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VIR2 Elite Orchestral Percussion Lebanon OR

Percussion samples tend to be short, so do the math: There’s 19GB of content, representing over 250 orchestral instruments including timpani, snares, orchestra bass drum, mallets, triangles, chimes, and gongs, as well as FX and some ethnic/world instruments.

Albany Music & Sound
(541) 967-8293
805 Burkhart St S.E.
Albany, OR
 
Albany Music & Sound
(541) 967-8293
805 Burkhart St SE
Albany, OR
 
Portland Music Co
(503) 760-6881
12334 Se Division
Portland, OR
 
Guitar Center #242
2570 Crater Lake Hwy
Medford, OR
 
Barrett Coughlan/Luthier
(503) 638-6401
Lake Oswego, OR
 
Ace Buyers
(541) 926-7199
2840 Santiam Hwy SE
Albany, OR
 
Magnolia Audio & Music
(541) 917-0808
115 2nd Ave SW
Albany, OR
 
Marilyn'S Music Plus
(541) 523-3848
1821 Main St
Baker City, OR
 
Twisted Wires
(541) 344-3693
1615 W 11th Ave
Eugene, OR
 
Larry'S Music
(541) 773-9751
980 Biddle Rd
Medford, OR
 

VIR2 Elite Orchestral Percussion

( www.vir2.com , $399.95 street)

Fig6_EliteOrcPercussionFig. 6. The popular Kontakt Player includes sophisticated scripting options and effects.

Percussion samples tend to be short, so do the math: There’s 19GB of content, representing over 250 orchestral instruments including timpani, snares, orchestra bass drum, mallets, triangles, chimes, and gongs, as well as FX and some ethnic/world instruments.

Orchestral percussion is a natural for soundtracks, but there’s enough percussion here to provide fodder for various types of music. The Kontakt 2 player (Figure 6) provides the audio engine, so EOP takes advantage of its scripting features to allow for articulations (flams, chokes, rolls, and the like), randomization, and other realismenhancing elements. Even better, these scripts are exposed; for example, you can edit the velocity, smoothness, and pitch for rolls with a stepsequencer- type interface, and edit triggering characteristics—although the well-chosen defaults generally obviate the need for editing.

The program also includes convolution impulses for rooms and halls, implemented in the appropriately- named EZRoom—basically just a drop-down menu with lots of ambience choices and wet/dry controls. Thirtytwo effects are available for insert effect slots or the four aux buses (inserts and aux buses handle up to four effects each), and there’s overall 3-band parametric EQ per instrument.

EOP is a good example of why large libraries apply even to percussion: Having alternate samples for triggering and articulation makes a huge difference in terms of creating realistic, satisfying sounds. If you need only basic orchestral percussion, the samples included with samplers and general-purpose orchestral libraries will probably do the job; but for the full meal deal, EOP represents a comprehensive, well-thoughtout collection.

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