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Palette – Symphonic Sketchpad

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Description

WELCOME TO PALETTE!

Palette is a series of thematic professional orchestral and cinematic Kontakt virtual instruments for songwriters and media composers. It was recorded in a dedicated hall with world-renowned performers by a passionate and experienced team of sample makers. It was a dream come true for us to make and we hope this expansive set of scoring tools inspires you to write some great music.

There’s an awful lot of content here, so to make things more accessible we divided it into multiple products. The first is “Palette – Symphonic Sketchpad,” which contains the building blocks to quickly and easily bring your cinematic ideas to life. Then, to add detail and color to your compositions we’ve put together additional tool sets we call “Brush Packs.” Brush packs focus on deeper and more specific scoring elements like orchestral FX, percussion loops or true-legato melodic ensembles. Pick up the tools you want and not the ones you don’t. Since all Palette instruments were recorded in the same hall by the same production team and the same musicians, they complement each other perfectly.

 

PALETTE – SYMPHONIC SKETCHPAD

“Palette – Symphonic Sketchpad” is a 29+GB library featuring strings, woodwinds, brass, choir and percussion and to fill out the list of essential writing tools we added piano, harp and even a set of modern trailer instruments. The orchestral ensembles offer a nice variety of articulations, including 4 kinds of short notes, as well as trills, tremolo, pizzicato, and other deeper techniques. We recorded 3 dynamic layers and up to 7 round robins and to give you even more flexibility we recorded everything in 2 different ensemble sizes (chamber and full) so you can go epic or go intimate.

As with the entire Palette line, our players were recorded in standard orchestral seating position with 3 microphone perspectives – close, decca tree and hall. The room is spacious but fairly dry, with only a 1.2 second tail, which allows for easy blending with other libraries using your favorite reverbs, so you’re not limited to the sound of one particular hall. Since “Palette – Symphonic Sketchpad” was recorded by the same amazing musicians and production team with the same equipment and in the same hall, it was designed to blend perfectly with all the other Palette libraries.

 

THE ENSEMBLES

The core of “Palette – Symphonic Sketchpad” are the strings, brass and woodwinds ensemble patches. With our players in standard seating position across the stage we recorded the full range of each ensemble in unison, from lowest to highest note. Instruments play together when their ranges overlap and drop out when they reach their limits (see graphic below). We’ve humbly dubbed this approach “True Ensemble Recording.” The result is a rich, playable patch that’s natural, unscripted and full of life – instantly gratifying and perfect for quickly laying down ideas without sacrificing realism.

To provide you with an additional level of flexibility we recorded our ensembles in two sizes – Full and Chamber. These were not accomplished by layering samples – they are 2 unique sets of recordings, each featuring a different number of players. This allows you to achieve the ideal breadth for your score, be it powerful and dramatic or tranquil and moving.

The orchestration and ranges of the ensemble patches, illustrating our True Ensemble Recording technique.

 

CHOIR, PERCUSSION, PIANO & HARP

Our 24-piece choir features separate Womens & Mens sections performing sustains and staccato articulations in 3 vowels (Ah, Oh and Mm).

PSS also offers 21 essential tonal and atonal orchestral percussion instruments, sampled in up to 7 dynamics with 5 round robin for both left and right hand (where applicable). Standard hits, rolls and other unique articulations are included. The drums, cymbals and auxiliary instruments are combined in one simple GM-style patch to minimize your track count. We also added 6-player ensemble trailer drums and hand percussion patches with the v1.1 update.

Our piano is a beautiful Steinway B Grand, recorded in the hall with 6 dynamic layers and multiple round robin.

The concert harp patch features standard plucks and a unique “glissandi maker” script, which simulates realistic pedaling to produce hundreds of scales you can perform at any length or speed by simply sweeping your controller’s keys up and down.

 

TRAILER TOOLS

No modern all-in-one cinematic sketching solution would be complete without a set of custom sound design and trailer tools for adding instant impact to your score. “Palette – Symphonic Sketchpad” includes over 250 unique hybrid samples in 7 categories – Impacts, Sub-booms, Reverses, Whooshes & Transitions, Risers, Downers and Braaams – all custom created by our team of sound designers. There’s also a dual-layer subtractive synth patch to add extra grit or low-end to the orchestra.

Features & Requirements

FEATURES

Strings, Brass and Woodwinds recorded in 2 ensemble sizes (Full and Chamber)
True Ensemble Recording
17 essential orchestral Percussion instruments
Trailer Percussion
Hand Percussion
Womens and Mens Choir
250+ modern Trailer Tools designed sounds in 7 categories
Dual-layer Subtractive Synth
Steinway B Grand Piano
Concert Harp with Glissandi Maker
Recorded in a fairly dry hall by some of Europe’s finest professional musicians
3 microphone positions
Up to 10 articulations
Up to 5 dynamic layers and 7 round robin
Modern, easy to use GUI with articulation control system and onboard FX rack
29.1 GB of content / 62,352 samples (24 bit/44.1 kHz NCW)
Works with the free Kontakt Player
Full NKS compatibility (Komplete Kontrol and Maschine)

REQUIREMENTS

NI Kontakt or Kontakt Player, version 5.6.8 or above
30 GB disk space
2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
2008 or later processor. Your system must also meet the requirements for version 5.6.8 of Kontakt. If you cannot run that version, you will not be able to load this library.

Articulations
WOODWINDS (Full 3-3-3-3)
Sustain
Sustain Vibrato
Marcato
Tenuto
Staccato
Staccatissimo
Major Trill
Minor Trill

WOODWINDS (Chamber 1-1-1-1)
Sustain
Sustain Vibrato
Marcato
Tenuto
Staccato
Staccatissimo
Major Trill
Minor Trill

BRASS (Full 3-3-3-3)
Sustain
Sustain Vibrato
Flutter Tongue
Marcato
Tenuto
Staccato
Staccatissimo
Major Trill
Minor Trill

BRASS (Chamber 2-2-2-1)
Sustain
Sustain Vibrato
Flutter Tongue
Marcato
Tenuto
Staccato
Staccatissimo
Major Trill
Minor Trill

STRINGS (Full 12-10-8-6-4)
Sustain
Sustain Vibrato
Tremolo
Marcato
Tenuto
Staccato
Spiccato
Pizzicato
Major Trill
Minor Trill

STRINGS (Chamber 6-5-4-3-2)
Sustain
Sustain Vibrato
Tremolo
Marcato
Tenuto
Staccato
Spiccato
Pizzicato
Major Trill
Minor Trill

WOMENS CHOIR (Ah, Oh and Mm)
Sustain
Staccato

MENS CHOIR (Ah, Oh and Mm)
Sustain
Staccato

PERCUSSION
Gran Casa (Hits + Rolls)
Concert Snare (Hits + Rolls)
Concert Toms
Piatti Cymbals (Crashes + Chokes)
Suspended Cymbals (Hits, Rolls, Scrapes)
Tam-Tam (Hits + Rolls)
Triangle (Hits + Rolls)
Tambourine (Hits + Rolls)
Wind Chimes
Finger Cymbals
Shaker (Shake + Rolls)
Glockenspiel
Marimba
Crotales
Xylophone
Tubular Bells
Timpani (Hits + Rolls)

TRAILER DRUMS (6 players)
Large Drum Ensemble (Hits + Rolls)
Snare Ensemble (Hits, Rims, Rolls)
Tom Ensemble (Hits + Rolls)
Taiko Ensemble (Hits, Rims)
Tupan Ensemble (Hits + Rolls)

HAND PERCUSSION
Cajon (Various Techniques)
Djembe (Various Techniques)
Bongos (Various Techniques)
Congas (Various Techniques)

TRAILER TOOLS
Impacts
Sub Booms
Braaams
Reverses
Whooses/Transitions
Risers
Downers
Dual-layer Subtractive Synth

CONCERT HARP
Plucks
Glissandi Maker

GRAND PIANO

GUI
Palette’s Kontakt instruments feature a clean and simple, 1-page GUI with all the controls you need to get the most out of the library, including a customizable articulation controls system, mic mixer (where applicable) and an 8-slot FX rack. There’s even a button to narrow the entire GUI for ease of use on smaller screens like your laptop.


STRINGS, BRASS, WOODWINDS & CHOIR GUI

Customizable articulation control system
Microphone mixer
Round robin, release trigger and velocity curve controls
8-slot FX rack
Sliders for dynamics, expression and instrument-specific articulations

PERCUSSION GUI

Per-instrument volume, pan, pitch and amp envelope controls
Microphone mixer
Round robin, release trigger and velocity curve controls
8-slot FX rack
Sliders for expression and roll volume (where applicable)

PIANO GUI

Tone, amp envelope and pedal noise controls
Microphone mixer
Round robin, release trigger and velocity curve controls
8-slot FX rack

CONCERT HARP GUI

2 glissando performance modes, 15 scale types and realistic pedaling system
Variety of performance controls including bisbigliando, tone and amp envelope
Microphone mixer
Round robin and velocity curve controls
8-slot FX rack

TRAILER TOOLS GUI

Wav display with adjustable start/end sliders
Detailed filter and wobble controls
8-slot FX rack
Sliders for dynamics, expression and instrument-specific articulations

SYNTH GUI

22 selectable wav shapes per layer plus various performance controls including glide, unison, velocity and amp envelope
Detailed filter and wobble controls
8-slot FX rack

Reviews

“Symphonic Sketchpad’s core Strings, Brass and Woodwinds are superb and evocative patches which lend themselves to ensemble score creation. The overriding feeling is that all the instrument sounds fit together extremely well – as you might expect coming from the same company and being recorded in the same hall. But it’s not just the ambience, it’s the tonal quality which has a cohesive quality so you know whatever combination of instruments and sounds you use in your composition, they will all work together with the minimum of hassle. Many media composers tend to use ensembles both for speed and ease of composition, and Symphonic Sketchpad provides the essential ensembles you need for many orchestral scenarios at a mid price range for an all-in-one orchestra.”

-MakingMusic.com | FULL REVIEW

“It is very bold for a new developer to come on to the scene with 4 new orchestral sample libraries for Kontakt, but that is exactly how Red Room Audio has entered the game. The developer’s flagship libraries cover a very nice range of scoring tools with orchestral sections, legato instruments, orchestral effects, choirs, runs and even a nice set of trailer Brahms and synths. If you’re looking for an affordable set of orchestral tools or a shortcut to “get everything in the same room” I highly recommend you check out what Red Room Audio’s Palette line of orchestral instruments for Kontakt have to offer.”

-SampleLibraryReview.com | FULL REVIEW

“Palette – Symphonic Sketchpad really offers a unique and overarching collection of orchestral instruments. If you are looking for a tool with a wide range of musical possibilities that focuses on modern epic orchestral arrangements and provides extensive effects as well as a careful selection of additional sound design and synth patches, this library could be just the right thing for you.”

-EpicComposer.com | FULL REVIEW

Comparison

We are often asked how Palette Symphonic Sketchpad compares to the other all-in-one orchestral libraries on the market, so we thought we’d put together this graphic. These are all great products (we own many of them ourselves) so before you buy we encourage you to research, listen to demos and watch developer walk-thru videos to make an informed decision (of course you’re also welcome to just skip that work and buy Palette).

Info as of March 12, 2018

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