Review: Largo by Sonokinetic

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Sonokinetic is back with a brand new and wonderful sounding Orchestral Phrase library. LARGO promises to deliver majestic and stately orchestral performances utilizing the same framework, interface and functionality as the developers standout releases: Grosso, Capriccio and Maximo libraries.

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Review: Largo by Sonokinetic

Largo is a Kontakt Player Instrument, compatible with the full and free version of Native Instruments Kontakt and load into your libraries tab.

LARGO sells for €249.90 from Sonokinetic  At the time of posting the developer was offering a special intro price of €199.90.
Visit Sonokinetic for all the details.

Thoughts

It takes a lot of confidence for a developer to release an orchestral library and tag it as “Majestic and Stately”, but within just a few minutes of loading up Largo, I knew Sonokinetic had created something very special.

The detailed, lush legato performances (especially the strings) in the phrase playback is certainly an eye-opener (or ear-opener) that illustrates just how beautiful a live performance can sound. It may very well leave me second guessing my multi-sampled string virtual instruments and comparing to see if they can pull off performances that stand up to this library’s recording and performance quality.

Largo comes with both 16bit and 24bit instruments with Lite version for each. While the main instruments come with 4 selectable and blendable microphone positions, the Lite versions come with a set mix for playback.

In the first look video above, I take a new approach, auditioning parts of the sample set and then building up a 3 layer multi to have a crack at performing with the instrument on the fly.

It is easy for me to see that with a little midi programming and cross-fade selection that Largo is going to be a wonderful tool for those looking to augment their virtual instrument toolkit with dramatic, opulent orchestral phrases.

Largo’s interface layout will be familiar to users of Grosso, Capriccio and Maximo, with speaker icons next to the available phrases users can click to audition.

I have covered the other libraries from Sonokinetic that utilize this engine (Grosso, Capriccio, Maximo). All of them show the promise of a paradigm shift bridging the chasm between computer-aided composer and orchestral arranger. The well thought out controls to create your own progressions and alter playback with harmonic shift open a world of, dare I say, Majestic Orchestral pallets to the user.

One of the often overlooked bits of functionality the Sonokinetic libraries have is the ability to view the score. You are also able to drag and drop the midi into your DAW for your own use.

This is an excellent expansion into a new sonic realm that is sure to provide inspiration, education and some beautiful new scores. I am confident we will be hearing a lot of Largo in film, television and game scores in the years to come.

Facts

Largo downloads as 108 GB and is a sample set of Hi, Mid and Low Strings, Winds and Brass Phrases. All phrases were recorded in 4/4 at 75BPM. The recording sessions and all were recorded in the same hall as Sonokinetic’s other libraries.

Largo is an NKS compatible Kontakt Player Instrument, meaning it is compatible with the full and free version of Native Instruments Kontakt, Komplete Kontrol Keyboards and loads into your libraries tab.

LARGO sells for €249.90 from Sonokinetic
At the time of posting the developer was ofering a special intro price of €199.90.
Visit Sonokinetic for all the details.

 

Demos of Largo by Sonokinetic

 

Videos of Largo by Sonokinetic