SONiVOX Orchestral Companion Strings
Ensemble Strings Virtual Instrument
Strings. They're lush. They're dramatic. They're emotionally evocative. Nothing sets the mood like well-done ensemble strings in the hands of a skilled composer/arranger/producer. The key, of course, is "well-done," and you're sunk before you start if your strings sound like screechy steel cables instead of a rich, silky, expressive string ensemble.
The SONiVOX design team has produced over 90 outstanding string programs, each one meticulously crafted to deliver as accurate and convincing experience as possible. Your productions deserve nothing less.
There is a comprehensive collection of full orchestral string ensembles, which are fantastic for background string parts or quickly sketching out an orchestral score. But we also offer you also a full array of individual string sections so you can really customize and polish your final creation by building things up section by section. The key is flexibility - you can compose and create on as detailed a level as you'd like. All sections are fully represented, including 1st violins, 2nd violins, violas, cellos, and contrabasses. Up and down bow bowing, sustain, staccato, and spiccato notes, plus instrument pizzicato and tremolo articulations provide the depth of content needed for convincing ensemble string parts and tracks.
What really sets the SONiVOX Orchestral Companion Strings apart from other seemingly similar products is that Sonivox spared no effort or expense in seeking out the best musicians playing the best-sounding instruments, and we took the necessary steps to record them correctly in the most lifelike manner possible.
World-Class Musicians, Top-Tier Instruments
Sonivox recorded the Orchestral Companion Strings in the legendary Futura Productions studios in Massachusetts. Members of the Boston Pops and/or Boston Ballet Orchestras played all performances, with the same premium instruments they use for their actual concert galas and events. A combination of spot and ambient mic'ing capture every instrumental nuance, while preserving the refined acoustics and intimacy of the performance space itself.
State-Of-The-Art Sampling Sessions
Under the expert guidance of SONiVOX musical sound connoisseur Jennifer Hruska, each sample session was faithfully recorded by Emmy award-winning engineers Antonio Oliart and RIAA award-winning engineer John Bono. The players were positioned using orchestrally-correct seating, and measures were even taken to compensate for the sound-absorption of any players absent on that particular day. In order to retain a realistic "organic" feel, they used absolutely minimal post-recording electronic processing. Sonivox used two B&K 4011 microphones to preserve the highly-desired front-of-hall sound (you know, the "good seats"), while superior-grade spot mics accurately captured each instrument's individual detail. Benchmark-caliber preamps fed Troisi Octal A/D converters to complete an uncorrupted signal chain.
Each patch and preset is easily playable by virtually every level of performer. All instruments are presented in multi-velocity layers, with natural swells available via the modulation wheel. MIDI key switching provides on-the-fly articulation for select patches. The internal sound engine provides additional modulation (LFO) sources, dynamic envelope control, and studio-grade reverb/effects to allow creative customization of the onboard sounds.
In addition, Orchestral Companion Strings runs as a fully compatible plug-in with any VST (32 or 64 bit), AU (64 bit) , and AAX (32 or 64 bit) for ProTools 10.3 or higher Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software.
- State-of-the-art captures of world-class string ensembles
- 24-bit, dual velocity patches provide expressive textures
- Over 9 GB of content including diverse articulations & bow techniques
- 90+ patches covering string ensembles and sectionals
- Section Strings using Violins, Violas, Cellos, and Contrabasses
- Keyboard mod wheel swells volume for intense dynamics
- Internal FX, LFOs, and envelopes for unlimited creative freedom
- MacOS 10.8 Mountain Lion and above
- Windows 7 and above (64-bit only)
- Intel or AMD CPU
- 4GB RAM or more
- Free iLok account and iLok License Manager
- iLok Machine and iLok USB licensing methods are supported