Music can make or break any film or game. Dialog, scenery and great effects are simply not enough to convey the full feeling and emotion of what the filmmaker or gamemaker is trying to express. It takes more than a clever or humorous script. It takes more than great special effects and CGI. And it even takes more than a perfectly-delivered sarcastic Nicholson quip or raised eyebrow.
It takes music. Thoughtful, correctly-timed, appropriately-themed music. From sci-fi thriller and heart-wrenching drama movies to grand-scale end-of-the-universe games and everything in between, music is an indispensible pillar upon which a production’s success is built.
What would Jaws have been without the menacing drun-da, drun-da, drun-da in the background, announcing the imminent arrival of one of filmdom's most infamous villains? Does anyone not know that music?
Whether you're the next Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Quincy Jones, or just looking to add some great sounds to your video from last summer's trip to Aruba, you need a complete film score sound production package. You need the best.
You need Film Score Companion.
This is an amazingly capable suite comprised of 5 distinct collections:
- Orchestral Companion Brass
- Orchestral Companion Strings
- Orchestral Companion Woodwinds
- Eighty Eight Ensemble
- Big Bang Cinematic Percussion
Each of the 5 collections above is also available and sold separately, but you get all 5 together when you buy Film Score Companion, giving you an unbeatable arsenal of total musical firepower. The music you create is limited only by your imagination—not by your software.
We spared no effort or expense in seeking out the best musicians playing the best-sounding instruments, and we took the necessary steps to record them correctly in the most lifelike manner possible. We paid attention to every last acoustic detail—because we know you’ll be doing the same.
The recording details of how we did this are really interesting for the tech-inclined. Like you:
World-Class Musicians; Top-Tier instruments
We recorded everything in Film Score Companion in the legendary Futura Productions studios in Massachusetts. Members of the Boston Pops and/or Boston Ballet Orchestras played all performances, with the same premium instruments they use for their actual concert galas and events. A combination of spot and ambient mic'ing capture every instrumental nuance, while preserving the refined acoustics and intimacy of the performance space itself.
State-of-the-Art Sampling Sessions
Under the expert guidance of SONiVOX musical sound connoisseur Jennifer Hruska, each sample session was faithfully recorded by Emmy award-winning engineers Antonio Oliart and RIAA award-winning engineer John Bono. The players were positioned using orchestrally-correct seating, and measures were even taken to compensate for the sound-absorption of any players absent on that particular day. In order to retain a realistic "organic" feel, we used absolutely minimal post-recording electronic processing. We used two B&K 4011 microphones to preserve the highly-desired front-of-hall sound (you know, the "good seats"), while superior-grade spot mics accurately captured each instrument's individual detail. Benchmark-caliber preamps fed Troisi Octal A/D convertors to complete an uncorrupted signal chain.
We've endeavored to make Film Score Companion the most complete, most accurate and lifelike, easiest-to-use music creation tool for films that has ever been done. That's how important it was to us...because we know that's how important it is to you.
Each patch and preset is easily playable by virtually every level of performer. All instruments are presented in multi-velocity layers, with natural swells available via the modulation wheel. MIDI key switching provides on-the-fly articulation for select patches. The internal sound engine provides additional modulation (LFO) sources, dynamic envelope control, and studio-grade reverb/effects to allow creative customization of the onboard sounds.
Each suite runs as a fully compatible plug-in with any VST (32 or 64 bit), AU (64 bit) , and AAX (32 or 64 bit) for ProTools 10.3 or higher Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software.
Orchestral Companion Strings
9 GB library comprising string ensembles for 1st violins, 2nd violins, violas, cellos and basses. Articulations include sustains, espressivo, staccato, pizzicato, tremolos and more.
Orchestral Companion Brass
5 GB library comprising Solo and Ensemble Trumpets, Solo and Ensemble Trombones, Solo and Ensemble French Horns and Tuba. Articulations include sustains, staccato, marcatto, mutes, and more.
Orchestral Companion Woodwinds
9 GB library comprising Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon. Solo and ensembles versions of each as well as full woodwind ensemble patches.
Eighty Eight Ensemble
11 GB collection featuring a Steinway 9-foot CD337 Concert Grand, recorded in the same hall as the orchestral instruments for a perfect mix.
Big Bang Cinematic Percussion
15 GB library of 200 different percussion instruments ranging from classical to ethnic to pure raw power hits.