So, I’m back with another review for you
Now, I’m pretty excited about this one because I’ve been a long time admirer of Project SAM libraries.
No, I have never owned one personally, outside of the free stuff they used to give away back in the day.
But I’ve always loved their sound, and Symphobia has remained on my wishlist forever!
So you can imagine how excited I was when I saw they had a new product called Orchestral Essentials, aimed to bring the Project SAM sound experience into the hands of the average consumer.
So enough talk, let’s peep it!
What is Orchestral Essentials?
It’s a scaled down, “essential” library of sounds taken from all of the premier Project SAM titles, grouped together into an affordable package.
It has sounds from Symphobia 1 and 2, True Strike 1 and 2, and Orchestral Brass, as well as new instruments not from any of the other products.
The idea is to provide an essential collection of instruments for anyone into film, game, and media production, as well as a great collection of orchestral tones for anyone doing pop, urban, electronic, or any type of music where authentic orchestral sounds are desired.
The main idea I think, is that instead of going “all in” for one specific library, you get very useful and essential sounds from all of the larger libraries, giving you a great orchestral workstation.
- content: 12gb (7gb ncw compressed)
- format: Kontakt 5 and Kontakt player 5
- price: $449
How does it sound?
Man…it sounds like your wildest dreams! Well…I guess that depends on what you dream about!
But really, this is the definitive orchestral library to start with if you need a broad collection of useful tones. I love that they recorded the sounds as ensembles, instead of solo instruments and trying to stack later. I’m a huge fan of ensemble recording because it just has a more realistic feel to me.
The strings have an epic and airy feel about them, but not too drenched in reverb to where they don’t fit equally well in film or pop music.
I love the fact that you have controls built into each instrument, directly in the Kontakt interface so that you can tweak the fx, the round robin, the eq, even an octaver to quickly fill out your parts with more notes.
The brass is large and cinematic as well, and I love that each section of the library also has a legato instrument included. Now the theme of this library is ensembles, chords, octaves, fx, and things of that nature. If you’re looking for a collection of solo instruments then this is not for you.
Let’s not forget about the percussion, the sound design, the keyboard, and the woodwind sections. All stand on their own and you can tell they come from a spectacular legacy. Being able to have access to all these sounds that not only sound great on their own, but sound great together as well, is very beneficial to anyone’s workflow.
The recordings are high quality, the sounds just have a very rich tone to them, and they instantly sound “professional” without any tweaking needed. Though the ability to tweak is also very welcomed.
What’s the bottom line?
This is it! I always get asked what is a good all around orchestral library that “isn’t super expensive”. A lot of the time, budget orchestral libraries either leave a lot to be desired sound wise or they just don’t cover everything well.
Not the case here. The fact that Project SAM has some of the best standing libraries in multiple areas of the orchestra really shows in this library.
Usually, you’d get a collection where maybe the percs are weak, or the woodwinds, or maybe the strings are awesome but the brass is lacking. However with Orchestral Essentials, each section is pulled from an award winning larger collection, so each one stands on it’s own in quality and usefulness.
Bringing them all together in a smaller dedicated package allows anyone to get their hands on some super realistic and professional sounding orchestral instruments.
I give this library 5 out of 5 subs without a doubt, it sounds amazing, it’s easy to tweak, and it’s just plain fun to play!
Having the “best of the best” from brass, to perc, to strings, to full orchestra all in one package makes it very easy to find the orchestral sounds you need, quickly!
Not to mention the all new multis included….instant inspiration and straight up BOSS status!!
Plus I like the fact that it’s easy to navigate and you do not have to worry if you don’t know all sorts of orchestral terms and individual articulations. The library is really easy to understand and use.
As you can tell, I’m totally convinced with the Project SAM sound, and thought it took me a while to be able to truly experience it, I’m glad I did, and you better believe I’m hooked.
With Orchestral Essentials amazing sounding orchestral parts are no longer limited to those with huge budgets and even larger server farms to hold the library. Clocking in at 7gb of disk space, anyone with a contemporary laptop can access these incredible orchestral instruments. To me that’s just plain crazy! I remember when orchestral libraries required their own computer or multiple computers for space and ram requirements.
Go check it out on their site and also play around with it on try-sound: http://www.projectsam.com/Products/Feature-Products/1403
leave a comment below, let me know what you think