Symphonic Orchestra Silver

Strings / Orchestral by EastWest
Symphonic Orchestra
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Instrument(s)    
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 1.0.5 
 1.0.5 
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Symphonic Orchestra Silver

Recorded by 11-time Grammy nominated classical recording engineer Prof. Keith O. Johnson, the EastWest/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra was 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.

Four versions available:

  1. EWQLSO Platinum Complete Plus 24-Bit and 16-Bit (194GB).
  2. EWQLSO Platinum Complete 24-Bit (117GB).
  3. EWQLSO Gold Complete 16-Bit (33GB).
  4. EWQLSO Silver Complete 16-Bit (11GB).

Features:

  • 64-bit* with 32-bit compatibility PC (*see system specifications).
  • Full memory access MAC (requires 64-bit MAC).
  • Intuitive custom interface.
  • Intelligent Performance section including Portamento, Repetition, Legato, Round Robin Reset.
  • Improved articulation window and controls.
  • On screen mic position mixing (Platinum and Platinum Plus only).
  • Switch able 24-bit/16-bit depth (Platinum Plus only).
  • State of the art Convolution Reverb with pre-delay and additional Master control to route reverb to all instruments in an instance.
  • Convolution includes hall orchestra was recorded in for additional control of hall ambience.
  • Intelligent release trail engine that follows the note-on samples volume at all times, so release trails always match.
  • Release trails unaffected by mod-wheel cross-fade programs, radical mod-wheel movements do not degrade release trails.
  • Recall custom key-switches instantly.
  • Key-switch sizes now unlimited.
  • Improved sound quality with high-resolution audio engine.
  • Hi fidelity one pole filter for natural cross-fades.
  • Stereo image editing now possible using channel sourcing.
  • Licenses included to install each section on multiple computers (Platinum and Platinum Plus, ilok required for each computer).
  • Original and Pro XP expansion combined into "complete" PLAY version.
  • Silver to Gold to Platinum to Platinum Plus compatibility streamlined.
  • Completely re-programmed for PLAY from the original recordings.

Symphonic Orchestra Version Comparison Quick Reference

Silver Gold Platinum Platinum+
Articulations Essential articulations
& instruments
All articulations
& instruments
Mic Positions Stage mics only
(conductor's position)
All three mic positions
(close, stage, hall)
Sample Rate 44.1kHz
Sample Bit Depth 16-bit 24-bit 24-bit & 16-bit
Installed size 11GB 33GB 117GB 194GB

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User Reviews Average user rating of 3.50 from 4 reviewsAdd A Review

Reviewed By wajdziklukasz
April 1, 2015

I bought Gold version last year so it is Play edition. I cannot use samples in Kontakt but I really do not need to use it there. Quality of samples is good, key switches works correctly. Interface of Play is nice, easy to use and config, sends (midi map) works correctly as multis. Time of load a library is fast. I use the library (VST) in FL Studio (DAW). I can easly automate parameters and config outs to mixer. What is, I believe, the most important thing - I am using the library in my projects.

I did not have problems with instalation and activation to ILOK. In my opinion it is good choise when East West (Soundsonline) gives promotion.

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Reviewed By QuadrupleA
November 27, 2012

OK - giving this product an 8 for the quality of the samples, but a 1 for its terrible and outdated installation process, the use of a cumbersome iLok dongle system for copy protection which you'll have to pay $50 on top of the regular cost, and some bugs and issues with the product itself.

A bit of detail; I bought the Silver edition. It comes in a giant, mostly empty box with two DVDs inside, which were pressed in 2008-2009, as well as a sheet of paper saying essentially "STOP: the installation on this disc does not work - please view the videos at the following two URLs for the correct installation procedure."

After you tediously type the long URLs into your browser, you'll get two large ZIP files (no kidding) with videos in them - I guess we're in 1995 before web video - which, on unzipping, contain complicated instructions explaining things to download off their website, things to uninstall, etc. (it's not clear what order you're supposed to follow them).

Following the videos won't work, however. You'll uninstall what the disc installed, and install the updated version, but still be missing the actual sample library. After a call to tech support, I learned that apparently you have to shut off all of Windows 7's security features and antivirus, reinstall, and then go onto the disc and copy all the instruments and samples to their appropriate folders manually, as that part of the installer is broken. You'll also have to download and set up new software from the iLok vendor.

In my case, on top of the rest, the $50 iLok will only work in one particular USB port (despite being recognized by the computer on all of them - apparently it needs a "strong" USB port, but nothing in the error message will lead you in the right direction). And if you use a wacom / tablet mouse like I do, you won't be able to click any of the menus or controls in the Play application - only the pen stylus or a separate mouse works.

So yeah, not a pleasant experience for something I shelled out $300 for, with no return policy once you open the box - I wish EastWest would trade a few hours of developer time on the installation and product, it'd save thousands of combined hours of their customers' time.

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Reviewed By alargechicken
March 22, 2007

Having your very own "orchestra" at such a low price is quite amazing; the realism of many orchestral libraries have improved, and probably will not slow down due to excellent sound engineers and recorders such as the ones that put together EWQL Symphonic Orchestra. The sound of this thing is quite shocking, especially for how inexpensive it is.

This library is amazing, no doubt. Though, the producers claim that it is "easy to use". I beg to differ. It holds many secrets that require some investigation to find, so it doesn't exactly sound great "out of the box". You've got to learn how to use it optimally, and spend some time getting the right ammount of realism. You will find yourself tweaking the instrument patches quite abit (at least I did), and the programming glitches are no fun. For example, the 6 French Horns Sustain Legato gets a nasty squeek every time you load up a song for the first time. I'm not sure if it's just because of FL Studio, but this problem is not a big deal, as it can be fixed simply by re-loading the instrument. There are also some problems like certain velocities of some notes (tremelo cellos and piano) not on tune, but these are VERY rare and will be fixed with updates.

The interface isn't the most modern and sleek-looking interface I've ever seen, but it is quite efficient and easy on the eyes. I feel that the colors work very well with the overall tone of Symphonic Orchestra (colors can invoke subconcious emotions, therefore color is quite important).

You are given 8 midi channels, to house 8 instruments/articulations. I feel this is just the right number to keep things substantial, and not overcomplicated. You are able to change many perameters, such as the individual mixer outputs, midi channels and, max polyphony; you can also tweak not only the entire instrument's panning, levels, envelopes, and lfo's, but the insrument's "groups", like for a DXF (Dynamic Cross Fade, used for expressive crecendos and decrecendos) instrument's 'piano (soft) sustain' group. This extreme customizability makes up for the library's limited articulations.

The instruments you are given and the quality of them are perfect for epic, full, emotional, and lush orchestral pieces. Though, the lacking articulations and instruments makes this thing suffer horribly when it comes to dry sounds and solo instruments. I have to say that other than being a supportive sound, the solo instruments are quite horrendous (mainly the string instruments). But the essembles are quite amazing. With the sustain legato feature (whenever the sustain pedal is on, the instrument goes into legato mode) and it's 3 keyswitch settings (normal, quick, and accented) your orchestra can sound quite amazing, with some time and effort. Because of it's rich and full sound, this library is perfect for film and video game scores. The lack of articulations, however, can be fixed by purchasing the XP Pro version, which includes the many 'lost' instruments and sounds that the regular version is lacking, and better yet you can buy the two in a bundle and save 150 bucks!

The quality of the recording of the instruments is quite incredible. The instruments were recorded in a real symphony hall, so they sound completely natural, with a little bit of reverb to hide the abrupt note endings (which is fixed by release samples in the Gold and Planium versions). No real panning is required, and rarely do I have to adjust the levels of the instruments. They sit very well in the mix; the stereo image is outstanding, but not rediculous.

There are some serious performance issues if you are running on a computer with 512 MB of ram or less (I am running on 512 MB). This plugin requires alot of virtual memory, and that can be filled up very quickly if you have low ram. That's when the horrible things happen. Once virtual memory is overloaded, your instruments begin cutting out and popping. Not even rendering your song will stop it, in fact it only makes the matter worse. The only way I find it possible to render a song is to play and record it in real-time with an effect plugin like Voxengo Recorder. And of course you can render instruments seperately to reduce popping. But if you have more than 1.5 GB of ram, you really don't have anything to worry about.

The documentation is pretty good, it comes with an in-depth manual and a supportive forum with a helpful community and staff. I've not found any problems that I can't fix by doing a little bit of researching and reading.

Overall, if you are learning about how orchestral music is composed, and are looking for something more than free soundfonts and cheap synth immitations, this is the library to beat. And of course if the Silver version is too limiting, you can always upgrade to Gold or Platnium. The value is incredible, espeically when taking advantage of sales and bundles, which occur often at soundsonline.com.Read more

Reviewed By x_bruce
May 31, 2004

If you are looking for a realistic sounding orchestra you've found it. Dr. Johnson has a flair for recording orchestras and you get to play with a truncated version of his vision. Truncated is an important word here as you get less of everything and you will notice it. If you want to do quartets look elsewhere, there are no solo Viola timbres.

While short on articulations the reason for purchasing the Silver library is because of it's taste of the symphony orchestra. You get Native Instrument's Kompakt synth. For most situations you probably won't need it or want it. The oarcestra is set in the stereo width and depth fields. It is a stunning sound if you want a hall sound as part of the orchestral instruments. Look elsewhere if you want dry sounds.

In genereal the lack of articulations may send you to the synth parameters to fake some perfomance articulations. Still there is a charm to this library and in part it is the recording and that hall, the beautiful hall that just screams play it fff or for the rest of us, play it loud! Good for film and punchy enough for rock, electronic and dance.

Weaknesses, several important articulations missing, some instruments missing. No single instrument pizz. Still, if you are writing for orchestra you can get your sound. This is a great learner's set and is affordable. It is big sounding and for the positives, gorgeous sound. The expressive instrument naming convention is true. Heartbreaking violas that can run though all types of expressive instrumnets. Sections include 10 and 18 first and second chair violins. 10 violas, 10 cellos and 9 conrabass strings. Winds feature 3 clarinets, 3 oboes and 3 flutes. Each of these have varying playing styles with the strings more articulated. Solo instruments include Alto Flute, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Conra Bassoon, English Horn, French Horn, Concert Flute, Piccalo Flue, Oboe, Trumpet, Trombone and Tuba. Some with varations and different articulations. Solo strings include Violin, Cello and full Orchestra pizz, a disappointment, not to have individual pizz instruments ar stacatto. There are work arounds but it's a work around! More instruments though, concert Organ, several Choir sounds that are quite impressive. a great sounding Steinway B piano, a large battery of percussion and Harp.

As you can see, this isn't exactly light on sounds, but it is far from generous. Thankfully the quality is uniformly excellent. For personal work Silver does the job but does miss some timbres that I would gladly have lost the Organ, Harp and even the great choirs. They do contribute however so it's a hard call. And that is problaby exactly what East West had to deal with. What can the "budget" orchestra do without. Keep in mind there is a Gold and Platinum library that get more complex and detailed. You can upgrade for the price you paid for sliver, still, it's $700 upward to Gold and $3000 for platinum.

All said, a great set of instruments for a very reasonable price.Read more

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