Layers from OrchstralTools

wow, i just saw a video of Layers from OrchstralTools, besides BigBang this one has a brilliant sound too. Cant wait to install and play with it … :grimacing::grimacing:


Very nice sound! Although limited in articulations and such of course, as all free tools. But put together all free libraries on the market now actually are very capable. I think I will do a video compiling what’s out there on the “free libraries and plugins” for orchestral music! :slight_smile:

That would be great, you know i like freebies, and have a bunch of them.
I still can’t purchase big libraries as long i am not able to sell my music :slight_smile:

I know, many people get their feet wet with the free tools. The reason I haven’t used them is simple. I collected so many plugins and libraries over my 20+ years of making music haha. Also, the other reason is that free stuff used to, well, suck to be honest. :stuck_out_tongue:

The recent free stuff has been amazing. It’s like Spitfire set a trend with their LABS range. Now many other developers jumped on that train. Which is great for all of us! :wink:

I started very easy with LMMS and free Soundfonts. Now, one year later i bought Reaper and some Spitfire stuff. The string soundfonts i used had around 100KB and Epic Strings from Spitfire already 1,2 GB. And thats exactly the difference of how it sounds at the end :stuck_out_tongue:

LABS is amazing, also their “Original” stuff. I miss a bit a free choir or solo voice. I dont like the Labs choir so much, but for free its genious.
And i really like that more and more companies implement their own players, like the sine player here or spitfire. So you dont need NI :wink: anymore.

But i know what u mean.

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Speaking of the LABS choir (and regarding your sound design thread), Spitfire held a NASA themed competition where you were only allowed to use that one instrument. I did some aggressive sound design stuff; mostly “live” through (lots of) plugins, though for Celestial Fireworks, I threw some snippets into VPS Avenger.

#labschoir Celestial Lightsabers

#labschoir Celestial Fireworks

#labschoir Bubble Nebula

I could share the project files somewhere, but the depend on Cubase and a bunch of plugins, obviously, so I’m not sure how useful that would be. Some standardized way of visualizing plugin “rigs” for documentation, education etc, would be handy…


jeeeeez :flushed:
thats awesome! :+1:
how did u make these male “Ta” Sounds in Bubble Nebula?

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Thanks! :slight_smile:

All “noisy” sounds, including the “t” consonants, were created from big, dissonant “chords” that were then EQ’d to taste and modulated as needed using fader automation. There’s a lot of breath noise in those choir samples, so I basically just extracted that - a pretty backwards approach, but perfectly viable if you can’t use other sound sources.

A lot of work :slight_smile: But the result was worth it!

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After my first look:

Sound is brilliant. I really like the smooth fades between Strings, Winds, and Brass depening on how much expression u give. Well Done.

As Layers comes as an “accord” istrument it is very hard to program and play it, because u have to switch between major and minor chors with c#1 :confused:

Also, there is only 1 octave u can play. They use the whole keyboard to play the inversions of the chord. If u need it, it could be helpful, but u cant play this instruments as normal :wink:

I think i will only use it at the beginning and the end of my tracks with very looooong notes, so there is no need to switch between the articulations.

Its much easier to do this with my spitfire instruments.

But in fact i like the sound and i try to use it my next track.

Best Regards