Metropolis Ark 1 - Notes

Metropolis Ark 1 not only marks Orchestral Tools' foray into the wonderful world of epic sampling, but also introduces a Choir into the Teldex ambience, completely positioned and ready to seamlessly blend into any arrangement. We deliberately chose to also record non-traditional instruments as belonging to a symphonic setup, like electric guitars and a drumset. Modern media scoring introduces a host of new instruments into the established orchestral lineup and we feel these instruments deserve the same care and precision in fitting them into the symphonic sound as their traditional counterparts.

Metropolis Ark 1 is inspired by a cinematic monument from 1927 - The first ever epic science fiction motion picture of our time. A Berlin original which inspired us to preserve all its strength, greatness and bold exceptionalism in a monumentally powerful collection to bring it back into the latest cinematic soundtrack productions.
Metropolis Ark 1 contains a huge Orchestra, Choir, Electric Guitars, Percussion, a Grand Piano and a magnificent Drumset, all recorded with first call musicians at the Teldex Scoring Stage. Metropolis Ark 1 features the loudest imaginable dynamics starting from mf upwards to ffff. Everything is designed to be loud, to be bold and boundary-shatteringly epic. This Collection opens a whole new world for Orchestral Tools, who are well known for their Berlin Series, a virtual Orchestra that set a new standard and is used by many high-profile film composers in Hollywood and around the world.
A unique sound
There is one vision and everything is built around it:
Special sections like 4 Contra Bassoons playing in unison, a Bass Trombone Ensemble, a Cimbasso Ensemble or 12 Basses + 6 Celli playing together in octaves. Metropolis Ark 1 includes different French Horn ensembles: A big 9 piece Horn Section for soaring, thick Horn melodies and a smaller 3 piece Horn Ensembles, specifically designed to play chords. Together with uncomparable Powerchords recorded wet at the scoring stage with two different Guitars and a sinister massive Choir singing at the highest dynamics, this Collection will raise your compositions to a whole new level.
A flexible working tool
Instead of pre-mixed sections, Metropolis Ark 1 offers pure and unprocessed instrument groups to give you all the flexibility to arrange your own orchestrations. Extensive Articulation Sets additionally offer Swells, Crescendos, Glissandos, 2 different lengths of Marcato, Shorts, etc. on more than 80GB of compressed sample material.
Metropolis Ark 1 marks the next generation of Fortissimo and it is a Revolution of Epic in one single box.

District I - Orchestra

The Orchestra District forms the backbone of <%C_MA1_N%> and contains a number of big and epic ensembles that are designed to work well on their own, but especially as an addition and contrast to our other collections recorded at Teldex.
Finkenstein Strings (High)
The Finckenstein Strings are made of a massive 14 Violins and 10 Violas and feature full 8va Legato, Spiccato and Col Legno, complemented by Unison Sustains and Tremolo. Added to this come several foundation articulations and effects.
01. Strings High Legato 8va R: C2-C5 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | T: 1st-8th
02. Strings High Sustains 8va R: C2-C5 | L: 2 (mf, fff)
03. Strings High Sustains Unison R: C2-C5 | L: 2 (mf, fff)
04. Strings High Tremolo Unison R: C2-C5 | L: 2 (mf, fff)
05. Strings High Spiccato 8va R: C2-C5 | L: 3 (mp, f, fff) | RR: 6 | +
06. Strings High Spiccato Unison R: C2-C5 | L: 3 (mf, f, fff) | RR: 5 | +
07. Strings High Spiccato Blurred 8va R: C2-C5 | L: 3 (p, mf, fff) | RR: 4 | +
08. Strings High Portato Long Unison R: C2-C5 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | RR: 3 | +
09. Strings High Portato Short Unison R: C2-C5 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | RR: 3 | +
10. Strings High Bartok Pizzicato Col Legno 8va R: C2-F4 | RR: 5
11. Strings High Crescendo Long Unison R: C2-C5 | RR: 2 | +
12. Strings High Crescendo Short Unison R: C2-C5 | RR: 2 | +
13. Strings High Swell Unison R: C2-C5 | RR: 2 | +
14. Strings High Tremolo Decrescendo Unison R: C2-C5 | RR: 2 | +
15. Strings High Glissandi Up 8va Various Glissandi | +
16. Strings High Glissandi Cluster 8va Two Cluster Glissandi | +
Wolfenstein Strings (Low)
The Wolfenstein String consist of 8 Celli and 10 Basses and continue the strings line-up with a generous complement of 8va articulations including Legato, Portato Long and Short and many more.
01. Strings Low Legato 8va R: C1-C4 | L: 2 (f, fff) | T: 1st-8th | RR: 2
02. Strings Low Sustains 8va R: C1-C4 | L: 2 (f, fff) | RR: 2
03. Strings Low Tremolo 8va R: C1-C4 | L: 2 (f, fff)
04. Strings Low Spiccato 8va R: C1-C4 | L: 3 (mp, f, fff) | RR: 9 | +
05. Strings Low Portato Long 8va R: C1-C4 | L: 2 (f, fff) | RR: 3 | +
06. Strings Low Portato Short 8va R: C1-C4 | L: 2 (f, fff) | RR: 3 | +
07. Strings Low Bartok Pizzicato Col Legno 8va R: C1-F2 | RR: 3
08. Strings Low Crescendo Long 8va R: C1-C4 | RR: 2 | +
09. Strings Low Crescendo Short 8va R: C1-C4 | RR: 2 | +
10. Strings Low Swell 8va R: C1-C4 | RR: 2 | +
11. Strings Low Tremolo Decrescendo 8va R: C1-C4 | RR: 2 | +
12. Strings Low Glissandi 8va Various Glissandi | +
Holbein Bassoons a4
The Holbein Bassoons are made of four bassoons and provide essential articulations. Setting the theme for all Orchestral District instruments, these articulations work well as a larger complement to other sections or solo instruments (for example from Berlin Woodwinds), but also on our own as one giant section.
01. Bassoons a4 Sustains R: Bb0-D3 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | M: Spot
02. Bassoons a4 Staccato R: Bb0-D3 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | RR: 5 | M: Spot | +
03. Bassoons a4 Marcato Long R: Bb0-D3 | RR: 3 | M: Spot | +
04. Bassoons a4 Marcato Short R: Bb0-D3 | RR: 4 | M: Spot | +
05. Bassoons a4 Crescendo Long R: Bb0-E3 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
06. Bassoons a4 Crescendo Short R: Bb0-D3 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
07. Bassoons a4 Crescendo Fluttertongue R: Bb0-D3 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
08. Bassoons a4 Swell Short R: Bb0-D3 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
09. Bassoons a4 Swell Long R: Bb0-D3 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
Barnak Contrabassoons a4
The four Barnak Contrabassoons provide the same articulations as the Holbein Bassoons.
01. Contrabassoons a4 Sustains R: Bb-1-D2 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | M: Spot
02. Contrabassoons a4 Staccato R: Bb-1-D2 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | RR: 5 | M: Spot | +
03. Contrabassoons a4 Marcato Long R: Bb-1-D2 | RR: 3 | M: Spot | +
04. Contrabassoons a4 Marcato Short R: Bb-1-D2 | RR: 4 | M: Spot | +
05. Contrabassoons a4 Crescendo Long R: Bb-1-D2 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
06. Contrabassoons a4 Crescendo Short R: Bb-1-D2 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
07. Contrabassoons a4 Crescendo Fluttertongue R: Bb-1-D2 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
08. Contrabassoons a4 Swell Long R: Bb-1-D2 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
09. Contrabassoons a4 Swell Short R: Bb-1-D2 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
Kommandanten Trumpets a4
Four Trumpets are combined in the Kommandanten Trumpets and provide Staccatissimo Clusters in addition to standard articulations as well as some special ones.
01. Trumpets a4 Sustains R: E2-D5 | L: 2 (mf, fff)
02. Trumpets a4 Staccatissimo R: E2-D5 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | RR: 6 | +
03. Trumpets a4 Staccatissimo Cluster R: E2-D5 | RR: 4 | +
04. Trumpets a4 Marcato Long R: E2-D5 | L: 2 (f, fff) | RR: 3 | +
05. Trumpets a4 Marcato Short R: E2-D5 | L: 2 (f, fff) | RR: 4 | +
06. Trumpets a4 Crescendo Long R: E2-D5 | RR: 2 | +
07. Trumpets a4 Crescendo Short R: E2-D5 | RR: 2 | +
08. Trumpets a4 Crescendo Fluttertongue R: E2-D5 | RR: 2 | +
09. Trumpets a4 Crescendo Long Cluster R: E2-D5 | RR: 2 | +
10. Trumpets a4 Crescendo Short Cluster R: E2-D5 | RR: 2 | +
11. Trumpets a4 Swell R: E2-D5 | RR: 2 | +
Schwarzdorn Horns a9
The Schwarzdorn Horns are made of nine French Horns and form a giant ensemble with full Legato, essential articulations and effects. They are best played monophonically for epic leading melodies.
01. Horns a9 Legato R: G0-G4 | L: 2 (f, fff) | T: 1st-8th | M: Spot
02. Horns a9 Sustains R: G0-G4 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | M: Spot
03. Horns a9 Staccato R: G0-G4 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | RR: 6 | M: Spot | +
04. Horns a9 Staccato Cluster R: G0-G4 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
05. Horns a9 Marcato Long R: G0-G4 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | RR: 3 | M: Spot | +
06. Horns a9 Marcato Short R: G0-G4 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | RR: 4 | M: Spot | +
07. Horns a9 Crescendo Long R: G0-G4 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
08. Horns a9 Crescendo Short R: G0-G4 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
09. Horns a9 Crescendo Fluttertongue R: G0-G4 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
10. Horns a9 Crescendo Long Cluster R: G0-G4 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
11. Horns a9 Crescendo Short Cluster R: G0-G4 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
12. Horns a9 Swell Long R: G0-G4 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
13. Horns a9 Swell Short R: G0-G4 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
14. Horns a9 Octave Rips R: G0-G4 | M: Spot | +
Rotdorn Horns a3
Complementing the Schwarzdorn Horn, the Rotdorn Horns feature three horns and are the perfect companion to the 9 Horn section when playing chords or more laid-back arrangements.
01. Horns a3 Sustains R: G0-G4 | L: 3 (mp, f, fff) | M: Spot
02. Horns a3 Staccato R: G0-G4 | L: 3 (mp, f, fff) | RR: 6 | M: Spot | +
03. Horns a3 Marcato Long R: G0-G4 | RR: 3 | M: Spot | +
04. Horns a3 Marcato Short R: G0-G4 | RR: 4 | M: Spot | +
05. Horns a3 Crescendo Long R: G0-G4 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
06. Horns a3 Crescendo Short R: G0-G4 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
07. Horns a3 Crescendo Fluttertongue R: G0-G4 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
08. Horns a3 Swell Long R: G0-G4 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
09. Horns a3 Swell Short R: G0-G4 | RR: 2 | M: Spot | +
Friedrich Bass Trombones a3
Three Bass Trombones provide a very unique timbre with essential articulations.
01. Bass Trombones a3 Sustains R: C0-A#3 | L: 2 (f, fff)
02. Bass Trombones a3 Staccato Short R: C0-A#3 | L: 2 (f, fff) | RR: 6 | +
03. Bass Trombones a3 Marcato Long R: C0-A#3 | L: 2 (f, fff) | RR: 3 | +
04. Bass Trombones a3 Marcato Short R: C0-A#3 | L: 2 (f, fff) | RR: 4 | +
05. Bass Trombones a3 Crescendo Long R: C0-A#3 | RR: 2 | +
06. Bass Trombones a3 Crescendo Short R: C0-A#3 | RR: 2 | +
07. Bass Trombones a3 Crescendo Fluttertongue R: C0-A#3 | RR: 2 | +
08. Bass Trombones a3 Swell Long R: C0-A#3 | RR: 2 | +
09. Bass Trombones a3 Swell Short R: C0-A#3 | RR: 2 | +
Koenigsberger Cimbassi a3
The big three Cimbassi ensemble comes with the regular standard articulations and packs a punch, yet provides definition.
01. Cimbassi a3 Sustains R: C0-G#2 | L: 2 (mf, fff)
02. Cimbassi a3 Staccato R: C0-G#2 | L: 2 (f, fff) | RR: 6 | +
03. Cimbassi a3 Marcato Long R: C0-G#2 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | RR: 3 | +
04. Cimbassi a3 Marcato Short R: C0-G#2 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | RR: 4 | +
05. Cimbassi a3 Crescendo Long R: C0-G#2 | +
06. Cimbassi a3 Crescendo Short R: C0-G#2 | +
07. Cimbassi a3 Crescendo Fluttertongue R: C0-G#2 | +
08. Cimbassi a3 Swell R: C0-G#2 | +
Hindenburg Tubas a3
For ultimate low end, the three Hindenburg Tubas feature essential articulations.
01. Tubas a3 Sustains R: Bb-1-D3 | L: 2 (mf, fff)
02. Tubas a3 Staccato R: Bb-1-D3 | L: 2 (f, fff) | RR: 6 | +
03. Tubas a3 Marcato Long R: Bb-1-D3 | L: 2 (f, fff) | RR: 3 | +
04. Tubas a3 Marcato Short R: Bb-1-D3 | L: 2 (f, fff) | RR: 4 | +
05. Tubas a3 Crescendo Long R: Bb-1-D3 | +
06. Tubas a3 Crescendo Short R: Bb-1-D3 | +
07. Tubas a3 Crescendo Fluttertongue R: Bb-1-D3 | +
08. Tubas a3 Swell R: Bb-1-D3 | +

District II - Choir

Metropolis Ark 1 has two choirs, High and Low, each with Legato, Sustain and multi-syllable Staccato and Marcato as well as FX.
Viktoria Choir (High)
The Viktoria High Choir features five Sopranos and five Altos.
01. Choir Women Legato R: F2-C5 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | T: 1st-8th | M: Spot
02. Choir Women Sustains R: F2-C5 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | M: Spot
03. Choir Women Staccato R: F2-C5 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | Syllables: me tro so li shi tu ro qu re ta | M: Spot | +
04. Choir Women Marcato Long R: F2-C5 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | Syllables: fra tro se ti quo | M: Spot | +
05. Choir Women Marcato Short R: F2-C5 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | Syllables: met tro laq shi kus | M: Spot | +
06. Choir Women Glissandi & FX R: G2-G3 | M: Spot | +
Aarauer Choir (Low)
The Aarauer Low Choir features five Tenors and five Basses.
01. Choir Men Legato R: D#1-C4 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | T: 1st-8th | M: Spot
02. Choir Men Sustains R: D#1-C4 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | M: Spot
03. Choir Men Staccato R: D#1-C4 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | Syllables: me tro so li shi tu ro qu re ta | M: Spot | +
04. Choir Men Marcato Long R: D#1-C4 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | Syllables: fra tro se ti quo | M: Spot | +
05. Choir Men Marcato Short R: D#1-C4 | L: 2 (mf, fff) | Syllables: met tro laq shi kus | M: Spot | +
06. Choir Men Glissandi & FX R: F2-F3 | M: Spot | +

District III - Percussion

District III contains orchestral and epic percussion and a special fff Piano.
Kopernikus Percussion
MA1's Kopernikus Percussion contains an Epic Percussion Ensemble patch with an assortment of percussion instruments as well as a processed Epic Percussion Hits patch with a lot of processed "hybrid" hits.
01. Epic Percussion Ensemble Various Percussion | RR: 10 | M: Spot
02. Epic Percussion Hits Various Percussion | RR: 5 | M: Spot | +
Drake Piano
The Drake Piano is a special piano patch with fff dynamics for percussive hits cutting through the densest orchestrations and is intended as a member of the Percussion, not a solo piano.
01. Piano R: A-1-C7 | L: 2 (mf, fff)

District IV - Band

The Band District brings Electric Guitars, Bass and a Drumset to the Teldex Stage and serves great for hybrid and crossover productions.
Kornmesser Guitar Ensemble
Put together from the Kornmesser Guitars and the Troppauer Bass, the Guitar Ensemble features pre-mixed and pre-panned L and R Guitars with the Bass layered, all controllable with various mic positions.
All Kornmesser Guitar Ensemble patches have the following microphone positions: Left Close, Left Room, Right Close, Right Room, Amp 1, Amp 2.
01. Guitar Ensemble Power Chords R: A0-B3 + SFX below and above | L: fff | RR: 4 for singles
02. Guitar Ensemble Alternative Power Chords R: A0-B3 + SFX below and above | L: fff | RR: 4 for singles
03. Guitar Ensemble Double Power Chords R: A0-E3 + SFX below and above | L: fff | RR: 4 for singles
04. Guitar Ensemble Single Strokes R: A0-B3 + SFX below and above | L: fff | RR: 4 for singles
Kornmesser Guitar Left and Right
The Left and Right Guitars are intended to be used as a double-tracked pair.
All Kornmesser Guitar L patches have the following microphone positions: DI, Spot I, Spot II, AB, Tree, Surround.
01. Guitar Left Power Chords R: A0-B3 + SFX below and above | L: fff | RR: 4 for singles
02. Guitar Left Single Strokes R: A0-B3 + SFX below and above | L: fff | RR: 4 for singles
03. Guitar Left Tremolo R: A0-B3 | L: fff
04. Guitar Left Tremolo Muted R: A0-B3 | L: fff

All Kornmesser Guitar R patches have the following microphone positions: DI, Spot I, Spot II, AB, Tree, Surround.
01. Guitar Right Power Chords R: A0-B3 + SFX below and above | L: fff | RR: 4 for singles
02. Guitar Right Alternative Power Chords R: A0-B3 + SFX below and above | L: fff | RR: 4 for singles
03. Guitar Right Double Power Chords R: A0-E3 + SFX below and above | L: fff | RR: 4 for singles
04. Guitar Right Single Strokes R: A0-B3 + SFX below and above | L: fff | RR: 4 for singles
05. Guitar Right Tremolo R: A0-B3 | L: fff | RR: 4 for singles
06. Guitar Right Tremolo Muted R: A0-B3 | L: fff | RR: 4 for singles
Troppauer Bass
The Electric Bass is recorded dry wirth an extra overdrive mic position and two Amp positions for ultimate clarity and punch in the low end.
All Troppauer Bass patches have the following microphone positions: DI, Overdrive, Amp 1, Amp 2.
Articulation Properties
01. E-Bass Single Strokes R: A0-B3 + SFX below and above | L: fff | RR: 4 for singles
02. E-Bass Shorts R: A0-B3 + SFX below and above | L: fff | RR: 4 for singles
Gardesch├╝tzen Drumset
This GM-mapped drumset answers the question what happens when a drumset is put into the Teldex stage.
01. Drumset R: GM Mapping | L: 6 (pp, p, mf, f, ff, fff) | RR: 8 | M: Spot

*In case you did not know - All sections and instruments in <%C_MA1_N%> are named after street names near the Teldex Studio in Berlin/Germany. Now you know.

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