GARRITAN PERSONAL ORCHESTRA MANUAL EBOOK

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Personal Orchestra 5 features more than symphonic orchestra software instruments. Garritan Personal Orchestra 5 User Manual - Last built 1/3/ Copyright and trademarks. Winchester Circle, Suite Boulder, CO Welcome to Garritan Personal Orchestra 5. We have all cherished the sound of a symphony orchestra. Orchestral music is everywhere around us—in the movies.

All sound very nice indeed, but my favourite is the 'classical' model, whose evocative, slightly angular timbre sounds, well, classic.

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A plaintive oboe d'Amore pitched slightly lower than a regular oboe and two English horns contribute some beautifully played samples. As well as the ubiquitous B-flat clarinet, you get the brighter tones of an E-flat instrument, both sounding confident and assertive, if a little tonally one-dimensional — the lack of soft, quiet samples means the timbre remains unnaturally bright throughout the dynamic range.

A sinister, oily bass clarinet and a truly evil I mean that as a compliment contrabass clarinet play exquisite low notes.

Inhabiting the same subterranean territory, we find two bassoons and two contrabassoons, exhibiting different tonal qualities and pitch ranges, but sharing a high standard of musicality. The 'ensemble' programs supplied with the woodwinds work very well, but, apart from flute and piccolo flutter tongues, the woodwinds' performance menu is restricted to straight sustains.

I was concerned this would limit their usability, but the samples are more versatile than they first appear — louder velocities produce sharper attacks, which work well for staccato notes. Other musical options are made possible by GPO 's 'legato mode', as explained in the 'Personal Expression' box later in this article. Brass GPO 's principal solo trumpet is another winner.

Strong and bright, it peals out its clarion notes with bell-like clarity, sounding like an instrument destined to grace hundreds of soundtracks. The second solo trumpet has a thinner, more cutting tone, and a piccolo trumpet played with and without vibrato, but not at the same time soars up into those rarefied pitch zones which other instruments can't reach. The addition of a mute to the principal trumpet gives it a distinctly jazzy flavour.

When it comes to building a trumpet section sound, you're spoiled for choice — the principal trumpet has the usual ensemble-building elements, but there's also a terrific trumpet forte 'overlay' program which sounds like a real two-player ensemble.

This regal-sounding timbre can be mixed with the 'Ens' programs to further strengthen their sound. The only permutation that didn't work was an attempted layering of the two main solo trumpets, as their super-tight tuning produces phase cancellation!

The trombones one tenor, two makes of bass are not half bad; in fact they measure around 91 percent on the SOS good-ometer. GPO 's documentation advises using the pitch wheel to bend the notes — I followed this advice, and felt much the better for it!

One of the bass trombones makes that extremely raspy, buzzsaw noise which is scarcely believable coming from a bass instrument. The trombone also gets its own powerful 'overlay' program and a mournful set of muted samples.

In the tuba department, dynamic variation is achieved by one soloist playing mf and the other mp, the latter producing a nice round, warm timbre.

The star turn here is the contrabass tuba player, who makes a fabulously rotund sound and distinguishes each of his notes with a very pleasing attack. There's also a less metallic-sounding, but still stirring forte overlay, and a set of muted samples. All the other horn programs sound fairly warm and mellow by comparison — by combining these options, users can produce a wide, dynamic range of horn timbres.

In terms of performance, with Cubasis VST v4 on a 1. The current version of GPO Player doesn't support Native Instrument's DFD Direct From Disk extension, in contrast with most other Kontakt and Kompakt-based instruments, which allows samples to be streamed from disk rather than loaded in their entirety into memory. This should be available in an update at some point, but in the meantime Garritan recommend having at least 1GB of memory in the system you're using to run GPO.

This is sensible, although GPO did run quite successfully on the MB of memory installed in the test laptop. The lack of streaming isn't actually a big deal, since you'll actually get more voices by keeping all of the sample data stored in memory.

This is especially useful for laptop users, as portables usually include slower drives as standard than the ones supplied with desktop machines, and accessing memory uses less power than accessing the hard drive constantly. This remarkably fine-sounding, MB piano has not been miked too closely, which allows its sound to breathe.

The celeste was also recorded from some distance, a natural-sounding hall ambience giving a nice 'bloom' to its pristine chimes.

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Keyboardists will be delighted to find a harpsichord and a full-blown Baroque pipe organ boasting 13 glorious stops for those Hammer House Of Horror or church wedding same thing? There are two harps, made by Venus the goddess of love and Wurlitzer the god of, er, electric pianos. As one might expect from the man who brought us Gigaharp, the two instruments sound absolutely superb, and practically justify the price of the package alone. There are straight notes, and luscious harmonics.

If you want to sequence a heavenly harp glissando, simply sweep your fingers up and down the white keys, then use one of Garritan's harp 'data packets' a small MIDI SysEx file to automatically edit the pitches to the requisite scale and key.

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Percussion The library's percussion covers all the orchestral bases without getting too exotic. Timpani, the traditional purveyors of orchestral grandeur, are mapped chromatically over nearly two octaves, offering left and right-hand straight hits but no rolls.

The timps are clean, resonant and tuneful, and pack a reasonable amount of punch. A decent set of tubular bells sound a little distant, which gives a nice perspective and adds to their mysterious effect. The glockenspiel and crotales are delicate, bright and very pretty, and the hand bells might come in useful at Christmas.

GPO has two marimbas — the 'grand symphonic' model has a delightful, melodic, almost liquid tone, while the other has a slightly harder attack. In the jazz corner, the vibraphone has been nicely recorded — pressing the sustain pedal turns on its distinctive tremolo, a simple but authentic touch. The xylophone shares the marimbas' attractive mellow quality, and while that's preferable to a brittle, unmusical tone, some may wish it was more percussive.

The only truly esoteric sound in this section is the so-called 'glass harmonica', which is neither glass, nor a harmonica — it's a synth sound which emulates the sound of a fabulous 18th-century instrument a chromatic set of rotating glass bowls, stroked on their rims to produce an ethereal singing sound.

GPO 's orchestral bass drum has an adjustable 'fundamental' bass tone — turning it up adds a lot of extreme low-end energy, which could do nasty things to your speakers if you're not careful.

You can read about these applications and their uses in more detail later, but without further ado, let's get to the heart of the matter: the sounds! Ensemble Builder Orchestral libraries usually provide both solo instruments and ensembles — you can choose between say a solo violin and a violin section, or a solo flute and three flutes playing in unison. But what if a particular passage requires two unison flutes, or three violins playing the same part?

Using multiple identical versions of a solo instrument won't work, as unison notes played on the same samples sound totally unrealistic. With solving this in mind, Gary Garritan devised a concept called 'Ensemble Builder' which enables users to create instrument sections to their own specifications.

If you want to hear two flutes playing in unison, simply load 'Flute Ens1' and 'Flute Ens2' — these two alternative solo flutes use completely different samples, so can be layered with impunity.

If you need the sound of three flutes, just add 'Flute Ens3' to the mix.

The three makes of solo violin each have their own set of three alternative samples, so you could conceivably construct a virtual ensemble of nine violins. The only limitation to this uniquely flexible system is that there's no mileage in layering a main solo instrument with its associated 'Ens' versions, as the 'Ens' programs are derived from the main instrument's samples! The Sound Library — String Sections Thankful not to be staring into the bottomless depths of a GB library, I dived into the sample pool in search of pearls, starting with the strings.

GPO 's string sections 12 first violins, 10 second violins, 10 violas, eight cellos and seven double basses are culled from the vast collection of recordings made for Garritan Orchestral Strings. Unlike GOS, there are no combined 'all violins' performances, but solo strings are included. The 12 first violins have a strong, bright sound, and perform their 'lush' long notes with fairly heavy vibrato and a hint of a volume swell, bringing to mind the undulating violins in old Hollywood film soundtracks.

Muted 'lush' versions maintain the vibrato style, but produce a more subdued timbre. The second violins have a slightly sweeter tone, and though their vibrato is equally strong, their delivery sounds more serene. Both violin sections play well-executed tremolos, tone and semitone trills and some great pizzicatos. These violins work well for expressive melody lines, and the 'lush mutes' are suitable for chord pads. GPO 's violas sound broad, expansive and fruity — their extreme top notes have sensibly been pruned, leaving space for the violins to take over in the high register.

The cellos and basses are very good indeed, the former producing a fine, dignified emotional singing tone. The lower strings duplicate the violins' performance styles, with the exception that the basses don't play trills. While these performances cover all the basic requirements for orchestral strings, it would have been nice if some fierce, emphatic marcatos had been included. There is no 'full strings' preset, so I made one myself.

Working out the note ranges took very little time, and I was able to quickly construct an eight-way Kontakt 'multi' with basses, cellos, violas and second violins sustains in slots one to four respectively all receiving on MIDI channel one. After tweaking a couple of volume settings, I had a very classy-sounding, versatile and highly playable full orchestral string section. Solo Strings The library boasts three different makes of solo violin: the first is a Gagliano, the second a Stradivari and the third a Guarneri.

These instruments cost more than your house — describing their subtly different tonal characteristics is beyond me, but suffice it to say they all sound superior to any violin you can download at Argos. Again, strong vibrato is the order of the day; the two G-guys ease into theirs, but the Stradivari gives it full throttle right from the off. For less money than Charles Saatchi loses down the back of his sofa in one evening, you also get to play three priceless solo cellos, an expensive solo viola and an unaffordable solo double bass, all recorded fairly intimately with just the right amount of bow noise.

There are only two playing styles vibrato sustain and pizzicato , but an expressive extra touch is supplied by alternating up- and down-bows controlled by the sustain pedal. The solo strings' also offer 'ensemble', or 'Ens' versions of their sustains — see the 'Ensemble Builder' box below for details.

Woodwinds Despite its modest price, this library features some of the best sampled woodwinds I have heard. Pick of the bunch is the flute, a lovely, lyrical instrument whose slightly breathy tone is sweet, clear and piping in the higher register — an absolute knockout. The flute's 'no vibrato' option provides a slightly quicker attack.

A lively piccolo and a sultry bass flute match the flute's high quality; by comparison, the alto flute sounds a bit disinterested, though its bottom notes arguably the most useful are OK. I guess Gary Garritan likes oboes, as his library offers a choice of four different makes. All sound very nice indeed, but my favourite is the 'classical' model, whose evocative, slightly angular timbre sounds, well, classic.

A plaintive oboe d'Amore pitched slightly lower than a regular oboe and two English horns contribute some beautifully played samples. As well as the ubiquitous B-flat clarinet, you get the brighter tones of an E-flat instrument, both sounding confident and assertive, if a little tonally one-dimensional — the lack of soft, quiet samples means the timbre remains unnaturally bright throughout the dynamic range.

A sinister, oily bass clarinet and a truly evil I mean that as a compliment contrabass clarinet play exquisite low notes. Inhabiting the same subterranean territory, we find two bassoons and two contrabassoons, exhibiting different tonal qualities and pitch ranges, but sharing a high standard of musicality. The 'ensemble' programs supplied with the woodwinds work very well, but, apart from flute and piccolo flutter tongues, the woodwinds' performance menu is restricted to straight sustains.

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I was concerned this would limit their usability, but the samples are more versatile than they first appear — louder velocities produce sharper attacks, which work well for staccato notes. Other musical options are made possible by GPO 's 'legato mode', as explained in the 'Personal Expression' box later in this article. Brass GPO 's principal solo trumpet is another winner. Strong and bright, it peals out its clarion notes with bell-like clarity, sounding like an instrument destined to grace hundreds of soundtracks.

The second solo trumpet has a thinner, more cutting tone, and a piccolo trumpet played with and without vibrato, but not at the same time soars up into those rarefied pitch zones which other instruments can't reach. This sets a new standard for audio software developers to create programs that appeal to both iPad and computer version users, increasing their market reach.

Notion for iPad installs with some classical music demo scores for playback and study, a useful tool for musicians who like to learn from interactive examples. I would use Notion for iPad in my music lessons with students who want to learn more about composition. Pic 7 — Notion for iPad Score Selection. Pic 8 — Notion for iPad Scoring Window. A Tool for Learning Notion is a great tool for instructors and music students alike.

I can easily create scale sheets, lead sheets, simple arrangements of songs and exercises for my piano and flute students. I use my iPad for music theory Apps already, so Notion is a logical addition to the musical teaching palette. And, students would have fun creating simple scores of their own.

Students can work in the lesson or at home and transfer files back and forth for me to check in with their progress. This program potentially opens up the notation software market to a whole new generation of music composers who value ease of use above all other bells and whistles.

Notion appeals to a wide range of composers, producers and music educators and is quickly becoming an integral part of studios, thanks to great design, great customer support and compatibility with the iPad. Pic 9 — Notion Promo Orchestral Screenshot. Pic 10 — Notion Promo Guitar Score.

Pic 11 — Notion Mixer Window.If you need the sound of three flutes, just add 'Flute Ens3' to the mix. Pic 4 — Notion Chord Library. Pic 1 — Template and Session Launch.

To create scores for piano or orchestra, you are presented with a choice of 17 score sheets templates, starting from Lead Sheet to Full Orchestra, and the instruments can be customized in the Score Setup section. Based on technology from Plogue's Bidule www. Strong and bright, it peals out its clarion notes with bell-like clarity, sounding like an instrument destined to grace hundreds of soundtracks.

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