This new software player for VSL libraries represents an improvement over its predecessor in every way. Jay Asher took it for a test drive.
The flute's unique design makes it incredibly expressive even for a woodwind instrument. In this short video, Thomas Goss explains why, and how you can turn it to your advantage.
What's the secret to making great-sounding orchestral parts? As Jay Asher explains, it's all in the sauce. Read on to find out the recipe...
This sampled brass instrument runs in the free Kontakt Player and brings the sound and feel of a lush horn section to your tracks. Jay Asher put it to the test.
A solid set of orchestral instruments and articulations for use in your productions, all for under $150? Jay Asher wonders if it can be true...
Recording a full blown orchestra is definitely not a one-person task. Olajide Paris reveals the list of roles that will need to be filled on anything from a smaller to a heavy cinematic session.
Understanding glissando and portamento will help your string orchestrations to stand out, whether you're recording live strings or using MIDI to program articulations. Here's how.
The rise of mechanical robot orchestras is just beginning. Think of this as a fusion between MIDI controlled robot operators, real acoustic instruments, and a laptop running Ableton Live.
The latest expansion for Heavyocity's NOVO sample-based instrument is a sound designer's dream. Matt Vanacoro explored NOVO Rhythmic Textures.
If you have ever wondered how to make your orchestral MIDI parts sound more believable, how to work faster and get better results, you'll want to watch these two short videos.
When preparing a score for transfer between applications, knowing the best form of quantization to use can be crucial. This video explains why.
Your approach to programming virtual strings depends on whether they will eventually be played by real instruments. This short video has some pro library selection advice.
NI's Symphony Essentials distils the best of its larger Symphony series into a more affordable and compact collection - but it still sounds great, as Matt Vanacoro demonstrates.
The latest offering from Best Service contains a wealth of multi-layered sampled orchestral instruments. Jay Asher put it to work creating some lush sounds for his productions.
An atonal orchestral phrase library can be just the ticket when you're looking for something a little different for your scoring or composition work. Gary Hiebner road tests Sonokinetic's Espressivo.