Synful Orchestra 2.5.5
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Added support for Mac OSX 10.7 Lion. If you have upgraded to OSX Lion then download the latest release of Synful Orchestra 2.5.5 for Mac OSX. This does not affect the Windows release which remains at version 2.5.2.
Synful Orchestra 2.5 - New French Horn
Friday, December 19, 2008
The new Synful Orchestra 2.5 French Horn is an important step in the evolution of Synful's RPM technology. We are quite pleased with the full range of expressive capabilities of this instrument combined with its ease of use. For most playing just set the Expression Brassiness control to a desired level and play in a normal style. Synful produces natural slurs, attacks, and varying note shapes automatically. Solo horn or sections from 2 to 16 players are easy - just turn the number of players knob. Like all Synful Orchestra instruments, when you play harmony in a section the players distribute themselves over the notes of the chord - automatic divisi. You can change continuously from a very dark sound to an extremely brassy sound. Realistic slurs, glisses, rips, trills, dramatic crescendi and dimuendi are simple and intuitive. The new French Horn is the first fully expressive instrument to use our 2nd generation RPM Synful synthesis engine. The new French horn does not use Delay for Expression. Everything you play live is the final product. It is based on new 24 bit recordings which have been translated to a new generation additive synthesis format.
read more about 2.5
listen to examples
using the new horn instructions
Synful Orchestra 2.4.3 with Protools/RTAS for Mac Compatibility
Monday, February 15, 2008
Synful is pleased to announce the availability of Synful Orchestra 2.4.3 for Protools/RTAS on Mac. We have had many, many requests by Protools users for an RTAS version of Synful Orchestra. Finally it has arrived. Version 2.4.3 supports Protools/RTAS for Mac OSX. We will provide another release in the near future that supports Protools/RTAS on Windows. Version 2.4.3 also provides a number of bugs fixes for all plugin formats (AU,VST,DXi,RTAS) -- see www.synful.com/WhatsNew.htm for details.
We have also added to the sound demos at www.synful.com. Check out the new mp3 Night Ring. This is a latin-chinese funk piece for strings only -- but you've never heard strings like these.
New Sound Examples With Both Realistic and Imaginary Instruments
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
To celebrate the release of Synful Orchestra 2.4 we have created 15 new sound examples using the new string playing modes. Some of these examples sound absolutely realistic. Others use the Synful Orchestra controls to modify the sounds and create imaginary musical instruments.
Synful Orchestra 2.4.1 with Full String Playing Modes and More
Monday, December 17, 2007
Synful Orchestra 2.4.1 introduces full string playing modes, powerful new real-time-controls, a new synthesis engine, Sibelius 5 compatibility, and much more ...
Full String Playing Modes. pizzicato, bartok-pizz, col-legno, tremolo, harmonics, sul-ponticello, sul-ponticello-tremolo.
Powerful New Controls. Synful Orchestra introduces many unique and innovative real-time controls. Bow Noise, Attack Noise, and Breath Noise allow you to continuously adjust the naturally occurring noise elements of a sound. A string tremolo can be transformed from a sharp and jagged assault to a smeared out shimmer. You can adjust Tremolo Rate from a dead stop to inhumanly fast without altering fidelity of the original. Sforzando Strength continuously stretches and emphasizes the first strokes of a tremolo just like a real player. Release Time adjusts the natural ringing sound as a bow leaves the string or as a plucked string decays. Vibrato Depth allows you to continuously adjust the original recorded natural vibrato. This is far superior to traditional samplers where you have two bad choices: apply an overly simple LFO to a flat sample or use the frozen vibrato of a sample.
Imaginary Instruments. Adjusting the harmonic tilt and release time of pizzicato strings allows you to create all kinds of Koto, African Kora, and otherworldly sounds. You can use Synful Orchestra real-time controls to transform winds and strings into an endless variety of surreal new instruments – eerie, ominous, aggressive, and peaceful – see www.synful.com/SoundExamples.htm.
New Synthesis Engine. Achieving hi-fidelity in a sampler is easy when you're just playing back digital recordings. But if you want to stretch and compress the duration of sounds, alter characteristics like bow and breath noise, adjust the levels of individual harmonics in the sounds, and splice sounds together in complex ways, then preserving the fidelity of the of the original recording is much more difficult. We believe we have achieved this with our new synthesis engine. The new string playing modes are the first to use our new synthesis engine, preserving full 24 bit fidelity while allowing us the flexible morphing capabilities we need for Reconstructive Phrase Modeling (RPM) – see www.synful.com/RPM.htm.
Sibelius 5 Direct Plugin Compatibility. We have received so many requests for this! Earlier this year Sibelius 5 was introduced, featuring full plugin host features for AU and VST plugins. Use either AU or VST format on Macs and PCs and combine the expressive power of Synful Orchestra with the powerful notation and sequencing capabilities of Sibelius.
Keyswitching. To access the new playing modes you can use keyswitching, MIDI program changes, or the Synful Orchestra Control Panel. Articulations that normally occur in arco string playing such as spicatto, detaché, normal legato, bow-changes, attacks of various kinds, etc. are still automatically selected based on normal Midi input. However Playing Mode changes from arco, to pizzicato, sul-ponticello, etc. are choices that the composer or performer must make and keyswitching makes these very convenient.
Flexible MIDI Controller mapping. You can now map any MIDI continuous control to any Synful Orchestra parameter. No more Volume Only or Volume and Expression switches.
Small Size. Uses 120M of memory – no disk streaming.
Windows XP, Vista, XP64 and Vista64
Mac Universal Binary, 10.4 and 10.5 (Leopard)
Logic 7/8, Cubase 3/4, DP5, Sonar 6/7, Live, Garage Band and Many more
Synful Orchestra 2.4.0 with Full String Playing Modes and More
Monday, November 12, 2007
This is an important new release for Synful. The new string playing modes include pizzicato, bartok-pizz, collegno, tremolo, harmonics, sul-ponticello, sul-ponticello-tremolo and mute. The string playing modes are the first to use our new synthesis engine which preserves full 24 bit fidelity while still allowing us the flexible morphing capabilities we need for Synful's Reconstructive Phrase Modeling (RPM). Achieving hi-fidelity in a sampler is easy when you're just playing back digital recordings. But if you want to stretch and compress the durations of sounds, alter charateristics like bow and breath noise, adjust the levels of individual harmonics in the sounds, and splice sounds together in complex ways, then preserving the fidelity of the of the original recording is much more difficult. We believe we have achieved this with our new synth engine. In Synful Orchestra 2.4.0 you can adjust tremolo speed from almost a dead stop to very-very fast without altering the fidelity of the original recording. The bow noise control can continuously adjust a violin tremolo from sharp and jagged to a smeared out shimmer. The new sforzando control stretches and emphasizes the first stroke of a tremolo. Adjusting harmonic tilt, release time, and release noise level, in pizzicato strings can create all kinds of Koto, African kora, and otherworldy sounds.
Synful Orchestra 2.4.0 also adds keyswitching, flexible MIDI control mapping, many new control paramenters, an integrated authorization system, support for MAC Univeral Binary, Leopard, Logic 8, Windows XP/Vista 32/64, and more.
Synful Orchestra 2.3.2 Universal Binary for MAC OSX
Monday, December 19, 2006
There is a new Mac Universal Binary version of Synful Orchestra 2.3.2. It runs on both new Intel Macs and older Power PC Macs. This version has no new sounds or other new features compared to version 2.3.0. So the only reason to download and install this is if you want to run Synful Orchestra on a new Intel Mac.
Apology for Being Late
Friday, July 28, 2006
We have delayed the release of our improved instruments and rerecorded instruments more than once! We sincerely apologize for this. We have in fact rerecorded almost all instruments with all kinds of articulation and all "standard" orchestral techniques -- harmonics, mutes, sul ponticello, tremolo, pizz, flutter tongues, and most importantly a very wide range of phrases with all kinds of slurs, attacks, light and heavy bowing, etc. When we began to incorporate these recordings in improved Synful instruments we found difenciencies in our underlying RPM technology. This was especially true during fast changing sounds -- horn glisses/rips, fast bowing etc. We believe we have made significant improvements to RPM over the past several months and we will move as fast as possible to get the new instruments and sounds to you. We apologize for the delay and the inconvenience.
Hopefully, the wait will be worth it.
Thanks for your patience, Eric Lindemann, Synful
Synful Orchestra 2.3.0 With Sections in BETA!!!
Monday, January 3, 2006
Synful Orchestra 2.3.0 with Sections BETA is now available for download at www.synful.com/Download.htm. String Sections, Brass and Woodwind Sections. Any Synful Orchestra instrument can be turned into a natural sounding section. The user can select the number of players in the section, how the players are positioned on stage, and more. Those who have previously downloaded a demo version of Synful Orchestra can download again for a new 15 day trial to evaluate Synful Orchestra 2.3.0 with Sections. For full details on 2.3.0 see Features and Overview and Download.
Synful Orchestra for MAC OSX Has Arrived!!!
Monday, June 13, 2005
Finally Mac users can benefit from the expressivity and realism of Synful Orchestra. Synful Orchestra for Mac OSX supports AU and VST plugin formats so it is ideal for use with Logic, Digital Performer, Cubase and other leading Mac plugin host sequencers. A free trial Mac demo as well as the Windows demo is availble for download at free trial download. When you purchase Synful Orchestra you can use it on both Mac and Windows machines. Mac OSX 10.3.9 or higher or Windows 2000, XP or higher is required.
Synful at NAMM Booth 1693 Back of Hall E
"Man, I can`t believe this is a synth...its the most convincing alternate
bowing and tone i`ve heard from a synth. Amazing potential. If this is the
"AWESOME!!! AWESOME!!! AWESOME!!!
After two days trying the demo version... simply unbelievable!"
Guga Bernardo Posted: 12-27-2004, 06:02 PM
"This program is bloody addictive! I love how expressive it is."
dcoscina Posted: Fri Dec 31, 2004 11:56 am
"I'm very impressed with the technology. Take a listen to this example which I made in 35 minutes after installing the program, and be aware this is literally noodling around, improvising, with no editing. I've left it this way so you can see how it sounds as is"
Robert Kral Posted: 01-05-2005, 04:30 PM
"I thought I'd play with the trumpet and the results were a revelation, to say the least. Talk about slurs no sampler could EVER EVER do. Here's a couple fairly famous melodies (mangled I'm sure, I did it from memory and I haven't heard either piece in years, so my apologies!!) http://www.mydocsonline.com/pub/fre...mpet%20Demo.mp3
This approach to music making is intense stuff, and it's only going to get better. I'm so excited to see how this product (and others) develop. I think as soon as I have a little cash, it's *ka-ching* time... I'm a convert..."
FredProgGH Posted: 01-06-2005, 10:41 PM
"As far as the Beethoven string quartet demo is concerned, I strongly suspect that the passage was lifted directly from cd and is not Synful Orchestra itself" [NOTE: it really is Synful]
Gymnopedies Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2004 8:10 am
Synful Orchestra VST/DXi Virtual Software Plugin Synthesizer is the first product based on Synful's innovative Reconstructive Phrase Modeling (RPM) technology. Synful Orchestra is not a sampler or a sample library. It uses patented breakthrough technology representing a major milestone in music synthesis.
Automatically Creates Natural Phrasing and Articulation - Synful Orchestra responds to the performer. When you play a phrase with legato and detached notes, with accents, and pedal nuances, Synful Orchestra responds with realistic sounding slurs, tonguing, and bowing. No laborious editing of performances to select from a limited set of articulations in a sample library.
Realism Expressivity and Ease of Use - Real instruments have many ways of moving from note to note: slurs with varying amounts of portamento, lightly tongued or bowed note transitions, fast runs, detached hard attacks, etc. These note transitions are the connective tissue of musical expression. Whether you play live or from a MIDI sequence Synful Orchestra models these transitions. If you play staccato Synful Orchestra creates staccato attacks. If you play legato Synful Orchestra creates realistic legato transitions. Synful Orchestra models the way notes are sustained, the graceful onset of vibrato, breath sounds, the sound of the bow on the string, the change of tone color as a note becomes louder or softer. Using the innovate Synful Pitch Wheel mode, you can easily create natural string portamento.
Synful RPM Technology - Synful Orchestra is not a sampler or a sampler library or. Synful Orchestra is not a physical modeling synthesizer. It is an entirely new concept in music synthesis. According to Synful CEO, Eric Lindemann, Synful Orchestra and RPM are the result of eight years of intensive research. "We have long felt the need for a new technology to model expressive instruments such as strings and winds," said Lindemann. "Sampling is just too stiff. You can't play an expressive violin phrase on a sampler, no matter how good the sample library is".
RPM Phrase Database -- In Synful Orchestra the RPM Phrase Database is stored in memory and contains musical phrases for each instrument. These are not recordings of isolated notes but complete musical passages that represent all kinds of articulation and phrasing.
Searching and Splicing - When Synful Orchestra receives MIDI input it looks at the pitch, velocity, amount of separation or overlap between notes, note duration, volume, pitch wheel, and mod wheel to determine what kind of phrase is being played. Synful Orchestra searches the RPM Phrase Database for fragments that can be spliced together to form this phrase. These fragments represent transitions between notes, slurs with portamento, lightly tongued transitions, aggressive fast bowing, rapid runs, long sustain regions with graceful vibrato, and noise elements like flute chiffs and bow scratches. Synful Orchestra stretches and shifts these fragments in time and pitch so that they combine to form the final output.
RPM Additive SynthesisTechnology - Synful Orchestra uses a patented form of additive synthesis in which sounds are generated from combinations of pure sine waves and noise elements. T A single note in Synful Orchestra may be built from three or more rapidly spliced phrase fragments. Splicing ordinary PCM sampled sounds in this way would create unacceptable warbles and clicks. RPM additive synthesishis gives Synful Orchestra the ability to rapidly stretch, shift, and splice phrase fragments while preserving perfect phrase continuity. While additive synthesis can be computationally intensive, RPM innovations allow Synful Orchestra to generate 100 to160 voices in real-time on a 1.5 GHz Pentium IV.
Exquisite Sound Examples - The Synful Orchestra sound examples on Synful's website, feature Synful Orchestra strings playing an excerpt from Beethoven String Quartet Opus 132, Synful Orchestra winds playing the first few minutes of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, Synful Orchestra brass playing Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, and the entire Synful Orchestra playing a movement from a new composition by Anna Lindemann Hari-Hara. It is difficult to believe these examples were created on a synthesizer - they sound absolutely real. The Synful Orchestra sound examples demonstrate expressive and demanding instrumental playing. With Synful Orchestra the results are completely realistic. It is difficult to believe that these results come from a synthesizer.
Samplers Are Obsolete for Expressive Instruments - To realize the Synful Orchestra sound examples using even the most advanced sampler with the best sample libraries would require many hours manually selecting samples to achieve different note articulations. Even then the results would be disappointing, stiff, and unnatural. This is because it is impossible to achieve realistic musical phrasing for expressive instruments using samplers. A sample library is a collection of recordings of isolated notes. It is not surprising that when these recordings are strung together they sound like a sequence of unrelated isolated notes. With Synful Orchestra things are different:
- Synful Orchestra models transitions between notes automatically.
- Synful Orchestra models vibrato and extends the duration of notes using sophisticated statistical techniques. Sample loops with all their limitations are a thing of the past.
- Synful Orchestra responds to volume, pitch, and velocity changes with continuous changes in timbre, just like a real instrument.
Eric Lindemann, Synful CEO, Music Industry Veteran -- Eric Lindemann is a musician and veteran of music technology, having designed computer music machines for Pierre Boulez at IRCAM in Paris, samplers and hard-disk recorders as a founding engineer of Waveframe in Boulder, CO, and signal processors for Linn Drum in L.A. Lindemann played keyboards on many movie and television scores, toured with numerous pop groups, and played in assorted progressive rock and jazz bands.
Quotes From Northern Sounds Forum
Hardy Heern Posted: 12-25-2004, 05:28 AM
Eric's demos are totally mind boggling....I don't believe that ANY of the current libraries at any cost could replicate them....they are fabulously realistic. I even liked the Rites of Spring [sic] and I don't like the Rites of Spring! The Beethoven is unbelievable......excuse me for a moment.....I need to head for my superlative dictionary
Gungnir Posted: 12-25-2004, 04:17 PM
This technology deals with those sounds between the notes and the expressive evolution of held notes, the very stuff of musical expression. There appears to be upon first listening some problems with sustains and a few other issues, but the phrasing potential appears absolutely incredible. This cannot be a smart new synthesizer, it instead has to represent the future of working with recorded sound fragments to achieve a totally convincing result.
Videohlpr Posted: 12-26-2004, 12:24 AM
This program is awesome. Sure, alone it can sound a little "off" and synthy. But have YOU taken the time to combine it with EWQLSO (AT LOW volume)? Holy crap, this thing adds a buttload of nuances that used to take me two hours to pull off. This program (at least after playing with it for two hours) is going to make a huge difference in a bunch of people's lives. Especially those of us who score under a tremendous time constraint.
Hardy Heern Posted: 12-26-2004, 03:57 AM
I have NEVER heard anyone produce such a realistic solo violin line before except, perhaps, for Nigel Kennedy (and he was playing a real violin)!
Alexcremers Posted: 12-26-2004, 04:50 AM
I agree. I listen to solo violin quite a lot (I've been collecting 20th century violin concertos for years now) and this is the first time I hear that a simulation is sending through a similar message to that of a real violin. Lumpyhed Posted: 12-26-2004, 08:29 AMThis is some incredible stuff. It aint quite 'there' yet, but playing with the violin a little its amazing how good it sounds without any extra programming applied to it. Sharmy
Posted: 12-26-2004, 11:41 AM
I have spent some more time with this. I am really digging the expression aspects of it. In certain ways it wins hands down over my samples.
R.Glenn Posted: 12-26-2004, 02:52 PM
As others have pointed out already, a major strong point is the amount of expression you get from so little effort. You can actually get some pretty nice expression in by just recording it live and then play it back with "Delay for Expression"...even without tinkering with the volume levels...and adding the volume cotroller improves it further.
Tony Lombardi, Posted: 12-26-2004, 04:28 PM
WOW! That's quite stunning considering you used no controllers! If nothing else, I think people can agree this is one of the most expressive synths around. Serge Posted: 12-28-2004, 04:04 PM Today with the synful string demo we see a meteor hitting the computerized music land. In 2 years the big [sample] libraries will appear as dinosaurs. fozzy
Posted: 12-26-2004, 10:38 PM
I have been playing about with the demo version most of the day. Initial puzzlement has given way to pure enjoyment. I can see this, at present, as an important adjunct to the arsenal I've already gathered, with the potential to be much more than that.
Robert Gral Posted: 12-27-2004, 03:41 PM
just listened to the first two demos. Regardless of the technology, wether it's a synth or a sampler, it sounds fantastic!! I've really only heard the solo strings and woodwinds, not any brass yet....it sounds extremely good.
Guga Bernardo Posted: 12-27-2004, 06:02 PM
AWESOME!!! AWESOME!!! AWESOME!!!
After two days trying the demo version... simply unbelievable!
Ray Lindsley Posted: 12-27-2004, 06:16 PM
Wow, brilliant demo of the Synful violin. I really think we are witness to the birth of the future of orchestral emulation. A very exciting and promising technology.
RickD Posted: 12-27-2004, 06:44 PM
To coin the phrase used by Lenard Bernstein, I want it! I want it!! I WANT IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! in OSX ha ha, but I'll put up with it on a PC if I have to... It's what i had hoped to see a developer do, as it's the only way to address the almost infinite number of variations for timbre, and addresses the huge chasm that exists between the notes with traditional sample libraries. And for all the work that must have gone into this, and the potential it has I think 500 bucks is CHEAP! But since Eric did say OSX is coming out in 6 months, I think I'l wait unless he can offer me a crossgrade deal from PC to OSX. How about it Eric?
Kanjika Posted: 12-27-2004, 10:38 PM
The more i use this, the better it gets! The trumpet has an awesome, epic sound in this one song im working on.
YBaCuO Posted: 12-28-2004, 07:55 PM
What is different about Synful is to analyze the TRANSITIONS BETWEEN TWO NOTES. And for this reason, everyone can hear something approaching realism between notes, where before there was just this "sucking sound," or at least artifacts especially created to cover up this sucking sound.
TvM Posted: 12-31-2004, 03:22 PMHi!
I downloaded synfull orchestra last night,and started playing around with it and I gotta say,I've never had it more easy to compose. I just loaded the patches and started composing,no need for loading many articulations,just plug & play
YBaCuO Posted: 01-01-2005, 10:26 AM
TvM thanks for posting your Synful performance - another excellent example of the virtuosity that can be achieved with the Synful solo strings. Really quite amazing.
YBaCuO Posted: 01-01-2005, 11:43 AM Here is another quick and dirty demo, this time featuring the Synful Clarinet ...
I am absolutely amazed. The original midi file is virtually completely quantized with a flat velocity profile. I only added a slight velocity variation throughout. Clearly, Synful does an impressive performance in exceedingly difficult fast passages. What amazing technology. SAMPLE DEVELOPERS HAD BETTER JUMP ON THIS TECHNOLOGY OR BE LEFT BEHIND.
Charles Posted: 01-01-2005, 04:24 PM
I have listened to the Rite of Spring maybe 10 times because i just cant believe that i appear to be the only one impressed with it, i could easily believe this to be an actual recording of real pro players, you start to doubt your own ears when you receive no recognition of your own perceptions.
Quotes From the KvR Forum
Yossarian Posted: Sat Dec 25, 2004 3:48 am
The demos are amazing – and this thing only takes up 75 MB (the orchestra just 32 MB)!
Draagen Posted: Sat Dec 25, 2004 7:18 am
I have done orchestral stuff for many years and I really believe this is a huge step.
olepro Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2004 6:51 am
There´s no comparison at all, the synfull version is so much more real sounding, the synfull violin sounds like a instrument, not a sampling!
Motion Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2004 7:45 am
Personally I'm absoloutely smoked by what Mr Lindemann has achieved....I sit here with the demo of Synful and have never played in realtime off the bat so easily such an expressive instrument whether it is virtual or hardware based ...
M. Gardner Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:48 am
Well, for what its worth, I currently play second desk with the London Symphony Orchestra and I think its an amazing bit of software. I don't think it sounds particularly like a violin when listening carefully but it gives the effect of performance which helps convince the ear that it is a fiddler playing - that is the real brilliance here.
Rene Posted: Sat Dec 25, 2004 8:34 am
The Beethoven mp3 is absolutely impressive. If that result can be really achieved with the synth, it's a bargain. No matter if it's realtime or not. No library on earth can do those slurs with that freedom
Gymnopedies Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2004 8:10 amAs far as the Beethoven is concerned, I strongly suspect that the passage was lifted directly from cd and is not the instrument [Synful Orchestra] itself in use.
Rene Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2004 8:13 am
The MIDI file for the Beethoven passage is included in the demo. If you open it in a MIDI sequencer which understand tempo and set Synful appropiately, you get the same result. No obscure arts. kevvvvv Posted: Fri Dec 31, 2004 3:59 amdon't see how a sample set could have got the same nuances at all. btw Rene ... has Synful turned your plans upside down? You sound more impressed than I've heard you in a long time.
Quotes from the VI Forum
dcoscina Posted: Fri Dec 31, 2004 11:56 am
This program is bloody addictive! I love how expressive it is, regardless of some shortcomings it has in its overall realism.
griels Fri Dec 31, 2004 1:02 pm
Iagree! It's like a living breathing instrument Now I just need to scrape together some money after shelling out for monitors
Rob Kral Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2005 1:21 pm
What I am loving about this technology is now we are hearing very musical demos tryouts....meaning it sounds like the player is WANTING to and ENJOYING playing faster notes, runs, ornamentations etc....
Marsdy Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2004 1:31 am
That large bang you just heard was my jaw hitting the floor. Amazing
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