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    New from Gary Garritan is "Personal Orchestra"- an orchestral library, sample player and notation program in one convenient package at the affordable price of $249.

    Nothing beats the sound of a symphony orchestra, but real orchestras and sample orchestral libraries have been prohibitively expensive to the average musician. Now, Garritan Personal Orchestra provides an affordable way to bring the sounds of an orchestra into a desktop or laptop computer.

    Main Features of Personal Orchestra:

    • An Affordable Orchestral Package - Including Native Instrument KONTAKT Player, GenieSoft Overture SE notation program, Steinberg Cubasis VST (PC), and AMBIENCE Reverb. All for $249.
    • High Quality Orchestral Instruments - Including a Steinway Concert Grand Piano; Stradivari, Guarneri and Gagliano Solo Violins; Wurlitzer and Venus Concert Harps, Haynes flute, Heckel bassoons, a Mustel Celesta, a von Beckerath Concert Pipe Organ, a Harpsichord, and a full compliment of strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion instruments of the entire orchestra. Every instrument of the modern orchestra is included.
    • Easy to Use - You can create realistic sounding orchestral music quickly and easily. No confusing list of articulations, no complicated set of controls, and no steep learning curve. Just load an instrument and play.
    • Ensemble Maker - Build ensembles one instrument at a time from individual solo instruments. This allows the user to construct ensembles or sections of any size - solo instruments, duos, trios, quartets, chamber ensembles, small orchestras, or a full symphonic orchestra.
    • No Sampler Required and no Other Software Necessary - The Native Instruments KONTAKT Player is included and integrated with Garritan Personal Orchestra. Personal Orchestra also comes with a suite of software applications that allow you to write, mix and play music without fuss or added expense.
    • Intuitive Controls - Streamlined and standardized controls so you can become familiar with the library quickly and master all the instruments easily. Advanced functions, such as alternating bow strokes and automatic variability, help you produce more realistic sounding performances with minimal effort. Personal Orchestra allows you to express your musical ideas quickly and easily.
    • Reasonable Computer Demands/Universal Format - Works on all popular formats, both Mac and PC, either as a standalone program or as a plug-in (supporting VST, DXi, RTAS, and OS X AudioUnits). The entire orchestra can be loaded on a single PC or laptop with sufficient RAM.

    Below is a breakdown of the instruments included in Garritan Personal Orchestra:

    KEYBOARDS and HARP: Steinway Concert Grand Piano, Steinway Piano Lite, Steinway Piano, Piano Duo1 & Duo2, Harpsichord KS (mute, bright & mellow), Concert Pipe Organ with 3 manuals and 11 stops, Chromatic Harp 1 (Venus), Chromatic Harp 2 (Wurlitzer), Glissando Harp 1 (with MIDI packets for glissando), Glissando Harp 2, Harp Harmonics 1, Harp Harmonics 2,

    BRASS: Solo French Horn 1, Solo French Horn 2, 6 Horns for Ensembles, 2 additional Horn f & ff Overlays (for an 8 horn section), Solo Trumpet 1, Solo Trumpet 2, 3 Trumpets for Ensembles, Solo Trumpet Mute, 3 Muted Trumpets for Ensembles , Trumpet Overlay, Piccolo Trumpet , Solo French Horn Mute, 3 Muted Horns for Ensembles , Solo Tenor Trombone , 3 Trombones for Ensembles , Solo Trombone Mute, 3 Muted Trombones for Ensembles , Trombone Overlay, Solo Bass Trombone 1, Solo Bass Trombone 2, Solo Tuba 1, Solo Tuba 2, Tuba Overlay, Solo Contrabass Tuba

    STRING SECTION INSTRUMENTS: 1st Violin Section (12 Players): Vln 1 Lush Vln 1 Lush Mutes (Sordino), Vlns 1 Pizzicato, Vlns 1 Short Bows, Vlns 1 Sustain+Short, Vlns 1 Sustain+Short Mutes, Vlns 1 Tremolo, Vlns 1 Trills Half, Vlns 1 Trills Whole, Vlns 1 KS Combo. 2nd Violin Section (10 Players): Vln 2 Lush (10 Players), Vln 2 Lush Mutes, Vlns 2 Pizzicato, Vlns 2 Short Bows, Vlns 2 Sustain+Short, Vlns 2 Sustain+Short Mutes, Vlns 2 Tremolo, Vlns 2 Trills Half, Vlns 2 Trills Whole, Vlns 2 KS Combo. Viola Section (10 Players): Violas Lush, Violas Lush Mutes, Violas Pizzicato, Violas Short Bows, Violas Sustain+Short, Violas Sustain+Short Mutes, Violas Tremolo, Violas Trills Half, Violas Trills Whole, Violas KS Combo, Cello Section (8 Players): Cellos Lush, Cellos Lush Mutes, Cellos Pizzicato, Cellos Short Bows, Cellos Sustain+Short, Cellos Sustain+Short Mutes, Cellos Tremolo, Cellos Trills Half, Cellos Trills Whole Cellos KS Combo. Double Bass Section (7 Players): Basses Lush, Basses Lush Mutes, Basses Pizzicato, Basses Short Bows Basses Sustain+Short, Basses Sustain+Short Mutes, Basses KS Combo, Basses Tremolo.

    SOLO STRINGED INSTRUMENTS: Solo Stradivari Violin, Solo Gagliano Violin, Solo Guarneri Violin, 9 Violins for Creating Ensembles, Solo Viola, 3 Violas for Ensembles, Solo Cello 1, Solo Cello 2, Solo Cello 3, 9 Cellos for Creating Ensembles, Solo Double Bass, 3 Basses for Creating Ensembers

    WOODWINDS: Piccolo, Solo Flute, 3 Flutes for Ensembles, Alto Flute, 3 Alto Flutes for Ensembles, Bass Flute, Solo Oboe 1, Solo Oboe 2, Solo Oboe 3, 3 Oboes for Ensembles, Oboe D'Amore, Solo English Horn 1, Solo English Horn 2, Solo Bb Clarinet, 3 Clarinets for Ensembles, Eb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, 3 Bass Clarinets for Ensembles, Solo Contrabass Clarinet, Solo Bassoon 1, Solo Bassoon 2, 3 Bassoons for Ensembles, Solo Contrabassoon 1, Solo Contrabassoon 2

    PERCUSSION: Bass Drum (with adjustable fundamental), Crotales, Orchestral Cymbals (gongs, tam-tam, piatti cymbals, various size cymbals, hits and crescendos), Glass Harmonica, Glockenspiel, Handbells, Marimba, Grand Symphonic Marimba, Handbells, Assorted Percussion Toys (cowbells, gourds, shakers, tambourine, castanets, ratchet, sleigh bells, claves, triangles, etc.) Snares (side, snare & rolls), Timpani, Tubular Bells, Vibraphone, Wind Machine, Xylophone, Basic Orchestral Percussion Combination

    Whether you're a professional film composer who needs to produce orchestral mockups at a moment's notice, a hobbyist who wants to create great sounding orchestral music, an educator or a student who is studying the art and craft of orchestration, Personal Orchestra will simplify creative work at a price that won't break the bank. In the studio, at home, on the road, or at the beach, Personal Orchestra is "An Orchestra for Every Musician"

    Personal Orchestra has begun shipping. You can visit the company's web site to hear some MP3 demos.

    Suggested Retail price: $249

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