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Garritan Instant Orchestra Reviews and Awards

Keyboard Review and Key Buy Award

Keyboard July 2014 116“It’s no mean feat to create something simple that can overtake you creatively without overwhelming you technically, and Garritan Instant Orchestra has not just shown it’s possible, but excelled at it. It’s about quickly creating larger-than-life soundscapes with evolving aspects that are playable in real time—the first time. As such, it earns our hearty recommendation for any keyboardist’s or aspiring composer’s “my first virtual orchestra program” . . . as well as our Key Buy award.

Korel Tunador, Keyboard, July 2014


MusicTech Choice Award and MusicTech Value Award

musictechapril2012“Suitable for pros and amateurs alike, IO is an excellent value-for-the-money cinematic-style library that punches well above its weight.”

“The mood-based presets provide a great way of ‘jump-starting’ the process of setting up instruments to accompany cinematic images or onstage actions…cover a large range of emotions and atmospheres.”

“An abundance of orchestral effects… these sounds will be particularly useful for musicians involved in creating music for film, television and games.”

“The Combinations are the meat and potatoes of IO…they’re ideal for filling out existing arrangements when perhaps a conventional orchestral samples library doesn’t provide enough oomph.”

MusicTech, April 2012


Sound on Sound Review

SOSMay2012“Contains a large variety of unusual and colorful orchestral textures…its musical combinations are imaginative and often inspiring…”

“…spend more of your precious time composing rather than fiddling around with obscure articulations and huge MIDI templates.”

Dave Stewart, Sound On Sound, May 2012


Computer Music Review

ComputerMusicApril2012“Instant Orchestra is absurdly simple to use and sounds a lot more expensive than it is. All the production work has been done for you, and Instant Orchestra sounds terrific – very Hollywood, and decidedly Garritan.”

“…we have such delights as Discovering Avalon, Ghost Ship and Instant Cartoon, all sounding just like their names imply…as well as mood-based patches, numerous special effect are included along with an effective array of Blending Textures.”

Computer Music, April 2012, received 9/10 stars


Electronic Musician Review

ElectronicMusicianJune2012“An innovative library that lets you quickly build orchestral textures and effects. This library is to orchestrators what loop collections are to DJ, dance, and groove arrangers: a way to create instant music that get you well more than halfway to your goal. Packed into this package is a complete collection of orchestral instruments, mixed ensembles, layers, blends, and special effects. Every patch is finished-sounding and designed to save you time and effort.”

“…particularly suited for scoring film, video, and games, because it allows you to create quickly finished-sounding work…”

Jon Chappell, Electronic Musician, June 2012 issue


Wusik Sound Magazine

WusikMagAug2012“It’s difficult to sum up what is on offer here as there is simply so much…Garritan’s latest orchestral instrument give you everything that you need to score some impressive sounding orchestral pieces without the hassle of having to build up your own ensembles or sections…There are ready prepared ensembles, sub-divided into Moods and then Combos and FX, but you can also load individual sections into any of the Aria Player’s 16 slots.”

“For someone looking for an easy to use, flexible, high quality orchestra GIO is an absolute no-brainer.”

Adrian Frost, Wusik Sound, August 2012