We’re all united by our deep and profound love of music, in all its forms, in every style or genre, in any instrumentation. It reaches us on a level that we just can’t put into words. But there’s something about woodwinds. Perhaps it’s because the wind instruments parallel the human voice in both frequency range and overtone structure more closely than any other category of instruments. Whether you’re listening to Nicholas Daniel performing Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C Major or hearing the unbridled joy of Benny Goodman on clarinet on the still incredibly hip 1937 recording of Sing Sing Sing, in the hands of these amazing musicians, these woodwind instruments seem like they’re speaking directly to you.
World-Class Musicians; Top-Tier instruments
We recorded the Orchestral Companion Woodwinds 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, we used absolutely minimal post-recording electronic processing. We 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 convertors 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 Woodwinds 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.
– 24-bit, dual-velocity patches provide expressive textures
– State-of-the-art captures of world-class woodwind instruments
– Over 7 GB of content including diverse articulations & tongue techniques
– 115 patches covering woodwind ensembles, sectionals, & solo instruments
– Full Woodwind Ensembles; Woodwind Sections
– Solo Piccolo, Flute, English Horn, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Contra Bassoon
– Keyboard mod wheel swells volume for intense dynamics
– Internal FX, LFOs and envelopes for unlimited creative freedom
– 32 & 64-bit; VST, AU, RTAS, and AA