Hey whatsup yall, back with another review for you from MOTU.
Like I said in the MOTU Electric Keys review…I really dig what they are doing over there and I’m surprised they aren’t talked about more often…maybe those who know are too busy making music to talk about it!
Either way…it’s some good stuff, and I’ve noticed that a lot of their stuff loads very quickly.
They also usually have some good fx built in…
Today I’m checking out MOTU Symphonic Instrument…
so let’s see what’s good!
What is MOTU Symphonic Instrument?
I’m pretty sure you’ve guessed it has something to do with a Symphony right?
You would be correct in that guess.
It’s a single interface, straight-forward instrument that is dedicated to covering all the various aspects and instruments you would need to do symphony recordings.
It has ensembles and solo instruments like brass, strings, woodwinds, etc. There’s also some historical instruments, a piano…percussion, you get the idea.
Tons of different sounds and instruments that cover a broad range of symphonic goodness.
- content: 8gb orchestral instrument library
- format: VST, AU, MAS, RTAS, DXi (sounds also load in MachFive, BPM, and UVI Workstation)
- price: $279.00
How does it sound?
Overall it sounds pretty good. For me, an instrument like this is really about strings first, then brass and woodwinds.
Everything else is bonus material in my opinion, even though they all make up the symphonic soundscape.
To that end, the strings and woodwinds sound amazing, especially the sections and specifically the tutti sections.
The brass ensembles are good as well. They even have a concert piano in here that sounds pretty nice.
I was NOT impressed with the guitars… but I’m rarely impressed with the guitars in any orchestral/symphonic library and I don’t go to these libraries for that.
The orchestral percussion as well as the other types of instruments are all usable, but for me, the strings, woodwinds, and some of the brass are the stand outs.
The convolution reverb just adds to the depth and richness of the sound, and it’s easy to operate, tweak, and customize.
So what’s the overall verdict on MSI?
Overall I like it, I like it a lot. The tutti sections are very useful as are the rest of the string ensembles. The woodwinds sound pretty good too.
What I really like is how fast the instruments load…that’s important when you’re in the middle of producing a track, you want to switch to and find that perfect sounds as fast as possible.
I also like how easy it is to layer sounds to create your own new dynamic patches…being able to mix them on different layers is dope.
I give this 4 out of 5 subs…it’s a good solid collection of orchestral instrument.
I would like to be able to resize the interface to make it bigger, and I would LOVE to have a native 64 bit version.
I look forward to the next version for these reasons, but if they don’t make another MSI then these sounds themselves will still remain very useful.
The fact that, like the other MOTU instruments, the sounds can be loaded into BPM, MachFive, and UVI Workstation is just another plus.
I know people are always looking for a decent, all around orchestral instrument that doesn’t cost thousands of dollars. Because let’s face it, unless you’re doing highly detailed orchestral arrangements or film scoring, you’ll never use 3/4 of the articulations and independent sections found in some of the larger orchestral libraries.
These sounds will be at home in any situation, even film and media if you so desire…but I’m looking at it from a beat maker/producer standpoint, and it’s a perfect tool in that situation.
Go on over and check out the info at MOTU: MOTU Symphonic Instrument
leave me a comment and let me know what you think, is it worth the price…too high? Too low?
What you think?