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BBO: Zodiac - Supermassive Ensembles

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BBO: Zodiac is free for everyone who purchases or completes their BBO Bundle!


Big Bang Orchestra: Zodiac marks the daring finale of Vienna's monumental series. With 112 string players alone, the massive sound of its oversized ensembles makes for a bold statement that elevates and enriches your arrangements with epic breadth and power.


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Big Bang Orchestra: Zodiac

Supermassive Ensembles

Finale Maestoso—Big Bang Orchestra: Zodiac marks the daring finale of Vienna's monumental series. With 112 string players alone, the massive sound of its oversized ensembles makes for a bold statement that elevates and enriches your arrangements with epic breadth and power.

The collection includes seven ensembles:

  • First violins - 30 players
  • Second violins - 26 players
  • Violas - 20 players
  • Cellos - 22 players
  • Basses - 14 players
  • Horns - 12 players
  • Trombones - 9 players

Recording these very large string sections is not so much about volume – they deliver an especially lush and smooth sound that adds a beautiful warmth to your tracks. Likewise, the horns offer round and somber tones at lower volume levels. What’s really mind-blowing is the extremely powerful and blaring fortefortissimo of 12 horn players on the edge of what’s possible on their instruments. Similarly, the raw and powerful ensemble of nine trombones offers an extra fortefortissimo layer, too – not for the faint of heart!

Each of BBO: Zodiac's ensembles was recorded separately at Vienna's famed Synchron Stage with a multitude of close and mid microphones, Decca Tree, as well as surround and high surround mics. The included mixer presets deliver a perfectly engineered sound out-of-the-box that integrates seamlessly with all the other modules of the Big Bang Orchestra series.

BBO: Zodiac also includes combinations of several individual sections within one powerful preset, even with polyphonic legato. "All Strings" features all five string sections playing together, either with the original voicing layered over a six octave span, or with condensed voicing over a four octave span. Octave combinations provide two ensembles playing in octaves, such as first and second violins, violas and cellos, cellos and basses, etc. The "Epic Legato Combo" features the horn, viola and cello sections with two additional clarinets, all performing legatos together. The exceptionally broad and smooth blend of these specific ensembles as well as the live character of the note transitions makes this patch excel at epic melodies.

Articulations of the string ensembles include short notes (bold and agile), long notes and legatos with regular and soft releases played unerringly by the musicians to create beautifully articulated note fade-outs, sforzato, sforzatissimo and tremolos. Additional articulations of the brass patches include a separately available blaring fortissimo layer, short and long swells, as well as fast and slow horn rips.

Big Bang Orchestra: Zodiac is free to everybody who purchases or completes the Big Bang Orchestra Bundle!

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

hard drive space required

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

Big Bang Orchestra: Zodiac
ARTICULATION GROUPARTICULATIONS
Strings – 112 players
  • 1st Violins (30), 2nd Violins (26), Violas (22), Violoncellos (22), Double basses (14), All Strings (112)
  • Short notes – bold and agile
  • Long notes – regular and soft release
  • Legato – regular and soft release, marcato
  • Dynamics – sforzato, sforzatissimo
  • Tremolo
Horns – 12 players
  • Short notes – bold and agile
  • Long notes – sustains with and without fff layer, soft
  • Legato – sustains with and without fff layer, soft
  • Dynamics – sforzato, sforzatissimo, swells short and long
  • Rips – slow and fast
Trombones – 9 players
  • Short notes – bold and agile
  • Long notes – sustains with and without fff layer, soft
  • Fast attacks – sustains with and without fff layer, soft
  • Dynamics – sforzato, sforzatissimo, swells short and long
Epic Legato Combo
  • Cello and horn sections with additional violas and clarinets, unison
  • Long notes – regular and soft release
  • Legato – regular and soft release
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