BIG BANG ORCHESTRA HERCULES
Big Bang Orchestra: Hercules - Low Brass
Low Brass Ensemble of the Synchron Stage Vienna
Four bass trombones, a bass tuba, and a double bass tuba
Switchable fortississimo for a particularly haunting sound
Many microphone positions with additional “close” mics
Variety of playing styles with up to five dynamic levels
From the ominous pianissimo to the dramatic fortississimo
Real legati, glissandi, swells, flutter tongue, trills etc.
Shortly after the opening of the Synchron Stage Vienna, with the first film music recordings, VSL was attested by customers from Hollywood that the brass section of the Synchron Stage Orchestra was among the best they had ever heard.
This coveted sound is created by a combination of several factors. First of all, the high quality of the musicians who have contributed to a large number of film music recordings is decisive. It is also a fact that the brass instruments in the Synchron Stage Vienna are particularly effective due to their acoustic properties. Last but not least, the masterful miking of the instruments by the Chief Recording Engineer of the Synchron Stage Vienna, Bernd Mazagg, plays a decisive role. All these experiences from many years of recordings for international film, TV and game music productions have flowed into the development of this product and shape the excellent sound of these brass ensembles.
The ensemble recorded for Big Bang Orchestra: Hercules consists of four bass trombones, a bass tuba and a double bass tuba that plays an octave lower than the other instruments and can be individually switched on or off.
The library contains a variety of playing styles in up to five dynamic levels: short notes, marcati, real legati, sforzandi, sforzatissimi, various crescendos and diminuedi, flutter tongue, trills, glissandi and fast repetitions. An extra fff layer can be activated for long tones. Achieving this fortississimo in the lowest registers was a particular challenge for the musicians - the volume of air required is enormous. Nevertheless, in addition to "normal" sustains, full-fledged interval legacy in the lowest positions in the fff could be played, with impressive results.
BBO: Hercules' low brass instruments have been completely re-recorded. They can therefore easily be combined with the tutti modules of the Big Bang Orchestra to achieve an even fatter brass sound. The usual mixer presets are available in the Synchron Player, which guarantee a homogeneous sound when used in combination with the other modules of the Big Bang Orchestra. In addition, the “Processed” category contains mixer presets such as “Compressed”, “Sparkling”, “Wall of Low Brass”, “Howling Brass”, “Threatening Sustain” and many more.
- PC Windows 7/8/10 (last update, 64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
- macOS 10.10 (last update) or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo
- SSD (M2, Sata 6 or USB3 / 3.1 UASP support) for the sample content
- 8 GB RAM (16 GB or more recommended)
- AU / VST / AAX Native Compatible Host Program (AAX version requires Pro Tools 10.3.5 or higher)
- VIENNA KEY (Vienna Symphonic Library USB copy protection plug) or other USB eLicenser (e.g. from Steinberg or Arturia)
Other system configurations can work, but are not actively supported.
- PC Windows 7/8/10 (last update, 64-bit), Intel i5 / i7 / Xeon
- macOS 10.12 (or higher), Intel i5 / i7 / Xeon
- 16 GB RAM or more, depending on your registered products
- 88 key master keyboard
Vienna Instruments and software require a ViennaKey
The USB dongle from eLicenser (Steinberg, formerly Syncrosoft) is not included in the Vienna Instruments, but must be purchased separately. So you have to order at least one ViennaKey together with your first collection. It is automatically placed in the basket with the first instrument, but can be deleted again if you do not need it. Each ViennaKey can store up to 100 product licenses.
You also need an internet connection on any computer to authorize a ViennaKey.