Briefly, Project SAM’s Symphobia 1.1 update is good one since it not only fixes stuff, but adds new content along with the new Kontakt 2.2.5 player. Note that the 2.2.5 player works with Kontakt 3 and Kontakt 3.5 but does not work with Kontakt 2. 

I saw reports that 2.2.5 was having issues in both Steinberg’s Cubase or Nuendo on the PC. If you’re using one of these programs, double check before installing the update for both Symphobia or Project SAM’s classic brass.

Here’s an update summary from Project SAM:

New Content in 1.1

  • New articulation: fast attack ensemble strings mf/ff (modwheel control)
  • New articulation: brass chords without tuba/bass note (modwheel control)
  • New effect: string ensemble very slow glissandi
  • New effect: string + brass ensemble dark textures
  • New effect: string + brass ensemble trill crescendo
  • New effect: string + brass ensemble trill marcato
  • 20 New Multis added, now 40 Multis in total
  • Improvement & Additions in 1.1

  • Color code added to interface to quickly identify section
  • Expression (CC11) control added to all programs
  • ADSR control page added to interface
  • Keyswitches moved upwards to fit within 88-note keyboard range (C6 and up)
  • Improved round robin behavior: now functions properly regardless of amount of notes pressed in chord
  • Smoother Modwheel (DYN) patches throughout library
  • Modwheel switch programs (MOD) added as alternative to Keyswitching
  • Improved tuning in vibrato woodwind ensemble
  • Tighter attacks for various articulations, including string staccato/spiccato
  • Bug fixes in 1.1

  • Kontakt 3-specific: release triggers now function properly
  • Kontakt 3-specific: vibrato woodwind sustains now playback correctly on PPC
  • Kontakt 3-specific: Dystopia II patches now sound correctly
  • Solo string ensemble round robin gaps fixed
  • Various acoustic artifacts removed from samples
  • Various other programming bugs fixed
  • Installation takes 1-2 hours since you’re downloading just under 1GB of data, so using a download manager will definitely speed things up.

    Once downloaded, installation only takes a few minutes.

    I’ve only had about 20 minutes to play through the strings. From what I’ve seen so far, an excellent update. And it’s free to registered users. The Project SAM guys did a great job.

    Definitely worth having in the studio.

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