IK Multimedia Miroslav Philharmonik Classik Edition Reviews3.4/5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
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from south portland, ME
October 22, 2011Music Background:
Recording engineer/producer, pro musician
Good for CheapThis is certainly a decent library for the money, but there are some weaknesses. The most apparent to me is that the loop points on sustained sounds, especially the ensemble strings, are pretty obvious when soloed up. However, in the context of a pop mix the loops aren't as much of a problem. The other drawback to me is that I find the tonality of many of the sounds have a pretty serious hi-mid edge that makes them quite aggressive and up front sounding, which isn't always appropriate. They can be tamed with eq but they're not always that natural sounding. However, that's a tall order for an orchestral library at this price and I think the value quotient is excellent. The player is easy to use, altho the font size is quite small for old, tired eyes like mine. On the plus side, the included CSR Reverb sounds really good. All in all, as long as you're not expecting the VSL sounds at this price, it's a good and useful Virtual orchestra.
Adam M. Parmenter
from Kalamazoo, MI
September 22, 2011Music Background:
live sound, hobbyist recording artist (5 CDs), Hobby recording engineer (1 CD)
A Great Starter PackageFor the price, Miroslav is the best software plugin to purchase, if this is your first purchase. I was recording an adult contemporary project that cried out for some orchestra back behind the piano and acoustic guitar. Miroslav took the project from tepid to very good. It was an excellent purchase for a beginning level recording artist. As you use it on a couple projects you'll get a feel for what you want to improve. Let that guide your next purchase.
E. R. Reid II
from Washington, DC
May 4, 2010Music Background:
Can't Be Beat For The PriceI received this as part of the Composer Trio. I've been very pleased with the strings sounds so far. Definitely an upgrade from the atmosphere strings i was using before. Certainly you won't get the sound of a large orchestra from this, but you can get the "vibe" of live strings. And for only $99, you will definitely get more than your money's worth.
September 13, 2008
Ups and downLike any sample library, this one has ups and downs. The string sections and solos sound more synthesized than recorded. I suppose they can be used to color a thick mix, but certainly not to evoke the sound or the mood of real orchestral strings. The choral sounds are quite nice, provided you're ok with only Aah and Ooh vowels, and the blatantly obvious register break. Again, it will sound odd when soloed, but can add great power to a thick mix.
But there are two areas where this collection really shines. First, the harp. It is beautiful. For glisses and arpeggios, or just about anything else, the harp sound is gorgeous. So are the solo woodwinds. They're very expressive, realistic, and if you tweak the attacks just right, you can actually make them sound legato. Flute, oboe, clarinet, English Horn - thanks to Miroslav, I use these far more often than I otherwise would, because they're some of the most beautiful sounds I have in any library. Of course, as you might expect in a collection like this, register breaks are set in stone, so playing legato over the register breaks will sound odd. But if you let the sounds play to their strengths, this is a wonderful library for the price.