Garritan Personal Orchestra (No Longer Available)
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Easily Create Orchestras Big & Small!Personal Orchestra contains samples of all the major instruments in a symphony orchestra-strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion - as well as instruments not found in other orchestral libraries - a Steinway concert grand piano, a Stradivarius violin, Wurlitzer and Venus concert harps, Haynes flutes, Heckel bassoons, a Mustel celeste, a Rudolf von Beckerath concert pipe organ, a harpsichord, and many other exquisite instruments. It even includes multiple solo instruments. Everything one needs to create orchestrations of any size!
Personal Orchestra lets you construct ensembles and sections of different sizes from specially designed solo instruments, each comprising a unique set of samples. This feature allows you to build duos, trios, quartets and larger ensembles and sections as you see fit.
Easy to Use
Personal Orchestra allows you to create realistic sounding orchestral music quickly and easily, right "out of the box." No confusing list of articulations, no complicated set of controls, and no steep learning curve. Just load an instrument and play. Personal Orchestra makes it easy to express your musical ideas in record time. And it's compact enough to run on a laptop computer for the musician on the go.
The controls in Personal Orchestra are streamlined and standardized, so you can become familiar with the library quickly. This optimized system allows you to master all the instruments with relative ease and confidence. Advanced functions, such as alternating bow strokes and automatic variability, help you produce more realistic sounding performances with minimal effort. Personal Orchestra allows you to express your musical ideas quickly and easily.
Personal Orchestra will run on Mac OS and Windows platforms, either as a standalone program or as a plug-in (supporting VST, DXi, RTAS, and OS X AudioUnits). Personal Orchestra instruments will also load into KONTAKT, Native Instruments' flagship sampler. The entire orchestra can be loaded on a single PC or laptop and is designed to run completely in RAM.
Personal Orchestra will offer new feature sets and will expand as your needs grow. Add-on instruments, features and enhancements will be offered so your investment is protected as technology progresses.
An Orchestra for Every Musician
Whether you're a professional film composer who needs to produce orchestral mockups at a moment's notice, a hobbyist who wants to create great sounding orchestral music, or a student who is studying the art and craft of orchestration, Personal Orchestra will simplify creative work at a price that won't break the bank. In the studio, at home or on the road, Personal Orchestra is for every musician.
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The Garritan Personal Orchestra is one of the easiest virtual instruments for creating orchestral arrangements. It has all the orchestral instruments you need as well as church organ and harpsichord. You can even create your own custom ensembles. I also love the fact that it is expandable with future add-on instruments. If you are a student, an educator, or a professional composer that wants a quick and easy way to hear your compositions the Garritan Personal Orchestra is hard to beat.
This is part of a complete Orchestral Library
by John Marsden from Orlando, FLGPO is NOT a stand alone product. For the money, it's very good, and there are aspects of this libary that I continue to use even after investing in East-West's Symphonic Gold library (HIGHLY recommen... read more [+]ded). Like all libraries, it can't be everything to everyone, something has to suffer. I don't agree with the comment regarding the poor string sound - you have to play this library like the real instruments or it doesn't work. Garritan has set up a really neat user interface using the mod wheel for volume control so you can swell and diminish like a real player would, and that goes a LONG way to making this a viable starter Orchestral library. Is it perfect? No, but again for the $$$, you'd be hard pressed to come close. East-West's Symphonic Gold (and the XP add-on) is head and shoulders above this but it's also 5 times the price of GPO. I'm a loyal MOTU consumer, and I wasn't impressed with the MOTU Symphonic instrument (although I WILL be picking up the MOTU Ethno instrument soon!). I'd also recommend looking at Peter Siedlaczek`s Complete Orchestra bundle which has some cool features as well. I make my living doing this, and the bottom line for me is that each of these products helps me to produce a good product. GPO is a great place to start (it's where I started a couple of years ago). close [-]
June 15, 2006
Music Background: Music Composer/Arranger/Producer
But the piano
by Josh from MAI know it's a lot to ask for this price...and the Steinway piano samples are basicaly a freebie, but nearly every one of the unisons are out of tune. If you're going to include a Steinway, how's about... read more [+] hiring a piano tuner before recording the samples..... close [-]
April 10, 2007
Music Background: Long time player & piano tuner
THE SOUNDS ARE NOT THAT IMPRESSIVE
by AnonymousCOMING FROM A BACKGROUND WHERE I WRITE PIECES AND CONDUCT AN ENSEMBLE ORCHESTRA FOR MY EXAMS, THE GPO WASNT WHAT I EXPECTED IT WHEN A FRIEND OF MINE PURCHASED ONE AND ORCHESTRATED A PIECE WITH IT, WEL... read more [+]L IN COMPARISON I RECENTLY PURCHASED THE MOTU SYMPHONIC INSTRUMENT, SURPRIZINGLY FOR ITS PRICE THE ARTICULATIONS,SAMPLING, AND THE ONBOARD SOUNG PROCESSING (CONVOLUTION VERB) STUNNED ME!!! JUST BY ADDING A FEW BUCKS TO THIS PRODUCT THEN YOU'LL KNOW WHAT I MEAN. close [-]
December 1, 2005
by Jesse Becker fromAll my musical life I have been in the pursuit of authentic orchestral sounds from keyboards and samplers. And it hasn't been until GPO that I have found what I had been looking for (and could e... read more [+]asily afford).
July 1, 2005
I have been recording live strings, woodwinds, and brass in the studio for years and now I can rival that same sound at home. In fact, I had the studio where I work purchase GPO to not only suppliment the live players, but, in a recent case, score entire songs when live players where not available. The producers have been thrilled with what I can achieve with GPO.
If you want a string pad, stick with your keyboard sounds. But if you want orchestral sounds that live and breath, Get GPO! close [-]
Mario, Indianapolis, IN
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