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NYC Composer

Senior Member
I'm confused about Woodwinds Expansion B-what's in volume 1 and what's in volume 2?

Edit-never mind, just figured it out. Too clever by half-no bassoon in Expansion B. Damn.
 

Ihnoc

Active Member
This one is great. It really bothered me that the libraries I had only included a few mute sustains and staccato. Hugely detailed if you want brass muted and a great entry point into Berlin Brass. The colours added are awesome.

This is focussed on orchestral though - if you want more articulations focussed on jazz and big band, look at Glory Days as an alternative.
 

GingerMaestro

Active Member
Does Anyone know if OT Orchestral String Runs would be classed as an "expansion" and if it's likely to go into their sale ? I'm interested in this, but not sure how well it would blend with other libraries. Does any one have much experience with this ? Thanks very much...
 

shawnsingh

Active Member
I have the first chairs expansion, and love it. crunchy shorts and vigorous accents.

Brass exp A is on my short list. That bass trumpet sound in the demos really captivates me.
 

markleake

Recovering sale addict
The Timpani is on discount today for 30% off, 85 Euros:
http://orchestraltools.com/libraries/bpc_exp_a.php

Happy to add this to the Berlin Percussion I picked up during their winter library sale!
Cool. I did exactly the same and have really enjoyed their percussion so far (although still plenty more for me to explore in there, there's so much content).

I'm going to seriously consider getting the Timpany now.

That along with brass expansion A, I think. After getting Arks 1, 2 and 3 in that recent sale, I'm pretty much in love with Orchestral Tools and their brass. :inlove:
 

sostenuto

Big NKS Fan !
Cool. I did exactly the same and have really enjoyed their percussion so far (although still plenty more for me to explore in there, there's so much content).

I'm going to seriously consider getting the Timpany now.

That along with brass expansion A, I think. After getting Arks 1, 2 and 3 in that recent sale, I'm pretty much in love with Orchestral Tools and their brass. :inlove:
Easy for you to state !!! :P
Never such poor decisions on my part as passing on those extraordinary Ark 2 and 3 opportunities.
Has truly impacted more OT purchases ever since. My (ghastly) bad …..
Timpani and Euphonium are strong interests …. no matter … :crying:
 

markleake

Recovering sale addict
Easy for you to state !!! :P
Never such poor decisions on my part as passing on those extraordinary Ark 2 and 3 opportunities.
Has truly impacted more OT purchases ever since. My (ghastly) bad …..
Timpani and Euphonium are strong interests …. no matter … :crying:
Not to rub it in, well... maybe a little... those were the best deals ever from OT. And the libraries themselves are simply great, especially Ark 2. I'm so glad I jumped. Years ago if you had asked me, I never thought I would have many OT libraries, but now I'm a big fan and have a few already.

Timpani, Euphonium, that Bass Trumpet... yep, high up on my list.
 

Ihnoc

Active Member
Any opinions on the Expansion A and B for strings (flagolet, sul tasto, sul pont)?

I'm considering the first chairs anyway but trying to decide between those string articulations as extensions for CSS or that quite wondeful sound of the Woodwind Expansion B.
 

Land of Missing Parts

flibbertigibbet
Any opinions on the Expansion A and B for strings (flagolet, sul tasto, sul pont)?

I'm considering the first chairs anyway but trying to decide between those string articulations as extensions for CSS or that quite wondeful sound of the Woodwind Expansion B.
Am I crazy, or did OT just skip making a Berlin Strings Expansion C?
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still contemplating WW Soloists I and II thoughts?
I'm looking into buying BWW Exp B (Soloists I). My thoughts, based on what I've seen and heard: Oboe and English Horn sound great. I think this was their primary focus and they got a world class player for those. Flute sounds good. Clarinet sounds slightly sub-par, maybe this one got neglected a bit. Alto flute has too much vibrato for my taste, but could be okay for some simple uses.

Given the new à la carte system that OT is planning to roll out by the end of 2019, it might be a smart move to wait and buy just the Oboe and English horn. Not sure what the prices on individual instruments will look like or if there will be some kind of mark up.

At its best I think it is the top choice for a natural sounding solo performance. There are newer solo libraries from other companies that are more flexible and dependable, but they sound less natural to my ear. For solo oboe and english horn, I think these are the best out there.
 
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Land of Missing Parts

flibbertigibbet
Did OT ever provide a list of articulations for the Timpani Expansion? I can't find it anywhere. I thought the selling point over other dev's timpanis is that they exhaustively covered the articulations.
 
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