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MOTU Ships Symphonic Instrument 1.1 Free Update

Available for Mac and PC (December 21, 2005)

MOTU is now shipping Version  1.1 of the Symphonic Instrument universal orchestral plug-in for Mac and PC. Version 1.1 adds stand-alone operation, 64 parts per plug-in,  support for 64 MIDI channels, support for multiple independent outputs  and disk streaming. It is now shipping as a free download for all  registered Symphonic Instrument users at

Stand-alone operation
The MOTU Symphonic Instrument can now run as a stand-alone instrument  application, independent of a plug-in host, turning a Mac or PC into a  streamlined orchestra instrument powerhouse with 64 parts, disk  streaming, 16 independent audio outputs and 8GB of orchestra sounds.  Stand-alone operation also allows the Symphonic Instrument to be used  with Make Music Finale 2006 and other music software applications that  do not host 3rd-party instrument plug-ins. Stand-alone operation is  virtually identical to plug-in operation, except for a few additional  settings for audio/MIDI input and output.

64 Parts & 64 MIDI channels
The Symphonic Instrument is multitimbral; this means that one instance  of the plug-in can load different instruments (presets) simultaneously,  and each instrument can play its own individual part via a separate  MIDI channel. Version 1.0 provided 16 parts. Now, version 1.1 provides  64 parts, which can be accessed by clicking four part list tabs.

To support its 64 parts, the Symphonic Instrument also supports 64  separate MIDI channels, divided into four banks of 16 channels each  (Bank A, B, C and D). Users see them presented in their host software  (if it supports more than 16 MIDI channels for virtual instruments)  with a bank letter plus MIDI channel number. This feature is supported  by the stand-alone version of the Symphonic Instrument, Digital  Performer (MAS) and Pro Tools (RTAS/HTDM). Other plug-in formats (VST,  Audio Units and DXi) do not currently support multiple banks of MIDI  channels. Users of these host programs can simply open multiple  instances of the plug-in.

Multiple outputs
To further support the operation of 64 simultaneous parts, Version 1.1  allows each instrument to be independently assigned to one of 17  different stereo output pairs, which in turn can be routed to any  available audio hardware outputs. With this greatly increased  flexibility and convenience, users can create sub-mixes directly in the  Symphonic Instrument by assigning two or more instruments to the same  output pair. Or they can even send each instrument to its own  independent output.

Disk streaming
Version 1.1 also adds disk streaming, which can be enabled or disabled  independently for each of the 64 instrument parts. By streaming samples  for disk, rather than loading them entirely into RAM, Symphonic  Instrument conserves large amounts of RAM, allowing users to load more  instruments simultaneously and free up their RAM resources for other  plug-ins and applications. Streaming also significantly speeds up the  time it takes for instruments to load, especially instruments with  large sample sets.

The Symphonic Instrument version 1.1 update is now shipping as a free  download for registered users from

The MOTU Symphonic Instrument list price is $295.

MP3 examples of the MOTU Symphonic instrument can be found here:

Further information about the MOTU Symphonic Instrument can be found  here:

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