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ProjectSAM Symphobia

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Symphobia is everything you have been missing in your orchestral palette”immersive Ensemble Multi-Samples attained by true ensemble recordings and intense cinematic effects, all available in a rich se... Click To Read More About This Product

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Symphobia is everything you have been missing in your orchestral palette”immersive Ensemble Multi-Samples attained by true ensemble recordings and intense cinematic effects, all available in a rich selection of combinations and articulations. With Symphobia, you have at your disposal an extremely inspiring orchestral tool for scoring film, games and television.

Cinematic Ensembles:

Symphobia is not your traditional orchestral sample library. Instead of focusing on individual instrument multi-samples, Symphobia offers ensemble multi-samples with a rich selection of orchestrations and articulations. These playable ensembles cover all of the sections from the orchestra, as well as the entire orchestra playing together. The reason is simple: the real thing sounds so much better. A staccato note played by violins, violas, horns, and trumpets together, correctly seated at the concert stage, will sound much more cohesive than a mixture of individual sample recordings of these four instrument sections. This multi-sampling makes Symphobia the ideal tool for creating big orchestral arrangements and orchestrations. In addition, a number of individual instrument articulations are available, such as violin section flageolets and horn section marcatos.

Cinematic Effects:

The ensemble sounds make up about half of Symphobia. The other half is all about cinematic effects: performances that cannot be recreated using individual multi-samples. Like the ensemble performances, the effects are available in different orchestrations, played by different sections throughout the orchestra. You will find violin glissandi, as well as full orchestra rips and stabs. Every effect is available in a number of variations or articulations.

String Section:

Symphobia introduces an innovative concept and instrument group for ProjectSAM: a full-string ensemble recorded in a warm concert hall. An extensive Ensemble bank and unique Effects bank are available. The Ensemble bank includes numerous full-string articulations, including tremolo, staccato, pizzicato, and con sordino. Other highlights in the collection feature beautiful chord performances, violin-section-only articulations, and low strings playing in octaves with the contrabasses playing one octave below the celli. The Effects bank includes a wide range of upward and downward glissandi, shrieky clusters, stabs, and wild arco/pizzicato textures”priceless material for film and TV composers, impossible to achieve using standard multi-samples.

¢ 10 full-string ensemble articulations

¢ 4 violin section articulations

¢ 4 low string articulations in octaves

¢ 12 cluster articulations

¢ Upward & downward glissando

¢ Wild arco, pizz, gliss textures

¢ Low string and open string effects

¢ Chords: major, minor, open 4th, open 5th

Brass Section:

Continuing SAM's orchestral brass tradition, the Brass Section in Symphobia offers an all-new full-brass ensemble in a number of articulations, including sustain, marcato, staccato and mutes. Also available are major and minor chord performances, different orchestrations of mixed brass instruments, and, similar to the strings, low brass in octaves, with the tuba playing an octave below the trombones. All this is recorded live, without any post-production layering. The Effects range from several types of horrific clusters to note bendings, horn rips, and wild repetitions. Some effects are performed by the entire brass ensemble, others by one section at a time.

¢ 4 full-brass ensemble articulations

¢ 2 full-brass muted ensemble articulations

¢ 3 orchestrated brass articulation combos

¢ 3 low brass articulations in octaves

¢ 5 cluster articulations

¢ Horn section and tutti rips

¢ Note bending phrases

¢ Wild repetitions

¢ Chords major, minor

Woodwind Section:

Furthering the concept introduced with the woodwinds from the SAM Exclusives series, Symphobia offers full-woodwind ensemble samples that include the following instruments: flute/oboe/clarinet/bassoon/bass clarinet/contra bassoon. Apart from the sustains, portatos and staccatos, octave runs are available, as well as flute piccolo effects, clusters, slap notes, wild phrases and multi-phonics.
¢ 6 full-woodwind ensemble articulations

¢ 2 low range articulations

¢ 4 cluster articulations

¢ Octave runs major, minor

¢ Grace notes major, minor

¢ Flute & piccolo rips

¢ Effect phrases

¢ Wild textures & multi-phonics

String Brass Section:

One of Symphobia's highlights are the articulations and effects performed by strings and brass together. Nothing beats the live, natural blending of sections in a real concert hall. Symphobia offers powerful sustains, staccatos, and other articulations played by violins, violas, celli, contrabasses, horns, trumpets, trombones, and tuba playing together, plus different orchestrated combinations of these instruments. Again, the low range has been sampled in octaves. Over 10 types of clusters are available, combining different playing techniques and dynamic arcs like arco, tremolo, flageolet for strings, and open, muted and flatter-tongue for brass. Last but not least, the Effects bank houses the Glissandi Rips, played by the same powerful combination of sections.

¢ 4 ensemble articulations

¢ 2 orchestrated combo articulations

¢ 4 low range articulations in octaves

¢ 11 cluster articulations

¢ Glissando rips

Solo String Ensemble:

In addition to the large symphonic sections, Symphobia also offers a solo string quintet, consisting of 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, and 1 contrabass. As with the other ensembles, the solo strings are spread out over one full keyboard. Articulations available: arco accented, arco espressivo, marcato, staccato and pizzicato.

¢ 5 solo string articulations

Full Orchestra:

Massive orchestral impact: that's the best way to describe the contents in this bank. Full-orchestra stabs, rips, dark textures, and trailer risers are included, ranging from huge staccato hits to 15-second crescendos. You won't easily find orchestral effects more intense than these.


  • Live recordings of orchestral full-ensemble multi-samples captured in a beautiful concert hall environment
  • Vast library of orchestral clusters, rips, and other instantly inspiring cinematic effects
  • Covering strings, all-new brass, woodwinds, and much more
  • Lots of additional cinematic content including Dystopia II and ethnic flute phrases
  • Two mic sets available: Concert Stage and Close mic
  • Orchestral sections recorded as full-range ensembles, pre-seated on the stage
  • Custom Kontakt scripting and interface offering repetition, simulated legato, octaver, and more
  • Approximately 18 GB library pool in 44.1 kHz 24-bit
  • NI Kontakt Player 2 included
  • Mapping/programming unlocked, audio/scripting locked
  • 18GB full installation
  • System Requirements
    • (for Dystopia II Player):
    • Windows: Windows XP or Vista 32-bit on Pentium or Athlon XP 1.4 GHz, 1 GB RAM
    • Mac: Mac OS X 10.4 or later on G4 1.4 GHz or Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz, 1 GB RAM
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