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Delving into the dark world of aleatoric orchestral sampling, Sonokinetic’s Espressivo isn’t for the fainthearted. Mark Cousins takes a closer look…

Sonokinetic has carved a unique position in the world of orchestral sampling, developing an impressive range of phrase-based libraries. Tools such as Capriccio, Grosso, Minimal and Vivace have arguably set a gold standard for orchestral phrase-based sampling, with imaginative scoring, high-quality recording and, of course, extremely playable instruments. Espressivo is their latest offering: this time shifting the emphasis towards so-called ‘aleatoric’ orchestral sampling. But what is aleatoric orchestral sampling?

For the uninitiated, phrase-based orchestral sampling deals with short-to-long orchestral phrases, rather than the single-note sampling of a traditional multi-sampled library. Obviously, phrase-based sampling places creative restrictions, but it also opens up a wealth of creative and sonic opportunity, through the colouristic additions it can add. Music sometimes needs more than just single notes being stuck together in a particular order, and this is where phrase-based sampling comes in.

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2017 has been an exciting, innovative year for new music-making technology, from machine-learning plug-ins to laser-guided microphones and from scientifically crafted, point-source monitors to boutique synthesisers, the past 12 months has offered up new variations on classic gear and inventive new creative tools for making and recording music. We pay tribute to the best gear of the year in our roundup, with our winners compiled by a fusion of reader votes and our expert panel. Elsewhere this issue, we have the second part of our new A-Z series with Gear4Music, chat to MPG Award-winning mastering engineer Mandy Parnell and Grammy-winning producer and engineer Mark Rankin, and cast of our eye to the future with tutorial content in the latest iterations of Live and Reason. Additionally, you’ll find all the latest reviews from the likes of Toontrack, Dynaudio, Sonokinetic and more.It's been an excellent year for the music-technology industry, and MusicTech as a magazine. Here’s hoping 2018 will be equally as fruitful… enjoy the issue.