The Berlin-based technology company Orchestral Tools has announced the release of Berlin Orchestra: Created with Berklee, a full-featured symphony orchestra of sampled instruments designed to serve as a core toolkit for professional scoring projects.
Developed in collaboration with the renowned Berklee College of Music, the new resource delivers ‘everything needed for serious orchestral composition and scoring’, according to Orchestral Tools. Users can construct individual parts, intricate voicings, and sophisticated arrangements with numerous solo instruments and sections.
The orchestra is specifically designed to allow composers to create just as they would for a live orchestra.
Recorded at Teldex Scoring Stage in Berlin with the same musicians as Orchestral Tools’ Berlin Series libraries, the Berlin Orchestra provides rich sonic textures that evoke the sound and feel of a live orchestra. The instrumentation includes a complete string section with soloists and ensembles, a brass section with soloists and ensembles, a detailed woodwinds section, and a wide range of percussion instruments—perfect for a wide variety of educational and compositional projects, as well as professional scoring for film, television, and video games.
Orchestral Tools’ CEO & Founder Hendrik Schwarzer said, ‘Our aim with Berlin Orchestra: Created with Berklee was to give students a comprehensive foundation of sounds that would serve as a point of entry into professional composition.
‘This orchestra has everything needed to construct individual parts, intricate voicings and sophisticated arrangements at the highest levels. The only limit is the creator’s imagination.’
Sean McMahon, chair of the Film Scoring Department at Berklee, said, ‘The partnership between Berklee and Orchestral Tools is one that will benefit our faculty and students for years to come.
‘This incredible technology will provide a multitude of opportunities for collaboration, creativity, and innovation here at Berklee that we would not have otherwise – the ability to utilise a full virtual orchestra is more important now than ever before in an environment of remote teaching and learning. I am grateful to Orchestral Tools for this tremendous partnership and I look forward to what’s to come.’
Berlin Orchestra: Created with Berklee is available for order now at an introductory price of €649. The introductory pricing ends on September 23 after which the regular price for the collection will be €849.