A Wide Panorama of Orchestral Colors
It's a great time to be a musician. Just a few years ago, most orchestral libraries had a four digit price tag. The landscape has changed and orchestral sampling has been democratized. With Miroslav Philharmonik, Kirk Hunter, EMU Modern Orchestra, the new Siedlaczek Classical, JamPack4, VSL, Opus 1 & 2, different permutations of EWQL, MOTU Orchestra, Edirol HQ, SI Symphonic Orchestra and others. In addition, there are the bundled orchestral sounds included with Giga3, Kontakt2, Notion, Dimension, Finale and other music programs. There is an increasingly wide array of orchestral colors and tools to choose from and more will be coming.
Good times for musicians and I hope the trend continues. The more colors for the artist the better.
Sonic Incompatibility Among Libraries
With all of these libraries available, one of the problems faced with is sonic incompatibility. The difficulty with getting sounds from different libraries to match is that they are recorded in different spaces. The signature sound of the hall is different and getting them to sound like they are in the same space can be a challenge.
Many users are using GPO along with other libraries with excellent results which is something for which I am glad (some of these demos even appear on the GPO Demo Forum). But the mixing and matching can be perhaps improved with impulses.
We are testing a new way for orchestral library users to match their libraries and help them to work together. The upcoming 'Real Spaces' impulse library attempts to solve exactly the type of problem faced by users of multiple sample libraries.
By having multi-positional impulses recorded in the spaces where some of the sample library sessions took place, we thought it may help in bridging the gap among sample libraries and getting them to work together.
There will be reverb samples (impulses) of the following spaces where some of the libraries were recorded:
- Dvorak Hall Rudolphium, Prague (where Miroslav was recorded)
- Sonic Temple, Boston (where Sonic Implants Orchestra was recorded).
In addition 'Real Spaces' also will provide impulses from a number of premium acoustical venues such as the Vancouver Chan Centre, Janacek Hall, a 13th century Cathedral, Harvard Chapel, the Village Vanguard Jazz Club (one of the best Jazz clubs), the Katerinska Caves, and other ambient spaces). In some of these venues, there were upwards of 100 player positions recorded on stage with up to 15 mike placements in the audience.
- Benaroya Hall, Seattle (where EWQLSO was recorded).You can view pictures here - http://www.seattlesymphony.org/benaroya/view/
Using these multi-positional impulses may allow better sonic compatibility among the libraries. There are also possibilities with deconvolution as well. Other benefits would be getting non-orchestral instruments (such as ethnic or pop instruments) to work in an orchestral environment. We think this is an interesting and useful technology and this may be beneficial for sample library users. In time we'll see how well this works.
What do you think?