Orchestral Essentials I:
When you think about cinematic sampling, you certainly think about ProjectSam, of course it is not the only developer working at this field; but ProjectSam was a pioneer.
Probably you are thinking about the flagship of ProjectSam “Symphobia”(now updated to version 1.6) but this time we are going to talk about its younger brother.
Orchestral essentials is the perfect library if you are making your first steps into cinematic music.
It is a complete orchestral library, very affordable and also it is compatible with NI Kontakt Player, the free version of Kontakt.
Orchestral Essentials contains all the sections of the orchestra, plus keyboard instruments, choirs, and sound design.All this for an outstanding price is insane.
The samples that are included are taken from all the major Project Sam libraries like Symphobia 1 and 2, True Strike, etc. completely reprogramed and with only one mic position. Also, it contains new instruments like Piano Mystique and Harpsichord.
For a detailed list please check this link
Project Sam is characterized for having high quality samples, this is NOT the exception.
In an old interview made in “The guide to Midi Orchestration 3rd edition by Paul Gilreath, 2004” to one of the creators of Project Sam (Maarten Sprujit) talking about the problems of the sample libraries in that time he said “ ….the lack of choice in articulations, but I think the biggest problem is the sound itself, especially with orchestral libraries” .
Project Sam really focused on the sound itself.
Project Sam is well known for using ensemble recordings, that means that when you use a patch like “Real Legato Violins with Flutes unison” the sound that you hear is actually both instruments played and recorded at the same time. This approach has the advantage of blending the instruments in a natural way.
Within the instrument sections, I personally like the ensemble patches, like “Legato violin with flutes” and “Legato Cello with Basses” in string section and “Legato Horns with Trombones” in the brass section.
One of the highlights is the multis which are prepared to unleash all the power of the orchestra. This is a great way to hear the potential of the library or as a composing tool.If you want to do your own orchestrations it´s also possible but using multis is an awesome way to test the sounds.
My favorite ones are Camelot, School of wizardy and the Gathering.
The sound design element is another highlight as this is a cinematic library.
Last but not least: all the sounds of the instruments are perfectly achieved, with high quality samples, RR and different layers.
In our previous review we talked about Versilian Chamber Orchestra 2 by Versilian Studios, in some ways they are black and white.
Orchestral Essentials was born to fullfil the desire of young composers who want to achieve the “Hollywood sound” with a small budget, whereas VSCO2 was born to escape from that Hollywood vision.
Each library is carefully made with excellence and perfectly fullfils its own goals. In some way each one complements the other one.
Expand your horizons:
Orchestral Essentials I gives us a full orchestra with all the essential articulations to translate our musical ideas into music.
In 2016 Project Sam released a second chapter for this library that expands the pallete of colors and complements this one with more articulations and sounds. In a near future we will try to do a review on this library as well.
.The price list for OE 1 is $329 usd, the same price for OE2.
If you buy the Orchestral Essentials Pack, which contains both libraries, the price is $629 usd. That way you save $30usd.
Student discounts (25%off) are offered as well on single libraries
It is a great orchestral library with everything you need to instantly begin to write music, especially for films, rock/pop or any subgenre, games and non-classical music.
The sound is unbelievable. If you love Symphobia, you will love its younger brother. It is, Undoubtedly, a powerful tool for every composer.
For further information
Audios from the Official Site:
Project Sam´s Scoring Tutorials