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Sonokinetic Maximo

Sample Library
Published May 2017
By Robin Bigwood

Sonokinetic have been carving out a niche for themselves in phrase-based orchestral libraries, and with their latest offering, Maximo, that niche just got a whole lot bigger!

Maximo is a Kontakt library dedicated to high-octane, hefty, ‘action packed’ orchestral phrases. It was recorded in the same hall, with the same mic arrays, as many other Sonokinetic libraries, but this one apparently uses the biggest orchestra of them all, with no fewer than 101 players involved in total. All sections are purposely bass-heavy, with 16 cellos in the strings, for example, and elsewhere a contra-bassoon, bass clarinet, eight horns, six bass trombones, a tuba and a cimbasso (no, I hadn’t heard of that one either...). Even the trumpets are specifically listed as ‘low’. So the fundamental character here is rather serious and butch, and if it’s glittering, effervescent heights you’re after, you’ll want to check out something like Capriccio, one of Maximo’s sister libraries.

Maximo’s Brass instrument, running in an instance of Kontakt. The three graphic-score phrase areas are easily spotted, and Kontakt’s keyboard reveals the extensive (and widely spaced) key group implementation. It’s possible to load other orchestral sections alongside, in the same Kontakt instance; their key groups complement one another to allow for concurrent use. Maximo’s Brass instrument, running in an instance of Kontakt. The three graphic-score phrase areas are easily spotted, and Kontakt’s keyboard reveals the extensive (and widely spaced) key group implementation. It’s possible to load other orchestral sections alongside, in the same Kontakt instance; their key groups complement one another to allow for concurrent use. Some practicalities first. Kontakt or Kontakt Player 5.1 (or later) is required to run Maximo. It also comes in a version that will do the ‘rainbow keys’ thing with Native Instruments’ S-series keyboard controllers,...

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Published May 2017