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Real-World Review: Vienna Symphonic Big Bang Orchestra and Smart Orchestra Expansion Pack

Rich Tozzoli takes a look at the free Big Bang Orchestra starter edition from Vienna Symphonic Library.

Big Bang Orchestra is a free release from the Vienna Symphonic Library team using samples from its Synchron Stage Orchestra playing “tutti” (all together) on Stage A of Synchron Stage Vienna in Austria. According to the Vienna team, the free release is a way to “thank the worldwide community of music creators.”

The Big Bang Orchestra is powered by the included Synchron Player and also features the integrated FX plug-ins and routing options. Articulation in this collection include marcatos, swell, sustains, runs and staccatos. However, it is important to know that you do need a Vienna Key to run Big Bang, or another USB eLicenser, such as Steinberg or Arturia. The Vienna Key can run all Vienna Symphonic Library products and is available for $29, so that should not stop anyone from checking out these useful sounds.

The Big Bang Orchestra is powered by the included Synchron Player.

Aside from the Vienna Instruments Series, another product I rely on for high-quality orchestral sounds is the 140-piece Smart Orchestra. An easy-to-use, inexpensive library for composers needing strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion and some creative twists on them, it runs within the Synchron Player. The new Smart Orchestra Expansion Pack can be had for under $100 and includes new solo instruments and string ensembles such as timpani (with eight velocity layers), harp, bassoon, bass clarinet, celesta, piccolo and English horn.

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