Checking Out : Salu by Orchestral Tools

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Salu is a gorgeous and intimate collection of instruments and sound design patches recorded at and inspired by the Arvo Pärt Centre in Estonia. This is a fantastic collection that can provide instant inspiration for those looking for beautifully intimate instruments.

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Checking Out : Salu by Orchestral Tools

Salu is an incredible collection of intimate instruments inspired by and recorded at the Arvo Pärt Centre in Estonia. From an intimate collection of quartet and solo strings to haunting vocals, plucked instruments, a felt piano, unique percussion, and processed synth instruments, Salu is a gorgeous library that is bursting at the seams with intimate possibilities.

Salu normally sells for €399.00 from Orchestral Tools

Thoughts

The work of Arvo Pärt is inspiring, emotional, and intimate. Orchestral Tools have attempted to capture some of the spirit of Arvo Pärt’s music within Salu, within the style of the instruments and articulations included here, but also by recording the samples in the Arvo Pärt Centre in Estonia. To say I’m impressed with Salu would be a complete understatement – Salu has already become one of my favorite Orchestral Tools libraries.

The aesthetic of Arvo Pärt’s music is captured in both a beautiful and practical way. The dryness of the samples does a wonderful job of capturing the intimacy of the Arvo Pärt Centre, but this also allows composers to fit these instruments into almost any application. Because there is almost no room ambience captured within the samples, it’s easy to blend the instruments of Salu within your tracks and underscore.

Within Salu you will find 5 main folders: Strings, Voices, Plucked and Keys, Percussion, and Processed. The strings include a string quartet playing in unison across a plethora of articulations, along with a solo viola and solo cello with numerous articulations each. Among the most useful here are the arpeggios – these are super-useful for composers looking to add a sense of realness and intimacy to their tracks. The Voices within Salu are incredibly beautiful and creative. Both female and male ensembles are included along with two solo vocal patches (Solo Alto and Solo Basso). There are two folders for both male and female vocal ensembles: one for the main articulations and another for special (or more experimental) articulations. The Special Articulations folders here are just fantastic, offering something completely unusual and, at times, other-worldly. I was reminded several times here of the vocals from the brilliant score for “Arrival” from the late great Johann Johannsen. The Plucked and Keys category includes a lovely Solo Piano, Solo Harp, and Solo Kannel (a traditional Estonian instrument), as well as a unison patch that combines all three. The Percussion on offer is completely unique and unlike anything else I’ve encountered. It’s very experimental and could prove useful in dramatic or especially tense underscore applications. Finally, the Processed folder includes 71 sound design patches that were created using the sources recordings. These are excellent for underscore work and would combine wonderfully with the other folders.

Salu is an incredible collection of instruments, articulations, and patches. It’s hard to find fault with something so beautiful and unique. Bravo, Orchestral Tools!

Facts

Salu is compatible with Orchestral Tools own SINE Player and includes 205 GB of samples compressed to 89 GB. Salu is comprised of numerous strings, vocals, plucked instruments, percussion, a piano, and sound designed patches all inspired by the brilliant work of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.

Salu normally sells for €399.00 from Orchestral Tools

 

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Contributor Raborn Johnson reviews Salu by Orchestral Tools
“Salu is a gorgeous and intimate collection of instruments and sound design patches recorded at and inspired by the Arvo Pärt Centre in Estonia. This is a fantastic collection that can provide instant inspiration for those looking for beautifully intimate instruments.”