Sunday, June 2, 2019

REVIEW: Kepler Orchestra by Spitfire Audio

Spitfire Audio 'Kepler Orchestra' is a groundbreaking library that make it easy to create movement, speed and atmosphere by creating interlocking orchestral rhythms – from simple to massively complex. 



Access to Articulation mapping tool (Split by time divisions (Duplet, Triplet, Quintuplet and Septuplet), Note divisions, FX, Volume, & Pan

Instruments Included in Kepler

30 NKI presets with further controls like ADSR,  Mics/Mixes,Wobbles, the yoke dual FX controller, and more.


Just when I thought I didn't need another Orchestral sample library; Spitfire Audio throws a curve-ball. Kepler Orchestra is a modern hybrid orchestra library that will become a major tool used in cinematic productions to come.

Before I get into what I think about this library, let's get into the nuts and bolts of the design.

Kepler Orchestra is named after Johannes Kepler a German astronomer, that became famous by discovering three laws of planetary motion. With that in mind, Spitfire cleverly named this Orchestra library with motion as a driving component. It contains 40 strings, 13 woodwinds,19 brass, 54 articulations, a Systems Grid, and 259 snapshots.

There are four categories of articulations, including Dopplers, Shards, Momentum, and Warped. Using the Systems grid will grant you the ability to create a variety of complex rhythm sequences tempo-locked to your DAW.

Let's dig into the definitions of articulations. Dopplers is described as sound shooting past you and then fades away. Shards are sounds that rise boldly with a swelling driving force and ends abruptly. Momentum is simply acceleration and pulsing. Warped adds a complexity of texture and atmosphere to your composition. Spitfire Audio also used granular synthesis in some of the samples.

There are seven folders labeled A-G that include High Strings, Celli, High Brass, Low Brass, Basses, Woodwinds, and Warped. Folders A through F is comprised of different articulations and a stereo Mix sub-folder with an additional set of presets. Within the Warped folder, there is Spitfire's Mercury Synth, which includes 30 specially designed NKI files.

Kepler Orchestra is huge! Weighing in at 18,300 samples and approximately 38GB. Kepler is also Kontakt Player compatible. For users that don't own the full version of Kontakt or have not upgraded to Kontakt 6, you won't have to worry you can use it without restrictions.

Kepler Orchestra is a powerhouse that will instantly complement your compositions by creating intriguing polyrhythms and orchestral motion I've not heard in other libraries, until now. It's an innovation breakthrough in hybrid orchestra sample libraries. Not only was I instantly inspired, but when I loaded up other Orchestral libraries with the Kepler orchestra, they complimented each other remarkably. I was able to create inspiring moving tracks with such simplicity.

The only criticism I have is that I would have liked a larger interface. The Systems Grid can appear a little small if you're working with a smaller screen like on a laptop. Whether you compose for tv, film, or video games, you may want to add this to your musical template. One other piece of advice, I spent nearly a week playing with this library before writing my review. It's got a lot going on, and there's plenty to learn. Take your time with this library, and you'll discover something special.

Spitfire Audio managed to pull off another evolutionary accomplishment in sample library sound design, and the future of Kepler Orchestra is nothing less than substantial!

5 out of 5 Stars !



Written by Steve Montgomery
(Composer for Infinite Mindscape & Darkmood)

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