ProjectSam Orchestral Essentials Review
If you have ever heard of ProjectSam before, then chances are you have also heard of Symphobia 1 & 2, which are very epic and realistic sounding, albeit expensive, cinematic sound libraries for Kontakt player. Enter Orchestral Essentials. What you will find here is just that. All the essentials needed for realistic, epic and amazing orchestral cinematic scoring, at a much more affordable price ($449USD) than some of their larger libraries. But it doesn’t stop there, as this library can be used in any genre of music where hyper realistic orchestral ensembles are needed.
Orchestral Essentials takes sounds from both Symphobia 1 & 2 as well as ProjectSams True Strike 1 & 2 libraries. They also included sounds from their Orchestral Brass , Organ Mystique and Concert Harp libraries as well as new instruments and multis to compliment this already amazing collection. All of the audio is 44.1khz 24bit and the library is a little under 7GB in size.
When I loaded this up, I got no farther than the second multi before being completely blown away. The Multi was titled “Alien in the Airlock” and I’m here to tell you I have yet to come across a more fitting name for a kontakt library multi! It sounded exactly like something from the Movie “Alien” and I found myself reenacting scenes from would be movies in my head with exactly that theme. And it didn’t stop there as I found myself doing the same thing with each Multi that I loaded. These all sound amazing! Epic to say the least!
Now clearly, the intended use here is cinematic scoring. And there is no doubt in my mind that this library suits those purposes magnificently. But for a Hip-hop producer like myself and most of you reading this, there are still plenty of ways to put this library to work, which is exactly why I was so amped to have a chance to review this. As I ventured into the instrument patches I found several extremely realistic sounding brass, strings and woodwind patches that I can absolutely see myself using in my own production. If you are like me and love layering sounds, and adding that REAL sounding element to your tracks, then you will definitely find a use for this library. Having said that, even the instrument patches are mostly ensembles, not solo instruments. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if you like ready to use ensemble type orchestral sounds so you can save time not having to create layered ensembles of your own and stick to being creative. These are certainly up to the task where that is concerned. I cannot stress just how great and “super realistic” these sounds are. Truly amazing! I personally will be recording phrases and such with these, and then sampling those to obtain that Hip-hop feel, without having to clear actual samples. A trend that is becoming more and more popular among seasoned Hip-hop producers.
Man, this is one of my favorites without a doubt, and I am a big fan of ProjectSam. But as always, don’t just take my word for it. Head over to www.ProjectSam.com and check them out! You can also check out some of the audio demos in the link below, watch the YouTube demo, or head on over to TrySound’s website and take it for a free test drive! And make sure to keep checking back for more reviews from me, and the entire Maschine Masters Team!