MOTUs Symphonic Instrument has had a fairly major overhaul with the new version 1.1. Firstly, for those major orchestral works - you can now run up to 64 parts per plug-in instance including support for multiple outputs.
These 17 internal soft outputs can be used for creating complex submixes before assigning to available hardware outs.
Disk streaming has also been added which can be enabled or disabled
independently for each of the 64 instrument parts. By streaming samples
from disk, rather than loading them entirely into RAM, Symphonic
Instrument conserves large amounts of RAM, allowing you to load more
instruments simultaneously and free up their RAM resources for other
plug-ins and applications. Streaming also significantly speeds up the
time it takes for instruments to load, especially instruments with
large sample sets.
New to the Symphonic Instrument 1.1 is standalone operation, allowing it to be run 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.
Stand-alone operation also allows the Symphonic Instrument to be used
with Make Music Finale 2006 and other music software applications that
do not host 3rd-party instrument plug-ins. Stand-alone operation is
virtually identical to plug-in operation, except for a few additional
settings for audio/MIDI input and output.
The Symphonic Instrument version 1.1 update is now shipping as a free
download for registered users from