In order to avoid misunderstandings:
We are a private company, everybody here works with great enthusiasm and energy to realise our vision of a virtual orchestra.
As some of you find the dimensions of our work hard to believe, even today, you may understand how hard it was to establish the financing and realisation years ago.
After more than 2 years of trial and error, our project-developer Herb Tucman had the luck to meet the right person, who understood the potential of his ideas and decided to “just do it”.
And here are the most important infos regarding our project:
Packages / Price Ranges
Our library won´t be sold on CDs.
Our packaging philosophy and the prices for the first release are not sure yet, a lot depends on our solutions concerning the structure of distribution and things like that, but there we will probably release the following products:
1 Strings & Harp
2 Brass & Woodwinds
each version will contain about 15.000 – 30.000 Samples
Price/version will be between 400 – 1.400 $
Distribution on DVD- Collections
40.000 – 50.000 Samples
Prices between 1.700 – 2.000 $
Distribution on DVD- Collections
BUNDLE COMPACT & PHRASES
90.000 – 110.000 Samples
3.500 – 4.000 $
Distribution on DVD- Collections or harddiscs
300.000 – 400.000 Samples
8.500 – 10.000 $
Distribution on harddiscs
There may be a single-DVD-version (orchestral basics)- 400-500 $
Anyway we´re planning to produce a Teaser CD-Rom with more than 500 MB Gigfiles that we´re going to sell at our own Cd Production- and distribution costs. (5-10$)
As we mentioned before, the introduction of our product will be at the SAE Convention in LA in autumn.
Distribution will start as soon as Gigastudio 3 is available on the market.
Single tone samples
different articulations (soft, normal, marcato)
different intensities of vibrato
3 – 6 dynamic-layers depending on the instrument and the articulation
different lengths of tones (especially with „short“ notes) in many variations
(we don´t believe in Crossfadelayering, especially concerning solo-instruments)
lengths from 0,5 – 8 sec
with and without vibrato
different intensities (e.g.: light: pp-p; medium: mf-ff; strong: ff-pp)
Specials: fp, sfz, sffz, crescendi-diminuendi (espressivo)
(one of the biggest problems for MIDI-orchestration, with fast repetitions many single-tone-variations don´t seem to be a solution to us; most of all the difference between the first and the following samples is too big with most instruments.Basically we can say, that once an instrument starts to sound, the character of each following attack sounds very different.
That´s why we decided to record repetitions, divided into the following categories:
1 – 4 times offbeats
Tempo 16th Notes at Tempo 80-200BPM
4 – 8 repetitions of one tone
differences in artculation: legato, portato, staccato
Tempo quarter note at Tempo 60 to 16th Note at Tempo 200BPM
3 Dynamiclayers, crescendi, diminuendi
Basic rhythm-patterns like syncopated notes etc.
Tempovariations from 16th Notes at Tempo 80-160BPM
Triller, Gracenotes, Glissandi, etc
Intervalls in halftonesteps up to one octave up and down
Variations with a startingtone, that´s “far away” = the sample starts with the ambience of the starting tone.
Legato and portato variations
with strings it´s slide- and nonslide-variations
with and without vibrato
We record everything that cannot be reproduced properly with single-tone-programming in complex and totally flexible phrase-moduls. A further description would lead too far at this point.
But here´s the short version:
Runs sorted by diatonic and chromatic principals, divided again in different tempo-variations, rhythmic attenuation on the “3” and “4”, 2 dynamic variations
Special phrases, arpeggios, broken chords and so on…
INSTRUMENTS Release 1
Trumpet in C
Vienna Horn F
Bass Tuba F
Contrabass Tuba B
over 50 Instruments from Timpanis to Waterphone
All the instruments you´re missing here follow with the 2nd release, plus we´ll be extending the contents of the instruments of the first release
Here´s some answers:
Ralf I did some calculations. If we say each sample is an average of 4 secs long and it is samples in 16-bit 44khz, 3*400.000 samples equals 4200GB of data.... uhm yes, I dont buy this
Sorry Simon, we cannot agree with your calculation:
44,1 kHz 16Bit Mono
((44100*2)/1024)/1024)= 0.084 MB per sec.
Stereo = 0.168 MB per sec
1200000 Samples each 4sec long = 788,5 Gig
I don\'t know, can anyone actually use a library with so many samples? You\'d need 100 computers just to load them up! How much is this gonna cost anyway? A million pounds?
Uhm... make that 0,001%
Or 0,00025% for people with \"just\" one Giga-PC.
You load, what you need. There will be layout setups and every user can go deeper in the library to get the “fine-tuning”. Nobody will need all the instruments with all their variations at the same time. But we believe it´s important, that you can rely on the fact, that all the resources are available in the future to put a solo-instrument in the foreground or to reconstruct a wellknown orchestral symphony authentically etc.
Apart from that we will be able to get 4-8 Gig Ram in each Gigastudio-computer in the near future. We can imagine, that the preloading-time will be (much) shorter, let´s say 25% of the time we need now.
So we believe that soon it won´t be a problem anymore to load 40.000-80.000 samples in your computer by simply using the streaming-technology.
Further on we think, that the gigastudio-technology is the ideal platform for keyboard-orientated working. We hope, that the number of layers will be increased massively with version 3, cause that´s when flexible working-processes with more complex instruments will no longer be a dream
In our opinion score-orientated working will be the next step. We are already working on our own developments in this direction, precisely speaking the aim is to avoid the limitations due to RAM by linking the system with a relational sample-data-base.
I hope these informations are sufficient for the moment,
Best wishes, Ralf