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Phoenix Orchestra – Contemporary Chinese Orchestra



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Contemporary Chinese Orchestra

From futuristic tech sprawl to ancient Daoism—China has many faces. Chinese musical culture is equally diverse, and offers countless ways to inspire and build new worlds. With Phoenix Orchestra, we give you a vibrant palette for creating authentic Chinese music—both ancient and modern—for your scores and productions.

  • 21 individual instruments, 7 instrument ensembles, and 4 orchestral sections
  • A wide range of Chinese instruments, including gaohu, erhu, zhonghu, guzheng, yangqin, and pipa
  • Detailed solo instruments—each with characteristic articulations, swells, and ornaments
  • 100% playable, with true legato
  • Recorded in situ, with the players in traditional seating arrangement
  • Four mic positions

Created in collaboration with composers Harry Gregson-Williams and Richard Harvey, Phoenix Orchestra is a rich and detailed celebration of Chinese musical culture.

Phoenix Orchestra presents a wide range of traditional Chinese instruments, captured in the context of a classical chamber orchestra. Explore new textures through four orchestral sections: plucked strings, bowed strings, wind instruments, and percussion. Create individual parts with 21 solo instruments, including guzheng, yangqin, erhu, zonghu, dizi, and sheng. Enhance the richness of individual parts with seven instrument ensembles, which group several players of the same instrument.

Phoenix Orchestra Specifications

  • Works with Orchestral Tools’ SINE Player—NOTE: Very latest version required!
  • 94.8 GB of samples (40.3 GB SINEarc compressed)
  • 24 bit / 48 KHz patches
  • System requirements SINE:
  • Mac OS 10.13, i5, 4 GB RAM (16+ GB recommended)
  • Windows 10, Intel Core i5 or similar (Windows 7 is not officially supported)
  • Interfaces: VST, AU

Pricing and Availability

The Collection will be available in 6 days. Available for download on September 21, pre-order now for €299 (regular price €499). Offer ends on September 21, 2020.

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Review Holkenborg’s Orchestral Percussion – Tool of the Pros



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Review of Tom Holkenborg’s Percussion by Orchestral Tools

In this article, we will be reviewing Tom Holkenborg’s Orchestral Percussion. Tom Holkenborg is a Dutch composer and producer who has worked on various notable projects such as the soundtrack of Deadpool 2. He also produced music for video games including Arkham Knight and Quantum Break. His latest Library, Orchestral Tools – Tom Holkenborg’s Percussion, contains some incredible sounds from his percussion instrument library which you can use in your own compositions!

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Tom Holkenborg’s Orchestral Tools – Percussion is a comprehensive library for adding percussion to your compositions. The library includes almost every type of percussion instrument that you can imagine, from snares and cymbals to various ethnic instruments from different cultures around the world. We will take a look at how easy it is to use these tools in your projects and why they are so valuable for professionals in the industry.

About Tom Holkenborg

Tom is a Dutch film composer, also known as Junkie XL. Tom is best known for his scores on the films Black Hawk Down and The Dark Knight Rises. He also has written scores for other films like Deadpool, Logan, Mad Max: Fury Road, Robin Hood (2010), Kung Fu Panda 3, and Atomic Blonde. But what does he have to do with orchestral percussion?

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Push the limits of loud with this powerful library

The library is a marvel. Just when you think that there’s nothing more to this world, another invention comes out and blows your mind with how much it can do! The sounds coming off these drum machines will make any producer proud because not only did they capture his signature style but also added their own twist on top by adding different noises throughout each beat or shell progression which gives them such an authentic feel.

One of the most often used tools in a film composer’s arsenal is orchestral percussion. In this article, we will take a look at some of Tom Holkenborg’s percussion recordings and see what they have to offer composers.

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Perfect for creating a big sound

This unique collection of instruments, assembled over more than 7 years has an impressive sound. The instrument’s patches are perfect for creating a truly massive feel with the four kits that play in parallel and special quad toms included! This orchestral tool plugin has a wide variety of instruments, from the bass drum to custom drums.

Tom Holkenborg’s expansion on the drums is a breath of fresh air for any player. He takes what would be an average sound and makes it extraordinary, evolving with time as well!

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How do you make a sound bigger?

With 100 dynamic layers of instruments, drums can be played with your MIDI pad or controller. You might also like to try out some electric drumming for an even more authentic experience!

I did the test with an 88-key keyboard and controller, it will freshen up your creative approach to drum sounds. You’ll be able to cancel out some of those simple punch triggers from other libraries too!

You can change your beats from boring to thrilling with just a few clicks. Thanks to the drum samples and their ready-to-mix sound, they offer a tight attack that’s more biting than typical orchestral scoring percussion.

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Tom’s orchestral brass library is the perfect companion to her recently released percussion instrument. It can give your production an organic, live feel while giving it some bite and spice – just like Tom Holkenborg’s style! Tom Holkenborg is one of the most sought-after composers in this world, and he’s curated what many consider to be his own museum.

Find drums of different shapes, sizes and colors

The library is a unique instrument store with drums of every shape, size, and color. It features 60 different instruments so you can find the perfect sound for any project or style! Tom Holkenborg is a musical genius. He knows that sometimes the best way to get your message across, or just have some fun with instruments in general – is by using an eclectic mix of different ones! In this case, we’re talking drums from all over: tom own Surdos and tupan-built ones alike; Conga Drums lined up side by side like soldiers at attention awaiting their orders. A collection worth looking at for any aspiring musician!

Tom’s personal setup

The drumming enthusiast has been copying his personal setup for the last 8 years, which consists of a large number of instruments he acquired over that time period. Drum kits have revolutionized action film scores and can be yours with this library pack!

The orchestral instruments are made with the latest in sampling and synthesis technology to create a lush sound that’s perfect for any professional composer.

What are Surdos, Tupan & Taye Toms?

Surdos are a type of drum from Brazil. The Surdo is a cylindrical drum with a hole in the middle about 8 inches wide. The drum is played with the hands.

The tupan is a Brazilian drum that is played in religious ceremonies. The instrument has two parts that are played with the hands, one to hit the head and the other to manage the tension on the ropes.

Taye Toms is a one-of-a-kind drum with a sound that’s completely in league with the brilliant, iconic artist they were designed for. From their stunning Taye Black finish to their refined dimensions, these are drums that are not just played – they are honored.

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Accompaniment for strings in film scores

With its rich rhythm, the bass drum and tom can be used to provide a simple yet effective accompaniment for brass and strings in film scores. The percussions also make an excellent partner with orchestral sounds such as those found on piano or cello during solo instrument performances which need extra support from syncopation without being too overbearing – just enough so they don’t get lost against all that melody going on around them!

When you have a library full of instruments and orchestras to choose from, it’s no easy task finding the right tone for your score. For the price, it’s an amazing option for composers in need of a powerful drum library. With its Orchestral Tools and Percussion section alone this is one resource that would be hard to beat if you’re looking at scoring action or trailer films. Holkenborg’s Percussion Library is a virtual instrument that puts its drums in the hands of producers and composers around the world.

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An addition to my arsenal orchestral libraries

When working on any given project there are certain things that can make the process easier: having access to an arsenal orchestral libraries as well other percussive sounds is one such advantage; another would be being able to work with professional scoring format software without limits or restrictions imposed by traditional formats like vinyl records which may not always translate into digital playback environments. It sounds so cool and the sound makes me feel like I’m in another world or something.

Rating: Four out of five stars

The library presents percussion instruments from many scores, films, and movies.  All of these drums were sampled and post-processed by himself over the years. They are still a key part of his template today!

This library is so deep you’ll be able to create anything from subtle rhythms, aggressive bursts of sound all the way through with over 100 layers in total. It’s not just drums either.

Tom Holkenborg’s library is perfect for scoring trailers and action scores. The sound is so clear, you’ll be able to hear every detail. You can control the dynamics in a way that will make your mixes come alive like never before! This package also includes everything else needed for making your next big beat including sampled percussion instruments and richly layered synths that will have an audience stunned in their seat while watching what’s playing up there on the screen.

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Orchestral Tools Pre-order of Tallinn Ends Soon – Launches Next Week



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Tallinn – Baltic Voices and Strings

This new library only for a few day available for a pre-order price is featuring The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and The Tallinn Chamber Orchestra

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Tallinn features the Grammy Award–winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC), founded in 1981 by Tõnu Kaljuste. The choir’s repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant and Baroque music to contemporary compositions, in particular from Estonian composers.

The Tallinn Chamber Orchestra

Established in 1993, also by Tõnu Kaljuste, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (TCO) performs works that span the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras to the twenty-first century. The TCO collaborates frequently with the EPCC, participating in joint performances and highly regarded recordings, including the Grammy Award–winning Adam’s Lament by Arvo Pärt.

Tallinn Walkthrough

Watch this walkthrough to get an in-depth look into Tallinn, our latest collection. The video takes you through the sound of the choir, strings, and organs, and covers mic positions and the various articulations in detail.

Explore the sound of Tallinn—featuring the world-famous Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra plus two organs—all recorded in the iconic Niguliste church.

Pricing and Availability

Tallinn will be available on May 5, 2021 and you can pre-order now for a special price: Only €249 (regular price €399). Tallinn will be available for download on May 5, 2021.

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The Only Sample Library Comparison Video You Need?



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Is this the only sample library comparison video you will ever need?

Is this the only sample library comparison video you will ever need? Let’s find out, and talk about when it makes sense comparing sample libraries … and when it doesn’t! 🙂

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