Native Instruments’ Pharlight creates complex textures with the human voice

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Following the success of Straylight, Native Instruments returns with Pharlight, a Kontakt instrument for all types of creators. Pharlight uses the human voice to create “unconventional melodic leads, pads, textures, and more”, the brand says. Running in Kontakt 6 and the free Kontakt 6 Player, Phralight is built around a specially-recorded sample library. Created by […]

EastWest announces the upcoming Hollywood Orchestra expansion

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American virtual instrument-making virtuoso, EastWest, is expanding on its revered Hollywood Orchestra library with Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition and Hollywood Orchestrator. Last year, the brand won the 2019 NAMM TEC Award in “Best Music Software Instrument” for Hollywood Choirs, and was nominated in our 2019 Gear of the Year awards. It’s clear, then, why this […]

Review: Spitfire Audio Ólafur Arnalds Stratus

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Price £250 Contact Spitfire Audio Stratus is London-based Spitfire Audio’s fourth collaboration with the Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and BAFTA-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds. Their partnership has so far yielded three fantastic libraries, of which the strongest is probably Composer Toolkit, which among other textures features warm and intimate muted piano sounds. Native Instruments’ Noire and Una Corda […]

Spitfire Audio makes BBC Symphony Orchestra accessible to everyone

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When Spitfire Audio launched the ambitious BBC Symphony Orchestra plug-in back in 2019, the brand claimed that this was “just the beginning”. Now, we’ve grasped what that actually means, with the introduction of Discover, Core and Pro versions of Spitfire Audio’s BBC Symphony Orchestra. In the search for the next generation of innovative orchestral composers, […]

Review: Audiaire Zenith

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Price £70 Contact Audiaire Anything that makes it easier to integrate music software and hardware can only be a good thing. If it’s a standard plug-in rather than something proprietary, then that’s even better. Audiaire’s Zenith plug-in offers sequenced note, CC, and SysEx control over software instruments and hardware synthesisers, and includes more than 200 […]

Review: Cinesamples CineBrass Sonore

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Price £150 Contact Cinesamples When it comes to brass sample libraries, the market seems to have been operating via a kind of big-is-beautiful rationale for years now, reflective perhaps of the trends that have permeated cinematic scores over the past 10 years or so. Thunderous and overblown low-pitched drones, commonly known as ‘braaams’, have embedded […]

Vangelis Tribute 2 preset pack lands for Arturia  V Collection

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Superbooth 2020: Arturia has already made their outstanding V Collection 7 more affordable with a snap 50% off sale in light of the global pandemic. However, if you’re looking for even more inspiring sounds from yesteryear, look no further than Vangelis Tribute 2: Android Dreams. The new preset pack made by sound design master Paul […]

Arturia announces a wave of deals, going 50% off on individual software titles

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Arturia is offering many of its individual software titles at 50% off – the company’s latest incentive for music makers to stay home and create during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sale – which kicked off yesterday (21 April) will last up to 7 May, and follows the company’s previous giveaways of iPad software and free […]

Review: EastWest Hollywood Backup Singers

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Price £345 Contact EastWest Having taken steps to reinvent the way we work with orchestral, choral and world-music samples, Hollywood virtual-instrument maker EastWest strayed from its less conventional packages recently and seemed to set its sights on more commercial ventures. Last year’s marvellous Voices of Soul and Hollywood Pop Brass were proof – if any was needed […]