Hey what’s good fam?
Today I’m back with a review of an orchestral plugin by Garritan.
A few years ago I did a review on Personal Orchestra, it was one of the first orchestra plugins I had encountered.
Well I’ve seen a lot of libraries since then, so let’s see how this one stacks up
What is Instant Orchestra?
The concept behind Instant Orchestra is to provide you with ready to go sections, mixes, combinations, and orchestral effects.
So unlike Personal Orchestral, you’re not required to take the solo sections and build your own ensembles.
This is supposed to allow you to make fuller sounding orchestrations quicker, with less sequencing data required.
So you won’t find a bunch of solo violin or cello instruments in this library, it’s main purpose is to give you full sections that are mixed, blended, and ready to play.
I like the sound of that, as I find many orchestra libraries require too much work when it comes to making sections, ensembles, and large patches.
- format: Aria Player
- price: $179.95
- product page: http://www.garritan.com/products/instant-orchestra/features-benefits-2/
How does it sound?
There’s some nice full patches in this library.
I really like a lot of the mixtures and blended patches that mix strings and winds, or strings and brass.
Some of the things like the harps and keyboards are just ok, nothing too special, but those layered patches are really cool.
They also have some ready to go ensembles that are organized by mood/style, I didn’t show them in the video but basically it’s a group of sounds with some layered and some on different MIDI channels.
The idea behind that is so that you can quickly pull up a group of instruments that fit a particular mood or musical style you’re working in.
Overall I think there’s a lot of good usable sounds in here, but I also found some things that weren’t that impressive.
So what’s the bottom line?
I think this library does what it says it’s going to do.
It gives you quick access to nice sounding ensembles, combinations, and layered instruments.
I give Instant Orchestra 4 out of 5 subs, it’s a good sounding library with lots of usable patches in a clean and simple interface.
I’ve seen quite a few orchestra libraries over the years, and they keep getting better and better. One thing you have to always think about as well is the price factor.
A lot of high end orchestral libraries cost a pretty penny, Instant Orchestra delivers a lot of usable content at a price that will not break the bank.
Though it’s hard to tell from their website how many instruments and ensembles are in there, I can tell you there are quite a bit!
Head on over to their site and check out their demos and more information on the instrument itself: http://www.garritan.com/products/instant-orchestra/features-benefits-2/