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Sofia Woodwinds

$301.04 $210.73 ex. vat

Description

Thank you for taking the time to check out Sofia Woodwinds. I’ve been working on this library for a few years and it’s gone through many iterations to get to this stage.

The library includes 13 woodwind instruments from piccolo to contrabassoon. Each instrument was recorded at 3 dynamic levels which you can smoothly crossfade in real-time or control through note-on velocity.

My approach to sample editing is to be as minimally invasive as possible, I want to maintain the integrity of the samples and keep them as fresh and alive as when they were recorded. I use the lowest amount of processing I can to tidy up any rough edges and create consistency across each sample set. This approach leaves the samples more organic and better suited for further processing, allowing you to combine them with other libraries or effects and blend them into different contexts.

Built for performance

I designed Sofia Woodwinds from the ground up with the intention of allowing you to perform. Every articulation, transition, and dynamic is under your control.

The library’s scripting interprets your performance to provide the most suitable legato transitions without you having to worry about pacing your playing or compensating for lag.

Each instrument has been set up to sound lovely out of the box and if you’re a tweaker there are fine tuning controls for almost every element of the library. Here are just a few of the more detailed controls you might like to use:

  • You can control the sensitivity of every continuous controller.
  • Play with the 5 parameters of vibrato – intensity, rate, pitch, gain, and timbre.
  • Adjust the crossfade time, pitch variance, and gain of legato transitions.
  • Control the speed of formant correct glides.

Breath Control

Performing virtual woodwinds with a breath controller feels so natural. Sofia Woodwinds includes a dedicated breath controller mode. When enabled you’ll be able to control when notes start, when they end, and their dynamic using your breath controller. If you have a more advanced controller with bite or tilt sensors you can connect these up to other parameters such as vibrato or flutter tongue.

Speaking of flutter tongue

With the exception of the oboes and contrabassoon all of the instruments include real flutter tongue samples. Using a continuous controller you can seamlessly transition from sustain samples to flutter tonguing. This is a great way to draw attention to a line and make your composition stand out.

Trills

The unique scripting gives you the ability to retrigger notes and produce real time trills of any tempo, duration, or interval. You’re not trapped trying to lock pre-recorded trills into your sequence. You play them to fit your music.

Repetitions

Through a combination of 4x recorded round robin overlay samples and a multitude of randomised elements Sofia Woodwinds give you a fresh sound on every key press. Playing at a higher velocity triggers the overlay attack samples that can be used to add punch and variety to the start of any phrase.

Microphone Positions

Recorded by Four For Music at their beautiful scoring stage in Sofia Bulgaria. Each musician was recorded in their standard seating position on the scoring stage. With 3 classic microphone positions you can place these instruments in almost any context. From delicate duets to bomnbastic epics, Sofia Woodwinds gives you the flexibility to blend into any ensemble.

The library’s interface offers you access to each set of microphones allowing you to control their volume, panning, width, and delay. You can purge any mic you wish in order to reduce the already low system resource footprint. When used as a multi-out plugin each channel can be routed to its own output.

Feature Summary

  • 13 Individually sampled instruments
    • Piccolo, 2x Concert Flute, Alto Flute, English Horn, 2x Oboe, 2x Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, 2x Bassoon, Contrabassoon
  • Independent plugin built with HISE (no player required)
  • Low CPU and RAM usage
  • Resizable interface with 4k support
  • 26000 samples – 16GB Uncompressed 24bit 48KHz

  • 3 Crossfadable dynamic layers
  • Up to 4x round robin + auto variation engine
  • 3 Microphone positions
    • Close, Decca Tree, Hall/Wide
  • Performance generated articulations
    • Playable legato, glides, trills, vibrato
  • Crossfadable flutter tongue (for some instruments).

More information…

If you’d like to know more about Sofia Woodwinds please listen to the audio demos, watch the videos, read the FAQ and detailed user manual. If you have any further questions please send me an email through the contact page.

Audio Demos

Videos

 

Requirements

  • Compatible with all modern 64bit operating systems
  • Host must support VSTi or AU plugins. Pro-Tools is not supported.
  • 10GB HDD
  • 4GB RAM
  • Internet Connection for initial download

FAQ

Does Sofia Woodwinds run in the free Kontakt Player?

No. Sofia Woodwinds won’t run in any version or variety of Kontakt. It’s an independent plugin and doesn’t require an extra player. As long as your host supports VST or AU plugins you can run the library.

Does the instrument use key switches?

Sofia Woodwinds is a performance focused library. You can play an infinite variety of articulations and phrases with just a MIDI keyboard and a few continuous controllers. There are no keyswitches because there is nothing to switch.

Are there any other Sofia libraries in the works?

Yes, I intend to create an entire Sofia orchestra. Aside from the woodwinds I’ve already recorded all of the brass, I just need to finish editing and put the library together. I’ve also recorded a harp and a solo violin. My next aim is to record the rest of the solo strings. Then I’ll record the string sections as divisi groups and finally I’ll start on the percussion. If you’re looking for libraries to use alongside Sofia Woodwinds I recommend you check out the offerings over at Strezov Sampling. Sofia was recorded on the same stage as many of Strezov’s libraries so they should blend quite well together.

Update History

  • v1.1.1 – 22/07/2019
    • Added tooltip display
    • Inverted functionality of velocity = glide rate button
    • New GUI
    • Removed RR button and improved automatic humanization
    • Improved vibrato
    • Changed position of velocity and breath control buttons

 

  • v1.1.0 – 13/06/2019
    • Staccato round robin samples
    • Flutter tongue samples for most instruments
    • Parameter controls for each articulation
    • Completely redesigned interface
    • Breath controller mode
    • Optional velocity controlled dynamics
    • Crossfadable flutter tongue
    • Complete customization of vibrato parameters
    • General improvements to vibrato
    • Preset browser
    • Master mixer channel
    • Coarse and fine tuning controls
    • Gain control for transitions
    • Multiple outputs when used as a plugin – each mic can output to a different channel

 

  • v1.0.6 – 10/11/2018
    • Tweaked sample start positions
    • Enhanced legato transitions
    • Removed “dryness” between legato transitions
    • Improved vibrato
    • Removed flutter tongue
    • Raised staccato min velocity
    • Improved balance between sample layers
    • Added performance meter to GUI

 

  • v1.0.4 – 08/10/2018
    • Fixed patch recall bug
    • Fixed graphical glitch on first load
    • Other minor improvements

 

  • v1.0.2 – 30/09/2018
    • Initial release. Includes the installer files for the standalone app and VST plugins, it does not include the audio samples.

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