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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Feb 18 > ORCHESTRAL TOOLS Metropolis Ark 3


The latest in the Metropolis Ark series from Orchestral Tools places a pulse right at the heart of the orchestra. Dave Gale takes up the baton and beats time…


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E pic is a word which is bandied around quite a bit these days – but the Metropolis Ark series of libraries is truly deserving of the description. Ark 1 gave us huge epic timbre, while Ark 2 took us to the edge of silence. With Metropolis Ark 3, Orchestral Tools now looks at epic scoring from another angle, adding another vast collection of instruments suitable for rhythmic pulse and accentuation, as both loops and single articulations.


The utopian feel is carried over from past libraries with the further use of sub-menus – these are described as Districts, and there are four of them here. District One is described as The Beating Orchestra and is available in both Multiple and Single Articulation. Here, all four sections of the orchestra are catered for, but with the inclusion of a String Quintet section. Without wishing to downplay the other sections, the quintet immediately caught my ear, as it’s superb – and very in-keeping with current scoring tendencies.

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In this issue, we’ve amassed the ultimate collection of professional advice on all things music; whether that's creating, recording, mixing, mastering or everything in between. Compiled from our interviews with such luminaries as John Leckie, Tony Visconti and Gary Numan, we’ve also got tips and alternative approaches from our (both pro and amateur) music-making audience. We hope this feature provides some inspiration for your creative studio endeavours. Also this issue, we chat to Catherine J Marks, a producer with some seriously impressive credits to her name and a nominee for this year’s MPG Producer Of The Year. We also spend some time with The Flashbulb, whose beautiful studio in the natural tranquility of Georgia is a thing to behold. We wrap up our A-Z series with Gear4Music, which is chock full of all the key terms and techniques that you need to know. We’ve also got our usual vast array of reviews and hands-on tutorial content, as well as an extensive guide to creating music on the move with an iPhone or iPad. We hope you enjoy the issue…