The fourth addition to ProjectSAM’s Symphobia series of orchestral sample libraries aimed at composers of music for film is subtitled Pandora — and opening this particular box reveals, appropriately enough, an NKS‑compatible 140GB trove of material suitable for use in action, thriller, sci-fi and horror films.
Many of the mapped samples — including spine-chilling rising and falling string motifs lasting from two to 15 seconds, dramatic crescendos on strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion, eerie violin textures and terrifying brass stabs — can be shaped by engaging a new Sound Design Mode, which allows users to add effects and processing, change the audio’s attack or release, edit sample playback start positions, and reverse or timestretch the sampled material.
Another handy feature is Adaptive Sync, new for Symphobia 4, which makes it easier to use Pandora’s many developing textures with clearly defined endings; you identify the point where you want a crescendo or rising string line to end, and how long you need the cue to be in beats or seconds, and the software selects a performance of the right length from its internal database automatically. If you subsequently change tempo or move the cue forwards or backwards, the software adjusts the cue to compensate, selecting a different sample if needed.
Symphobia 4: Pandora is available now from UK distributor Time & Space (see www.timespace.com) for £619the ProjectSAM website for $659.