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Orchestral Tools: SINEplayer

A free player for your favourite instruments.

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2 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.

SINEplayer from Orchestral Tools includes an array of useful instruments, including piano, strings, and percussion. These can be accessed through the free SINEfactory library. SINEplayer was designed around typical composer workflows, and there are loads of ways to manage and adjust your instruments in SINE, but here are the most important ones.

Loading Instruments: Drag and drop an instrument to the Articulation List. You can load instruments or articulations.

Managing Articulations: Instruments have multiple articulations, or different playing styles and sounds. These can be arranged to suit your music and playing style.

Downloading Instruments: When you want more instruments either head to My Licenses to download what you need, or check the store to get new collections and instruments.

Easily Customisable: You can customise SINE to match your workflow. Some people like working with keyswitches, and some don’t. The articulation list is really powerful, and there are loads of advanced options under the hood.

Detailed Control: From control over dynamics and round robins to multiple legato options, when you want pin-point control, it’s there.

Preserve Your System Resources: Fine-tune your mix using multiple mic positions, then merge into a single channel within the player.

SINEplayer is available on macOS and Windows operating systems.

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