Although the first major orchestral libraries provided three unison oboes, I never found a use for that rather piercing sonority, preferring instead to work with the far more malleable solo oboe samples which, after all, can be played chordally, if you wish! Every true legato patch is sampled with three dynamic layers! Berlin Woodwinds Berlin Woodwinds, from developer Orchestral Tools, has been one of the more noteworthy woodwind libraries out there for the last couple of years. Smaller rooms support the details of the sound but they lack when writing for ensembles and in blending ability. Confounding expectation, the company have instead turned the spotlight on a less favoured section of the orchestra, namely the woodwinds they're the guys sitting in the middle, being drowned out by the brass, percussion and strings. Of course, you don't have to stick religiously to the Runs Builder phrases; inserting one of these pre-played licks into a straight single-note passage will add a little extra colour and zest to the piece. Note how regardless of their starting note, each of the three runs incorporates an F , the correct major seventh interval for the key of G major. Using the mod wheel to morph seamlessly between dynamic layers enables you to add dramatic, expressive swells to your legato melodies.
If you need woodwind players for a Europe-based project and have a budget for session fees, you should seriously consider these guys — they're good. The runs builder in the ensemble patches is a way to create runs as with pre-recorded blocks, which you can put together any way you like. Build your custom ensembles or write polyphonic woodwind chorales in the quality that made Berlin Woodwinds to the standard for film composers around the wold. The full, breathy tone of the third flute's short staccatos is also inspirational for composing, and its player turns in some lively and, for the most part, impressively accurate piccolo performances; the only flaws occur in the top two notes, which sound uncontrolled and unmusical in a few places. The product that started our journey at the Teldex Scoring Stage in 2012, now received a huge update called Berlin Woodwinds Revive.
Is It Right for You? So, I begrudgingly find the manual, but it turns out the abbreviations page is incomplete Orchestral Tools are aware of this, and are correcting it , so not much help to find there. Instruments Piccolo new recordings Flute 1 Flute 2 new recordings Flute 3 new recordings Alto Flute new instrument Oboe 1 new recordings Oboe 2 new recordings English Horn new recordings Clarinet 1 new recordings Clarinet 2 Bassoon 1 Bassoon 2 Additionally, Berlin Woodwinds Legacy contains the following Ensembles: Flute Ensemble 8va Clarinet Ensemble a3 Attack Control The freedom to choose the right attack on sustains in specific musical situations is crucial. The views expressed are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the publishers. These instruments are specifically designed for expressive solo passages and to bring a single instrument to the front of the orchestra. Choose your trill interval by just pressing the starting note and final note. Some instruments omit certain articulations.
All the patches sound great, and you can choose between Close, Room, and Mix mic positions on the mixer page the latter position is a mix of the Close and Room mics , and fiddle around there a little bit. Each slot has its own velocity range, so you can create simple velocity-switch instruments by setting one slot to a range of say 0-60 and the other to 61-127. In the process, the majority of my original criticisms were addressed in one fell swoop and then some! Strings and brass being the meat and potatoes of most media composers' orchestral arrangements, one might have guessed Orchestral Tools' next major sampling project would be a brass collection. To keep it short: We try to use the best of both worlds. The Berlin Woodwinds main library especially has its strengths when it comes to ensemble writing or when a full orchestra plays with the woodwinds. Obviously it is a keyswitching menu, and of course I can recognise some of the abbreviations, but not all. With Berlin Woodwinds Revive we deliver runs patches for almost all instruments to realize realistic and agile runs.
I like the greater variety in the primary winds and I find the library more fun to work with overall. B erlin Woodwinds includes the following instruments: Flutes: — Piccolo — 1st Flute — 2nd Flute — 3rd Flute — Flute Ensemble 8va, a3 Oboes: — 1st Oboe — 2nd Oboe — English Horn Clarinets: — 1st Clarinet — 2nd Clarinet — Clarinet Ensemble, a3 Bassoons: — 1st Bassoon — 2nd Bassoon Installation Nothing out of the ordinary here: enter your serial code into the downloader a link for this application is included in the email you are sent upon purchase, together with the serial code and you are off. Build your custom ensembles or write polyphonic woodwind chorales in the quality that made Berlin Woodwinds to the standard for film composers around the wold. The first oboe's poignant delivery works wonderfully for sad, wistful tunes such as The Office's theme song intro and pastoral folk-flavoured melodies, while the second instrument is more declamatory, useful for passages where you need a solo oboe to cut through a dense backing. This gives you as a composer double the number of instruments for ultimate flexibility and possibilities for doubling. Doubling with other instruments just works amazingly well. A Contra Bassoon, Bass Clarinet and an Eb Clarinet.
This is why legato transitions often appear more expressive and intimate if you play a solo line. The only significant item missing is an alto flute, which I hope will be added at some point. Try as I might, I failed to find anything I disliked in this library. And that is exactly what we are looking for when writing a solo part. In all, there are 14 run types, each with its own minor-key version. This gives you as a composer double the number of instruments for ultimate flexibility and possibilities for doubling. Available Trills: half tone, whole tone, minor 3rd, major 3rd, 4th, augmented 4th and 5th trills Berlin Woodwinds Legacy Building Ensembles The Berlin Woodwinds concept of building ensembles or divisi parts offers you the highest value of flexibility.
Berlin Woodwinds Expansion B is the official continuation of the Berlin Woodwinds main library although you can own the expansion without having the main Berlin Woodwinds library! My understanding is that these two instruments are being recorded in September 2012. Yet for me Berlin Woodwinds Revive improves upon its predecessor to offer something unique, making it the library against which other woodwind samples are judged. In Berlin Woodwinds Legacy, additionally we offer Octave Scale Runs and the Runs Builder for the flute and clarinet ensembles. Variants include ascending, descending and up-and-down versions of single- and double-octave runs, two non-linear figures that take a zig-zag route up to their top note, and runs that start and finish on the fifth interval. All the different instruments have a multi patch like the one above where you can make your own keyswitches. Berlin Woodwinds Expansion B is the official continuation of the Berlin Woodwinds main library although you can own the expansion without having the main Berlin Woodwinds library! Berlin Woodwinds Revive spans a much greater range in the microphone positions while Legacy offers a quite different sound.
The instrument can be a make-or-break area in mock-ups, and even when all the technical aspects of the samples are up to scratch, the personal sound and expression of the player still makes an enormous difference. Any pair of vertically-aligned cells may be used to stack, velocity-switch or morph between two instruments. Previously, if you wanted two of anything, you would either have to use the transposition trick with one instrument to create the second, or use the same instrument from a different library and hoped they matched in stage position and room sound. Of course, you could also just play it in using the run transitions patch, or even the legato patch, which sounds quite good doing runs as well. With Berlin Woodwinds Revive we deliver runs patches for almost all instruments to realize realistic and agile runs. In keeping with the contemporary trend for abbreviated short notes, the first violins' 'spiccatissimos' are the very model of terse brevity.