate release. If you ever tried to get this results with normal best sounding, cheaper or whatever we mentioned in first sentences of our review.
Programming, programming and plenty of over-layers. Dangerous staccatos, thrilling orchestra patches, sinister basses along with nice set of opposite articulations, lush strings and various legato instruments.
Tons of various orchestral effects that are almost impossible to recreate without having an orchestra from flash and blood. Effects that you can hear in many blockbusters. If we consider some additional, essential non orchestral cinematic sounds, hits textures and pads along with effects, that are also packed in Symphobia 2, we got the most up to the point cinematic library at the market at the moment.
Highlights Before I even throw my eye on instruments, I went directly to the multi section of Symphobia 2 Kontak library. A 21 of multi combinations, where different instruments, articulations, or parts are ranked through the keyboard, ready to use and abuse.
Many of them will brings you a tears of sweet memories from the time when you first time see your favourite horror movie. Scary, scary and even more scary. Other brings action and tension, some of them sadness, excitements, festivity or sometimes a combination all all described, all in all they nicely cover the majority of moods of the whole library and are a good starting point for making a cinematic score.
Maybe we should point out that Symphobia is not just a string library, it is full orchestral library with some special additions, so various percussion instruments, some of them with impressive attack and strength are also included, same for the wind and brass instruments.
Highlights in Pieces In first instrument sections, called Full Orchestra we could find various combinations, orchestral chords ranked in major and minor combination or string with woodwinds, short hits along the long textures, dreamy textures or effects, stacks and other exotic things.
Every instrument you load have additional articulations accessible through the key-switches or simply by pressing the articulation name in the mid of the instrument window. Trumpets, horns, flutes, Cello with bass effects, various strings in various string combinations with effects and even instrument, or better to say preset with some string phrases where Orchestra play some slow scary transitions that would be impossible to recreate with programming.
Most of them use under MB, so you can go totally bonkers combining various elements from the library. Legato Elements section offer legato versions of some single instruments along with ensemble instruments. We could call this section a melody nook.
Nice place to spice the cinematic arrangement with some lead lines or eternal melodies. The last one is a Miscellaneous section where you can find an Orchestra tuning preset along with concert hall noise. Happy Hours Symphobia 2 is not so cheap library, but if you are serious with your business, that you should consider this one as an essential cinematic tool.
Action, horror, war, crime.. More info along with some video clips and audio demos could be find on Project SAM page.
ProjectSAM PS-COLP-ANOR Overview
To apply a botanical analogy , Project Sam libraries and in particular the legendary Symphobia series of libraries are among the hardy perennials which continue to blossom year after year, provide outstanding results and hours of pleasure…. The Symphobia series consist of three libraries, Symphobia 1, Symphobia 2 and Symphobia 3 LUMINA the latter could perhaps be considered a subtle or more toned down orchestral scoring tool compared with the upfront scene stealing sounds present in the first two outings. Symphobia the one, the only! All the content remains consistent having been recorded throughout in the same concert hall in Budapest. Installation was satisfyingly simple with dedicated download application software being available, or as was my choice, the option for a direct browser download via links in your Project Sam account, a facility I wish more vendors would adopt. The Project Sam Concept… Project Sam are one of the pioneers of orchestral ensemble sample library recording, believing that rather than composers having to build their orchestral projects from the ground up using individual solo nstruments, Symphobia instead features high quality samples of complete orchestra sections playing together. Strings, brass, woodwind and Mixed Orchestra are all available and then go on to include a further variety of per patch keyswitched articulations such as legato, staccato and pizzicato to provide a full compliment of natural and realistic sounding musical playing styles and effects.
VIDEO: Symphobia: The Essential Toolkit for Composers
The third of Project’s SAM popular Symphobia series takes a musical journey into fantasy and mystery. Mark Cousins reports in this review of. Hello and welcome to our hands-on review of Lumina by ProjectSAM. Lumina is the 3rd in the series of their flagship Symphobia orchestral. The Symphobia Colours series is a new collection of smaller libraries made up of fresh sounds that are meant to expand the Symphobia.