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Apple Garageband Jam Pack: Symphony Orchestra

by Apple
Platform : Mac OS X
4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Find first and second violins, violas, cellos, double basses, and a concert harp, as well
  • Include flutes, oboes, lovely French horns, trumpets, trombones, and tubas, among others
  • Play a wide selection of percussive elements: bass, snare and field drum; cymbals, gong, and bells; the woodblock and still others
  • Find new keyboard instruments
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Product Description

Jam pack symphoney orchestra

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0008GLGRM
  • Item model number: MA319Z/A
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 10, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,351 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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The day before I ordered this Jam Pack, I had received an M-Audio 88es USB velocity sensitive keyboard from amazon (reviewed separately) M-Audio Keystation 88ES 88-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Semi-Weighted Keys - which seems to be replaced by the newer M-Audio Keystation 88 (2014) USB Keyboard MIDI Controller and sustain pedal M-Audio SP-2 US65010 Sustain Pedal Piano Style Sustain Pedal for Keyboards

The standard Garage Band 'Grand Piano' sounded just "OK", and there was no harpsichord. Those were my prime reasons for ordering this Jam Pack... and to have fun with the other sounds, of course.

The Steinway Piano in this pack is substantially better than the standard Garage Band piano. Neither is perfect - but this Steinway is great for the price. The difference is more than the soft hammer sound of a Steinway vs a hardened hammer sound of the standard piano. The velocity response and the behavior of sustained notes is much more realistic. The default settings have a fair amount of reverb - to simulate a concert hall. Adjusting that and other sliders can give a sound more appropriate to other settings.

It still does not sound like a real grand piano of course - there are no induced harmonics when the sustain pedal is depressed, for example. But, not bad at all.

The harpsichord is pretty disappointing in comparison.
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After taking the time to get serious with garage band, I quickly found the need to get more instument voices for my uses. I play the music into garage band (record) with a M-Audio 66ES keystation (which I highly recommend) and found that there just weren't enough instruments to meet my needs for all of the tracks that I like to record. This product more than meets those needs, as it has a ton of instruments to use. I especially like how much more realistic they sound than the pre-loaded instruments in the original garage band. If you are more into using the loops, they are spectacular! They would work well as soundtracks for movies or slideshows, or as accompaniments to anything you want. This product is well worth the money and I don't feel as if I need to get any of the other Jam Packs. But that's just me........
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With Garage Band's standard-issue synth patches and loops, it was hard to make new music without using the same sounds more than once. With these Jam Packs, I can get lost just finding loops to use - which is a really good thing! Definitely worth the money!
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I have managed to do some really nice arrangements and tracks with GBJP classical orchestra, but I wish Apple had included more instruments e.g. BASS CLARINET (essential for 'dark' atmospheres and a gorgeous sound), FFF FRENCH HORN - no I'm not stammering. I mean a triple forte French Horn. Again, an unmistakable sound for drama. MUTED TRUMPETS - a no brainer. MUTED STRINGS - you can 'fool' the program by taking off a lot of treble but it still doesn't imitate that romantic 'soft' glow of warm muted strings. AND many many more.
I would have like a LOT more articulations too. Most instruments are capable of subtle but noticeable variations on their playing techniques that ALL modern orchestral pieces exploit. If anything, the percussion comes off best here as different velocities produce marked changes. Well? Why not in the pitched instruments too? The differences are not all that marked, especially with reed instruments.
I would gladly pay another $50 (at least) to have a much wider spectrum of sounds here. It's NOT disappointing - more frustrating as the samples provided are pretty good and just wet your appetite for more. It is NOT a totally fulfilling package, regrettably. More please - MUCH more!!!
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By sully on February 8, 2008
installed with no problem- only wish it had solo strings for violin, and a slide trombone- other than that lots of stuff and fun!
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A review of an audio product such as this Jam Pack should be short on words, and long on audio... so surf over to SoundCloud and look up my classic tracks (I'm DungBeatle on SC). All of them are 100% GarageBand + this Jam Pack. You'll probably agree that giving this Pack 5 stars was easy...
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Very nice. The big drawback is that I must continuing purchasing different "packs" to get all the effests I would like... it gets expensive.
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