Introduction

In this review, we will talk about the newest Symphony Series components: Woodwind Ensemble and Woodwind Solo.  Previously, we reviewed the incredible Soundiron Symphony Series Brass.  The Symphony Series so far contains Brass, Woodwinds (created by Soundiron), and Strings (created by AudioBro) both as individual instruments and as ensembles.  The Soundiron contributions to the Symphony Series are both recorded in the same large cathedral so that they sit beautifully together in the mix.  One of the most exciting things about this library to me are the “expression” patches – which give lots of runs, aleotoric runs, and flourishes that can really add life and realism to your compositions.  Like the Brass Ensemble and Solo we reviewed previously, these are all state of the art sample libraries, and the “engine” is as smooth and easy to use as you would expect.

We have included video reviews, a demo composition from Lawson Madlener, and lots of tech and articulation info on both libraries.  For the tech and articulation info we drew directly from the product page as there is a LOT of depth in these products and we didn’t want to miss anything. We also conducted a video interview with Soundiorn Co-Founder Mike Peaslee, which you can check out here.

Pros: Soundiron quality, incredible variety of articulations including multi-tounged articulations, and cool aleotoric performances on every wind instrument. Soundiron has created one of the easiest to use and robust Kontakt engines available, plus it’s compatible with the free Kontakt Player.


Cons: Woodwind vibratos are not controllable, i.e. only one style on some of the sustain patches.


List Price: Woodwind Solo: $299/ Woodwind Ensemble: $399/ Solo and Ensemble Bundle: $499


Website: www.soundiron.com

Demo Piece by Lawson Madlener

This piece only utilizes the Solo and Ensemble Woodwinds with no external processing and the default mics.  You can really heard the difference in sound between the ensemble – thicker yet more airy – and the soloists – more present yet thinner.  I used every instrument except saxophones, as I am not a huge fan of their sound in an orchestral setting.

 

Symphony Series: Woodwind Ensemble

The SYMPHONY SERIES WOODWIND ENSEMBLE is a massive 36-piece woodwind ensemble!  This includes both individual woodwind sections – flutes, oboes, clarinets, saxophones, bassoons and contrabassoons – each with six players per section, and an ensemble patch to play everything in on go.

This library features over 300 playable articulations, including true legato, a range of staccato tonguing techniques with up to 8-round-robins, half & whole trills, swells, sforzandos, crescendos, decrescendos, time-adjustable arpeggios, to name just a handful.  You can also add character and realism with an additional selection of orchestral woodwind effects – such as clusters, stingers, sweeps, falls, risers, tuning cacophonies, valve clicks and creative flourishes.

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Video Review – Woodwind Ensemble

 

Woodwind Ensemble Tech and Articulation Details



  • 58 GB of sample content (30.5 GB after lossless ncw compression)

  • 38,964 Samples

  • 43 Kontakt instrument presets

  • Six full woodwind sections with natural, dynamic sound.

  • 36-piece woodwind ensemble, with 6 players per section.

  • 314 articulations for utmost depth and flexibility.

  • An uncluttered and elegant interface to accelerate your workflow.

  • Efficient ram and voice optimization. Quickly load just the content you need.

  • Close, Medium, Far and Stereo Master Mix microphone positions with independent mixing, routing, panning and loading.

  • Customizable hotkeys, mixer settings and snapshot saving and loading

  • Built in FX, including convolution reverb with 100 custom impulse responses, EQ, filter and compression.


Woodwind Ensemble Articulations





  • 6 Flutes

    • C3 — C6 (3 octaves) – Extended range of A2 – E6

    • True Legato (p, mf and f layers)

    • Sustains: p, mf, f, vibrato p, vibrato f, flutter-tongue, single-tongue run, double-tongue run, semi-tone trill, whole-tone trill, decrescendo, crescendo, 2nd p, 2nd f, 2nd vibrato p, 2nd vibrato f

    • Staccatos: p (8x rr), f (8x rr), double-tongue (4x rr), triplet (4x rr), flutter-tongue (4x rr), sforzando (2x rr)

    • Expressions: sforzando fast, sforzando slow, swell fast. swell slow, crescendo, decrescendo

    • Arpeggio: major up, minor up, augmented up, diminished up, major up-down, minor up-down, augmented up-down, diminished up-down

    • Effects: cluster sustains, cluster staccatos p, cluster staccatos f, plunk staccatos, sweep up sustains, sweep up staccatos, valve clicks



  • 6 Oboes

    • C3 – A5 (nearly 3 octaves) – Extended range of A2 – F5

    • True Legato (p, mf and f layers)

    • Sustains: p, mf, f, vibrato p, vibrato f, flutter-tongue, single-tongue run, semi-tone trill, whole-tone trill, decrescendo, crescendo, 2nd p, 2nd f, 2nd vibrato p, 2nd vibrato f

    • Staccatos: p (8x rr), f (8x rr), 2nd mf (4x rr), double-tongue (4x rr), triplet (4x rr), flutter-tongue (2x rr)

    • Expressions: sforzando fast, sforzando slow, swell fast. swell slow, crescendo, decrescendo

    • Arpeggio: major up, minor up, augmented up, diminished up, major up-down, minor up-down, augmented up-down, diminished up-down

    • Effects: cluster sustains, cluster staccatos, cluster crescendos, cluster decrescendos low, cluster decrescendos mid, cluster decrescendos high, cluster dynamics, cluster flutters, cluster swells, discord mf, discord f, discord reed buzz, 3-note stabs, sweep up staccatos, sweep up sustains, mysterious runs, tuning



  • 6 Clarinets

    • D2 – D5 (3 octaves) – Extended range of C2 – F#5

    • True Legato (p, mf and f layers)

    • Sustains: p, mf, f, vibrato mf, flutter-tongue, single-tongue run, semi-tone trill, whole-tone trill, decrescendo, crescendo

    • Staccatos: p (8x rr), f (8x rr), double-tongue (4x rr)

    • Expressions: sforzando fast, sforzando slow, swell fast. swell slow, crescendo, decrescendo

    • Arpeggio: major up, minor up, augmented up, diminished up, major up-down, minor up-down, augmented up-down, diminished up-down

    • Effects: bend down-up, multi-phonic staccato, cluster staccatos, sustain p cluster, sustain f cluster, swoop down, swoop up, cluster dissonant sustains, flourish major up, flourish minor up, flourish major down, flourish minor down, flourish augmented up, flourish augmented down, flourish long, valve clicks



  • 6 Tenor Saxophones

    • Ab2 – D5 (over 2 octaves) – Extended range of F2 – F5

    • True Legato (p, mf and f layers)

    • Sustains: p, mf, f, vibrato mf, flutter-tongue, single-tongue run, semi-tone trill, whole-tone trill, decrescendo, crescendo

    • Staccatos: p (8x rr), f (8x rr), double-tongue (4x rr)

    • Expressions: sforzando fast, sforzando slow, swell fast. swell slow, crescendo, decrescendo

    • Arpeggio: major up, minor up, augmented up, diminished up, major up-down, minor up-down, augmented up-down, diminished up-down

    • Effects: bend down-up, dissonant swell bend, cluster dynamic sustains, dissonant stinger sforzando, cluster staccato p, cluster staccato f, cluster staccato, staccato dissonant double-tongue, cluster flutter, cluster sustain, cluster swell, flourish augmented down, flourish major down, flourish maj down fast, flourish minor down, flourish augmented up, flourish major up, flourish maj up fast, flourish minor up, swoop down, valve click, tuning, warm-up



  • 6 Bassoons

    • A#0 – A#3 (3 octaves) – Extended range of G0 – D4

    • True Legato (p, mf and f layers)

    • Sustains: p, mf, f, vibrato mf, flutter-tongue, single-tongue run, semi-tone trill, whole-tone trill, decrescendo, crescendo

    • Staccatos: p (8x rr), f (8x rr), double-tongue (4x rr), bend-down (2x rr), bend-up (2x rr)

    • Expressions: sforzando fast, sforzando slow, swell fast. swell slow, crescendo, decrescendo

    • Arpeggio: major up, minor up, augmented up, diminished up, major up-down, minor up-down, augmented up-down, diminished up-down

    • Effects: sustain cluster p, sustain cluster f, cluster staccatos p, cluster staccatos f, cluster crescendos, cluster decrescendos low, cluster dissonant sustain, dissonant multi-phonic, dissonant single-tongue runs, flourish major up, flourish minor up, flourish major down, flourish minor down, flourish augmented up, flourish augmented down, flourish long, tuning, valve clicks



  • 6 Bass Winds

    • B1 – A#2 (2 octaves) – Extended range of G-1 – D3

    • (3) Contrabassoons, (2) Contrabass Clarinets, (1) Bass Clarinet

    • Sustains: p, mf, f, growl, single-tongue run, semi-tone trill, whole-tone trill, decrescendo, crescendo

    • Staccatos: p (8x rr), f (8x rr), double-tongue (4x rr)

    • Expressions: sforzando fast, sforzando slow, swell fast. swell slow, crescendo, decrescendo

    • Arpeggio: major up, minor up, major up-down, minor up-down, fifths, octaves

    • Effects: dissonant sforzandos, cluster sforzandos, bass cluster staccatos, contrabassoon cluster staccatos, cluster staccatos, cluster sustains, cluster swell p, cluster swell f, dissonant flourish, flourish major down, flourish major up, tuning, warmup

Symphony Series: Woodwind Solo

The WOODWIND SOLO library captures the sounds of concert flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, bassoon, tenor saxophone and contrabassoon soloists. There are more than 145 articulations, including special effects, flourishes, and of course, true legato.  This library is fantastic for making aleotoric phrases with those amazing effects, which are demoed in the video review, as well as solo lines that really sing out with clarity.

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Video Review – Woodwind Solo

Woodwind Solo Tech and Articulation Details



  • 34 GB of sample content (19.8 GB after lossless ncw compression)

  • 21,574 Samples

  • 37 Kontakt instrument presets

  • Six woodwind soloists with natural, dynamic sound.

  • 148 articulations for utmost depth and flexibility.

  • An uncluttered and elegant interface to accelerate your workflow.

  • Efficient ram and voice optimization. Quickly load just the content you need.

  • Close, Medium, Far and Stereo Master Mix microphone positions with independent mixing, routing, panning and loading.

  • Customizable hotkeys, mixer settings and snapshot saving and loading

  • Built in FX, including convolution reverb with 100 custom impulse responses, EQ, filter and compression.


Solo Woodwind Articulations





  • Concert Flute

    • C3 — C6

    • True Legato

    • Sustains: mf, vibrato p & f, flutter-tongue, semi-tone trill, whole-tone trill

    • Staccatos: p (4x rr), f (4x rr), double-tongue (2x rr), long p & f, overtone (2x rr)

    • Expressions: sforzando, swell, crescendo, decrescendo

    • Effects: Fall Runs, Flourish Down, Flourish Up, Flourish Long, Sweep Down Flutter, Sweep Up Staccato, Overtone Sforzando, Overtone Swell, Arpeggio Up-Down Major, Valve Clicks, Hole Punks, Jet Whistle Staccato



  • Oboe

    • C3 — D#5

    • True Legato

    • Sustains: p, mf & f, semi-tone trill, whole-tone trill

    • Staccatos: p (4x rr), f (4x rr), double-tongue (2x rr), triple-tongue (2x rr), long p & f

    • Expressions: sforzando, swell, crescendo, decrescendo

    • Effects: Flourish Down Long, Flourish Down Octave, Flourish Down Short, Flourish Dramatic, Flourish Dramatic Hold, Flourish Dramatic Short, Flourish Up Long, Flourish Up Short, Multiphonic Screech, Squeaks, Arpeggio Up-Down Major, Valve Clicks



  • Clarinet

    • C3 — D#5

    • True Legato

    • Sustains: p, mf & f, semi-tone trill, whole-tone trill

    • Staccatos: p (4x rr), f (4x rr), double-tongue (2x rr)

    • Expressions: sforzando, swell, crescendo, decrescendo

    • Effects: Flourish Down Low, Flourish Down Mid, Flourish Down High, Flourish Down Long, Flourish Up Short Low, Flourish Up Short High, Flourish Up Long, Arpeggio Up-Down Major, Valve Clicks



  • Bassoon

    • Bb0 – Bb3

    • True Legato

    • Sustains: p, mf & f, semi-tone trill, whole-tone trill

    • Staccatos: p (4x rr), f (4x rr), double-tongue (2x rr), triple-tongue (2x rr), long p & f

    • Expressions: sforzando, swell, crescendo, decrescendo

    • Effects: Flourish Down Long, Flourish Down Octave, Flourish Down Short, Flourish Dramatic, Flourish Dramatic Hold, Flourish Dramatic Short, Flourish Up Long, Flourish Up Short, Multiphonic Screech, Squeaks, Arpeggio Up-Down Major, Valve Clicks



  • Tenor Saxophone

    • Ab2 – D5

    • True Legato

    • Sustains: mf, vibrato p & f, semi-tone trill, whole-tone trill

    • Staccatos: p (2x rr), f (2x rr), double-tongue p (2x rr), double-tongue f (2x rr)

    • Expressions: sforzando, swell, crescendo, decrescendo

    • Effects: Flourish Down Long, Flourish Up Long, Flourish Down Rip, Flourish Up Rip, Flourish Down Short, Flourish Up Dramatic, Flourish Up Short Low, Flourish Up Short Mid, Flourish Up Short High, Quartertone Sustains, Quartertone Riffs Short, Quartertone Riffs Long, Flourish Dissonant Random, Crying, Arpeggio Up-Down Major, Valve Clicks



  • Contrabassoon

    • Bb-1 – Bb2

    • True Legato

    • Sustains: p, mf & f, semi-tone trill, whole-tone trill

    • Staccatos: p (4x rr), f (4x rr), double-tongue p (4x rr), double-tongue f (4x rr)

    • Expressions: sforzando, swell, crescendo, decrescendo

    • Effects: Flourish Up Long Low, Flourish Up Long High, Flourish Up Dramatic, Tongue-Stop Staccato, Arpeggio Up-Down Octave

Conclusion

This is another fine library by Soundiron, and a wonderful addition to the Symphony Series.  Now consisting of Brass, Woodwinds, and Strings, this series will soon be one of my go-to libraries for realistic and cinematic orchestral pieces once complete.  The range of articulations, the powerful and customizable engine, the detailed recording process (for both the players and the engineers), as well as the chapel recorded in, are some things that make Soundiron libraries stand out from the crowd.  The only downside is the lack of dynamic vibratos (and perhaps the narrow range of duet mode/slurred legatos – i.e. 6 semtones.)  These small dings are offeset by tremendous “aletoric” expression patches. This brilliant library that will surely give you all the realism you need to bring your compositions to life!

 

 

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