Audio Imperia Solo $299 PC MAC
Computer Music|October 2021
With many orchestral libraries offering music en masse, Audio Imperia distill things to a singularity, going for virtuoso with Solo

The roster of Audio Imperia sample libraries has been slowly swelling, with an impressive library of cinematic and orchestral sounds which have rightly garnered both user and critical acclaim. While many users demand big, brash sounds sets, there is equal demand for individual instrument samples, which can explore the more subtle end of the spectrum, and that’s where Solo has plenty to offer.

Going solo

Solo embraces the familiar form of a Kontakt instrument, adopting the preferred NI library status, making light work of both installation and usability. It immediately appears in the library browser, while also being open to use within the free Kontakt player plugin. Solo also conforms to Audio Imperia’s beautiful, clean GUI construct, which offers some appealing layers.

Firstly, each instrument is equipped with a Classic and a Modern mix. The Classic mix is relatively flat and sounds acoustically authentic, whereas the Modern mix is sharp, bright and production-ready. These form part of the Basic setup, where it’s also possible to see-saw between a close and far microphone mix. However, for those wishing for greater control, a quick click on the Advanced tab reveals a full five microphone placements, which may be blended to suit.

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