Review: Berlin Orchestra created with Berklee by Orchestral Tools

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Orchestral Tools signals a radical change in what to expect from an entry-level orchestral instrument. Curated with the same sample set as the acclaimed Berlin series of sample libraries, Berlin Orchestra comes with everything you need for creating authentic orchestrations with a proven sample set that has served professionals for years.

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Review: Berlin Orchestra created with Berklee by Orchestral Tools

In this video, we check out Berlin Orchestra to get a feel for the output and hear the instruments in action.
See detailed thoughts in the instrument below.

Berlin Orchestra created with Berklee normally sells for €849 (Special intro price of €649 until September 22, 2021) from Orchestral Tools

Thoughts

Berlin Orchestra created with Berklee – Solo Violin 1

 

There are a number of frustrating factors when one first sets out on composing and orchestrating for a virtual orchestra. With the arrival of the Berlin Orchestra created with Berklee, Orchestral Tools has solved a number of problems for professional composers and those studying orchestration.

Natural volume balancing across instruments and sections? Solved. Detail and definition across the entire orchestra? Solved. Consistent high-quality sample playback that stands up next to a “professional” mix? Solved.

Berlin Orchestra created with Berklee solves these issues and more offering the developers creme-de-le-creme of sampled orchestral instruments with the same dynamic range and round robins as their flagship Berlin series of instruments.

Berlin Orchestra created with Berklee offers users a full orchestra with Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion sections. The library also comes with a Harp as well as solo instruments for first chair players definition as well as for writing authentic devise parts.

Instruments and sections included in Berlin Orchestra
6 solo string instruments and 5 sections
12 solo woodwinds
11 solo brass instruments and 2 ensembles
7 solo percussion instruments, 3 collections

Berlin Orchestra created with Berklee – Woodwind Instruments

The samples were originally recorded on the Teldex Scoring Stage in Berlin which has a fantastic quality across each section of the orchestra.

The limitations of the library start with the articulations . Although most student and pro composers coming from a rock/pop background may not miss expanded and specialty articualtions, it is worth noting that Berlin Orchestra created with Berklee comes with up to 8 articulations. In comparison, the original Berlin series libraries can easily double that.

Berlin Orchestra created with Berklee – Percussion Instruments

What Berlin Orchestra delivers are the most common articulation types with the majority of instruments including legatos, sustains, staccato, spiccato, pizzicato, tremolo, and trills, which can account for the vast majority of requested playing techniques for writing for orchestra.

The other limitation of the library is the 1 microphone/Mix option. In comparison to the original Berlin series with up to 6 microphones, I see this as both blessing and a limitation. For my money, I will easily give up the customization of microphone options for the fantastic pre-mixed output that Berlin Orchestra created with Berklee has. I have had some hit and miss instances of using the microphone merge option touted by the SINE player so in this case, I am pleased to not have to worry about that option in this collection.

Berlin Orchestra created with Berklee – Brass Instruments

Another factor that I feel is important to mention is the size of the library. The download size of this library is manageable, even for a new user taking just under 40 GB of hard drive space should be doable.

After spending a few hours with the library I was really thrilled with the sonic output. I can not overstate how the depth, imaging, and quality of the individual instruments and section provide amazing playback. I’ve reviewed dozens of all-in-one orchestral options and this is among the very best sounding libraries that are out there. That says a lot seeing as how this is an entry-level library.

Price-wise, this may be the highest of any entry-level orchestral package out there. But if you are a student of orchestration who wants to start with a top-quality orchestral library I would see if this one fits in your budget, it may be all you need for years to come.

Facts

Downloads as 91 GB (40 GB compressed)
Full Orchestra: Strings, Harp, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion
Solo Instruments & Full Sections
Sampled in Situ
Samples from the Berlin Series / Recorded at Teldex ( Scoring Stage in Berlin)

up to 8 Articulations Per Instrument
1 Mix Mic Positions

Runs in the FREE SINE Player

Berlin Orchestra created with Berklee normally sells for €849 (Special intro price of €649 until September 22, 2021) from Orchestral Tools

 

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