Orchestral Tools: Crucible
A free church organ.
Collaborating with names such as Tom Holkenborg, Harry Gregson-Williams, and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Orchestral Tools is a small, independent company whose instruments are used by A-list Hollywood composers and underground Berlin up-and-comers alike. When it comes to capturing orchestral music, there aren’t many locations in the world that can compete with Teldex Studio, situated in Berlin. Boasting ideal acoustics for orchestral recordings, it is the largest independent recording facility in Germany, and with a 455-square-metre live room it is almost the same size as Abbey Road’s Studio One.
The relationship between Orchestral Tools and Teldex began in 2012 when the first installation of the Berlin Series ‘Woodwinds’ was recorded there. Since then, Teldex Studio has become the sonic home for Orchestral Tools, and has allowed it to reach new levels of orchestral sampling, delivering rich, detailed, and flexible instrument collections that will add new depth to symphonic compositions. As well as this, the studio has possibly the largest collection of vintage Neumann microphones in the world, making it the perfect space for recording orchestral collections.
Crucible is an exquisitely sampled church organ with a powerful, majestic spirit. From soothing, resonant hums to fiery, blazing, triumphant swells, the organ’s sound is big, robust, and colourful. Sampled from a late Baroque-style pipe organ at a gothic church in southern Germany, the organ was recorded using 3 different mic positions — close, room, and gallery — with multiple combinations and articulations included for maximum expression. Pull out all the stops, and capture your spirit with the euphoric harmonies of Crucible.
Crucible can be accessed through the free SINEfactory library.