updated 11:40 pm EST, Tue December 20, 2005
Symphonic Instrument v1.1
universal orchestral plug-in for Mac and PC. Version 1.1 adds stand-alone operation, 64 parts per plug-in, support for 64 MIDI channels, support for multiple independent outputs and disk streaming. The company said that the Symphonic Instrument can now run as a stand-alone instrument application, independent of a plug-in host, turning a Mac or PC into a streamlined orchestra instrument powerhouse with 64 parts, disk streaming, 16 independent audio outputs and 8GB of orchestra sounds. The multitimbral application enables a single instance of the plug-in to load different instruments (presets) simultaneously, and each instrument can play its own individual part via a separate MIDI channel. It is available as a free update to the $300 application.
Version 1.1 also provides 64 parts and also supports 64 separate MIDI channels, divided into four banks of 16 channels each (Bank A, B, C and D). MOTU also allows each instrument to be independently assigned to one of 17 different stereo output pairs, which in turn can be routed to any available audio hardware outputs.
"With this greatly increased flexibility and convenience, users can create sub-mixes directly in the Symphonic Instrument by assigning two or more instruments to the same output pair. Or they can even send each instrument to its own independent output."
MOTU also said that the update adds disk streaming, which can be enabled or disabled independently for each of the 64 instrument parts. By streaming samples, rather than loading them entirely into RAM, Symphonic Instrument conserves large amounts of RAM, allowing users to load more instruments simultaneously and free up their RAM resources for other plug-ins and applications, according to the company. Streaming also significantly speeds up the time it takes for instruments to load--especially instruments with large sample sets.