Garritan Personal Orchestra Soft Synth (Macintosh and Windows)

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Contains samples of all the major instruments in a symphony orchestra.

Highest Quality Sounds
Personal Orchestra contains samples of all the major instruments in a symphony orchestra-strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion-as well as instruments not found in other orchestral libraries-a Steinway concert grand piano, a Stradivarius violin, Guarneri Violin, Gagliano Violin, Wurlitzer and Venus concert harps, Haynes flutes, Heckel bassoons, a Mustel celeste, a Rudolf von Beckerath concert pipe organ, a harpsichord, and many other exquisite instruments. There is everything one needs to create orchestrations of any size! In fact, as a whole, Personal Orchestra has the most expensive and highest caliber of orchestral instruments of any orchestral sample library ever recorded!

Unique Feature: "Ensemble Maker"
Build ensembles one instrument at a time from individual solo instruments. This allows the user to construct ensembles or sections of any size - solo instruments, duos, trios, quartets, chamber ensembles, small orchestras, or a full symphonic orchestra.

Easy to Use
Personal Orchestra allows you to create realistic sounding orchestral music quickly and easily, right "out of the box." No confusing list of articulations, no complicated set of controls, and no steep learning curve. Just load an instrument and play. Personal Orchestra makes it easy to express your musical ideas in record time. And it's compact enough to run on a laptop computer for the musician on the go. Imagine orchestrating on the beach, or in a plane or anywhere you can take read more your laptop computer!

Intuitive Controls
The controls in Personal Orchestra are streamlined and standardized, so you can become familiar with the library quickly. This optimized system allows you to master all the instruments with relative ease and confidence. Advanced functions, such as alternating bow strokes and automatic variability, help you produce more realistic sounding performances with minimal effort. Personal Orchestra allows you to express your musical ideas quickly and easily.

Universal Format
Personal Orchestra will run on Mac OS and Windows platforms, either as a standalone program or as a plug-in (supporting VST, DXi, RTAS, and OS X AudioUnits). Personal Orchestra instruments will also load into KONTAKT, Native Instruments' flagship sampler. The entire orchestra can be loaded on a single PC or laptop and is designed to run completely in RAM.

Personal Orchestra will offer new feature sets and will expand as your needs grow. Add-on instruments, features and enhancements will be offered so your investment is protected as technology progresses.

"An Orchestra for Every Musician"

Whether you're a professional film composer who needs to produce orchestral mockups at a moment's notice, a hobbyist who wants to create great sounding orchestral music, or a student who is studying the art and craft of orchestration, Personal Orchestra will simplify creative work at a price that won't break the bank. In the studio, at home or on the road, Personal Orchestra is for every musician.
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Recommended Requirements (for Kontakt Player & Sound Library)
2 GB of free hard disk space.

CD-ROM or DVD Drive.

Windows XP, Pentium 4 /Athlon 1.8 GHz or better is recommended.

Mac OS X or higher, G4 733MHz or better is recommended.

The Kontakt Player needs a soundcard for playing the sounds of Personal Orchestra. Standard DirectSound, MME or ASIO drivers required; Windows-compatible MIDI hardware if required.

A MIDI interface is required if you are using a MIDI keyboard, another MIDI controller or an external sequencer. The MIDI interface integrated in many sound cards can also be used.

To play the entire orchestra, we recommend 1 GB of RAM. There is a direct correlation between the number of instruments that can be loaded and the amount of available RAM. Loading the entire orchestra requires 1 GB of RAM. The more RAM available the better.

Note: The Kontakt audio engine is designed to make use of the processing power of your computer's CPU. The powerful and complex algorithms of the Kontakt Player work best on modern and fast CPUs. Please also observe the systems requirements of your host application.

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 360-376-5766

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. (32 ratings)
Submitted February 7, 2006 by a customer from

"Not Really Worth It!"

Overall: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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I just dont like the way its laid out, Thats just my opinion ofcourse. The piano shouldnt even be there its so bad, The Roland Edirol Orchestral is much better and you can get them for $79.00!
Dont buy this for the piano! YIKES! Piano is really bad! Strings are nice.
No effects so theres not many features.
Its a plug in!
I guess its a good overall value but I would save up and grab something a bit better.
Manufacturer Support
Havent used him.
The Wow Factor
Not very sexy!

Musical Background:

Pro Musician/Engineer

Musical Style:

I Do It All!
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