After its release last year 'The Orchestra' from Best Service quickly became the go-to orchestral plugin for many composers. The fact that it focuses on putting you in the driving seat of the performance, rather than the studio seat of tweaking MIDI parameters when it comes to orchestral soundbanks was a big draw for many. The 7GBs of rich and detailed samples probably had something to do with it too!
And now fans of 'The Orchestra' will be delighted to hear that Best Service have brought out a free update with a whole host of new additions.
Here's what you can expect from version 1.1:
- A Glockenspiel was added as a single patch and in the engine instrument
- Triplets are now available as a rate option for the arpeggiators
- The new user preset system enables you to save your own presets for the ensemble instrument and even share them with other users any way you like.
- The MIDI controller which scales the dynamics up and down can now be changed between CC1, CC2 and CC11, so that you can use the mod wheel (CC1) for other automation.
- A new humaniser was added
- On the mixer page, every instrument slot can now be assigned to a separate output. This makes it possible to mix and edit every individual instrument of the engine inside your DAW.
- More than 35 new presets and 15 new multis.
- The instrument browser now automatically updates itself to show the right entry for the currently chosen instrument slot
- Mute and solo buttons are now also available on the main page
- The mute buttons are now automatable
- The note selection menu was upgraded with a new Top 3 option
- In the instrument browser, the view will now always jump to the currently loaded articulation of the selected slot
- When stepper or envelope data is edited after the dynamic controller was used, the engine will wait a few seconds before it jumps back to the current dynamic scaling
- A couple of small graphics and function bug fixes