Welcome to AGE – Acoustic Grand Ensembles – the most comprehensive collection of alternative ensembles ever created. The New AGE (Acoustic Grand Ensembles) series is produced by Academy Award, TEC and G.A.N.G award-winning composer, Troels Folmann and Emmy nominated composer and orchestrator, Colin O’Malley. Recorded in the same signature hall as our CAGE, V8P and Legion Series, the sound of AGE is proudly unorthodox.
Continuing from the first volume, The New AGE Vol. 2 contains four new unique Grand Ensembles including a Concert Harp Ensemble, Cimbalom Ensemble, Marimba Ensemble, and Wind Chime Ensemble. It also includes forty stunning multi-sampled synths derived from the original recordings by the great ambient sound designer Steve Tavaglione, as well as forty custom synths to accompany the ensembles.
All the ensembles contain four hall based microphone perspectives which have been strategically placed to capture the performance of these alternative ensembles (Close, Decca, Far, Wide) as well as a prepared stereo mix, but we did not stop there. We also included five Spot Microphone perspectives to help bring out and isolate each player’s unique character. Each ensemble is separated into two patches: ‘Main’ which includes the Close, Decca, Far and Wide positions, and ‘Spot’ which includes the Spot counterparts one through five. So whether you need the grand sound of the full ensemble or the precise nuances of the individual instruments, we made sure to capture it all in immense detail to give you all the options you need to make these ensembles come to life.
All the Grand Ensembles are deeply-sampled with a vast range of articulations.
Each ensemble was recorded specially for the needs and nature of the instrument. For example, the Concert Harp Ensemble, featuring four professional harpists, has beautiful sustains, three different styles of staccato, and specific articulations like tremolos, and harmonics. It also contains a massive section of stereo and dynamic Harp FX, including varying types of Major, Fast and Harmonic Glissandos, Rapid Strokes, Glissando Waves, Harmonic Chaos, and Percussive Slaps. If you haven’t heard the sound of four harps playing harmonic glissando waves you are missing out!
Similarly, the Cimbalom Ensemble contains a range of Staccatos, Strums, Tremolos and more. Other Grand Ensembles such as the Wind Chime and Marimba Ensemble have their own deep-sampled set of articulations custom designed for the nature of the instrument.
The real beauty about The New AGE Series is that you can make these ensembles your own. With a large number of Microphones included, you can pick and bring out your lead players. These instruments will sound different for everyone and will fit beautifully in any mix.
There is no manual on “how to record alternative ensembles,” but something magical happens when you take several Concert Master Harp players, place them in a symphonic hall and follow the sound, test new articulations and push instruments to their absolute limits. It is no longer a Harp; it becomes a new instrument all to its own. The same can be said of the Wind Chime or Cimbalom Ensembles. They become something much more than the sum of their parts, and we invite you to experience it all and experiment with us!