IK Multimedia has announced Miroslav Philharmonik 2, which they describe as the next-generation of the most emotionally expressive orchestral collection for Mac/PC. They tell us that, made in conjunction with master musician Miroslav Vitous, it comes with over 1,000 new sounds that include soaring strings, animated woodwinds and majestic brass in both solo and ensemble forms. IK says that, in total, it offers a remarkable 55GB+ content library with over 2,500 instruments sampled in stunning high-resolution audio with multiple articulations plus over 30 professional quality effects, 3 powerful playback engines, a synthesizer section, a built-in mixer and a whole lot more. Here's more details in their own words...
Miroslav Philarmonik 2 is a sweeping vision from a master artist embodied in a new virtual instrument that puts the full emotional range and humanity of a symphony orchestra at musicians' and composers' fingertips.
Simply beautiful sound
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 builds on the core library of its predecessor with over 1,000 new instruments recorded in the ensemble strings, solo strings, ensemble brass, solo brass, ensemble woodwinds and solo woodwind categories. Its sounds have been meticulously voiced and edited with the same sampling techniques that made the original Miroslav Philharmonik one of the most popular orchestral workstations of all time.
Each of these new sounds has been recorded at the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, a space that's been used by such legendary figures as Andrea Bocelli, Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin and, of course, Miroslav Vitous himself.
Ecstasy. Passion. Joy.
Miroslav Philharmonik 2's instruments and sounds are able to convey the emotion and humanity of the musician behind each note. This makes it a perfect choice for when a more delicate or expressive touch is required: Like when scoring tragic love stories, recording romantic R&B ballads or adding symphonic grandeur to gothic metal anthems.
Every new sound includes its own articulations that can be accessed either via a convenient key switching system that lets musicians instantly play flowing legatos, animated pizzicatos, aggressive spiccatos, elegant staccatos, triumphant fortissimos and more. All articulations are also available as individual instruments.
In addition to the new sounds, Miroslav Philharmonik 2 also comes with an updated library of instruments from the original Miroslav Philharmonik. These classic instruments have been enhanced to take advantage of the new SampleTank 3 technology powering Miroslav Philharmonik 2. This provides more possibilities for sonic sculpting than ever before: All instruments now come with 8 macro controls (as opposed to 4) that control features like a 3-band EQ, a filter cutoff and envelope parameters like attack and release that are perfect for on-the-fly adjustments.
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 includes over 30 professional-grade studio plug-in effects from IK Multimedia's acclaimed SampleTank 3 sound and groove workstation. These effects encompass the full range of the sonic spectrum and include equalizers, dynamic processors, filters, modulation effects, reverbs, delays and more. It also includes 4 of the best analog-modeled mastering effects from IK's acclaimed T-RackS mixing and mastering suite for complete, in-the-box mixing.
Beyond these effects, Miroslav Philharmonik 2 also comes with an updated ConvoRoom convolution reverb unit that now sports a new virtual room that displays the physical space acoustically represented.
With such a collection of effects, musicians can create professional, broadcast-quality productions straight inside Miroslav Philharmonik 2 itself with no additional processing required!
Play. Mix. Edit: Advanced control
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 uses the same Play, Mix and Edit pages as SampleTank 3. These pages give musicians an extreme amount of intuitive creative control over Miroslav Philharmonik 2's orchestral sounds. It comes with an easy-to-use instrument browser, a 16-part DAW-style mixer with per-channel effect slots and global send/return and a powerful synthesizer section with 3 sample playback engines and 10 high-quality filters. With the synthesizer, musicians can quickly and easily transform a simple trumpet into a massive synth lead or a mighty brass ensemble into a dreamy pad - Miroslav Philharmonik 2 literally lets composers explore the furthest reaches of their creative minds.
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 has been designed to be experienced with IK's growing range of companion hardware controllers. Keyboard players will love the effortlessness with which its instruments pair with IK's iRig Keys, iRig Keys PRO, iRig Keys 25, iRig Keys 37 and iRig Keys 37 PRO keyboard controllers. Now musicians can have a responsive and thoroughly tactile piano experience - complete with world-class grand piano sound - anytime and everywhere.
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 is based on SampleTank 3 technology. This means that it can be used on its own as a standalone instrument or as an additional library inside of the SampleTank 3 sound and groove workstation.
Pricing and Availability:
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 will be available in December. It is currently available for pre-order at special, limited-time introductory pricing via the IK online store and from select music retailers in a number of different options:
Current owners of Miroslav Philharmonik can upgrade for as low as $/€199.99* for direct download or $/€229.99 for a boxed copy. Furthermore, early adopters who purchased and registered Miroslav Philharmonik before 2011 will automatically receive 50 JamPoints in their user account for use against the price of the upgrade.
Users with qualifying IK software can crossgrade for as low as $/€299.99 for a direct download or $/€329.99 for a boxed copy.
New users can get Miroslav Philharmonik 2 for as low as $/€399.99 for a direct download or $/€429.99 for a boxed copy.
*all prices excluding taxes
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