MOTU's Symphonic Instrument is a cross-platform
instrument plug-in that gives users quick and easy access to an enormous 8GB
library of quality orchestra sounds for composing, sequencing and rendering
realistic orchestral performances.
The MOTU Symphonic Instrument can be
used with any compatible host application (VST, Audio Units, DXi, MAS and RTAS),
where users can load up to sixteen different instruments per instance of the
plug-in to create ensembles of any size and scope. Built-in convolution reverb
allows users to place their ensemble in authentic acoustic spaces, from
orchestra sound stages to renowned concert halls to majestic cathedrals. Easy to
use controls let users further adjust each instrument to achieve the perfect
sound. Sounds can also be directly loaded into MOTU's MachFive universal sampler
plug-in for more advanced layering and programming.
The MOTU Symphonic Instrument provides 16-part multitimbral
operation via the part list on the left-hand side of the window. Users choose
the desired instrument for each part and assign a MIDI channel. To layer two or
more instruments so that they play the same notes, users simply assign the parts
to the same MIDI channel. Instruments to be played separately are assigned a
unique MIDI channel. The controls to the right of the part list allow users to
adjust the sound of the currently selected instrument, including ADSR amplitude
envelope controls, an LFO, two filters, tone controls, pitch controls and
velocity response. Global parameters, such as maximum allowed polyphony and
global volume/pan, are displayed across the top of the window. Finally, the
bottom portion of the window displays controls for the convolution reverb,
including a menu for choosing the desired acoustic space and seven knobs for
further adjusting the sound of the space. The MOTU Symphonic instrument is
driven by the 32-bit UVI engine, acclaimed worldwide for its lush and powerful
From solo instruments and small ensembles to
full tutti orchestra and choirs, the MOTU Symphonic Instrument's massive 8
gigabyte (GB) library provides sounds from world class orchestras and musicians,
recorded with pristine audio fidelity and careful attention to detail. Quality
and variety abound: strings, brass, woodwinds, orchestral percussion, male and
female choirs, pipe organs, period instruments and pianos and even timeless
classics, including Steinway D and Yamaha C7 pianos.
- Strings - Violin Section, Viola Section, Cello Section, Bass Section, Solo
Violin, Solo Viola, Solo Cello, Solo Bass, Harp...
- Brass - Trumpet solo, Trumpet ensemble, Piccolo Trumpet, Flugel Horn,
French Horn solo, French Horn ensemble, Trombone solo, Trombone ensemble, Bass
Trombone, Tuba, Contrabass Tuba...
- Woodwinds - Flute solo, Flute ensemble, Alto Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet
solo, Clarinet ensemble, Bass Clarinet solo & ensemble, Oboe solo, Oboe
ensemble, Oboe D'Amore, Bass Oboe, English Horn, Bassoon solo & ensemble,
- Orchestral Percussion - Timpani, Orchestral Cymbals, Orchestral Snare
& Bass Drum, Gong, Tubular Bells, Mallets, Celesta, Glockenspiel Marimba,
- Tutti - Complete Orchestra, String Orchestra, Brass Orchestra...
- Choirs - Women's Choir, Men's Choir, Children's Choir, Solo Soprano, Solo
- Pipe Organ - Baroque Organ, Romantic (cathedral) Organ...
- Piano - Steinway D, Yamaha C7...
- Historical Instruments - Harpsichords, Piano Forte, Viole...
Convolution is a process where the characteristics of a
real acoustic space are "sampled" (captured) and then faithfully reproduced,
down to the last detail and nuance. Convolution reverbs are known for their
stunning realism and are widely considered to be the best type of reverb that
money can buy. Users can choose from a wide variety of acoustic spaces included
with the MOTU Symphonic instrument to greatly
enhance the realism of their
orchestral recordings. Highlights include ensemble chambers, concert halls and
If users prefer the
more advanced and flexible environment provided by MachFive, MOTU's universal
sampler plug-in, they can freely load the MOTU Symphonic Instrument sounds into
MachFive for more complex layers, splits and stacks. In fact, users can bring
the full weight of MachFive's Expert Mode to bear on designing their own dynamic
instruments and ensembles.
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