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Introduction

Each of our three stem-packages (Strings, Orchestral, Full Production Suite) deliver a different set of stems. The packages are differentiated by:

  • the instruments required to be recorded
  • instrument grouping in the stems
  • microphone positions

 

You can listen to audio examples of the different mic-positions and stem-packages here

 

Strings Package

Grouping

In this package, all of the strings in your score will be in one of two groups: 

  • High: consisting of violins 1, violins 2, violas, and all of their divisi
  • Low: consisting of cello and double-bass, and all of their divisi

 

Microphone positions

For each group (High and Low), three mic positions (three stems) will be delivered: 

  • Close
  • Conductor’s Tree
  • Surround LR

 

Instruments required

For each group of instruments – High and Low strings – you must record at least one instrument in each group.

  • To get all of the instruments in the group consisting of violins 1, violins 2 and violas, you must record at least one of those parts (in accordance with the criteria for Expression Leader – see here for details). 
  • To get all of the stems for the group consisting of cello and Double-bass, you must record at least one of those parts.

 

That means at least two musicians are required for you to receive stems of all five strings and their divisi. For example, you might record viola and cello, and then receive six stems that would consist of:

  1. the group of all High strings (violins and violas and all divisi) in three stems, providing Close, Conductor’s Tree and Surround microphone positions
  2. the group of all Low strings (cellos and double-bass and all divisi) in three stems, providing Close, Conductor’s tree and Surround microphone positions

 

Orchestral Package

Grouping

In this package, all instruments in your score will be grouped within their respective orchestral sections:

 

Woodwinds

  • flutes, oboes, clarinets and related instruments
  • bass clarinet, bassoon and related instruments

 

Brass

  • horns
  • trumpets, trombones and related instruments

 

Harps 

For now, the harp must be a Follower, that is, a virtual instrument. On our roadmap are updates to the Symphonova Stem System that will accept additional instruments as Leaders

Strings

  • High (violins, violas and all divisi)
  • Low (cellos and double-basses and all divisi)

 

Microphone positions

For each group in each section, three mic positions (three stems) will be delivered: 

  • Close
  • Conductor’s Tree
  • Surround LR

 

This means you will receive six stems for each Woodwind, Brass, Harps and Strings sections.

 

Instruments required

For each group of instruments in each section (except Harp), you must record at least one instrument from each section.

For example, to get all of the instruments in the section consisting of trumpets, trombones, and all related instruments, you must record at least one of those parts (meeting the criteria for Expression Leader – see here for details).

To get all of the stems for a section consisting of flutes, oboes, and related instruments, you must record at least one of those parts.

This means that six musicians are required for you to receive 21 stems for a complete orchestra. For example, you might record oboe, bassoon, Trumpet, horn, violin, cello, and then receive stems consisting of:

  1. The group of all high Woodwinds (flutes, oboes, clarinets and related instruments) in three stems, providing Close, Conductor’s Tree, and Surround microphone positions.
  2. The group of all low Woodwinds (bass-clarinet, bassoon and related instruments) in three stems, providing Close, Conductor’s Tree, and Surround microphone positions.
  3. The group of all horns in three stems, providing Close, Conductor’s Tree, and Surround microphone positions.
  4. The group of trumpets, trombones, and related instruments in three stems, providing Close, Conductor’s Tree, and Surround microphone positions.
  5. The group of harps in three stems, providing Close, Conductor’s Tree, and Surround microphone positions.
  6. The group of all high strings (violins, violas, and all their divisi) in three stems, providing Close, Conductor’s Tree, and Surround microphone positions.
  7. The group of all low strings (cellos, double-bass and all their divisi) in three stems, providing Close, Conductor’s Tree, and Surround microphone positions.
 

Orchestral Package Summary

Requirements

  • Musicians required for the full orchestra: between 6 and 12, depending on your composition.
  • Minimum requirement for one group within each section: one instrument from the group.
  • Minimum requirement for one section: one instrument from each group (two instruments per section).
  • Minimum requirement for the full orchestra: 2 woodwinds, 2 brass, and 2 strings (one for each group),
  • Maximum requirement: 4 woodwinds, 3 brass, and 5 strings.* 

For full details regarding what instruments to record, see here

The seven instrument groupings: 

  • flutes, oboes and clarinets (including piccolos, English horn, and oboe d’amore)
  • bass clarinet & bassoons (including contra-bassoon)
  • horns
  • trumpets, trombones and tubas
  • harps
  • High Strings: violins 1, violins 2 & violas (including divisi)
  • Low Strings: cellos & double-basses (including divisi)

Stems delivered

Each instrument grouping is delivered in three mic positioning: 

  • Close
  • Conductor Tree
  • Surround LR

 

Total stems delivered: Up to 21 stems (7 groups X 3 mic positions).

 

Full Production Suite Package

Overview

In this package, all of the instruments in your score will be sorted into their respective instrumental families, and all stems will be produced for each instrument family.

  • All flutes and piccolos constitute a single instrument family. 
  • A total of twelve musicians are required for a score that uses all instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, and string quintet. 

 

Instrument grouping: 13 groups arranged per instrument family (4 woodwinds, 3 brass, harps and 5 strings).

  • flutes (including piccolos)
  • oboes (including English horn)
  • clarinets (including Bass Clarinet)
  • bassoon  (including Contrabassoon)
  • trumpets 
  • horns
  • trombones (including tubas)
  • harps
  • 1st violins
  • 2nd violins
  • violas
  • cellos
  • double-basses 

 

Each instrument group delivered with five stems (microphone positions): 

  • Super Dry
  • Close
  • Conductor Tree
  • Surround LR
  • Hall

 

Total stems delivered: Up to 65 stems (13 groups X 5 mic positions)

 

Special Full Production Suite Tip

You are, of course, welcome to select and use the Full Production Suite package, even if your score does not use all instruments. You might have a score written for string orchestra, flutes, and harps, for example, and would like to have the detailed mix control provided by the five high-quality mic positions for each group.