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The follow-up to the much loved original... Orchestral Essentials 2!
The Orchestral Essentials series captures the essence of the ProjectSAM experience: an inspiring collection of sounds taken from our extensive, cinematic product catalog. This volume expands your Orchestral Essentials template with brand-new selections from the ProjectSAM catalog, including the Symphobia series, the True Strike series and our other libraries, all re-designed and streamlined to fit the Orchestral Essentials concept.
The Mixed Orchestra section in Orchestral Essentials 2 offers you beautiful, live recordings of different orchestral sections playing together, such as full orchestra recorded with choir and strings recorded with brass.
The individual Strings, Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion sections deliver new articulations and sounds including lush string sordinos and flageolets, a massive, 8-player French Horn section, new, powerful drum sounds and chilling bowed cymbal scrapes. The Keyboards include a soft, delicate grand piano, box organ and cimbalom.
Orchestral Essentials 2 adds 5 beautiful legato instruments: solo trumpet, solo flute, solo oboe, cellos performing with bassoon and bass clarinet performing with contra bassoon. For these instruments legato transitions were recorded for all note intervals up to an octave up and down.
All instruments have been re-designed to fit the Orchestral Essentials concept, providing out-of-the-box playability and a cinematic sound that is impossible to beat at this price point. Orchestral Essentials 2 is a must-have addition for owners of the first volume, but is a powerful stand-alone volume too, especially for composers who already have their orchestral basics covered.
If you don't own Orchestral Essentials 1 yet, go for the Orchestral Essentials Pack and get up to scoring speed with the killer cinematic orchestral package.
COMPARING WITH ORCHESTRAL ESSENTIALS 1
Orchestral Essentials 1 and Orchestral Essentials 2 are two unique libraries. One does not replace the other, they complement each other. If you own Orchestral Essentials 1, then Orchestral Essentials 2 will offer you 100% new sounds. It will expand your template by adding additional articulations to existing instruments as well as new instruments and ensembles altogether.
COMPARING WITH SYMPHOBIA SERIES
The sounds in Orchestral Essentials 2 were selected from other libraries in our catalog, including the Symphobia series. This document shows you the origin of each program found in Orchestral Essentials 2. Each program was streamlined and tweaked to fit into the Orchestral Essentials series concept. If you already own a Symphobia volume, please take a look at this document to see what Orchestral Essentials 2 will add to your template. All instruments in Orchestral Essentials 2 are available in 1 microphone set (close or stage, depending on the instrument). In the original libraries, these instruments are available in multiple microphone sets, a more in-depth interface and, in most cases, more articulations.
SUMMARIZED PROGRAM LIST
All Mixed Orchestra patches are actual recordings of the listed sections performing together in the concert hall. No post-recording layering was used.
All sounds are offered in 1 microphone set.
For an overview of the ProjectSAM libraries these sounds originate from, download the Program List PDF (also on Specs page).
The new 1.2 update of Orchestral Essentials 2 adds new, inspiring Multis and new audio content:
1.2 is a free update for all registered users and available from your ProjectSAM account.
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Sorry, we no longer have a loyalty discount program. The first reason is that it became an unmanageable matrix of discounts and combinations. The second reason is that we could not realistically extend the loyalty discount program to our distributors, creating unfair competition. This is why we decided to lower pricing of the Orchestral Essentials series for all users. Please note that we do offer educational discounts.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Make sure to go over the frequently asked questions on the F.A.Q. page.