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ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials Reviews

4.0 stars based on 6 customer reviews
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  • David
    from Flower Mound, TX USA January 2, 2014

    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.

  • Bob Collins
    from California November 14, 2012Music Background:
    Soundtrack Composer

    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.

  • Siebert
    from January 25, 2012

    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.

  • SuiteSauce
    from Utah July 19, 2015Music Background:

    Project Sam/OE

    Project Sam sounds great I wish it had more ambient and hit patches in it.

  • Customer
    from October 12, 2016

    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. :)

  • Joey Hodge
    from Nashville, TN October 1, 2012Music Background:
    Television Composer


    I've experimented with this for several months, trying to figure out a way to make it a useful addition to my composer's studio. I'm finally giving up. This was one of the biggest wastes of money on software I think I've ever had.
    The sounds are okay, but the lack of dynamic control makes them sound thin and unrealistic no matter what. It does not respond to expression data (controller #11) so it is not possible to even use it to enhance my existing string tracks from EWQL Orchestra without performing surgery on the MIDI tracks to convert controller data to volume date, which presents problems in mixing later on.
    There is a switch between velocity and modulation response. Why do I have to choose? Most sounds from sample libraries can respond to both at the same time? Why can't OE?
    I'm not sure if I'll completely write off ProjectSam. The Symphobia and True Strike series are highly acclaimed. I think they are all overpriced, but compared to other sampled orchestra packages, this one is only worth about $80... if that much.
    MOTU Symphonic Orchestra is a much more useful package, and it costs less.

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