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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Mar-16 > ORCHESTRAL TOOLS Metropolis Ark 1


Inspired by the first science-fiction movie, Metropolis Ark 1 is an astonishingly huge orchestral library for composing epic music. But does bigger always prove better? In this case yes, reckons Keith Gemmell

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With the increasing trend for large epic film scores and trailer music these days, orchestral sample libraries are naturally growing larger as well, to keep up with the demand. Although a good many existing libraries are capable of producing loud grandiose scores, it was only a matter of time before something huge came along designed specifically for epic music production. Well, now it’s here in the form of Metropolis Ark 1 – The Monumental Orchestra. Developed and produced by Berlin-based Orchestral Tools, it contains a huge orchestra, choir, electric guitars, percussion, a grand piano and a drum set. Everything sounds loud, with dynamics starting at mf and continuing upwards to fff. As you would expect, at 160GB it’s a hefty download (75GB compressed), but if you pay extra it can be supplied on an SSD. It runs in both Kontakt 5 and the free Kontakt Player.

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The new issue of MusicTech is on sale Thursday February 18th and this month we’re bringing you the ultimate modular synth masterclass! We explain (in detail) how to build your own system. Also this month we’ve got a preview of Yamaha’s Montage synth, a look back at NAMM 2016 and brand new reviews and tutorials.