Although impossible to pronounce and liable to antagonise your spellchecker, EWQLSO (East West/Quantum Leap's Symphonic Orchestra) has become a byword in the orchestral sampling world since its release in 2003. The result of a meeting of minds between sampling supremos Doug Rogers (East West) and Nick Phoenix of Quantum Leap, the original 67GB four-volume set (reviewed in SOS in June 2004) gained widespread praise and is now the library of choice for many US composers and music directors. One oft-cited reason for its popularity is its big, built-in concert hall sound; the instruments were recorded simultaneously from three microphone positions in a 2500-seater orchestral venue, making EWQLSO the only full orchestral library on the market with six-channel surround sound capability. That's a great achievement in anyone's book.
Two years after the sessions for the original library, the Symphonic Orchestra production team (headed as before by the Grammy-winning recording engineer Professor Keith O Johnson) returned to the original orchestral hall with the same pool of players to record a new set of samples. At that time the library lacked marimba, celeste, piccolo trumpet, solo viola and solo double bass, and the implementation of performance styles was somewhat patchy. The new sessions addressed all that, and more. By the time Professor Johnson and the 100-strong tribe of musicians and technicians emerged bleary-eyed from the concert hall one month later, the SO project had expanded considerably. Editing and programming the new recordings took a year. Once trimmed down to size, the samples weighed in at 71GB, more than doubling the size of the original library.
ZERO-G DEEPEST INDIA SAMPLE CD (AKAI S-1000 FORMAT) | 1.09
Zero-G Deepest India is a 3-CD Set of Vocals, Instruments and Orchestras/ Ensembles recorded on location in India specially for Zero-G, during 1996 and 1997. It explores every area of musical emotion from elation to despair - from hauntingly beautiful vocals, through countless joyous ensembles to authentic indian instrumental phrases. There has never been anything quite like this collection available before - anywhere in the world - and therefore much interest is anticipated from musicians and composers who seek out and appreciate only the very highest standard of professional sample libraries. None will be disappointed!
Sound Library plugin based on Native Instruments' Intakt. Read more about the engine here.
If you need heavy, natural drum sounds, Drumkit From Hell 2 (DFH2) will exceed your expectations. Combining the bleed between microphones provides you with unparalleled realism that is equivalent to having one of the worlds best metal drummers live in your studio.
What is Atmosphere?? It's a programmable, sample-based Virtual Synth Module software plug-in, which combines a massive 3.7 gigabyte core library with a powerful, yet easy to use interface and synth engine for manipulating the sounds, and creating your own original patches.
So is Atmosphere basically a "preset" machine? Not at all. Of course, we've worked hard to make sure that Atmosphere comes with an amazing library of sounds ....but it can very easily be used as a catalyst for your own creations. The whole idea is to combine powerful flexibility with an easy to use interface. You can easily create and manipulate your own sounds using the core library as a starting point for your own explorations. Because of the thousands of layers that can be mixed and matched, it's not an exaggeration to say that there are millions of possibilities. Atmosphere is designed to be inspiring for many years to come.
For the first time, the legendary high-end Miroslav Orchestra and Choir libraries have been specifically designed for Reason 3. Each volume features its own unique Combinator interface with performance parameters designed to make it easy to get a lush and full orchestral sound with incredible realism and expression.
Each Miroslav Refill comes on a DVD and includes samples from the original Miroslav Vitous Symphonic library, plus additional articulations, ensembles and performance elements designed for use with Reason 3's Combinator module and NN-XT sampler. The samples were recorded in the Dvorak Symphony Hall in Prague and in their true spatial positioning.
Quantum Leap RA - PLAY Edition provides composers with access to a variety of rare and unique instruments from Africa, Europe, India, the Americas and Australia, the Far East, and the Middle East and Turkish Empires. Musicians will find that RA has an amazing sound quality and they?ll marvel at the articulation of each instrument which has a wide range that goes from controlled to expressive. All of the instruments and ensembles featured in the collection were sampled extensively as a means of preserving the true character and expression of each instrument. For the first time with the Quantum Leap RA - PLAY Edition, users will have more control over the sounds offered in the collection along with the ability to load even more instruments than ever before
?With ethnic instruments, the key to authenticity of sound is expression,? says Quantum Leap Producer Nick Phoenix. ?Now with the incorporation of our advanced PLAY sample engine, with its built-in sensing technology that monitors a player?s style and adjusts the software and sounds accordingly, users will experience a level of detail that was lacking in other products in the market, making their projects come to life with range and emotion.?
A breakthrough sample library from East West and Quantum Leap producer Nick Phoenix on 3 CD-ROMs. Voices of the Apocalypse - Classical Choir. Every vowel and consonant sounds sampled at multiple dynamics, programmed in a way that allows you to create realistic words, sung in any language.
Voices of the Apocalypse sounds nothing like any other choir library you've ever heard, because the producer fearlessly went after the full spectrum of a Wagneresque choir. He chromatically sampled a 3 octave range of both men and women in a fabulous sounding hall. Everything from Angelic to downright evil!
Mens Choir - Ah, oo, ee, oh, eh, ih, uh, mm, all chromatically sampled with a three octave range. Straight tone and heavy vibrato cross-faded with the mod wheel for extremely expressive performances. Release samples of the hall for every sample. Cross-fade patches between every vowel. Slow attack ambient patches as well as fast attack crisp patches. Cromatically sampled pitched consonants, and pitchless consonants. True word building capability. Effects.
Big Fish Audio - Dread The Reggae Collection |270 MB
Reggae is a hugely popular art-form, and yet rarely has it been represented properly in a sample CD, so Big Fish is extremely pleased to present Dread. Quit planting that stuff in your back yard, get back inside and make some sweet rhythms. These construction kits are gorgeous...the drums are authentic, the bass is low and throbbing, and in the 'pocket' like it should be. Also included: extra drum hits, loops, keyboard bits, guitar and bass loops, and lots more. This fat one will take you from dirty ol' raggamuffin dub to joyous island sounds, you can't find a better reggae disc. "If you want to 'Marleyfy' your music-making then this'll be just the ticket." - Computer Music. "Dread captures a wide range of contemporary reggae tastes... Reggae devotees will find lots of authentic, no-B.S. material on Dread, and if you're a composer-for-hire who's bluffed your way into TV spots for Caribbean restaurants and haven't a clue about reggae, this would be a great disc too." - Keyboard
East West Samples - Quantum Leap Voices of Passion | 7.5 GB
Well, that?s the short-form review. To elaborate, these are superbly-recorded ?ethnic? samples from Bulgaria, Syria, India, Wales (think Enya), and America (which tend toward more multisampled notes rather than idiosyncratic phrases). They play back through EastWest?s Play engine (32/64-bit, Windows/Mac, ASIO/Core Audio, VST/AU/RTAS) which itself is pretty cool, with convolution reverb, delay, artificial double tracking (chorus), amplitude envelope, and lowpass filter. There are also interesting tricks, like assigning mod wheel to sample start point?start anywhere within a phrase. Another is you can use the left, right, or both channels of a vocal (different channels use different mics) but if you use only one, you can synthesize a stereo spread. The Welsh vocal ?phrase generator? is cool, too. Although initially it seems there are only a handful of presets, the ?master? ones use keyswitching to access multiple articulations. There are also presets with individual articulations, and some with true legato. Print out the PDF manual?lots of options are hidden in those presets. While obviously geared for video and movies, the vocals are great for replacing that clichA?d diva sound used in a lot of trance music, as well as for any kind of chill. Three words: Evocative, fascinating, and unique. Oh, and add ?wow,? too. ? EQ MAGAZINE
I almost jumped out of my seat the first time I instantiated this library and played a note. That?s how much personality these performances capture. The amount of attitude is in fact the strength of VOP and, in a sense, its limitation. Female singers from America, Bulgaria, Syria, and Wales were tracked, and EW made some very interesting decisions. Instead of performing actual words, the Syrian ladies, for example, intone a series of pitched phrases that ?sound? real - at least to Western ears. The same holds true for the Indian and Bulgarian singers. Load the Bulgarian Master patch, for example, and you?re presented with a series of chromatically pitched phrases that you can switch between. The mod wheel is critical to the execution of convincing performances. It filters the sounds and adds a great deal of nuance to them. All of the sample sets in this library have convincing legato and portamento, and they highlight the beauty of PLAY?s DSP. In fact, there seems to be a lot going on underneath the PLAY hood, and the result - across the libraries - is, in part, a gorgeous set of legato transitions. - MIX