Plus, PLAY 5 is bundled with an impressive amount of high-end bonus production tools
Hollywood, CA (September 12, 2016) - EastWest proudly announces the 5th version of PLAY, boasting a major performance upgrade. PLAY 5 is the fastest version to date with dramatically improved load times thanks to an optimized engine.
"This is a massive upgrade to the PLAY engine," says Doug Rogers, founder and producer of EastWest. "Power users in particular will appreciate the special optimization settings for SSDs and PCIe-based flash storage. We're really proud of the improvements we were able to make."
PLAY 5 also includes an impressive array of professional audio processing tools: The SSL/EW FX Global Suite, a $99 value, is now included for free to all PLAY 5 users. This collection of authentic SSL tools includes a filter, EQ, compressor, gate/expander, transient shaper and stereo bus compressor. EastWest has also included 726 new reverb impulses for the EastWest Convolution Reverb.
Best Service and VSL have a long history, going back to the year 2002 when the first VSL products were released and we at Best Service had the great honour to act as distributor for their fantastic products. VSL came a long way, Best Service too and sometimes along that road you unfortunately lose sight of your friends, especially in a fast changing virtual instrument market.
So what better idea could we have than to close down our office, surely not our web shop, pack our bags hop on the train and off to Vienna we go.
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It was probably the hottest weekend of this year when we arrived in this beautiful metropolis on the Danube river, all humming the famous Johann Strauss waltz. Checked into a nice Hotel near the Naschmarkt we took a short break to get ready for the impressions to come, weve all seen the pictures, weve all talked about it nobody has seen it in person.
Too far to go by Fiacre we reluctantly grabbed a cab, drove off toward Rosenhügel (rosehills). An area with plenty of history, 1919-1923 the Rosenhügel Filmstudios was built here. At that time the biggest and most advanced film studios in Austria. In the three years between 1939 and 1941 next to the Rosenhügel Studios a synchronisation complex was built, with a large and a small synchronization hall, cutting rooms and offices, now the home of the
famous Synchron Stage Vienna.
Stefan and Sabine gave us a warm welcome and safely guided us through the bustling technicians, artists and roadies packing up their film kit... everything top secret naturally... We couldnt help ourselves but to have a quick peak from the foyer into stage A Collecting our jaws from the floor, again Stefan and Sabine knew best what brings us back into the real world. Ice-cream!
Time for a break, ice-cream served, ice cold drinks and time to chatter. Herb Tucmandl, mastermind behind all this joined us so we could reconnect where we left off too long ago.
Time for the tour! Finally Stefan showed us around, not only into one or two rooms, no. We got the full tour. The outside of the Synchron Stage might not impress, but what you find on the inside leaves you with your mouth open for a few hours.
Lets start with stage A, the huge 540 sq. m. recording space accommodates orchestras of up to 130 musicians. The room-in-room construction, based on a huge concrete foundation, features an up to three-meter gap all the way around the central main hall.
The massive construction, combined with the sound insulation and the special design of the air condition results in a ridiculously low noise-floor of 20 dBA with the air conditioner running. The 80 sq. m. Stage B had a challenge to impress after seeing Stage A, but hey, it offers natural light, Isolation Booths, Control B, tons of offices... all introduced to us by Stefan with little anecdotes about their creation until we finally reached Control A.
The tech-heads among us could not wait to get into this room equipped with finest state of the art technology. So we lingered here for quite a while, listened to the first recordings, talked tech stuff and were utterly impressed. Oh yes, they also have a composers, producers and editors lounge any questions?
Time again for some fun and amusement in the basement, where the instrument storage is located, it goes without saying that all rooms and the storage are connected to the same air flow. Well-tempered piano anyone? Ask yourself where the fun in that is? Well, VSL has as many as 200 percussion instruments in perfect condition stored down here my ears still ache!
After so many impressions we all were starved and thirsty and spent the rest of the evening at the great Tancredi, with delicious food and drinks thanks friends!
The next day we spared the VSL crew, and did all the things you must do when youre in Vienna, visit the Naschmarkt, eat Schnitzel at the Viennese institution Figlmüller, cruise through downtown Vienna in a Fiaker and last but not least enjoy a wonderful evening at the Heuriger.
Thank you Best Service.
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Chris Heins popular horn, wind, guitar and bass collections are some of the most deeply sampled products on the market and show a remarkable eye for musical detail. The veteran producer has now released Chris Hein Solo Violin, a 2.73GB instrument which runs on the free Kontakt Player (included with the library) and the full version of Kontakt 5.
"There are many orchestral brass libraries on the market ranging in different styles and character, Orchestral Brass Complete gives me more than enough control to write for Brass in any context. The Expressive Dynamic articulations really bring my lyrical lines to life and the shorts give me enough bite for those epic fanfares."
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ProjectSAM has just released version 1.2 of their popular Orchestral Essentials 1 library for
Kontakt. Version 1.2, a free update for all registered users, offers the following new features:
- 13 new, inspiring Multis
- Revised, super tight string pizzicatos
- Speed control for all orchestral effects
- New sound design content by Robert Dudzic, including Trailer Hits & Dark Atmospheres
- Native Kontrol Standard support, including Light Guide
- Loop improvements
- Various other fixes & improvements
Registered users can download the 1.2 update from their ProjectSAM account.
An update for Orchestral Essentials 2, the sequel library, will be available in the near future.
Chris Hein Orchestral Brass turned out to be a marvelously expressive library with extensive control options over every parameter you could possibly think of and more. The sound quality of the massive amount of samples is absolutely top-notch and lets you perform both fragile solo parts and soaring, blaring ensemble lines alike. The dry and close-micd recording method allows for comprehensive placement options and opens up a broad range of use from pop arrangements to massive orchestral pieces.
A real upside of Chris Hein Orchestral Brass is its wonderfully easy and smooth playability. The instruments sound awesome out of the box and together with a multitude of different articulations, they enable you to play convincing brass lines. Also the FX articulations like rips, falls and runs are very usable and blend well into a performance.
At the beginning, I was wondering why there was no tuba or cimbasso included, since this instrument type usually represents the lower range the brass section in an symphonic orchestra. But playing around with the trombones, I realized quickly, that there really was no need for a lower instrument. The playable ranges of both trombones and french horns go down so low, that they can easily take over a convincing tuba part.
I, and I know that Im not alone with this, am always in search of an orchestral brass library, that is able to cut through even the densest arrangements without sounding too honky in the upper dynamic levels. After spending quite some time with this virtual instrument, I think I may have found the remedy.
For a price of 299 $, Chris Hein Orchestral Brass Complete offers you a superb sounding orchestral brass section that is a breeze to play and at the same time features a myriad of control options to provide the highest flexibility possible. Well done, Mr. Hein!
Martin Krause for "The Audio Spotlight"
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In summary, Organum Venezia is an excellent and authentic sounding organ with 18 freely combinable stops that are very distinguishable and sound great in almost any combination. The overall sound is nicely balanced across all 88 keys.
Apart from a bit of confusion regarding the implementation of the organs room tone, I absolutely love the sound of it. This lush reverb sound glues everything together and adds a lot to the majestic quality of the organ.
Besides the great sounding Combi and single stops, my absolute favorite clearly was the sound of the Tutti. It just sounds massive. You seem to feel the thrust of the pipes blowing in the church, you can really hear them breathe. This feeling of air vibrating through the hall had a very overwhelming effect to me and made playing with this library a real pleasure.
In comparison to other church organ libraries I tried, I felt that this particular one was less honky in the mids. Usually this is quite an issue with organs, especially when a lot of notes build up in the middle register.
Of course, there are some technical downsides to this instrument, like the pitiful absence of keyswitches to control the combination of stops while playing. This issue could (and should) easily be fixed with a small update from Best Service in my opinion.
The missing velocity sensitivity and round robins positively reflect the instruments size and to be honest arent really apparent unless you play very fast repetitions of single notes. Another positive thing to mention is the very low CPU footprint of this instrument. It can easily be integrated into existing projects without causing the processor to get to its knees.
With a price tag of 89$, this instrument is far more favorable than comparable products of other sample library developers like Toontrack, ProjectSAM or Hauptwerks flagship virtual organ. The bottom line is that with Organum Venezia, youll get a lovely, versatile and authentic sounding virtual pipe organ for a very reasonable price.
ADX TRAX Pro 3 and ADX TRAX 3 boast faster separation processing speeds, new STEMS file format export, consonants annotation tool, and zoom-to-fit options, all of which allow users to work smarter, not harder, when separating and isolating melodic content within a mono or stereo mastered mix. ADX TRAX Pro 3 also includes spectrogram enhancements, and a first-of- its-kind pan-specific editing feature to directly edit audio content in specific slices of the stereo field for precision cleanup.
The ADX VVC 3 plug-in automatically separates the main vocal or lead melody line from a mono or stereo mix, and allows the users to adjust its volume and pan position, all without requiring the original multi-track session. The latest release of this ground breaking plug-in achieves up to +/- 12dB, for even more powerful volume automation and adjustments than ever before. Users can also pan the separated vocal or melody line up to 60% to the left and right within the stereo field. In addition, VVC 3 features two new separation modes: Vocal and Melody. With Vocal mode selected, VVC uses an advanced algorithm to identify and separate only vocal content. With Melody mode selected, ADX algorithms extract the main melodic content, enabling control over monophonic melodies from instruments such as guitar, saxophone, synth lead and more.
Version 2 of Strezov's Cornucopia Strings adds brandnew True Polyphonic Legato Ensembles as well as a more accessible User Interface.
Detaiiled information, a new Audio Demo and new video Waltkthroughs you find here
Until July 13th Cornucopia 2 may be purchased at the price of € 137.-, then the price raises to € 189.-!
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- Die Samples sind lupenrein aufgenommen - in feinster Audioqualität und angenehm trocken -
Chris Hein Orchestral Brass Complete setzt Maßstäbe mit einem natürlichen und außergewöhnlich präsenten Klangcharakter. Alle Instrumente sind fließend dynamisch spielbar, dank Phasenanpassung durchgängig ohne Klangverfärbungen. Echte Legatosamples ermöglichen einfühlsame Soli. Die Entscheidung, unterschiedliche Short- und Stakkato-Spielweisen im fließenden Wechsel anstelle von Round-Robin-Samples einzubinden, führt zu einem ausdrucksstarken Spielvergnügen. Die Ensembles eignen sich für effektvolle, breit angelegte Bläsersätze - ideal für epische Filmmusik. Grundsätzlich eignen sich diese Blechbläser aber auch für Klassikanwendungen und entpsrechend ausgerichtete Pop-Arrangements.
Unterm Strich ist Chris Hein ein Meisterwerk gelungen, das zu einem fairen Preis angeboten wird.
+ ausdrucksstark dynamisch spielbar
+natürlicher, authentischer Klang
+umfangreiches Angebot an Artikulationen
+fließender Wechsel zwischen Attack-Varianten
+großartiger, epischer Ensemble Klang
Andreas Ecker für KEYS 07/2016
T&S talked to Eduardo Tarilonte about new virtual instrument KWAYA African Voices.
Posted By Charley Wheeler on May 17, 2016
Weve had the fortune of chatting with Eduardo Tarilonte before for the T+S blog regarding his involvement with a number of critically acclaimed libraries from Best Service, including Forest Kingdom 2, ERA Medieval Legends and Shevannai Voices of Elves.
With his newest Kontakt instrument Kwaya: African Voices released today, we thought it a great opportunity to talk to Eduardo again about this unique and evocative choir instrument, which provides unbeatable flexibility and unrivalled inspiration
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the virtual Solo Violin youve been waiting for
No matter if youre composing jazz, gypsy or orchestral scores, Chris Hein Solo Violin can handle any genre. Over 10,000 samples, 38 articulations and 4 different legato transitions combined with unique phase align techniques, enable perfect X-fade blending between up to 8 dynamic layers.
Choose from 102 different attack shapes using the exceptional Note Head function, all with just a single fader. The detail, expression and functionality of Chris Hein Solo Violin is simply unmatched.
Chris Hein SOLO VIOLIN € 179.- $ 179.- Release April 2016
A unique virtual instrument featuring the award winning choir Aba Taano from Uganda.
The four men and two women have been recorded solo, so you can build your own ensemble.
With five true legato vowels, 40 syllables, an additional mm articulation and a comprehensive collection of vocal FX, Kwaya stands for unbeatable flexibility and unrivalled inspiration.
KWAYA - African Voices € 259.- $ 259.- Release May 2016
Trinity Drums is a powerful collection of cinematic and modern grooves combined in a flexible, innovative virtual instrument. The character of the included rhythmic themes ranges from earth-shaking monstrosity to delicate rhythms and even electronic beats ‐ all created from high quality recordings by the sound design specialists from the Boom Library and produced by the experienced team of composers at Sonuscore.
TRINITY - Drums € 179.- $ 179.- Release April 2016
Tone2 expanded the wavetable concept, allowing to cross-blend waveforms with an additional dimension for morphing.
Next to its wavetable capabilities it also offers resynthesis, true stereo architecture, hypersaw oscillators, a wavetable editor, modular effects, a vocoder, dual filter section, programmable arpeggiator and a comfortable patch browser.
ICARUS by Tone2 € 149.- $ 199.- Release summer 2016
With the invention of Try-Sound some years ago Best Service offered for the first time the unique possibility of testing full versions of virtual instruments "live" and for free in your studio or at home. In cooperation with the advanced audio-network solution software DAWconnect, Try-Sound 2.0 even offers you the option to play selected virtual instruments with low latency and best audio quality (depending on your internet connection) directly within your preferred Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
During this month we will release the first public Best Service Engine AAX version for Pro Tools Users. This will give all Pro Tools users the fantastic option to gain access to the famous libraries by Eduardo Tarilonte, Galaxy Instruments, V3Sound, Klanghaus and Best Service.
Chris Hein has done it again. Orchestral Brass Complete instruments sounds so authentic and detailed that you can easily use as solo instruments or all together in a crowded orchestral arrangement.
The whole library is very detailed, with a great set of carefully chosen, fine sounding articulations. All instruments sound very detailed with a well defined, clear and sharp attack and a strong and stable tone. Snappy attack and sharp tones cause those Brass section parts to easily cut through the mix without loosing their original character. The best thing about this library is that all sounds are programmed and sampled at such a high quality level that all instruments can stand their own, allowing you to use them as solo instruments that will sound authentic even without any additional background music or noise. On the other hand the sound great in any crowded orchestral arrangement, nicely blending with all other orchestral instruments (of course, with a touch of a common reverb used on the whole orchestra helps).
The orchestral brass parts produced with this library sound great even by simple use of different articulations for different note lengths, without any need of additional programming. On the other hand, if you are a control freak, there are still plenty of controllers that can occupy your attention for a long, long time, fixing and taming the tiniest detail. Im not that sort of person. If something sounds right, then it sounds right, and Orchestral Brass Complete sounds just perfect.
If money, or even available RAM, is a bit tight then Bestservice can offer you the Compact edition of the same library: same instruments with fewer articulations and a slightly lower quality of samples for a less money. All instruments use less than 100 MB of RAM, offering five basic articulations: Legato, Dynamic Expression and Short 1, 2 and 3. Also we get only one main editing window with most of the essential controllers: Dynamic, Note Head, Vibrato, complete Room section, Transient with attack and release along with Ensemble section bringing voice, spread and detune functions. While the Complete version sports 50,000 samples weighing in at 12 GB, Compact comes with 27,000 samples using just 7 GB of disk space.
The end result may not be as extra-smooth, sharp, bright or as totally well-defined as in the Complete version, but still quite close and still very useful better than most other libraries in that price range.
A. Arsov for Sound Bytes Magazine
We dedicate this special to our long-time partner and sample developer Chris Hein for quite a few good reasons:
After the release of the extensive and extraordinary detailed Chris Hein Orchestral Winds in 2015, we are now proud to announce Chris Hein Orchestral Brass. This library comes with three trumpets, three trombones and three French-horns and the corresponding ensembles meeting highest expectations in regard to sound quality, expression and applicability.
Chris Hein Orchestral Winds Complete, contains a total of 13 instruments: four transverse flutes, three clarinets, three oboes and three bassoons and is available now in the new and improved version 2. We also managed to reduce the price from € 648 to now € 399 !
Another highlight of our Chris Hein special is the release of the
Chris Hein - Orchestral Winds Compact and Orchestral Brass Compact libraries.
Never before you could get such sophisticated orchestral Brass and Winds instruments at such a favourable price:
Chris Hein Orchestral Winds Compact is available now for € 179
Chris Hein Orchestral Brass Compact is available now for € 169
Upgrades from Compact to the respective Complete Versions will be available here soon.
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Chris, was hat Dich veranlasst Chris Hein Orchestral Brass auf den Markt zu bringen?
Nachdem ich mich nun 10 Jahre lang mit der Produktion von virtuellen Pop-Bläsern beschäftigt hatte wurde es Zeit, mich mal dem Orchesterfach zu widmen. Die langjährige Erfahrung mit der Aufnahme und Programmierung von Blasinstrumenten kommt mir natürlich bei der Produktion von orchestralen Bläsern zugute.
Wodurch heben sich Chris Hein Orchestral Brass sowie Chris Hein Orchestral Winds von anderen auf dem Markt befindlichen Orchester Libraries ab?
Ich habe für CH-Orchestral Brass ein völlig neues Aufnahmekonzept verwendet:
Die drei Instrumentengruppen Trompeten, Posaunen und Hörner wurden jeweils zusammen aufgenommen, aber akustisch voneinander getrennt. Die Musiker spielten in drei verschiedenen Aufnahmeräumen und konnten sich gegenseitig sehen und hören. Im Regieraum konnten wir über drei Lautsprecher genau kontrollieren ob die einzelnen Töne gut zusammenpassen. Auf diese Weise konnte ich Soloinstrumente aufnehmen, die im Ensemble absolut perfekt zusammenspielen. Meine neuen Orchesterinstrumente heben sich aber auch in der Funktionsvielfalt von anderen Libraries ab. Ich habe versucht, die umfangreichsten und flexibelsten Instrumente zu bauen, die es je gab. Es gibt unzählige Möglichkeiten, den Sound und die Spielbarkeit den eigenen Bedürfnissen anzupassen. Auf den ersten Blick mag die Masse an Reglern erschrecken, aber man muss sie nicht unbedingt verwenden.
Out of the Box klingen alle Instrumente hervorragend - einfach laden und los spielen geht wie bei allen meinen Libraries auch.
Chris Hein Orchestral Winds liegt nun in der Version 2 vor, was hat sich verändert?
Das Graphik-Design des Interfaces wurde komplett überarbeitet. Es sieht jetzt viel schicker und übersichtlicher aus. Es sind viele neue Funktionen dazu gekommen, welche die Einstellmöglichkeiten in puncto Spielbarkeit und Klangformung nochmal optimieren. Außerdem habe ich fast alle Töne nachgestimmt und die Phase-Aligned Samples wurden auch nochmal optimiert.
Du benutzt bei Deinen neuen Libraries die Phase Align Technik, kannst Du kurz erklären, worum es hierbei geht?
Das Phase-Alignment ist eine phantastische Technik, um den Tonhöhenverlauf der einzelnen Dynamikstufen eines Tons miteinander zu synchronisieren. Alle Instrumente haben bis zu acht Dynamikstufen pro Ton, das heißt, verschiedene Samples von leise bis laut. Um zwischen diesen Samples überblenden zu können, müssen die Phasen exakt synchronisiert sein. Es handelt sich dabei um Nuancen in der Stimmung, die aber entscheidend sind bei der Überblendung mehrerer Samples.
Worin liegen die Vorzüge dieser Technik für den Anwender?
Die Phase-Align Technik ermöglicht ein absolut perfektes X-Fade Blending. Diese, von vielen Libraries bekannte Technik ist bei Ensemble Instrumenten kein Problem. Bei Soloinstrumenten aber gibt es unangenehme Phasing Effekte wenn die Phasen nicht synchronisiert sind.
Von beiden Deiner orchestralen Libraries gibt es nun eine Compact Version. Für wen ist die Compact Version ausreichend und wer sollte besser auf die Complete Version zugreifen?
Die Compact Versionen bieten alle Instrumente der Complete Version, aber mit reduzierten Artikulationen und Funktionen. Enthalten sind aber die Phase-Aligned Samples, das True Legato und alle Dynamikstufen. Eine Vergleichsliste findet sich auf der Webseite. Die Compact Version ist perfekt für jeden, der keinen allzu großen Wert auf wirklich detaillierte Arrangements setzt, sondern nur mal eben ein paar exzellent klingende Instrumente braucht. Die wichtigsten Sustain- & Sort Artikulationen sind vorhanden, die Spezialartikulationen wie Triller, Growl, etc. gibt es nur in der Complete Version.
Dafür bekommt man mit der Compact Version sehr gute Instrumente zu einem unschlagbaren Preis. Außerdem kann man jederzeit zu einem fairen Preis auf die Complete Version upgraden.
"EMOTIONAL CELLO has become a go to sample set in my film score and concert music mock ups. One of the trickiest part of my workflow, is conveying to film makers just how beautiful solo strings can be in a film score. This instrument, with its many articulations and sheer sonic beauty and easy playbility is a godsend!"
4 time prime time Emmy winning composer, House Of Cards, Blackfish, Pollock, Monk, Rome
Elaborately designed inhigh quality, with lots of useful information, product descriptions comments from popular users and impressive images of the new Vienna Synchron Stage.
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For the first time ever, Best Service is proud to invite you to visit our booth at the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California!
From January 21st to 24th you can visit Best Service at our booth 201C16 on the 2nd floor in an area/room dedicated to software where we will spread great news about Try Sound 2.0 and DAWconnect. Drop by, have a chat, enjoy your stay!
We're looking forward to seeing you!
"As the electronic musician of the medieval/folk band FAUN I work a lot with medieval instruments and its sounds, and I'm really extremely impressed by ERA II! It brings a whole universe of historical instruments covering all categories in an amazing quality.
Some are more known as the hurdy gurdy, the nyckelharpa or the bagpipe, as well as the rather rare tromba marina or the gittern.
But its not only the uniqueness of the instruments, they also are played by expert musicians such as Efren Lopez, who are known for their talent in this branch of music.
A sophisticated and versatile interface with many possibilities rounds off a great tool for musicians, producers and cinematic sound designers.
You sometimes notice that the creator of an audio library is not simply a collector of sounds who layers them together in an virtual instrument. You notice, that there is an inspired artist, who knows how to create a key to virtuosity.
That is what Eduardo Tarilonte has created with ERA II."
Niel Mitra has made nine LP's since 2002 with his band FAUN, with one time Gold and one time Platinum status, more to come...
Discover the all-updated 2016 Editions of the orchestral library series that forever changed the film scoring game: The Symphobia Series. The 2016 Editions offers a number of exciting
new features, including:
Native Kontrol Standard support
Komplete Kontrol Light Guide support
New sample content
Improved loading speed
Free update for all existing users!
Our tests have show no issues, neither with installation, activation or validation in Logic Pro X.
Enjoy your Best Service Engine instruments and El Capitan!