ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials
This 12GB Kontakt instrument is derived from other ProjectSAM libraries, such as the renowned (and rather pricey) Symphobia 1 & 2.
The intention is to cover more ground, albeit in a less detailed manner. The interface is easy, with handy controls like attack/decay and reverb level.
You get patches covering full orchestra articulations (eg, Action uses short stabs); strings, brass and woodwind sections represented in a similar fashion; and even patches containing complete phrases such as orchestra FX and fantastic ethnic flute lines. Just playing around with these instantly inspires you with a grand, cinematic sound - it's all very, er, Jurassic Park.
Elsewhere, you get a church organ, concert harp, and two OE exclusives: a slightly noisy but characterful grand piano and a funky, zingy harpsichord. Lots of percussion and some superb 'sound design' patches (risers, drones, etc) top things off.
There's everything you need here to create bombastic, expensive-sounding scores for film, TV or games, making it a fantastic and affordable "way in" for aspiring Hans Zimmers. It's awesome for music production too, we might add.
Excellent range; handy interface.
Whether you're dabbling in sweeping film scores or straight-up music production, this is a great package.
Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
RAM Required (GB)