Sound Magic Wants Your Input On Orchestral Strings

free-orchestral-strings-oneSound Magic wants your input on the next version of Orchestral Strings:

We are busy with Orchestral Strings One Version 2.0. In order to make it much better than Version 1.0, we need your valuable opinions about which direction it should take. If you shared your opinion with us, you will have the chance to win at least 29 Euros worth of software.

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Da Capo Symphonic Sound Library For Mac, Windows

Sonokinetic has introduced Da Capo – a new symphonic sound library for Kontakt , for Mac & Windows.

Da Capo is intended to capture the full sound of the symphonic orchestra. All sections and the most common articulations are provided.

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Sound Magic “Orchestral Strings One” Composer Technology Contest

Sound Magic has announced the Orchestal Strings One Composer Technology Contest.

From now until the end of November, composers can submit a finished work created with Sound Magic’s free Orchestral String One. Any style or genre is acceptable; up to 2 minutes in duration. Sound Magic will select several winners based on the most skillful use of Orchestral Strings One.

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Free Orchestral Strings One Virtual Instrument For Mac, Windows

Sound Magic has released Orchestral Strings One – a free virtual instrument for Mac & Windows.

Here’s what they have to say about Orchestral Strings One:

Orchestral Strings One features the sound of the Berliner Philharmoniker, with 14 violins,10 Violas, 8 Cellos and 6 Double Basses. To ensure the highest sound quality possible in our samples, we use top-of-the-line gear such as Brauner Microphones and Neve preamps. Couple this gear with the prodigious Berliner Hall and Orchestral Strings One is able to push the boundaries of realism – with the aid of Sound Magic’s Award-Winning NEO Hybrid Modeling Technology, of course!

The NEO Hybrid Modeling Engine offers you the best from both the sampling and modeling worlds. The Authentic Sound of Sampling combined with the Playability of Modeling makes for a string experience that you have to try to believe!

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A Virtual Orchestral Performance, With Miroslav Philharmonik

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Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s something a little different – a virtual orchestra performance, via  on YouTube.

Here’s what he has to say about it:

This song was recorded using the orchestral sounds from IK Multimedia’s Miroslav Philharmonik virtual instrument. The digital organ it was played on is a Content D4330.

At a few points near the end of the video, you will see a “ghost” third hand appear. This just illustrates the addition of higher notes after the initial recording of the song.

The video was post-recorded by me, so there a few discrepancies in the video where the fingers don’t match the song – see if you can find them :)

Unfortunately, bylcj246 doesn’t include any information about himself on his channel. If you know anything more, leave a comment!

The DigiEnsemble Berlin – Making Music With Tablet PCs & Smartphones

Reader Matthias Krebs, creator of the DigiEnsemble Berlin, sent word of this profile of the ensemble by Euromaxx.

The DigiEnsemble Berlin originated as an 8-member experimental study group and uses music apps to play on touchpad mobile devices.

WI Orchestra For iPad

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Jordan Rudess demos WI Orchestra – an orchestral library and composition tool for iPhone and iPad.

Wi Orchestra is a free download, and comes with an example instrument from different sections of the orchestra, including Violins, Trumpet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone and Timpani. Full orchestra sections are available as in-app purchases for $2.99 each.  Continue reading

Free Creative-Commons Orchestral Sample Library – Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra

Free Orchestral Sample LIbrary

The Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra is a free Creative Commons-licensed orchestral sample library in .sfz format.

While not as advanced or ambitious in scope as commercial offerings, Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra contains all the basic building blocks for creating real virtual orchestrations.


  • Sample library created from free/CC-licensed/public domain instrument samples.
  • Melodic instruments and chromatic percussion are sampled in minor 3rds. Staccato/pizzicato patches have 2x round-robin.
  • All samples have varying amounts of stage ambience, depending on their front-to-back placement, but in addition to that a good hall reverb is a must.
  • Format: sfz (stereo, 16 bit/44kHz samples).
  • Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra is available to download under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 license.

The download is a .torrent file. More information at

Here’s a demo of the free orchestral sample library: