VirtuosoWorks, makers of NOTION music composition and performance software, has released five Sound Kits, adding extra sounds and techniques to the standard orchestra that ships with NOTION software. These new samples were recorded in Studio One at Abbey Road Studios using London Symphony Orchestra players and include Expanded Strings, Percussion, Brass, Woodwinds and Harpsichord.
The Expanded Strings 1 sound kit features new sounds and techniques performed by the LSO string sections. Included are new sounds for Violin, Viola, Cello & Bass Sections, played in several articulations; Tremolo, Accent Tremolo, Con Sordino, Con Sordino Accent, Con Sordino Staccato, Con Sordino Pizzicato, Con Sordino Tremolo, Con Sordino Accent Tremolo, Con Sordino Half-step Trill and Con Sordino Whole-step Trill.
The Expanded Percussion 1 sound kit offers new sounds played by Neil Percy, Principal Percussionist of the London Symphony Orchestra and includes Castanets, Cowbells, Cuckoo, Drum Sticks, Maracas, Power Toms, Ratchet, Roto-toms, Shakers, Sleigh Bells, Temple Blocks and Woodblock, Supplementary Playing Techniques & Timbres on – Bass Drum, Cabasa, Claves, Cymbal, Guiro, Orchestral Crash Cymbals, Snare Drum, Suspended Cymbal, Tambourine, Triangle, and Whip.
The Expanded Brass sound kit introduces Euphonium and Stopped Horn, each with a full range of dynamics and articulations. Also included are flutter-tongue and straight mute sounds for Horn, Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba. Straight mute techniques included are legato, staccato, accent, trills and flutter-tongue.
The Expanded Woodwinds sound kit features includes new instruments like contrabassoon and Eb piccolo clarinet, each including legato, staccato, accent, and trills, as well as fluttertongue and sub-tone for piccolo clarinet. Also included are fluttertongue sounds for piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, and bass clarinet.
The Harpsichord sound kit features John Alley, Principal Keyboardist of the London Symphony Orchestra playing a 1972 Robert Goble & Son instrument. The sounds include individual notes at 8′ Long Stop, Half-step Trills at 8′ Long Stop, Whole-step Trills at 8′ Long Stop.
Expanded Sound Kits are available for $29.00 – $69.00.
More information is available at the Notion site.