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Grosso is the best instrument we have produced to date. Period.
With Grosso, Sonokinetic BV is changing the paradigm for orchestral phrase-based instruments... again. Before our Minimal library, the level of control, whilst retaining the authentic sound that live recordings bring to the party, was unheard of. We have gotten so much positive feedback on Minimal that a 'sequel' was unavoidable. Mere sequels is not what we do though at Sonokinetic, so if you look at what Grosso brings to the table, you will see an evolved entity that is a homo-sapiens to Minimal's homo-erectus.
We have conceived this instrument from the ground up, using parts of the Minimal engine and reimagining many other things to accommodate for the added flexibility Grosso brings to the table. The main difference, apart from the obviously upbeat nature of the recorded material and the addition of a choir part and a taiko and non-melodic percussion section, is that we split out the orchestral sections into more parts. Strings and choir are split in low - mid - high, woodwinds and brass into low and high, percussion into taiko and more traditional orchestral percussion. All of these elements have been carefully composed to work well with all of the others, resulting in millions of possible combinations of sounds.
To top off the collection we have added a 'transition builder' instrument that is aimed at gluing parts together, and building up towards climaxes. It includes brass and woodwind crescendo chords, and recognises different chord types, like diminished, augmented and dominant 7th. Chords are constructed on the spot from a collection of recorded intervals. This builder instrument also contains percussion and taiko fills, and a fully playable multisampled taiko ensemble patch, both as an ensemble and individual drums. Please look at the video to see its capabilities in action.
16-bit version 12 GB sample pool, 36000+ samples
24-bit version 23,4 GB sample pool, 36000+ samples
6 recorded orchestral sections:
- Strings 52 players.
- Woodwinds 12 players.
- Percussion 6 players.
- Taiko Ensemble 6 players.
- Brass 15 players.
- Choir 40 singers.
4 recorded microphone positions:
- Decca tree.
- Balcony (Far).
...and a proprietary stereo 'Tutti' mix for the 'lite' instrument.
Individual section controls include:
- Rhythmic Shift double/half/ITM.
- Harmonic Shift.
- Crossfade adjustments.
Custom designed interface with score display.
Time Machine Pro capability.
Custom chord recognition and Harmonic Shift capabilities.
'Intelligent' Purging system.
Native Instruments Kontakt Player Library license.
Royalty and copyright free content license.
Grosso Reference document (PDF).
Artwork: "Grosso" DVD cover. Designed by Sonokinetic BV.
All files in 44.1 kHz, 24-bit and 16-bit NCW format.
Programmed for Kontakt 5.1 and up.
For more tutorials and instrument details visit: www.sonokinetic.net/products/classical/grosso