Orchestral Essentials 1

Carefully selected essentials from ProjectSAM’s extensive orchestral product line, including the acclaimed Symphobia and True Strike series.

SKU: SAM132-DL Category:
There's everything you need here to create bombastic, expensive-sounding scores for film, TV or games, making it a fantastic and affordable 'way in' for aspiring Hans Zimmers.

- MusicRadar

ProjectSAM has carefully selected the essentials from each of their products, including the highly praised Symphobia series, True Strike series and Orchestral Brass Classic, and bundled them into one effective, incredibly versatile package.

Covering full orchestra, string, brass and woodwind ensembles, classical and world percussion, Orchestral Essentials gives you the right ammo to start scoring for film, games or pop with the acclaimed cinematic SAM sound. For each of the orchestral sections, an essential list of articulations is available, as well as one expressive legato instrument and an inspiring set of clusters, textures and effects. Apart from these orchestral elements, you will also find a concert harp, church organ, ProjectSAM’s renowned Dystopia sound design, and, exclusive to Orchestral Essentials, an enchanting grand piano and harpsichord.

All samples have been reprogrammed for the newly designed and intuitive Orchestral Essentials interface. All Multis are completely new and, because of the inclusion of piano, harpsichord and harp, are more inspiring than ever before. This makes Orchestral Essentials a fantastic library for first-time SAM users and existing SAM owners alike.

Orchestral Essentials follows ProjectSAM’s ensemble recording philosophy. Strings, brass and woodwinds were sampled as sections, as nothing beats the authentic blend of orchestral instruments in a concert hall. ProjectSAM captures this magic in various orchestrations; for example, imagine the noble sound of horns and trombones performing together naturally.

Orchestral Essentials has now been updated to version 1.2, adding new samples, Multis and features, as well as Native Kontrol Support. Scroll down for more details!

Key features

  • Epic full orchestra articulations
  • Symphonic string, brass and wind ensemble articulations
  • Legato ensembles with real note transitions
  • Classical, melodic & world percussion including timpani & Japanese drums
  • Cinematic effects, clusters and percussive hits
  • Previously unreleased Piano Mystique and Harpsichord
  • Ground-shaking Dystopia sound design
  • Inspiring and thematic Multis
  • Native Kontrol Standard support

Orchestral Essentials 1 vs Orchestral Essentials 2

Orchestral Essentials 1 and Orchestral Essentials 2 are two unique libraries. One does not replace the other, they complement each other. If you own Orchestral Essentials 2, then Orchestral Essentials 1 will offer you 100% new sounds. It will expand your template by adding additional articulations to existing instruments as well as new instruments and ensembles altogether.

Orchestral Essentials 1 vs Symphobia

The sounds in Orchestral Essentials 1 were selected from other libraries in our catalog, including the Symphobia series. Each program was streamlined and tweaked to fit into the Orchestral Essentials series concept. All instruments in Orchestral Essentials 1 are available in 1 microphone set (close or stage, depending on the instrument). In the original libraries, these instruments are available in multiple microphone sets, a more in-depth interface and, in most cases, more articulations.

Videos & Demos


Tutorial Video

Tutorial Video


Full Orchestra
Mixed sections performing together

  • Full Orchestra 1 Action
  • Full Orchestra 2 Suspense
  • Full Orchestra 3 Epic
  • Full Orchestra 4 Dark
  • Full Orchestra 5 Warm Sustains
  • Full Orchestra 6 Long Chords
  • Full Orchestra 7 Short Chords

String Ensemble
Recorded as ensemble spread over the keyboard unless specified

  • Arco
  • Staccato
  • Tremolo
  • Pizzicato
  • Cinematic effects set
  • Legato violins with flutes
  • Legato cellos with basses

Brass Ensemble
Recorded as ensemble spread over the keyboard unless specified

  • Sustain
  • Staccato
  • Muted staccato
  • Cinematic effects set
  • Legato horns with trombones
  • Solo trumpet sustain
  • Solo horn sustain
  • Solo trombone sustain

Woodwind Ensemble
Recorded as ensemble spread over the keyboard unless specified

  • Sustain
  • Staccato
  • Cinematic effects set
  • Legato flutes with clarinets
  • Ethnic flute phrases set
  • Overblown flute staccato
  • Flute and piccolo runs


  • Orchestral percussion kit
  • Timpani
  • Xylophone
  • Glockenspiel
  • Celesta
  • Japanese percussion kit
  • Djembe ensemble
  • Cinematic percussion effects set
  • Tubular bells
  • New world percussion kit

Keyboards & Harp

  • Piano mystique (exclusive to library!)
  • Concert harp (exclusive to library!)
  • Harpsichord
  • Church organ

Sound Design

  • 10 sound design instruments based on the orchestral audio pool


  • Full choir “aah” sustain

Bonus Instruments

  • Free jazz
  • Horresque
  • Kitteh
  • Lazy strings
  • Swat team
  • Tear of a clown
  • Wooden echo


  • 48 inspiring Multis covering many cinematic genres

Additional information

  • All sounds are offered in 1 microphone set

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Whether you’re looking to dabble in a few orchestral sounds, therefore, or establish the perfect foundation for a growing virtual orchestral, it’s hard not to recommend Orchestral Essentials.

- Music Tech Magazine

There's everything you need here to create bombastic, expensive-sounding scores for film, TV or games, making it a fantastic and affordable 'way in' for aspiring Hans Zimmers.

- MusicRadar

Wow. For years I have been looking for something like Orchestral Essentials. I used to layer loads of orchestral sounds to get something slightly big. With OE the sound just enormous from the get-go.

- Joker

Library specs

Recording location Concert hall
Mic positions 1
Audio pool size 16 GB (8 GB on disk)
Audio format 44.1 kHz 24 bit
Current library version 1.2
Kontakt Player license Yes
NKS support Yes
Copy protection Serial number activation

System requirements

Kontakt version 5.5.2 or higher
Mac macOS 10.9 or higher
Windows Windows 7 or higher
Minimum CPU i5 (i7 recommended)
Minimum RAM 6 GB
Supported plug-in interfaces Stand-alone, VST, AU, AAX
Internet connection Required for activation

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