Review: VSL Big Bang Orchestra

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Price €Free/£Free Contact VSL VSL has form. Some years ago, it changed the world of orchestral sample libraries with its Orchestral Cube package, which tantalisingly offered composers and producers an entire orchestra, at a data size that allowed orchestral samples to finally sound like the real McCoy – at least for the most part. Since […]

Review: Waldorf STVC

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Price £749 Contact Waldorf The much-anticipated STVC from Waldorf comes hot-on-the-heels of their groundbreaking Quantum flagship synthesiser. While the Quantum could be regarded as the synth of all synths, the STVC has a very different and more considered ambition, drawing on a vintage legacy that offers plenty for contemporary production. Strings and vocoder As if […]

Review: Orchestral Tools Time Micro

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Price €349 + VAT Contact Orchestral Tools Regular users of orchestral libraries will often be confronted by conundrums. On the one hand, we might be trying to mix and match content to maintain an acoustic thread, but on the other, we also strive to find those libraries that might go outside of the normal multi-sample […]

Review: Arturia MicroLab

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Price £75/€79 Contact Arturia If you were handing out prizes for versatility, Arturia would have to be one of the big contenders for the main prize. It designs and manufacture synths, in both hardware and software, with connectivity to conventional MIDI, USB and even CV/Gate, and offers modern kit that plays nicely with both vintage […]

Review: Spitfire Audio BBC Symphony Orchestra

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Price £899 (Educational discount available) Contact Spitfire Audio Deep sampling of orchestral instruments has now become the norm, with some worthy products already adorning company catalogues, including Spitfire Audio’s very own celebrated line-up. But where this new package goes even further is with the sample capture of a world-renowned orchestra, reputed to be one of […]

Review: Behringer MS-101

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Price £299 Contact Behringer It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, which might seem like an odd thing to say when it feels like we’re only just out of summer, Yet it feels as though there’s been a little tease or announcements most weeks from the Behringer R&D department, offering us a sense of […]

Review: Zeppelin Design Labs Altura MkII MIDI Theremin

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Price $89 (pre-built $159) Contact Zeppelin Design Labs When it comes to the history of music technology, one of the more interesting early instruments was born out of experimentations by KGB scientist Léon Theremin. The legendary instrument known as the theremin first appeared in the 1920s, requiring the performer to wave their hands in front […]

Review: Audio Imperia Nucleus: The Orchestral Core

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        Price $449 Contact Audio Imperia Sampling company Audio Imperia has some pretty substantial ideas. Its Jaeger orchestral package made us sit up and take note, not least because of the wealth of additional content, which included über realistic and lamenting female vocals, alongside some seriously impact-worthy sound-design elements. Now they’re back […]

Review: TC Electronic Finalizer

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      Price $199/£160 Contact TC Electronic Sometimes, products enter our collective consciousness to such an extent that they become synonymous by label or design: so say the word “Fender” and I bet most people would say “Stratocaster”, or the word Mini might be followed by “Moog”, which says an awful lot about the […]