Hello Composers, Mike here! =)
And today I will share my thoughts on The Orchestra Complete by Sonuscore. It includes the latest version of The Orchestra + the brand new Strings of Winter.
My Overall Impression: This software instrument is like an inspiration gold mine! Not only does it have a wide range of sounds and presets for rhythms, movement and arpeggios with various instrument setups. It is so fast and fun to work with. And you can even play the instruments individually without the engine. It is one of my new favorite tools for quick sketches, song starters and inspiration boosters.
It’s dynamic, it’s rhythmic, and with the multi instrument presets all using the engine you can get amazing performances going in seconds! Here’s a great trailer video by Sonuscore showing The Orchestra Complete.
The Main Features
The Complete Library features the revolutionary all-in-one 80 player orchestra.
European String Orchestra
A 41-piece string orchestra split into 5 sections.
Mongolian State Morin Khuur Ensemble
The traditional instrument has two strings made of horse hair and is played with a bow also strung with horse hair.
A complete set of up to 6 articulations per instrument, including True Legato.
The Ensemble Engine
A powerful engine that works through a number of independent arpeggiators and velocity envelopes.
3 independent arpeggiators that you can assign to each part.
2 independent velocity envelopes that can shape the dynamics over time for any part.
My Favorite Things
1. The Engine
One of the greatest aspects of this product is the wonderful engine that can add rhythm and movement to any performance you create.
2. The Workflow
I love how quick and easy they made the user interface, and working with presets or create your own. It truly makes this an inspiration goldmine, which I have found to be a great starting point or idea creator for my new compositions.
3. The Range
Not only can you use the core engine in various ways to create rhythmic performances, and dynamic movement. You can even play individual instruments with many different articulations, and the range of instruments you get is very wide.
4. MIDI Drag and Drop
This is a new addition to The Orchestra Complete, but a truly great one. You can in fact now record your rhythmic performances in the interface, and then simply drag and drop the MIDI to your sequencer. For example making on ostinato in The Orchestra Complete, and then dragging it to other instruments in your project. A pulse synth perhaps?
5. Strings of Winter
This is an expansion module that comes with The Orchestra Complete bundle, and a very good one indeed. The sound is focused on a cold crystal-like shimmer and brightness which I found remarkable for adding atmosphere to my music.
Do you want to learn more about The Orchestra Complete, and find out if this would be a great addition to your music composer tool box?