The new orchestra with legendary soul
The most emotional orchestral collection ever
Strings that soar, woodwinds that dance, brass that commands and a full symphony orchestra of sounds at your fingertips — all expertly performed with musical articulations for real music played by real musicians. From flowing legatos to animated pizzicatos, from aggressive spiccatos to elegant staccatos, from the most subtle pianissimo to the most triumphant fortissimo and more, Miroslav Philharmonik 2 is a sweeping vision from a master artist embodied in a new virtual instrument that brings the orchestra to life. It's not enough to just have good recordings of classical instruments. For a true symphonic experience, you need instruments performed by the absolute best musicians articulated in just the right way directed by a producer and conductor who knows the fine art of making living, breathing samples. Miroslav Vitous pioneered the concept of a complete symphonic sample library for real composers, and now he has taken it to the next level.
Ecstasy. Passion. Joy.
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 is feeling. And it's feeling that you can't get with other orchestral collections. Musicians familiar with Mirsolav Vitous' groundbreaking original library know what we're talking about. But if you've never used Miroslav Philharmonik before, let's paint a picture in your mind of the particular kind of feeling that its instruments can conjure: It's the tension and mystery filling your love story set in the French Riviera with delicate tragedy. It's the punctuation and swelling background of passion in your next tear-jerking R&B ballad. It's that added dash of symphonic brilliance that turns your goth-metal anthem into the kind of cathartic experience that tops charts.
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 is all of these things and more. And it's only possible because of its truly unique sound set. Unlike other libraries, its samples and sounds don't just recreate dry instruments. Instead, Mirsolav Philharmonik 2 turns you into a master conductor in control of a full symphony orchestra staffed by living, breathing human beings. So when you call on an instrument to play, you won't just hear a note — you'll hear all the passion, pain, joy, suffering and excitement of the musician playing that note. And you'll get it immediately (no processing required).
And that's why Miroslav Philharmonik 2 is such a revolutionary orchestral collection. It's a sweeping vision — in the form of an elegant and easy-to-use software workstation — from a master musician that gives you immediate access to a cathartic depth and fluidity of human musical expression that's never before been heard in a software sample collection.
Masterfully recorded by a Master
Made in collaboration with legendary jazz bassist and sampling visionary, Miroslav Vitous, Miroslav Philharmonik 2 gives you a over 55GB sound library with over 2,700 instruments sampled in glorious high-definition audio. Every instrument fits — they are made to play together and made to stand alone. There are delicate strings, colorful woodwinds and majestic brass as well as brand new concert grand piano, harpsichord, orchestral chimes, marimba, vibraphone and glockenspiel sounds plus enhanced versions of the instruments in the original library.
Each of its instruments features multiple musical articulations played by real musicians with the kind of "live" feeling that only a master conductor can provoke. From flowing legatos to animated pizzicatos, from aggressive spiccatos to elegant staccatos and from the subtlest pianissimo to the most triumphant fortissimo, Miroslav Philharmonik 2 gives you the power to draw raw musical feeling and emotion from every note.
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 retains the spirit and musicality of the original Miroslav Philharmonik orchestral workstation used to produce countless major motion picture scores and compositions, and it takes the emotion and expression of the orchestral players to a new level of enlightenment, one that can only be called "magic" by it's creator himself.
"...Thank the spirit of music for making this possible. This one plays music like magic. It was made for the music, not for the money and not for the hype." – Miroslav Vitous.
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 provides fantastic solo and ensemble string, brass, woodwind, keyboards, percussion and other instruments in stunning high-resolution sound. Its easy-to-use articulations and full spread of over 30 high-quality effects and many advanced features — derived from SampleTank 3 and T-RackS — provide unmatched sonic sculpting capability that makes it as great a choice for your next classical arrangement or film score as it is for your next hip-hop song or metal ballad.
Finally, all the humanity, passion and acoustic grandeur of a real symphony orchestra is available in one convenient, affordable and easy-to-use package.
Compelling output requires spectacular input, and Miroslav Philharmonik 2 delivers in grand style. Miroslav Philharmonik 2 offers a massive range of instruments that have each been recorded with jaw dropping level of detail. Its solo and ensemble instruments come with a treasure chest full of useful articulations that go far beyond the standard sustained, staccato and pizzicato.
In the established Miroslav style, these instruments are full of emotion and musicality. These are NOT static, generic acoustic instrument samples. With Miroslav Philharmonik 2, you get not only the sounds, but also the passion of a composer and his musicians who have spent their whole lives mastering their craft as living, breathing fine art.
Each of its instruments have been captured in glorious stereo audio at the prestigious CNSO Orchestra Studios in Prague, home of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and a space that's been used for recording by such legends as Andrea Bocelli, Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin and, of course, Miroslav Vitous himself.
Every new sample has been expertly recorded and optimized for playback from a keyboard — they've all been hand edited and voiced by musicians so they retain that same emotional and musical characteristics and quality that made the original Miroslav Philharmonik such a mainstay classic.
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 also contains all of the samples from the original Miroslav Philharmonik virtual instrument that provide additional strings, brass and windwinds but also choir, keyboard instruments, chromatic instruments and percussion. And, no matter whether a new addition or an old favorite, every single instrument included in Miroslav Philharmonik 2 is SampleTank 3 compatible. This allows for seamless integration into your existing SampleTank music production workflow. You can play Miroslav Philharmonik 2 as an instrument collection inside SampleTank 3 with no additional installation or conversion.
Each instrument type starts with one go-to instrument — a master key switching instrument — that most composers will reach for when building their compositions and arrangements. This instrument contains all of the most used articulations for the instrument type for use in a single part with all its articulations instantly accessible from the keyboard so you can switch articulations on the fly — from sustained to detache, staccato, legato, pizzicato or any number of other musical articulations without leaving the main instrument or needing to load individual articulations. (Of course, all the individual articulations are also available as separate additional instruments for composers who prefer to work that way instead.). The mallet instruments have been recorded using different types of mallets to give you more tonal flexibility. The piano's soundboard has been modeled to allow for an amazing playing experience with stunning acoustic realism.
Instant editing with macros
Just like with SampleTank 3, Miroslav Philharmonik 2 provides 8 of the most musically useful controls in the form of "Macros" that let you quickly edit your sounds with speed and ease. These macro controls give you quick access to the most relevant parameters you need to easily tailor the sound of the instrument to fit your composition. Miroslav Philharmonik 2 also provides deep editing capability of all synth parameters in the "Edit" page for true sonic customization and advanced sonic sculpting.
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 includes 34 of the best studio plug-in effects from IK Multimedia's acclaimed SampleTank 3 sound and groove workstation. Each of these effects has been selected to enhance your experience with Miroslav Philharmonik 2.
You get 5 equalizers, 4 dynamic processors, 7 filtering and special processors, 9 modulation effects and 9 reverb and delay effects. Versatile, powerful and easy-to-use (a recurring theme, we're sure you'll agree), these effects let you create professional, broadcast-quality productions straight inside Miroslav Philharmonik 2 itself — no additional processing necessary.
3D Room Visualization – the ConvoRoom
Immerse yourself in real symphonic spaces. Miroslav Philharmonik 2's ConvoRoom convolution reverb lets you quickly and easily switch the acoustic space that your symphony is playing in. It now also comes with a brand new virtual room GUI that gives you a visual representation of the physical space that will help to immerse you in the sound and connect you with your orchestra's environment beyond mere instrument icons.
Play • Mix • Edit
the building blocks of your emotional masterpiece
Like SampleTank 3, Miroslav Philharmonik 2 features a Play page. It's where you'll do a majority of your composing. It gives you 16 "parts" that work like channels on a mixing board or tracks in a DAW. Each part can contain one articulation-switching instrument, and each has its own 5 insert effects slots as well as 4 insert effect sends for global processing. Each Part can be assigned to any MIDI channel letting you layer, split and perform complex multi-timbral sequencing with ease.
Miroslav Philhamonik 2 is more than just an instrument; it's a full-featured symphonic workstation. It comes with its own built-in DAW. Explore its Mix tab and you'll find the familiar interface of a DAW mixer that comes complete with console-style channel strips as well as 4 stereo FX returns and a complete master fader, all with 5 insert effect slots each.
Imagine a symphony. Now imagine that symphony processed through a state-of-the-art synthesizer. Sounds pretty wild, right? Well that's exactly what you can do with Miroslav Philharmonik 2's robust Edit page. It's a powerful synthesizer engine with 3 different sampling engines and 10 filters that you can use to radically reshape and transform any instrument in Miroslav Philharmonik 2's library to fit your creative needs.
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 is based on SampleTank 3 technology. This means that you can use it on its own as a standalone instrument or as an additional instrument collection inside of the SampleTank 3 sound and groove workstation itself — perfect for those more complicated scores and productions that require sounds pulled from SampleTank 3's massive and expanding universe of sounds.
It's a bit early to review it, but I got the request to review one day after my purchase, so here goes:
So far I've used the bright grand piano, and one violin patch.
The violins are more expressive in the track than I thought they would be, and managed to bring life to the chorus of my pop song.
They really shine in the high registers.
As far as the piano, I'm trying to get that bright, Elton John kind of piano sound.
MP bright piano sounds okay, but it's not quite getting the sound I want.
I've tried just about every Kontakt Piano library there is and every piano VST, and nothing has satisfied me..
I probably just need a real piano.Read Review
What Mr. Sauli said, plus a good amount of noisy, poorly played or out of tune samples. Listening to some of those is just embarrassing.
Even at the upgrade price and 50% off ($150) it feels like having been duped; someone who did pay the full price must be hurting something awful. I cannot fathom why someone would ever pay $500 for MP2 when you can get something at least one order of magnitude better, like Hollywood Orchestra or Albion, in that price range.Read Review
Bought this with upgrade price, but I still feel like ripped off.
Sounds ok, but original Miroslav Philharmonik really sounds better than this, which is just sad considering it's age. Some good stuff, some mediocre. Lack of round robin is really unforgivable - there are for example lots of staccato patches with round robin of two samples! Or no round robin at all, but up and down bowing as different patches. 1999 called and they want their samples back.
Lots of unusable sounds like prerecorded long legato runs on very limited amount of notes and legato patches that are more like short mouse squeeks (apparently recorded from legato performances) which I have no idea of how they are supposed to be used. Not what you expect from a legato patch considering the competition.
Doesn't have the expressive emotional feeling of original Philharmonik. Combination of generic and general midish with a hint of Miroslav Philharmonik feeling. Not unusable though and amount of different articulations makes it possible to make some really nice sounding stuff with it, but unfortunately...
Like I said before 1999 called. No modwheel crossfade. pp, mp and ff as different patches and really no way to make them as MIDI modulated crossfaded multi. No usable legato of any kind - no sampled one and no crossfade and sample startpoint one. Only really really crappy samplerate change legato, which doesn't sound good ever. Considering the amount of articulations and subtle differences between them one could probably make really great instrument with the samples if there was some intelligent scripting. In it's current shape MP2 is close to unusable. Not much better than getting the sounds as .wav files.
Worth the price when IK eventually sells in group buy for 50 eur, but don't bother before that. Original MP is really better than this. Feels like entry level orchestral instrument sold for a price of AAA one. If they at some point update it with modern playability (modwheel crossfade instead of velocity and different patches), add proper legato patches and quadruple the round robins on short samples it could be worth the asking price.Read Review