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Garritan Launches New Virtual Musical Instruments Libraries

Adds Virtual Jazz & Big Band Collection and a Virtual Stradivari Violin at 2006 CES (December 27, 2005)

At the Consumer Electronics Show, Garritan Libraries, developers of affordable and high-quality computer-based soundware, will announce new virtual instruments. Following the phenomenal success of its award-winning Garritan Personal Orchestra, the company announces the Jazz & Big Band library, and the virtual Stradivari Solo Violin. Garritan also plans to release a consumer version of Personal Orchestra. The products will be demonstrated during the show at Booth Number 20570 in the CES South Hall. Users can hear the quality of these soundware packages by visiting and listening to many demos in a range of styles.

With the Jazz & Big Band virtual instrument, Garritan is doing for jazz composers what they did for orchestral composers. The Jazz & Big Band virtual instrument is the worlds first with a library of samples designed specifically to recreate the full range of sounds and articulations of a large jazz ensemble with soloists. It features over 50 individual instruments including: 16 different saxophones; 5 trumpets (with the full compliment of mutes, plus a ?scream trumpet); 5 trombones (with the full range of mutes); flutes, clarinets and tuba; and a complete rhythm section with 3 guitars, a Steinway jazz piano, vintage electric piano, acoustic and electric bass, jazz drums, vibraphone, accordion, Latin percussion and more.

The Stradivari Solo Violin virtual instrument sets a new standard for realistic performance in a sample-based instrument. It virtually places the sound of one of the worlds best violin, three hundred years old and worth millions, in the hands of any performer with a computer and keyboard. A vast range of realistic fingering and bow articulations are possible in real-time performance using Garritans controller techniques. Thrilling dynamic and timbral changes can be created within a single note or phrase using Garritans exclusive ?Sonic Morphing technology, which phase-aligns a series of samples into cohesive gestures that blow away anything previously achieved by cross-fading or other techniques.

Garritan Personal Orchestra provides the sounds of all the major instruments in a symphony orchestra including strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion and keyboards. A new and even more affordable ?light version is perfectly suited for budding musicians to learn, compose and play realistic orchestral music from a computer. Even a beginner can add an orchestra to songs and transform Standard MIDI files into lush arrangements.

"Pretty amazing! said J.J. Abrams, creator & Executive Producer of the hit series Lost and Alias. ?A few years ago, if you'd told me that I could own a beautifully-sampled, truly portable symphony orchestra, I would have thought you were nuts. But today it exists. The Garritan Personal Orchestra is a composer's dream?.I can write orchestral music anywhere. I love it."

About Garritan Orchestral Libraries
Garritan Orchestral Libraries is an award-winning developer of affordable and high-quality orchestral software libraries. Its flagship product, Garritan Personal Orchestra, has won accolades from celebrity musicians and music press alike. The product has been used in a variety of applications: from popular TV shows, film and attractions to video games, live concerts and ballets. In addition, hundreds of schools and universities have chosen Garritan Personal Orchestra for use with their music curriculums.

For more information about Garritan Orchestral Libraries and to hear a wide array of demos, visit


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