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Sonokinetic Espressivo

Sample Library
Published November 2017
By Robin Bigwood

Sonokinetic Espressivo

Sonokinetic turn their usual high standards towards something more sinister...

Despite huge advances in the complexity and subtlety of orchestral sample libraries in recent years, it can still be a challenge to create truly convincing, natural-sounding results, especially when production deadlines are tight and the clock is ticking. That’s even more true when out-of-the-ordinary, bold, extended instrumental techniques are called for: conventional multi-sampled libraries can often be left sounding decidedly polite and puny. So what do you do when you need ballsy, atmospherically charged, fully scored results that’ll bear the closest scrutiny of believability?

Sonokinetic’s solution is phrase based. Rather than you building up musical material note by note, you instead select from a ready-to-go menu of hundreds of loops and hits, all recorded by a real orchestra, in a great acoustic, in completely naturalistic fashion. Delivered through Kontakt, these loops still offer some degree of control and flexibility, and when needed they conform to your sequence tempo via automatic time-stretching.

This approach underpins most of Sonokinetic’s major libraries, but with Espressivo the underlying musical mood is of a very distinct character. The name might suggest something subtle and beautiful, but in fact Espressivo’s strapline is ‘aleatoric orchestral sampling’,...

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Published November 2017