Monday, June 26, 2017

An Orchestra - VSCO2

VSCO 2 Community Homepage for Samples, SFZ, Demos and more.

The String Pack includes 857 samples in the forms of a complete String Section, Solo Violin, Violin Section, Viola Section, Cello Section, Solo Contrabass and Harp. There are 23 nki patches. The basic nki for each instrument or section uses R.D.Villwock aka Big Bob's WIPs scripts for fake round robin on the longs and legato. The Modwheel nki does modwheel crossfading thanks to Nils Liberg's script. The Ensemble nki lets you crank up to 7 time more instruments, though it is set at 3 and too many might sound a bit odd. Jay Bacal wrote the Ensemble script.

As a rule of thumb the instruments have two velocity layers and are sampled about every third note. The shorts usually have two round robins. The articulations include Arco Vibrato, Tremolo, Spiccato, Pizzicato and single layer Arco Vibrato Loud and Soft.

The Brass Pack has 774 samples across 5 instruments. This includes a Trumpet with some nice mutes, a somewhat lightly sampled French Horn, a Trombone, a more heavily sampled Old Trombone with a unique sound and a Tuba. These are all solo instruments, though the Ensemble script can give the illusion of a section. The WIPs scripts for fake round robins and legato are used for the main patches along with a modwheel crossfade and ensemble script for each instrument. There is are some 'First Chairs' nkis that have the solo instruments, except the Old Trombone, playing together and two brass chord and arpeggio nkis.

What makes this release unique compared to the first Kontakt version are the modwheel xfades, the ensembles and the arp and chord scripts.

This uses Sam Gossner's great VSCO2 samples, my script from Matt McKay and a bit of advice from Evil Dragon. Note the name VSCO 2 is used to give attribution to the sampling project from which these samples were taken. It doesn't imply any form of endorsement.

Samples are Creative Commons 0 : Sam Gossner. This means you don't have to thank him but he is a great guy so you might anyway. Also he sells a Pro Version that I bought (and I'm notoriously cheap) that has lots more notes, velocity layers, mics and stuff then are here including 90+ instruments with lots of solo orchestral instruments and awesome weird instruments like ancient flutes and an ophicleide which is legal in all 50 states.


  1. Some sound exaples, please.

  2. Well, well, what do We have here? How's it work? What's it do? Does it do M3? Or does it do You? Who knew? Why not? Where in? What's hot? Show M3 something in that you hear with eyes wide shut on sweetest fear of all Your love holds dear. Show M3 Yours I'll show You Their's as if They'd even give a damn, Mine is appropriated property of Mjr. Pamm E Jamm... ~;-}

  3. For examples, just under the picture (above), click the link:
    VSCO 2 Community Homepage for Samples, SFZ and more.

  4. This looks interesting. Will it be something in the line of The Orchestra?

    1. On a limited basis that is the idea. I don't have the programming ability that the guys on The Orchestra have and their work is amazing. However some of the harmonizing and arpeggio scripting that comes with Kontakt allows for chords and user defined arpeggios. Creating 'sections' and envelope adjustment is also possible. So I can achieve some of the same effects.

  5. Definitely an interesting concept. Would love to see more about it in the future!