Big Bang Orchestra: Dorado
Welcome to the Vienna Symphonic Library's series of Synchron Instruments! As the name says, Big Bang Orchestra furnishes you with a selection of full-orchestra articulations, at the same time allowing you (if you haven't done so already) to explore our powerful Synchron Player software. If you're looking for that extra dramatic effect or want to highlight a passage in your composition, this bonus library could be the solution, or at least point you in the right direction.
Big Bang Orchestra: Dorado provides drums and non-pitched percussion with their most common articulations.
Big Bang Orchestra makes use of our Synchron Player's unique features, and offers several Mixer Presets in five categories: Room Mix, Stereo Decca Tree, Surround to Stereo, Surround, and Processed. The Mixer Presets in each category are Close (Dry in the Room Mix), Classic, Wide, Distant, and Ambient. The Processed section offers "Big" versions of these Presets.
BBO Capricorn also provide you with a "Wet" Mixer Preset in each category, as well as more choice in the Processed section. The additional Mixer Presets are named Vintage Tape, War Fanfare, String Is King, Massive, Lush, and Bouncy.
Patches can be used to build your own custom Presets and shape them according to your specific requirements. Big Bang Orchestra does not contain so many Patches, so the possibilities are somewhat limited. Still, if you want to get into creating Presets of your own, please refer to the Synchron Player manual, which will be helpful in case you encounter any problems.
For designating pitch, the Vienna Symphonic Library uses International Pitch Notation (IPN), which was agreed upon internationally under the auspices of the Acoustical Society of America. In this system the international standard of A=440 Hz is called A4 and middle C is C4. All pitches are written as capital letters, their respective octave being indicated by a number next to it. The lowest C on the piano is C1 (the A below that is A0), etc.
The Synchron Player software allows you to set middle C to C3, C4, or C5 according to your preference.
Selecting another setting than C4 will of course also change the play ranges and keyswitches accordingly.
With BBO Dorado, you get a number of drums and cymbals with their most important articulations so you can equip your orchestra with that extra bang.
Drums, Suspended Cymbals
These sets which have largely the same layout are named Monster Drums, Bass Drums, Thunder Toms, Special Drums, Snare Ensemble, and Suspended Cymbals. With all of them you can choose between hard and soft beaters, only the snare ensemble has sticks and hotrods.
- Keyswitches hard/soft beater (snare sticks/hotrods): C3/D3
- Range: C4–D6
- Mixer Presets: You can find special Mixer Presets for each set under the heading "04 Processed" (MIX tab) if you're looking for special sound qualities.
Mapping Set 1-4
Mapping Set 5-6
- Set7 – Super Crashes
- Set 8 – Big Metal
- Set 9 – Small Metal
These Presets have only one slot, so that there are no keyswitches.