Issue 93


Ableton Live 12
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Vienna Symphonic Library: Big Bang Orchestra

A free ‘tutti’ orchestra library.


2 November 2023

The Vienna Symphonic Library is a research-driven music software and sample library developer based in Vienna, Austria. The company was founded by Herb Tucmandl in October 2000. Since then, more than 10 million samples of nearly every instrument of the symphonic orchestra, choir and more have been recorded and published. With over seven terabyte of high resolution sound, it is by far the largest sample database ever created by a single company.

Providing a ‘tutti’ orchestra is a first for Vienna Symphonic Library, after having recorded the entire Synchron Stage Orchestra playing together, all at once, with multiple microphones. Capturing the sheer power of a massive orchestra with the signature acoustics of Synchron Stage Vienna’s Stage A allows users to create large orchestrations in no time.

Massive tutti layers will help to inject some inspiration into the composing process with the press of only a few notes. Articulations include staccatos, sustains, marcatos, swells and runs — just what you need to create earth-shattering accents, awe-inspiring ‘braaahms’, and nerve-wracking tension cues.

Using the Synchron Player’s full-blown mixer, you can adjust the level of the various mic signals or change the sound and ambience of the entire ensemble in the room. With the included mixer presets — with settings from ‘close’ to ‘distant’ — it’s easy to achieve perfect results. Use the ‘processed’ presets to provide a modern, fat orchestral sound with a simple mouse click.

  • Big Bang OrchestraBig Bang Orchestra
  • Microphone Setup
  • Main (Decca tree stereo)
  • Main (Decca tree centre)
  • Main surround stereo
  • High Stereo
  • High Surround Stereo
  • Double-basses Close
  • Woodwinds Close
  • Horns Close
  • Trumpets Close
  • Low Brass Close

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