VSL Big Bang Orchestra: Izar

Low brass clusters featuring recordings of trombones, bass tuba and contrabass tuba

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Clusters have become a fixture in modern film scores. Especially low brass instruments are frequently deployed to create this sonic effect, so VSL decided to dedicate an entire volume of their Big Bang Orchestra series to exploring this technique.

Big Bang Orchestra: Izar includes all of the articulations of the Low Brass prequel Hercules, sans legatos, played as clusters. You get short notes, marcatos, several dynamic articulations (sfz, sffz, various crescendos and decrescendos), flutter tonguing, trills, glissandos and fast repetitions, all played as half-tone clusters consisting of three adjacent semitones.

It’s easy to figure out which notes you hear when you press a key: The played note is at the centre of three clustered notes, with one a semitone higher and the third a semitone lower.

Key Features:

  • Synchron Stage Vienna’s famous low brass section
  • Ensemble of four bass trombones, one bass tuba, one contrabass tuba
  • Half-tone clusters in a wide variety of articulations
  • Extra fortississimo layers for an extremely brassy and dramatic sound
  • Multiple microphone positions, additional close mic positions
  • From ominous pianissimos to breathtaking fortississimos

WHAT IS THE BIG BANG ORCHESTRA SERIES?

VSL's Big Bang Orchestra series is an excellent entry into the world of Vienna Symphonic Library instruments. Create large orchestrations in no time. Beef up your existing tracks by adding some massive tutti layers. Inject some inspiration into your composing process just by pressing a few notes and letting the huge sound work its magic.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

As in BBO: Hercules, the low brass ensemble consists of four bass trombones, one bass tuba, and one contrabass tuba. For sustained notes you can choose whether to use an additional fff layer. There’s also a preset that combines patches of BBO: Hercules (if installed) and Izar that lets you crossfade from straight notes to clusters.

BBO: Izar offers the usual mixer presets that integrate seamlessly with all the other modules of the Big Bang Orchestra. What’s more, the “Processed” category offers mixer presets such as “Compressed”, “Sparkling”, “Wall of Low Brass”, “Howling Brass”, and “Threatening Sustain” that correspond with the Low Brass presets of Big Bang Orchestra: Hercules.

Microphone Setup

  • Main (Decca tree stereo)
  • Main (Decca tree center)
  • Main surround stereo
  • High stereo
  • High surround stereo
  • Mid stereo
  • Low Brass close

Please click on the link below to view the download and install guide for this product.

http://help.timespace.com/home/vsl-install-guides

Customer Reviews

Press Quotes

"This extensive range of ready-to-play, pre-orchestrated performances and textures takes the strain out of creating dramatic scores. Practical and affordable for beginners, BBO also has plenty to offer pro users." - Dave Stewart (Sound On Sound) 

Tech Specs

Product Type:

Virtual Instrument

Format:

  • Stand alone

Product Specs:

System Requirements 
  • PC Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • OS X 10.10 (latest update) or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Hard drive for sample content: 7200 rpm or faster (SSD recommended)
  • 8 GB RAM 
  • AU/VST/AAX Native compatible host (AAX version requires Pro Tools 10.3.5 or higher)
  • VIENNA KEY (Vienna Symphonic Library USB protection device) or other USB eLicenser (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia)
  • 3.6 GB free hard drive space

Other configurations may work but are not actively supported.

 
Recommended
 
  • Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • macOS 10.12 (or higher), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • SSD (M2, Sata 6 or USB3/3.1 UASP Support) for sample content
  • 88 key master keyboard

Compatibility