May 20, 2014

We talk to… The people behind the Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand

Last September, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to visit Abbey Road Studios where Gary Garritan, Mirek Stiles and Fred Flowerday were spending time on the final touches for the upcoming virtual piano – the Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand. Eight months later, after working tirelessly to perfect this virtual piano, Garritan/MakeMusic whose other software instruments include Personal Orchestra 4, Jazz & Big Band 3, Instant…

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February 19, 2014

Interview: Composer Eduardo Tarilonte on recording inspiring instruments and voices

Eduardo Tarilonte is a name that has become synonymous with high quality, unique virtual instruments. His critically acclaimed libraries include Forest Kingdom 2, ERA Medieval Legends and Shevannai Voices of Elves to name a few, each of which demonstrate the meticulous attention to detail that is clearly put into every aspect of each library’s production. Last week, Tari’s latest library Cantus Gregorian Chants was released by Best Service, and, as…

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February 17, 2014

Taking a closer look at DM-307 with Heavyocity’s Neil Goldberg

Last week brought the release of DM-307 – Heavyocity’s latest offering since the company unleashed AEON last year. Described as a Modern Groove Designer, DM-307 delivers an extensive and highly stylised collection of modular synth drums, live percussion and processed classic analog drum machines combined with innovative features such as the Grid and Advanced Trigger FX to give users the tools to build complex grooves and beats quickly and simply….

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November 14, 2013

Epica producer Sam Spacey on the making of Zero-G’s new virtual synth

More famously known for producing sample libraries, this week saw Zero-G add a new virtual ‘sound module’ to their product portfolio in the form of the Kontakt-powered ‘EPICA‘. We got in contact with the instrument’s creator Sam Spacey, who was also responsible for Zero-G’s Phaedra synth a few years ago, to find out what Epica has to offer… Hi Sam, first up, could you tell us a little about your…

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August 16, 2012

Garritan Classic Pipe Organs – the people’s verdict…

In July, renowned orchestral software developer Garritan released Classic Pipe Organ Collection – a virtual instrument powered by the ARIA engine that offers six different historic pipe organs and 75 different stops. It is the first collection of its kind to offer a variety of different pipe organs, each unique and representative of a specific school of organ building – from early Baroque to Classical, Renaissance, Romantic, and the Modern…

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July 12, 2012

How to create runs, fast arpeggios and measured tremolo with Cinematic Strings 2

Cinematic Strings 2 has been taking the soundtrack and classical music production world by storm thanks to its extremely easy to use interface and the professional results it produces. If you’re already a user of this impressive virtual instrument, or are considering taking the plunge and buying it, developer Alex Wallbank has produced a second tutorial video demonstrating the easy ways to approach the normally tricky task of writing fast…

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July 3, 2012

Squeeze 6 classic pipe organs into your studio thanks to Garritan’s new virtual instrument

There are few sounds as majestic and powerful as those that emanate from a pipe organ and Garritan has managed to exquisitely capture that magnificence in the form of the company’s latest virtual instrument – Classic Pipe Organ Collection. You’ll no doubt be familiar with other Garritan titles, in particular the hugely successful Personal Orchestra and the more recent Instant Orchestra. The ARIA Engine-powered titles are renowned for being a…

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