ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials

Orchestral Sample Library, 12GB, 24-bit/44.1kHz Resolution, and Kontakt Sample Player - Mac/PC Standalone, AAX Native, VST, AU
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Orchestral Essentials

ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials gives you the essence of cinematic scoring. Encompassing full symphony orchestra, string, brass and woodwind ensembles, plus classical and world percussion, Orchestral Essentials arms your DAW with a complete film scoring arsenal. For every orchestral section, you get a boatload of articulations, a superb legato instrument, and an amazingly usable set of textures, clusters, and effects. Outside the orchestral realm, you get church organ, concert harp, grand piano, harpsichord, and ProjectSAM's unique Dystopia sound design. So go for it - jolt your film or game scoring career into high gear, with ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials!

ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials at a Glance:
  • Best of the best
  • Great-sounding samples
  • You're in good company with ProjectSAM
Best of the best

For Orchestral Essentials, ProjectSAM carefully selected just the right elements from each of their products, including the renowned Symphobia series, True Strike series, and Orchestral Brass Classic, and packaged them into an incredibly versatile, knockout package. Orchestral Essentials even includes exclusive instruments not found in any other ProjectSAM products!

Great-sounding samples

Orchestral Essentials sounds great. Brass, strings, and woodwinds were sampled in sections to capture the organic sound of orchestral instruments in a concert hall. ProjectSAM records various orchestrations (e.g., horns and trombones) to achieve the richness you hear in the samples. If you're writing for film or television and need exceptional orchestra sounds, Sweetwater can confidently recommend Orchestral Essentials.

You're in good company with ProjectSAM

Orchestral Essentials comes from a company known for their natural, rich-sounding virtual instruments and painstaking attention to detail. Top film composers such as Carter Burwell and Patrick Doyle rely on ProjectSAM libraries as integral components of their work.

ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials Features:
  • Epic full orchestra articulations
  • Symphonic string, brass and wind ensemble articulations
  • Legato ensembles with real note transitions
  • Classical, melodic and world percussion including tympani and Japanese drums
  • Cinematic effects, clusters and percussive hits
  • Previously unreleased Piano Mystique and Harpsichord
  • Ground-shaking Dystopia sound design
  • Inspiring and thematic Multis
  • 12GB library pool (7 GB compressed NCW format)
  • One stereo mic set per instrument
  • 44.1kHz, 24-bit audio pool
  • Kontakt Player 5 included
  • Two simultaneous activations per licensee
Get ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials, and start scoring!

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Tech Specs

Software Type Symphonic Sample Player
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Boxed
Format Standalone, AAX Native, VST, AU
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.8 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32-bit/64-bit)
Manufacturer Part Number PS-OE-H

Customer Reviews

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Orchestral Essentials

ProjectSAM has gone above and beyond to put a library together like this. OE has great instruments and articulations. I've had the library for about a month and I am still discovering things that are inspiring me to create more. The sounds are rich and realistic. It's nice to compose a piece and the string section sounds like the musicians are right there in my home studio. I am surprised the price is so affordable considering the quality this library has.

Expression = CC11

Since this is a Kontakt instrument, all you need to do is assign CC11 to the volume of each instrument and there's your expression setting. Indeed, all of these patches are very much "in your face", but not only is this a cheaper alternative to Symphobia, but sometimes we need these blatantly cinematic sounds to get people to shut up and listen.
Music background: Soundtrack Composer

The Essentials

I've been using ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials for a few weeks and it's great. It's very easy to use and has a number of features I've grown quite fond of. The samples are fantastic to begin with. Everything sounds huge and it makes a great compliment to any existing sound library. One of the nice features is a "round robin" setting, which plays each repeating note slightly different. This helps avoid the robotic effect you get with quickly repeating notes on a sample. Another good thing is the EQ settings that are unique for each instrument, which really helps clear things up when the mix starts sounding muddy. This is a well priced sample library because every instrument is great, there are no duds. My only complaint is that I wish there were more instruments, but that's what the Symphobia packages are for.

Project Sam/OE

Project Sam sounds great I wish it had more ambient and hit patches in it.
Music background: Keyboardist/Composer

How to record?

This is great as a sound bank, but it does not do as much as it claims. I have been unable to get this to work, as I had not anticipated that I would need another software to record the sound. I have been trying to get this software to work after months of almost daily work without much progress. Although I may not be a techno-wiz, I expected the software to do what it claimed to do. I have attempted to use Audacity and Zynewave podium free to solve this problem, but neither program works. So overall, an excellent product as far as it goes, but it does not go nearly as far as it is claimed in the advertising. ps, if anyone knows how to sync Orchestral essentials with Zynewave, I would be very happy if you told me how. :)
See also: Orchestral Software, ProjectSAM, ProjectSAM Virtual Instruments: Orchestra