IK Multimedia is back at it again with another giveaway. To commemorate Classical Music Month, you can get Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE ($149.99 value) in exchange for a subscription to the IK Multimedia newsletter.
So, what is Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE?
This particular piece of software is a smaller cutdown version of the full Miroslav Philharmonik 2 but comes with a plethora of instruments to enjoy.
You’ve got over 10 GB of samples at hand and a claimed 733 virtual instruments to utilize.
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE comes with a 31-piece string section, with a full ensemble readily available. These sound fine in practice. They won’t replace the likes of high-end solutions from Spitfire or EastWest, but they sound good enough to my ears.
You’ve got a full brass section as well, with solo and ensemble instruments available. I always feel like brass instruments are the hardest to nail down, and these do remind me a bit of a high-quality vintage workstation like a JV-1080.
No orchestra would be complete without woodwinds, and you’ve got the same sort of ensemble and solo arrangements for the full tonal range of common woodwinds.
As an orchestral suite, Miroslav is somewhat lacking in terms of overall accuracy and immersion. The sounds are good overall, but you probably won’t be able to get the depth and nuance needed to perfectly simulate an orchestra in your digital audio workstation.
Of course, I’m sure someone could take this as a challenge and prove me wrong by creating a most breathtaking orchestral piece using Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE.
Either way, I see a huge potential for using Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE as a source of orchestral sounds in pop, electronic, and urban music production.
The strings might not be up to snuff for the likes of a big-name composer like Hans Zimmer, but they’d be well at home in a hip-hop beat that needs a slice of orchestra.
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE isn’t a high-end solution for orchestral music, but it is a great way to dip your toes into some familiar orchestral sounds. Overall, it’s a fantastic starting point for composers and producers who want to experiment with classical sounds.
If you want to get Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE for free, act quickly because the offer expires on the 30th of September. Follow the instructions on the promo page linked below to claim your free copy of the software.
For more, look at our article about free orchestral plugins.
Download: Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE (FREE until September 30th)