VERSILIAN STUDIOS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 2
A DIFFERENT LIBRARY FOR A DIFFERENT USER
Decades of sampling has been centered around the desire to use only the "best" materials- the "best" musicians, the "best" microphones, the "best" spaces (just read the marketing materials long enough and you'll go cross-eyed at all the superlatives). Great effort is put in by these companies to record and process their samples so they have that fabled "Hollywood" sound, then name-drop everything just to sell their product on the status of the people and things used, rather than the merit of their work.
Versilian Studios Chamber Orchestra 2 is the antithesis of this movement. It was designed from the beginning to be a library created and centered not around Hollywood - or even the traditional orchestra - but a celebration of the diversity of musical instruments and the people who play them; students, teachers, musicologists, and collectors- performing on everything from modern professional instruments to rare antiques.
VSCO 2 is full of character and personality. You will find textures and timbres that have never been captured before and probably will never be captured quite like this again. Chamber strings with a clean, intimate sound; rarities such as bass recorder, ophicleide, a circular alto horn, and an ethnic xylophone. Nearly every instrument has a variety of performers, articulations, and instruments to audition and explore.
Everything was recorded using as transparent equipment and processing as possible. Room coloration was kept to a minimum and multi-mic plus full stereo positioning controls were provided, giving you complete control over where and how the instruments sit in your world.
Open source and in many formats, one of the best free libraries in existence.
35 essential orchestral instruments; a solid foundation for any growing composer.
"Many of the instruments shine with
so much character, they are sure to
make it into one of my scores..."
Don Bodin, Sample Library Review
BUILT BY MUSICIANS, FOR MUSICIANS
Over 40 musicians, 20 testers, and half a dozen developers were involved in bringing Chamber Orchestra 2 to life. We'd like to take a moment to hank everyone involved in creating this library and share with you some of our fond memories from over the three years of production.
Every patch has a story to tell, like the session pictures below. Take a look around: these are friends and colleagues exploring, having fun - and by sheer coincidence making a sample library.
Samuel A. Gossner
American Recording Lead, Community Edition Developer & Designer
DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
Professional & Standard Editions UI & UX
Elan Hickler of Soundemote
Cutting, Processing, and Organizing
Tomás Lobos Kunstmann
Engine & UI Scripting and Consultation
Simon Dalzell of Ivy Audio
English Recording Lead, Consulting
Canadian Recording Lead, Consulting
Kurt Landre', Lawson Madlener, Rikard Berg, Zach Striefel, Stephan Wells, Fredrik Park, Joe Kataldo, Turgut Mavuk, Alexander Strukelj, Remo P., Jim Wolk, Javier Gramajo, Falk Au Yeong, Prin Keerasuntonpong, Brian Mowat, Marvin Kopp, Gaetano De Paola, Dylan Eddies, Matt Waldron, Davey Perron, Wesley Weirich, "MysterBlu", Aramis Perez, Szymon Szewczyk, Babis Trihos, Quetzal Marchiori, and Andy Sizemore.
PERFORMERS BY SECTION
Linda Dallimore, J. Azevedo, Laura Intravita, Sam Gossner
Sam Burke, Katie Hattier
Oboe I & English Horn, Oboe II
Dean Coutsouridis, Kevin Bjarnason
Clarinet I & Bass Clarinet, Clarinet II
Gabby Liriano, Peter Sauter
Bassoon I, Bassoon II
ETHNIC FLUTES & RECORDERS
Exactly what it says on the tin!
Mackenzie Oprean, Samuel Gossner
Horn I, Horns II & III
Jonathan Foo, Braden Williams, Marina Krickler, Andrew Capandes, Ran Lu
Sam Hébert, Christian Conti, Diego Verdin
Trumpet I, Trumpet II, Trumpet III
Hannah O'Connor, Yizhak Carmona, Tyler Hauer
Sam Hébert, Samuel Gossner
Cornet I, Cornet II
Samuel Gossner, Joe Ricard
Trombones I & II, Trombone III
Joe Ricard, Yoshie Nakayama, Mariel Austin, Rex Bennett, Tom Chalmers, Blake Manternach, Sam Gossner
SOLO BASS TROMBONES
Samuel Gossner, Joe Ricard
Bass Trombone I, Bass Trombone II
BASS TROMBONE SECTION
Sam Gossner, James Predom, Alex Preneta
Justin B. Belanger, Sam Hébert, Sam Gossner
Sam Hébert, Samuel Gossner, Simon Dalzell
Grand Piano, Harpsichords, Upright & Organ
Lily Lyons, Meitar Forkosh, Brendan Klippel,
Sadie Currey, Rosy Timms
Brendan Klippel, Jenny Frantz,
Dan Lay, Gerson Martinez
Cristobal "The Chillest Cellist" Cruz-Garcia
Cristobal Cruz-Garcia, Addy Harris, Parker Ousley
Brittany Karlson, Justin B. Belanger
'Big Bob' Villwock †
Joe "Bigcat" Stevens
Berklee College of Music
Connecticut Regional School District 13