Symphonic Sphere - Notes

Symphonic Sphere is an orchestral sample library, focused on symphonic flickers and shimmering articulations like fingered tremolos, trills in many different styles (sul ponticello, harmonics, sfz,...), harp beds and glisses. Let your orchestrations breathe and shine with a huge collection of never before recorded, playable articulations performed by the same musicians of our first release “Orchestral String Runs” recorded at the same scoring stage.

There are some nice concepts in orchestration that sound great with real musicians, but when you want to do the same in a mock-up, it can be difficult because you won't find the "right" samples or articulations in you palette to realize your ideas.
Symphonic Sphere is a solution for several problems in working with samples. Now you're able to build chordal trill textures, like Debussy or Ravel used them so much in their wonderful music. Away from the limit of having half-step and whole-step trills only and fiddling around with keyswitches, the TRILLS ORCHESTRATOR is a huge time-saver and a inspiring tool. Don´t think about how you can play an half-step and whole-step trill simultaneously in a patch. You don´t need any keyswitches to have access to 7 types of different trill-intervals within the TRILLS ORCHESTRATOR.
In scoring sessions with the orchestra, we were so fascinated by the harpenist. She played all the athmospheric pentatonic and whole-tone scaled glissandi with ease. The truth is, a piano isn´t a harp - so I dreamed about a new harp with the possibility to use it like a harpenist would play it. The result is the Symphonic Sphere concert harp with pedal-control. Set the scale with the pedals and start to play. Behind this concept is a huge amount of samples. We have recorded every string in three pitching-positions. Now, a B-sharp sounds like a B-sharp and not like a C. That´s why a pentatonic glissando on our harp is a) playable and b) realistic.
We are sure you will find a lot of inspiring and usable articulations by browsing through this huge symphonic library.

Strings (Violins, Violas, Celli, Basses)

The Symphonic Sphere Strings are comprised of 16 Violins, 10 Violas, 8 Celli and 6 Basses, all recorded seperately.
The articulation focus lies on special, rare articulations like Flageolets, Open Strings, Tremolo Pizzicato, etc...
Each section also has a Trills Orchestrator for very ergonomical trill playing.
Violins
01. Violins Sustains R: G2-A5 | L: 3 (p, mf, f)
02. Violins Tremolo R: G2-A5 | L: 3 (p, mf, f)
03. Violins Staccato R: G2-A5 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 8
04. Violins Staccato Normal R: G2-A5 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 4
05. Violins Staccato Blurred R: G2-A5 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 4
06. Violins Pizzicato Tremolo R: G2-A5 | L: 1 (mf)
07. Violins Pizzicato R: G2-A5 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 4
08. Violins Pizzicato Normal R: G2-A5 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 2
09. Violins Pizzicato Blurred R: G2-A5 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 2
10. Violins TO Trills R: G2-A5 | L: 3 (p, mf, f)
11. Violins Flageolet Sustains R: G3-B5 | L: 1 (p)
12. Violins Flageolet Tremolo R: G3-B5 | L: 1 (p)
13. Violins Flageolet Glissandi R: C4-C5 | L: 1 (f)
14. Violins Sul Ponticello Tremolo R: G2-A5 | L: 2 (p, f)
15. Violins Sul Ponticello TO Trills R: G2-G#5 | L: 2 (p, f)
16. Violins Open Strings R: G2-A5 | L: 2 (p, f)
17. Violins Tremolo Short R: G2-G#5 | L: 1 (mf) | RR: 2
18. Violins TO Trills Short R: G2-C6 | L: 1 (mf) | RR: 2
19. Violins Sweeps Tremolo Short R: G2-A5 | L: 1 (mf) | RR: 2
20. Violins Sweeps Tremolo Long R: G2-A5 | L: 1 (mf) | RR: 2
21. Violins TO Trills Sweeps Short R: G2-A5 | L: 1 (mf) | RR: 2
22. Violins TO Trills Sweeps Long R: G2-A5 | L: 1 (mf) | RR: 2
Violas
01. Violas Sustains R: C2-B4 | L: 3 (p, mf, f)
02. Violas Tremolo R: C2-B4 | L: 3 (p, mf, f)
03. Violas Staccato R: C2-B4 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 8
04. Violas Staccato Normal R: C2-B4 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 4
05. Violas Staccato Blurred R: C2-B4 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 4
06. Violas Pizzicato Tremolo R: C2-B4 | L: 1 (mf)
07. Violas Pizzicato R: C2-B4 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 4
08. Violas Pizzicato Normal R: C2-B4 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 2
09. Violas Pizzicato Blurred R: C2-B4 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 2
10. Violas TO Trills R: C2-B4 | L: 3 (p, mf, f)
11. Violas Flageolet Sustains R: C3-C#5 | L: 1 (mf)
12. Violas Flageolet Tremolo R: C3-C#5 | L: 1 (mf)
13. Violas Flageolet Glissandi R: C3-F3 | L: 1 (p)
14. Violas Sul Ponticello Tremolo R: C2-B4 | L: 2 (p, f)
15. Violas Sul Ponticello TO Trills R: C2-B4 | L: 2 (p, f)
16. Violas Open Strings R: C2-D5 | L: 1 (f)
17. Violas Tremolo Short R: C2-B4 | L: 1 (mf) | RR: 2
18. Violas TO Trills Short R: C2-B4 | L: 1 (mf) | RR: 2
19. Violas Sweeps Tremolo Short R: C2-A4 | L: 1 (mf) | RR: 2
20. Violas Sweeps Tremolo Long R: C2-A4 | L: 1 (mf) | RR: 2
21. Violas TO Trills Sweeps Short R: C2-A4 | L: 1 (mf) | RR: 2
22. Violas TO Trills Sweeps Long R: C2-A4 | L: 1 (mf) | RR: 2
Celli
01. Celli Sustains R: C1-B3 | L: 3 (p, mf, f)
02. Celli Tremolo R: C1-B3 | L: 3 (p, mf, f)
03. Celli Staccato R: C1-B3 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 8
04. Celli Staccato Normal R: C1-B3 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 4
05. Celli Staccato Blurred R: C1-B3 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 4
06. Celli Pizzicato Tremolo R: C1-B3 | L: 1 (mf)
07. Celli Pizzicato R: C1-B3 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 4
08. Celli Pizzicato Normal R: C1-B3 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 2
09. Celli Pizzicato Blurred R: C1-B3 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 2
10. Celli TO Trills R: C1-B3 | L: 3 (p, mf, f)
11. Celli Flageolet Sustains R: C2-G#3 | L: 1 (mf)
12. Celli Flageolet Tremolo R: C2-G#3 | L: 1 (mf)
13. Celli Flageolet Glissandi R: C4-F4 | L: 1 (mf)
14. Celli Sul Ponticello Tremolo R: C1-C#4 | L: 2 (p, f)
15. Celli Sul Ponticello TO Trills R: C1-C4 | L: 2 (p, f)
16. Celli Open Strings R: C1-D4 | L: 1 (f)
17. Celli Tremolo Short R: C1-B3 | L: 1 (mf) | RR: 2
18. Celli TO Trills Short R: C1-A#3 | L: 1 (mf) | RR: 2
Basses
01. Basses Sustains R: C0-G2 | L: 3 (p, mf, f)
02. Basses Tremolo R: C0-G2 | L: 3 (p, mf, f)
03. Basses Staccato R: C0-G2 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 8
04. Basses Staccato Normal R: C0-G2 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 4
05. Basses Staccato Blurred R: C0-G2 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 4
06. Basses Pizzicato R: C0-G2 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 4
07. Basses Pizzicato Normal R: C0-G2 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 2
08. Basses Pizzicato Blurred R: C0-G2 | L: 3 (p, mf, f) | RR: 2
09. Basses TO Trills HT-WT R: C0-B2 | L: 3 (p, mf, f)
10. Basses Flageolet Glissandi R: C1-G1 | L: 1 (f)
11. Basses Sul Ponticello Tremolo R: C0-B2 | L: 3 (p, mf, ff)
12. Basses Open Strings R: C0-D3 | L: 1 (f)
13. Basses Tremolo Short R: C0-B2 | L: 1 (mf) | RR: 2

Pedal Harp

The Harp in SSP is very special. You will find a regular chromatic harp patch here as well as Glissandi and Glissandi Beds. But the real gem is the Pedal Harp, which has all strings of the harp sampled in all pedal positions. You can set the individual pedals like on a real harp and play for example glissandi just using the white keys.
01. Harp Normal R: C0-F6 | L: 4 (p, mp, mf, f)
02. Harp Normal PEDAL R: C0-F6 | L: 4 (p, mp, mf, f), with full pedal control
03. Harp Glissandi Major R: C3-D4 | L: 2 (p, ff)
04. Harp Glissandi Minor R: C3-D4 | L: 2 (p, ff)
05. Harp Glissandi Reduced R: C3-D4 | L: 2 (p, ff)
06. Harp Glissandi Pentatonic R: C3-D4 | L: 2 (p, ff)
07. Harp Glissandi Whole Tone R: C3-D4 | L: 2 (p, ff)
08. Harp Glissandi Bed Various glissando beds
09. Harp Glissandi Legacy C0-B0: Key | C1-G1: Scale | from C3: Glissandi
10. Harp Glissandi Beds Legacy C0-B0: Key | C1-G1: Scale | from C3: Glissandi

Woodwind Ensemble

The Woodwind ensemble provides a layered Clarinets-Flutes sound with Sustain, Staccato and the Trills Orchestrator up to a 5th.
01. Woodwind Ens Sustain R: C3-C6 | L: 2 (p, f)
02. Woodwind Ens Staccato R: C3-C6 | L: 2 (mp, f) | RR: 2
03. Woodwind Ens TO Trills R: C3-A5 | L: 2 (p, f)

Percussion

Bringing a range of percussion instruments to the table, the Percussion section nicely rounds up Symphonic Sphere.
01. Bass Drum
01. Bass Drum Single Hits R: C2-D3 | L: 5 (pp, p, mp, mf, f) | RR: 2
02. Bass Drum Dynamics R: C2-C4 | L: 2 (mp, f)
02. Vibraphone
01. Vibraphone Tremolo R: F2-F#5 | L: 2 (p, f)
02. Vibraphone Glissando R: C2-E5 | L: 1 (mf)
03. Cymbals
01. Cymbals Tremolo R: C3-F3 | L: 7 (pp, p, mp, mf, f, ff, fff)
02. Cymbals Dynamics R: C2-F4 | L: 3 (p, mf, ff)
04. TamTam
01. Tam Tam R: C2-C3 | L: 6 (pp, p, mp, mf, f, ff)
02. Tam Tam Tremolo R: C3-C3 | L: 4 (p, mp, mf, f)
03. Tam Tam Dynamics R: C2-C4 | L: 2 (mp, f)
05. Chimes
01. Chimes Tremolo R: C3-D3 | L: 3 (p, mp, mf)
02. Chimes Glissando R: C1-A5 | L: 1 (mf)
06. Bamboo Chimes
01. Bamboo Chimes R: C2-F4 | L: 5 (p, mp, mf, f, ff)
07. Finger Cymbals & Bells
01. Finger Cymbals & Bells R: C2-A5 | L: 1 (mf)
02. Finger Cymbals & Bells Tremolo R: C3-D3 | L: 1 (mf)
08. Rainmaker
01. Rainmaker R: C1-D5 | L: 1 (mf)
02. Rainmaker Shake R: C4-E4 | L: 1 (mf) | RR: 4

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