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Audio Impressions' Realtime Instruments is a comprehensive package of ten sample libraries, which are powered by DVZ RT. These libraries include Orchestral, Band, World, Keyboards, Guitars, Drum Kits, Music Effects, Harps, Baroque & Antique Instruments, Les Grandes Orgues (Pipe Organs).
Realtime Instruments uses a distributed / clustered computing approach whereby you have one "DVZ RT control computer", multiple "Sampler" computer's, each running Native Instruments' Kontakt sampler, and your existing computer running your sequencer of choice hosting the Ai plug-in - VST on Windows, AU on Mac OS X - which communicates with the other computers via Gigabit ethernet (ReWire and an additional AI Panel application are also used).
Here's what the "DVZ RT control computer" does:
This is explained in more detail in Audio Impressions' FAQ.
Realtime Instruments includes over 600 sampled instruments arranged in ten libraries (Complete PDF List), with most being solo players; in the case of the 70 orchestral string realtime players, 10 are soloists and thirty are 2-musician desks. The most comprehensive set of playing styles and effects for each instrument was recorded; all effects and styles appropriate to each instrument, such as mutes, bow positions, pizzicato, and flutter tongue are available at start up.
All Realtime Instruments samples were captured in "the world's finest recording studios" using "first-call players" and "the world's best instruments". These were recorded at the highest audio fidelity utilizing vintage Neumann and Telefunken tube condensers and ribbon mics, and silver-plated mic cables (completely bypassing studio patch bays); signals were recorded directly. No equalization, compression or other processing was used, instead sound was optimized through mic selection and placement.
To get an idea of what can be achieved, to play a full symphony orchestra or an equivalent number of instruments at 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz, you will need four sampler computers. Basically, with four samplers you can play the entire Realtime Instruments library at once, except for the guitars, drums, the pianos and the organ. Detailed system requirements / specifications can be found here.