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The standard version of Woodwinds 2 comes with the essential articulations needed for giving your music life and movement.
Woodwinds 2 adds everything you need for the realization of large orchestral instrumentations, such as a piccolo, a second concert flute, an alto flute, a bass clarinet, and a contrabassoon. To complete your woodwinds collection you will also find the small clarinet in Eb and two English Horns, all living up to the high standards professional composers have come to expect from our sampled instruments.
The piccolo, or octave flute, is the highest pitched woodwind instrument in the orchestra and sounds one octave higher than the concert flute. It can be very intense and piercing, especially in the upper register. The tube of the alto flute is considerably thicker and longer than the concert flute, resulting in dark, mysterious, and breathy tone colors, useful for exotic musical settings and moody film scores.
The English horn is a double reed instrument about a third bigger than the oboe, representing the alto register within the oboe family. Its pear shaped bell gives it a more plaintive timbre than the oboe, closer in tonal quality to the oboe d'amore. Its melancholy sound makes it the first choice for lyrical cantilenas and pastoral scenes. As opposed to the French construction, the Viennese Oboe and Viennese English Horn are mainly played in Vienna, for example by the Vienna Philharmonic. These instruments' form and timbre are closer to the Baroque instruments with a softer tone in the low register and a fuller, richer tone in the upper register. The Viennese School is also characterized by a different playing style with a more precise but less cantabile phrasing, as well as less vibrato.
The small clarinet in Eb is the sopranino instrument of the clarinet family with a bright, shrill sound very similar to the piccolo. It has been regularly used in college ensembles, concert bands, and military bands since the late 19th century and is also at home in the symphonic orchestra thanks to Berlioz, Ravel, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky. Expanding the low end is the bass clarinet, which adds an intriguing, rich, and earthy tone to the modern orchestra. Its sound is similar to the Bb clarinet in the upper range while the low register has a haunting and compelling presence. The contrabassoon is considerably larger than the bassoon and powers the sub bass register of the orchestra. This instrument's impressive low range even extends beyond that of the contrabass tuba!
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Minimum System Requirements
- Windows 7 / 8 / 10 running the latest update, Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
- Mac OS X 10.8 or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo
- 2 GB RAM
- ViennaKey / SteinbergKey / ArturiaKey
- 44.9 GB Free Hard Drive Space
Recommended System Settings
- Windows 7 / 8 / 10 64-bit, Intel i5 / i7 / Xeon
- Mac OS X 10.9 or higher, Intel i5 / i7 / Xeon
- 4 GB RAM
- SSD or 7,200 RPM or faster separate hard drive
- Host DAW that supports AU / VST / AAX Native / RTAS formats
- RTAS version requires Pro Tools 7.3 or higher
- AAX Native version requires Pro Tools 10.3.5 or higher
- 88 key master keyboard