Rating: 5/5 Stars
The fifth volume of the Metropolis series marks the final reel of a cinematic odyssey inspired by Fritz Lang’s monumental 1927 sci‑fi drama. Designed for large‑scale, broad‑brushstroke orchestral work, previous titles served up powerful outsize sections, blended woodwind and brass ensembles, battering trailer drums, choirs, pianos and a host of extras (you can read the in‑depth reviews on the SOS website).
MA5 (80GB installed) seals the legacy with a similar instrumentation, this time with the accent on musical functionality. Once again large orchestral sections are augmented by a mixed choir, but in an unexpected twist the library also includes analogue and modular synths, among them a Minimoog and Moog Subsequent 37. These electronic marvels were run through speakers and recorded in Berlin’s reverberant Teldex Scoring Stage from Orchestral Tools’ standard mic positions, imbuing their patches with a hybrid quasi‑orchestral flavour.
A major selling point is the...