New for 2017, Spirfire Audio have announced their latest “symphonic masterpiece,” with “Symphony Orchestra.” The company describes this new collection as “A definitive mega-anthology of tools to create blockbuster symphonic works for TV, film, games and radio in a single and encyclopaedic core-level professional product.”
Drawing on a decade of experience and comprising over 5 years of production, SSO is designed as a single, pro-level orchestral solution containing all three major families of the orchestra (woodwinds, brass, strings) designed for everyone from discerning composers at the beginning of their careers looking to invest in their futures, to hardened veterans looking to unify their disparate collections of orchestral elements into a single and definitive sonic arsenal.
I will admit this sounds pretty amazing, having been a fan of orchestra samples going way back to my Ensoniq Mirage, ESI-32, Kurzweil, Gigastudio, and then to the EastWest series. Moving to Kontakt as my “main rig” a couple of years back, I have an instant affinity for anything running in Kontakt as I can sketch ideas in standalone mode, or setup templates quickly in Logic X. But what’s amazing is the vast amount of work done on more “modern” sampling projects like this one, where you can definitely hear the sound, the playing of real musicians. What amazes me about this series, and only listening to the demos, is that nothing sounds contrived, or emblematic of any particular style. You don’t hear this and go “oh yeah, shooting for the ‘Dark Knight’ sound.” It sounds really really good.
Further from the promo materials, “An epic saga of recordings unified under the same roof of the Hall at Air Studios, by an award-winning team of engineers and composers working under a simple and singular vision; that to create the best soundtracks you need to go where the greatest and most successful composers go, use the same instruments and talent, the same recording and production principles and techniques.”
If you like, or need a proper symphony performance instrument, be sure to check the demo video (YouTube):
PRODUCTS IN THE COLLECTION
If there was a single product that could sum up the foundation of Spitfire’s approach to sampling it would be this. Recorded at the studio that has played host to scores from blockbusters that have grossed billions of dollars, with the same players playing the same instruments. Deep sampled with our usual affluent approach. If you want the blockbuster sound you have to go bold, if you want cinematic you have to go big. The ultimate encyclopaedic compendium of Symphonic strings sampling, recorded in London, with no expense spared. SSS is the ‘Daddy’.
SPITFIRE SYMPHONIC BRASS
Many consider that British Brass players are the best in world. Spitfire Audio has spent the last half decade recording the best of the best at one of the most sought-after locations in the world: The Hall at Air Studios, London for this, a definitive compendium of orchestral brass.
SPITFIRE SYMPHONIC WOODWINDS
Often neglected by modern media composers, the Woods are your secret weapon to add real power to your productions. Spitfire Audio has taken its decade of experience making woodwind instruments and has spent the last five years recording the best of the best at one of the most sought-after locations in the world: The Hall at Air Studios, London for this, a definitive compendium of orchestral woodwinds.
We’re proud to present a set of super-exclusive ready-built orchestral patches for composers working at the frontline needing to hit that deadline. Designed by composers for composers, and featuring all three choirs of our symphonic orchestral project (brass, woods, strings), these patches have been carefully re-orchestrated, re-mixed and re-baked into a series of awe-inspiring, straight out-of-the-box mega-tools which are only available as part of the Spitfire Symphony Orchestra collection. Some of the ensembles within contain forces of over 300 players, designed for no-nonsense composers looking to get the job done.
For more information, pricing, and delivery options (download or hard drive), see: http://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/new/spitfire-symphony-orchestra/ .