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Looking to bolster your music with the sounds of an orchestra? If so, we have just the thing for you here at Sweetwater — a killer selection of high-quality orchestra virtual instruments.

What are virtual instruments in the first place? They're software programs and sample libraries that makes it possible for you to enrich your music with the sounds of real instruments when you don’t necessarily own those instruments. In the case of orchestra virtual instruments, you get the chance to make your mix sound like it's being played by a real-life orchestra. Even better, orchestra software is pretty easy to use. But first, you need to choose the one that best suits your needs.

Where should you start looking for the ideal virtual orchestra software? First, understand there are two basic ways to create a virtual sound: synthesis and sampling. Synthesis is a process that relies on programming and computer algorithms. This means it uses software code to recreate the sound of one or more instruments. Its biggest advantage is the fact that it doesn't take up a lot of drive space on your computer, although you should use a computer with plenty of CPU power to take advantage of everything it has to offer.

Sampling relies on pre-recorded samples of real instruments. While it doesn't require as much computing power, samples take up a lot of space on your hard drive. Many artists who rely primarily on sampling tend to have one or more external hard drives for sample libraries. Some orchestral libraries use sampling for primary sounds, and synthesis for effects and other sounds.

What exactly are you looking for in your new orchestra virtual instrument or library? Sweetwater offers an array of options. If you're looking to enrich your music with a specific style, consider packs that offer sounds and instruments in that genre. On the other hand, if you want to have a whole orchestra at your fingertips, Sweetwater also carries libraries with gigabytes of symphonic orchestra samples!

Before you settle on an orchestra virtual instrument, make sure to check whether your desired orchestral software is compatible with your system and whether it uses your preferred formats. You can use our convenient sidebar navigation to narrow your choice and make your purchase simpler! And if you have any questions, please give our Sales Engineers a call. They are happy to help you. Learn More

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