The Berlin Orchestra in all of its glory: Orchestral Tools Berlin Series Bundle

After having tried 23 sample collections including the free ones from Orchestral Tools, I am impressed and can wholeheartedly advise the company’s SINE Player plug-in and collections. The quality of sound, the articulations (or techniques), styles, modes, and customisability are all unsurpassed.
Orchestral Tools’s flagship collection bundle is The Berlin Series Main Collection, which I got a chance to review a few weeks ago.… Read More The Berlin Orchestra in all of its glory: Orchestral Tools Berlin Series Bundle

SINE Player Time Macro and Micro bundle sounds review

The SINE Player sound system based on actual recordings in the famous Teldex Studios in Berlin, Germany, is constantly growing with new collections. The latest one is called TIME Macro and TIME Micro. Both collections are associated with “chronographic” or “chronometric” scenes. The Macro set uses a symphonic orchestra setup, while the Micro set uses a chamber orchestra. Orchestral Tools calls them “structures” and while that is a close description of these collections it might make people think they’re not suitable for music not related to scenic events like in a documentary or a movie. That would be a mistake.… Read More SINE Player Time Macro and Micro bundle sounds review

Review of Orchestral Tools’s Andea collection

Orchestral Tools recently released Andea, a huge collection of instruments played by people of the Andes and the rest of South-America. This type of music is a genre that appeals to many composers, be it for film, TV, music or other. It’s a collection based on Richard Harvey’s unique collection of Andean music instruments. Mr. Harvey is a BAFTA Award-winning English musician and composer. Many of us will know his music from the days of The Da Vinci Code, The Lion King and many others.… Read More Review of Orchestral Tools’s Andea collection

Orchestral Tools Miroire film music plug-in review

Recorded on the Teldex Scoring Stage, Orchestral Tools’s collections of sampled instruments and orchestras are unparalleled for two reasons: the instruments are recorded with multiple microphones that you can select in the plug-in and the people playing the music scores are a selection of musicians from the Berlin Philharmonics, Radio Symphony Orchestra or DSO for your production. The company’s sample collections have been used in movies, TV series and even games (e.g. “It Takes Two”). I was given the opportunity to review one of their latest collections, Miroire, which is a collection of baroque instrumental and choir sounds.… Read More Orchestral Tools Miroire film music plug-in review

IK Multimedia’s UNO Synth Pro is nothing short of amazing

I’m used to reviewing and using high-end software synthesizers like Hexeract on the Mac and Moog 15 on the iPad, but I have limited experience with analogue synthesizers. That is why I was eager to test the IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro. I had reviewed IK Multimedia’s UNO before and found it a nice synthesizer but it lacked the power and sophistication of polyphonic software synths. The UNO Synth Pro, though not polyphonic, is different.… Read More IK Multimedia’s UNO Synth Pro is nothing short of amazing

Hexeract, a software synth for filmmakers as much as for musicians

I love synthesisers, especially the hybrids that you can create deep rich sounds with based on samples and waveforms like Logic Pro X’s Alchemy. Hexeract is a bit like Alchemy in that it is a very powerful software synth, but it’s much easier and more intuitive to use and allows you to create sounds for any use, such as, of course, music, but also soundscapes, soundtracks and the creation of cinematic atmospheres.… Read More Hexeract, a software synth for filmmakers as much as for musicians