Sonuscore Strings of Winter announced
Arctic plains. Shimmering glaciers. Far-reaching steppes. A one-of-a-kind instrument that perfectly captures the spirit of these rough, untamed and raw landscapes. An absolutely honest and atypical new sound that portrays scenes of fragile, cold isolation as perfectly as icy and unbridled power. Strings of Winter is here with 60 unheard and pristine articulation performed by a 41-piece European string orchestra and the wonderful and unique Mongolian State Morin Khuur Ensemble.
“TO Strings of Winter” is an independent instrument and revolutionary Kontakt Player library based on the groundbreaking Ensemble Engine developed specifically for “The Orchestra”, which lets you turn your ideas into music quickly and easily.
“TO Strings of Winter” introduces a highly requested, new feature, MIDI Export! Simply drag and drop the MIDI from the Engine right into your favourite DAW. You can change notes and rhythms afterwards for every exported clip. Thus making it a breeze to create variations and emotional changes, without overwriting the arpeggiators and envelopes. You can also use those MIDI files with different instruments – even from other sample libraries.
The Orchestra Complete – The Next Big Step
This brand-new complete bundle comes with 108 new presets – Colors / Rhythms / Animated. It includes the latest version of The Orchestra, Strings Of Winter and Tuned Percussion in the Ensemble Engine.
An 80-piece orchestra, 60 new and pristine string articulations, countless ensemble presets and an incredibly expressive set of signature sounds, some from the large vastness of Mongolia, will make your orchestral colors and musical ideas go sky high. Dive into new sounds – some played on the sharp edge of sound.
The Orchestra Complete also introduces a highly requested, new feature, MIDI Export! Simply drag and drop the MIDI from The Orchestra Complete right into your favourite DAW. You can change notes and rhythms afterwards for every exported clip. Thus making it a breeze to create variations and emotional changes, without overwriting the arpeggiators and envelopes. You can also use those MIDI files with different instruments – even from other sample libraries.
The Complete Library features the revolutionary all-in-one 80 player orchestra – Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Tuned Percussion & Harp, as well as a lush sounding choir.
European String Orchestra
A 41-piece string orchestra split into 5 sections performed a number of detailed and extended techniques for Strings Of Winter (e.g. Trills, Sul Ponticello, Harmonics, Col Legno, Bartók Pizzicato). The resonance and raw complexity of these new articulations was captured in the classic room of Studio 22 in Budapest. All sections were recorded in their traditional seating position.
Mongolian State Morin Khuur Ensemble
The Morin Khuur is the national instrument in Mongolia, also called „horse head fiddle“. The traditional instrument has two strings made of horse hair and is played with a bow also strung with horse hair. This gives the instrument a delicate and airy timbre. The Morin Khuur Ensemble was recorded at White Arch Studios in Ulan Bator with an orchestra of 15 players split into high and low ensemble.
The Orchestra features a complete set of up to 6 articulations per instrument, including True Legato.
The complete library drastically expands the strings with 60 unique articulations spread over 7 different sections and additionally 4 different instruments with String Ensemble FX.
The Core – The Ensemble Engine
The Orchestra Complete features a powerful engine that works through a number of independent arpeggiators and velocity envelopes, heavily inspired by Sonuscore’s Origins-Series.
Create pulsating rhythms and even inspiring full arrangements from any combination of notes. All of this without relying on prerecorded phrases – you have the full control. It will work, no matter what chord or note you play. With minimum loading times, a vast amount of presets provides you with full ensemble colors right out of the box.
- Independent arpeggiators and velocity envelopes create vivid and powerful orchestral colors.
- Load up to 5 different instruments in independent slots and play them together.
- Every slot can be assigned one of five different modules
Take full control over the ensemble
On the Engine page you can access all individual controls for each of the five instrument modules.
Short notes can be arranged with the arpeggiators, while sustained notes can be shaped with the velocity envelope. Create the orchestral colors as you need them and let the magic happen.
The arpeggiator creates fascinating melodic patterns to give your project a rich and lively orchestral feeling. Change the pattern of the arpeggiator with the rhythm stepper. If needed, you can modify almost every parameter to stay in full control of your orchestral color.
Velocity envelope – shape your sustain sounds
The Velocity Envelope adds a recurring dynamic movement to a sustaining note. The centerpiece is the envelope shape, which can be drawn freely.
Export your custom performance
Once you have been inspired by a preset, drag and drop the arrangement of your performance to your DAW. Unleash the power of the ensemble engine onto your personal template, change notes, reinforce the unique sound with other instruments and make the music your own.
Play the instruments freely
Play your ideas and your melodies freely with the single instrument patches. Aside from the Ensemble Instrument, “The Orchestra” also contains single instrument patches for all standard sections and articulations.
Unleash the full orchestral power with multi-track patches
Multis take the Ensemble Engine even further toward instant playability and sound as they load and layer multiple instances of “The Orchestra”. There are Full Orchestral Multis for single articulations, that work perfectly for quick sketching and layering. Orchestral Rhythm and Animated Multis combine multiple instances of the Ensemble Engine for even more complex patterns.
The samples: rough & edgy – no polished sound:
“The Orchestra” was recorded and processed with the intention to sound a bit rougher and more “honest” than the common orchestral Hollywood sound. It offers an alternative and promises straight and powerful sounds, punch and a vivid musical experience.
TO Stings of Winter and The Orchestra Complete are available now at Best Service and participating key dealers:
- Best Service “TO Strings of Winter” MSRP € 149 $ 149 £ 135
- Best Service “The Orchestra Complete” MSRP € 399 $ 399 £ 349
- For registered users of “The Orchestra” an Upgrade to Complete is available:
Best Service “The Orchestra Complete – Upgrade” MSRP € 119 $ 119 £ 115
- For registered users of “TO Strings of Winter” a Crossgrade to Complete is available:
Best Service “The Orchestra Complete – Crossgrade” MSRP €299 $ 299 £ 269
The Orchestra is still available, but the price was lowered to MSRP € 299 $ 299 $ 269