Thursday, April 17, 2014

DIY Philharmonic Project

Be warned these Kontakt 5 instruments involve some work on your part. You see the Philharmonia Orchestra has some nice samples but they forbid their distribution 'as samples or as a sampler instrument'. In order to comply with the wishes of the folks who have given us these fine samples, I created only shells distributing neither samples nor a functioning instrument. You can download a shell and then drop wave files with the appropriate names into the samples folder.

For example take the Pluck It Section of the Orchestra. you can download all three instruments together or the Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar separately. Then get the samples from the Philharmonia Orchestra, mp3 to wave them and drop the appropriate waves in the samples folder for each instrument.



DIY Violin - 1000 sample instrument with five to six velocity layers in 1/4 second, 1/2 second, 1 second and 1 1/2 second notes as well as pizzicato. Also glissando, legato, martelle, spiccato, staccato, tremolo, trill, detache, punta, talon, and tenuto phrases.


DIY Viola - 800 samples with five velocity layers in 1/4 second, 1/2 second, 1 second and 1 1/2 second notes as well as pizzicato. Also phrases but fewer and more lightly sampled.

DIY Cello Test - A small start.

DIY Philharmonic  Pluck It Section - containing Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar
  DIY Philharmonic Banjo
  DIY Philharmonic Mandolin
  DIY Philharmonic  Guitar

DIY Brass Section
  DIY Trumpet
  DIY French Horn 

So far the brass instruments contain the 2 Second Instrument (the longest brass samples from Philharmonia last about 2 seconds), Instrument Old (these seem to be older, slightly low quality samples) and Instrument Phrases (trills, crescendos and such). Eventually I'll add in the shorter samples as separate instruments and all in one instrument control by the mod wheel.

The Philharmonia Orchestra have licensed their samples under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. You can use these samples for a Commercial Work. Just give attribution to the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Public Domain Picture from Wikimedia.

27 comments:

  1. Sir please what about the remaining orchestral instruments...please could u help create mappings for them sir.....thanks for the ones you have done already

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    1. I'd kind of forgotten about them. I'll take a look and see if I remember how to do it. It will be a while, but I'll try to add more in. Thanks for reminding me.

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    2. Thanks Joe! These are great, and I'd really appreciate any others you get around to.

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    3. Dear Joe you have done an awesome job. Appreciate your efforts and a BIG Thank you for this. Looking forward to more shells for the remaining instruments.

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    4. Thank you so much! I would also love more of the other instrument shells!

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    5. Thank you Joe. Waiting for Next Ones !

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  2. Any chance it can be converted as SFZ? :)

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    1. Sorry I don't understand SFZ coding, you could ask over at the KVR Samples forum, some guys who do SFZ hang out over there. Unfortunately it is pretty hard to do an instrument when you can't actually distribute the samples.
      I've been looking at the scripts and trying to remember what I did and looking at the other string samples. If I can remember how it all works, I think I'll try to get to work on the Cello for Kontakt.

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    2. You can try this program for setting up SFZs from these samples, but unfortunately it doesn't account for the dead space at the start the the samples.
      http://hathorslove.com/software_sfz.php

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    3. Since I wrote the comment, I've actually been cleaning the samples and fixing the SFZ files to use, but I'm not even halfway done yet hehe... I wish there was an easy way to convert kontakt instruments into SFZ! Thanks for your help anyways, Joe!

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    4. If you get the SFZ files working and would like to share them, I would be happy to host them and give you credit.

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    5. I might be a bit late, but is it working?

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  3. Hi, absolutely love this! The only problem im having is that after a little while Kontakt player says the demo version has run out even though i activated kontakt player straight away. anybody have any experience of this?

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    1. Unfortunately the way Kontakt works is that Kontakt Player only works in 15 minute demo mode for non-licensed libraries. The full version of Kontakt doesn't have this limitation but of course costs a good chunk of money for you the user.

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  4. Hi Joe! I am having trouble as when I downloaded the samples from the philharmonia website (for Trumpet) they came as mp3's not wavs so Kontakt is not recognising them even though the name before .mp3 is identical...? do you have any idea how to fix this? Many thanks in advance

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    1. Unfortunately you do have to convert them to wave files.

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  5. Ok cool big thanks for this (apologies I just saw you'd already mentioned the conversion in your article). Do you recommend a program for doing so on mac? iTunes changed all the file names to their titles "Trpt #.wav"...
    Thanks again for your time and the great resource..!

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    1. I've been assured that under Creative Commons terms I can distribute the instruments, so I just zipped my directory of the instruments including samples...
      http://www.mediafire.com/file/i7mq754oy6n2yyt/DIY_Philharmonic.zip

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    2. Wow thank you Joe!! Runs like a charm. Your time and knowledge (could not have done this) is greatly appreciated.

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    3. No problem. Someday after I get done messing with VSCO2 and No Budget, I really need to take a look at these samples.

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    4. My god, you're a legend Joe. Thank you for sticking with this project.

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    5. I guess the notes don't really sustain though, the samples are a bit short eh

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  6. Brilliant work you have done here. Though the original samples are not always high quality, this is nonetheless a very useful resource.

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  7. Great effort and much appreciated .. although it seemed at first i didn't seem to get all samples, it turns out its my converter who has converting amount limits... Thanks a mil

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