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BBO: Regulus - FX Strings

Quick Overview

Pulsating textures, suspense-packed tensions, risers, hits, clusters, and much more — Big Bang Orchestra: Regulus reveals an abundance of effects and unusual playing techniques, originally recorded for the Synchron FX Strings I Collection.


BBO: Regulus

FX Strings

  • Ready-to-use musical elements and textures, from ethereal pads to pulsating patterns
  • Large 50-piece string ensemble, divided in 6 sections:
  • 14 first violins, 10 second violins, 6 first violas, 6 second violas, 8 cellos, 6 double basses
  • Total flexibility of combinations for infinite creative possibilities
  • 16 mixer channels to create your own customized sound
  • A host of perfectly balanced mixer presets, from optimized stereo room mixes to immersive audio

Pulsating textures, suspense-packed tensions, risers, hits, clusters, and much more — Big Bang Orchestra: Regulus reveals an abundance of effects and unusual playing techniques, originally recorded for the Synchron FX Strings I Collection.

Evoke mesmerizing soundscapes and inspiring loops played by a 50-piece string section, from lightly bowed whispers to rumbling swarms. Easily create a panoply of colors and entire sonic worlds by simply holding one or two keys, and change intensity or add variety by moving pre-configured controllers.

Just like its bigger brother Synchron FX Strings, BBO: Regulus offers production-ready musical elements in these categories: Spherical textures, character textures, glissandos, rises and hits, clusters, harmonic effects, pizzicato effects, special pads, and "inspiration crossfades". Dig into this treasure trove of tonal and atonal recordings and combine anything with everything to create your personal, unique tone.

While 50 microphones were used to capture an array of positions, from close to ambient, the Synchron Player's integrated mixer presents you with 16 channels that offer close mic signals of each ensemble, front and back mics, Decca tree, main surround, and high surround signals. A host of perfectly balanced mixer presets is readily available, from optimized stereo room mixes to immersive audio applications.

BBO: Regulus is a full-featured product with all the categories of effects and textures of Synchron FX Strings I, including the multitude of microphone positions of the Full Library. When you upgrade to Synchron FX Strings I, you get more than double the data size, with additional half-tremolo/ponticello bowing, denser and quicker played variants of all textures, alpha chord textures, slower glissandos and runs, and 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.


  • 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

28.2 hard drive space required

Vienna Smart Orchestra vs. Big Bang Orchestra: What's the difference?

Spherical Textures
  • Low – low-range sounds with harmonics
  • High – high-range sounds with harmonics
  • Pulse – aleatoric pulsing harmonics
  • Suspense – detuning effect in octaves
  • Agile – chromatic ornament played aleatorically
  • Call – 4ths in staggered thythms
  • Wave – legato sixtuplets, Lydian scale
  • XFade 1 – Pulse, Call, Wave
  • XFade 2 – Low, Suspense, Agile
Character Textures
  • Scan – aleatoric 5th/4th arpeggios
  • Swarm – strong bow pressure near the frog
  • Whisper – aleatoric melodic ornaments in the Ionian scale
  • Dialogue – rhythmic and melodic cluster aleatoric with random pizzicatos
  • Behind the bridge – a cluster-like, 'outer space' sound canvas
  • Crawl – staggered bouncing of the bow on the strings
  • Action – high-energy performance ‘over the top’
  • XFade 1 – Crawl, Scan, Swarm
  • XFade 2 – Whisper, Dialogue, Action
  • Medium, Fast – Regular glissando played with one finger
  • Fingered fast, super-fast – ‘scale-like’ fingered glissandos
  • Cross fast, super-fast – one-finger glissandos with players going in different directions
Rise + Hits
  • Legato slow, fast – fingered legato upwards runs, last note accent
  • Detache slow, fast – fingered détaché upwards runs, last note accent
  • Slide clean slow, fast – clean upwards glissandos, last note accent
  • Short – staccato notes, fifth range clusters
  • Long – sustained notes, fifth range clusters
  • Glissando slow, fast – one-finger glissandos, up and down, fifth range clusters
Harmonic Effects
  • Natural harmonics rubbing – natural harmonics, slightly detuned
  • Natural harmonics cluster
  • Natural harmonics glissando up/down/cross
  • Artificial harmonics glissando up/down slow
  • Artificial harmonics glissando up/down fast
Pizzicato Effects
  • Cluster – pizzicato clusters in fifth range
  • Glissando – pizzicati with subsequent finger glissando
  • Random – detuned random pizzicati in different tempos
Special Pads
  • Hades sustains – strings tuned down by a minor third
  • Breath sustains – very fast bow tempos with little pressure
  • Vertical tremolo – bowing up and down the fingerboard
  • XFade – Breath sustains, Hades sustains, Vertical tremolo
Inspiration XFades
  • Spherical & scan
  • Spherical & swarm
  • Spherical & harmonics
  • Vertical tremolo & harmonics
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