Recorded by 11-time Grammy nominated classical recording engineer Prof. Keith O. Johnson, the EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA is the most awarded orchestral collection ever, including winning Sound On Sound's Reader's Choice Award an unp...
As the center of his studio, BT uses M-Audio's Radium61 61-Key USB MIDI Controller to drive his system, complemented by an array of Pioneer Pro DJ gear. He has both a Macintosh G5, running Logic Pro with Digidesign's Pro Tools HD hardware systems, and a G4, allowing him to run older software and hardware interfaces. Additionally, there are multiple AMD Dual-core Opteron computers running Native Instruments' Kontakt 2 with EastWest/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra and Symphonic Choir libraries as well as Quantum Leap Colossus and Stormdrum and Native Instruments' Kompakt. The space is nothing if not versatile. For his score for 2004's "Monster," BT wanted a more organic sound, so vocals, guitars and percussion overdubs were done in various room at his home. For this, he used a variety of mics, some of the many guitars hanging on his wall and Neve microphone preamps.more
Recorded by 11-time Grammy nominated classical recording engineer Prof. Keith O. Johnson, the EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA is the most awarded orchestral collection ever, including winning Sound On Sound's Reader's Choice Award an unprecedented 3-times, and the first orchestral collection to be recorded in a "state of the art" concert hall where orchestras mainly perform.
To achieve the feel of a live concert hall performance, each instrument and section was recorded with three mic positions, close, stage (conductor‘s position) and hall. By selecting different mic positions, users can mix these sounds together to create any kind of natural ambience their project requires. This eliminates the need for artificial reverb.
The EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA eclipses all others with the highest level of fidelity and realism. Get that big "Hollywood Sound" film/tv/games directors and producers seek "out of the box", no other orchestral collection comes close or is as easy to use!
I bought the Gold Edition. Different Mic positions are great but can be achieved through editing reverb in your DAW. The sounds are sort of "synthy" but that makes them great to mix with electronic tracks! Be prepared to spend a lot of time installing the discs though!
This is a massive software. I love it!. Great Orchestral sounds and is one of my best libraries. I can combine tons of articulations to make real film ambience.
Had purchased it after the Hollywood Bundle. Ordinarily I recommend getting Hollywood over this because of the drier samples and, in my opinion, improved engineering. The instruments, even on close mic position, seem a bit wet. However the quality is consistent across each instrument. So if we consider Hollywood the successor then one of its competitors would be Miroslav Philharmonik 2. Choosing this library you get access to mic positions (if you chose platinum) and a very consistent quality across all your instruments. One thing Miroslav seems to beat Symphonic Orchestra is in its expressive and colorful sounds, particularly solo instruments. Overall, as an entire package, Symphonic still holds well to this day and is a nice, complete collection for your orchestral needs.
Yes, there are better and more realistic instruments. However you can get a fast, good, symphonic sound very quickly and easily with this. Like I mentioned previously, the Hollywood series are the successor to this. While it can be debated (Hollywood vs. Symphonic) there is no doubt the samples are more life-like in Hollywood. If you need something good and on a budget then you can't go wrong with East West Symphonic Orchestra.