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Orchestral Tools: Lucent

A free flute by Claire Wickes.

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3 November 2023

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.

Pure tone with a breath of fresh air, Lucent delivers a warm organic sound. A precise and agile flute, but also more. You get a choice of sustains, short notes, and swells, percussive clicks and taps, plus a unique set of tones with piano resonances — actually recorded inside a piano. Put Lucent to work as a solo instrument, use it to add detail to strings or synths, or layer it into your soundscapes. Lucent is a versatile and expressive instrument, conceived and expertly performed by composer and flautist Claire Wickes.

Lucent can be accessed through the free SINEfactory library.

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