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Big Bang Orchestra: Musca

Quick Overview


BBO: Musca features low strings, the perfect complement to BBO:Lyra. Recording six cellos and four basses playing together in octaves creates a homogenous, well-balanced sound, as the musicians adjust their intonation, tone color, phrasing and vibrato instantly and instinctively with each other. It's this exceptional coherency that makes these string performances so special and guarantees a beautiful, balanced timbre.


Details

Big Bang Orchestra: Musca

Low Strings

Vienna's Finest

  • Two string ensembles, recorded at Synchron Stage Vienna
  • 6 cellos and 4 basses playing in octaves
  • Multiple microphone positions, additional close-mic positions
  • Full-fledged set of articulations
  • Real legatos, glissandos, espressivo, swells, trills, pizzicatos, etc.
  • Exceptional acoustics of the large Synchron Stage Vienna

The city of Vienna has always been famous for its exquisite string players and their fine instruments. On Vienna Symphonic Library's own scoring stage, the low string sections of the Synchron Stage Orchestra form a marvelous symbiosis with the large hall "Stage A" to create a beautiful string sound that provides a well-rounded low end for the entire Big Bang Orchestra.

Recording six cellos and four basses playing together in octaves creates a homogenous, well-balanced sound, as the musicians adjust their intonation, tone color, phrasing and vibrato instantly and instinctively with each other. It's this exceptional coherency that makes these string performances so special and guarantees a beautiful, balanced timbre.

The library comes with exactly the same articulations as BBO: Lyra, offering variations of short notes, long notes with two vibrato intensities, legatos, espressivo, sfz, sffz, crescendos and diminuendos, tremolos, fast repetitions, half tone and whole tone trills, half tone and whole tone slides up and down (glissandos), and pizzicatos. As with all libraries powered by the Synchron Player, the tempo of all articulations, e.g., repetitions and glissandos, can be easily adjusted using the integrated time stretch feature. Special patches let you combine the low strings of Musca with the high strings of Lyra, either by layering the two ensembles over the entire keyboard or by using a split point at C3.

The string performances of BBO: Musca are completely new recordings that blend perfectly well with the tutti recordings of the Big Bang Orchestra. The included mixer presets deliver a perfect sound out-of-the-box that integrates seamlessly with all the other modules of the series. Room Mixes feature an excellent blend of overhead Decca tree mics and surround mics mixed to a stereo signal that's light on CPU and RAM. Other Mixer Presets offer a combination of mic signals that you can adjust to your needs and liking, masterfully crafted by Synchron Stage Vienna's Chief Recording Engineer, Bernd Mazagg. These include "Stereo Decca Tree" and "Surround to Stereo" that feed the surround mics to the stereo signal for a richer and wider sound. Also included are "Surround" presets for 3D audio setups, as well as a "Processed" category with presets such as "Compressed", "Sparkling", "Wall of Strings", "Howling Strings", and many more.

Minimum System Requirements

  • PC Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • Mac OS X 10.10 (latest update) or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 8 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
  • VIENNA KEY (Vienna Symphonic Library USB protection device) or other USB eLicenser (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia)

Other configurations may work but are not actively supported.

Recommended

  • Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • Mac OS X 10.12 (or higher), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • 16 GB RAM
  • SSD or fast separate hard drive (7200 rpm or faster)
  • AU/VST/AAX Native compatible host (also works stand-alone)
  • AAX version requires Pro Tools 10.3.5 or higher
  • 88 key master keyboard

GB hard drive space required

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