'Symphonic Series Vol 2: Arabian Adventures 1' includes the exotic and sensual sounds found in Arabic Music, presented in five breathtaking original compositions. It was composed and produced by soundtrack composer Gregor Theelen. We are very proud of this immense release (4.3 GB per format), and if you take a listen to the MP3 demo you will hear why. Audio and MIDI loops are included alongside full arrangements for your sequencer, in OMF format.
All of the instruments one can find in a symphony orchestra are included in this epic pack, alongside some authentic Arabian instruments and percussion. All loops and phrases feature "solo" performances for maximum authenticity:
Oud, Dulcimer, Violins, Violas, Cellos, Double Basses, Distorted Guitars, Harp
How would you like to check out this product before you buy? Well, we've put together a Free Pack including 10 loops from this product, in both WAV and MP3 formats. You can download this pack here. Please note: there are thousands of files in this product, so this pack represents a very small amount of the full product, which includes 4.3GB of content in a choice of ACID WAV or APPLE LOOPS.
About Gregor Theelen:
Gregor Theelen is a classically-trained composer with decades of experience in working with large orchestras in recording studios. Besides this, he is a well known sound designer and Managing Director of Sonic Flavours.
About the Symphonic Series:
The "Symphonic Series" paves the way for producers and composers of all standards to incorporate highly innovative and natural-sounding orchestral loops into their work. This series will eventually cover a multitude of different orchestral styles, and is focused on "authenticity". Watch this space as we have many more exciting titles coming soon...
Who is this product for?
Symphonic Series Vol 2: Arabian Adventures 1 is not just an immensely useful and inspirational tool for soundtrack, game and film composers, it goes far beyond this and is useful for producers of all styles. For example, anyone wanting to add some Arabian flavours to their music will find outstanding inspiration here. Hip Hop producers and Dance producers can import the OMF files into their favorite DAW or sequencer, find a hot spot, then set the locators and start working on a beat. Ambient artists may want to loop a woodwind section, pitch it down at least 2 octaves and start mixing this with time-stretched double bass notes. The possibilities are limited only by your own imagination. If in doubt, download the free pack to play around with some of the loops before you buy.
Using the MIDI files:
Want to use the exact notes of a phrase while adding some patches from your favourite synth? No problem. Thanks to our clear file-naming system you won't need more than a couple of seconds to locate and import the MIDI file representing the notes of your favourite phrase. Output the MIDI loop through your own synth, and come up with some incredible new ideas.
About using the OMF files:
OMF format (Open Media Format) allows you to import a complete arrangement of audio loops into virtually any sequencer. Once loaded, you will see all parts on screen exactly as originally seen when exported, with chunks of audio data on separate tracks, all named by instrument. This format will allow you complete flexibility when re-mixing the arrangements.
Dry loops were used when building the OMF files so feel free to add your own reverb and/or favourite FX to a phrase, a loop or a fully orchestrated fragment. All clips (phrases, loops) carry the same name as the dry and wet loops as well as the MIDI loops which you will find in the folder structure.
By muting or soloing tracks while looping a specific section, you will soon find the exact combination of instruments you want to use for your project. Keep in mind that it might be best to use the same file-naming system when exporting your favourite sections as you may want to add or change things at a later point in your creative proces. Please note, the OMF files sum up all volumes of the individual tracks while all faders are set to 0 db. Therefore, please set the master fader to around -7 db to avoid clipping and take it from there.
List of Sequencers with OMF Import:
Here is a list of all sequencers that will import the full arrangements of these kits in audio format. When you import these arrangements you will be able to see them in your sequencer as if you had recorded them yourself:
- Ableton Live!
- Digital Performer
- Logic Pro
- Logic Studio
- Pro Tools
- Soundtrack Pro
Using these OMF arrangements you will be able to (i) Re-arrange them as desired (ii) Learn how this music was put together.
Since our Symphonic Series is in the first place a Western orchestral project mainly containing Western instruments we decided not to use micro tuning to enhance the Arabian feel. Nevertheless you will hear our strings sections using some mouth-watering portamentos and glissandi to get there anyway. Not using exotic tunings will help you staying "in tune" with your own musical idiom (and other loops in your project) while getting inspired with the content we're offering you.
All five kits are based on authentic keys. As Arabian music is mainly focused on melody compared to harmony it's quite easy to add your own melodical ideas translated into notes as long as you use the notes belonging to the specified key. It will hardly ever clash if you would follow this golden rule. Please note that Google will bring you to detailed information on the keys we have been using.
Here's a comprehensive list of the Keys used:
- Kit 1: Kashba Dream = C Phrygian: C, D-flat, E-flat, F, G, A-flat, B-flat
- Kit 2: The Djinn = C Octatonic: C, D, E-flat, F, G-flat, A-flat, A, B
- Kit 3: Arabian Groove = E Double Harmonic: E, F, G, A, B, C, D-sharp
- Kit 4: Beaulereau Arabesque = G Gypsy: G, A, B-flat, C-sharp, D, E, F
- Kit 5: Arabian Nights = C Arabian: C, D-flat, E, F, G, A-flat, B
- 5 Kits containing audio loops and MIDI loops representing musical phrases in the Arabic genre.
- All audio loops are dry (no FX) and the same loops are also available with reverb (tail loops). All in 24-Bit, 44.1 kHz sample rate.
- 5 OMF files containing the exact arrangements of the tracks are provided, so you can import the full arrangements into all sequencers which support this format. These files are great to be used as reference files and to export small sections you pick out yourself while having the opportunity to make your own mix before you start exporting. This format is also great for DJ's and sound designers.
- All loops are royalty
-free to those who have purchased the product. "Commercial use" of the five original compositions "exactly as they are in the demos" is forbidden, though. One has to make "new music" using our loops to act in accordance with our license agreement.
Wetand dry versions of each loop are included so you can choose whether you want to work with the processed or unprocessed loops. If you want to add your own FX, no problem, simply load up the "dry" loop and get processing! Key and tempo have been tagged into filenames for ease-of-use.