IK Multimedia have announced Miroslav Philharmonik 2, the next-generation of their “emotionally expressive” orchestral collection for Mac/PC. Made in conjunction with master musician Miroslav Vitous, it comes with over 1000 new sounds that include soaring strings, animated woodwinds and majestic brass in both solo and ensemble forms. In total, it offers a remarkable 55GB content library with over 2500 instruments sampled in high-resolution audio with multiple articulations, plus over 30 effects (including four from the T-Racks range), three playback engines, a synthesizer section, a built-in mixer and a whole lot more.
Miroslav Philarmonik 2 is billed as “a sweeping vision from a master artist embodied in a new virtual instrument that puts the full emotional range and humanity of a symphony orchestra at musicians' and composers' fingertips.”
Each of these new 1000 sounds has been recorded at the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, a space that's been used by such legendary figures as Andrea Bocelli, Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin and, of course, Miroslav Vitous himself.
Every new sound includes its own articulations that can be accessed either via a convenient key switching system or as separate instruments. The instruments from the original Miroslav Philharmonik have also been enhanced to take advantage of the new SampleTank 3 technology powering Miroslav Philharmonik 2. This provides more possibilities for sonic sculpting than ever before: All instruments now come with 8 macro controls (as opposed to 4) that control features like a 3-band EQ, a filter cutoff and envelope parameters like attack and release that are designed for on-the-fly adjustments.
Pricing and availability
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 will be available in December. It is currently available for pre-order at special, limited-time introductory pricing via the IK online store and from select music retailers in a number of different options:
Current owners of Miroslav Philharmonik can upgrade for as little as $/€199.99* for direct download or $/€229.99 for a boxed copy. Furthermore, early adopters who purchased and registered Miroslav Philharmonik before 2011 will automatically receive 50 JamPoints in their user account for use against the price of the upgrade.
Users with qualifying IK software can crossgrade from $/€299.99 for a direct download or $/€329.99 for a boxed copy. New users can get Miroslav Philharmonik 2, with pricing starting at $/€399.99 for a direct download or $/€429.99 for a boxed copy.