Music Software Review: Oracle by Strezov Sampling [VIDEO]

In collaboration with Strezov Sampling, US based composer Casey Edwards has developed his take on the modern hybrid and sound design sample library, OracleThis is the second of Casey‘s offerings through Strezov Sampling after the popular Aleatoric Modular Series Brass (or technically the fourth, if you consider AMS to be three libraries instead of one). Here’s the official opening blurb on the Oracle page:

“ORACLE by Casey Edwards is a NextGen modern Sound Design library with over 300 ready to use presets and wave files including massive percussion hits, trashy and punchy kits, grungy and glitched out loops, organic metals, real recordings of analog synths and gear, and much more! Combined with one of the most advanced and still very easy to use User Interface ORACLE sets a new standard among all other Hybrid music focused sample libraries out there.”

Like many other areas of electronic music, the freedom and experimentation afforded to musicians through hybrid scoring makes it an area largely governed by individual tastes (even if it is subject to trends like other contemporary genres). Therefore, sample libraries aimed at these areas, such as Oraclehinge both on creative and customizable functionality, as well as the developer’s particular aesthetic. With that in mind, Meena Shamaly takes a close look at Oracle in his two part video review below.

Oracle can be purchased directly from the Strezov Sampling website and is available for 175 USD. Find out more at www.strezov-sampling.com.

Part 1: Interface and Controls

 

Part 2: Presets and Sounds

In collaboration with Strezov Sampling, US based composer Casey Edwards has developed his take on the modern hybrid and sound design sample library, Oracle. This is the second of Casey’s offerings through Strezov Sampling after the popular Aleatoric Modular Series Brass (or technically the fourth, if you consider AMS to be three libraries instead of one). Here’s the official opening blurb on the Oracle page: “ORACLE by Casey Edwards is a NextGen modern Sound Design library with over 300 ready to use presets and wave files including massive percussion hits, trashy and punchy kits, grungy and glitched out loops, organic metals, real recordings of analog synths and gear, and much more! Combined with one of the most advanced and still very easy to use User Interface ORACLE sets a new standard among all other Hybrid music focused sample libraries out there.” Like many other areas of electronic music, the freedom and experimentation afforded to musicians through hybrid scoring makes it an area largely governed by individual tastes (even if it is subject to trends like other contemporary genres). Therefore, sample libraries aimed at these areas, such as Oracle, hinge both on creative and customizable functionality, as well as the developer’s particular aesthetic. With that in mind, Meena Shamaly takes a close look at Oracle in his two part video review below. Oracle can be purchased directly from the Strezov Sampling website and is available for 175 USD. Find out more at www.strezov-sampling.com. Part 1: Interface and Controls

  Part 2: Presets and Sounds

Oracle


Installation – 90%


Patches – 85%


Interface – 95%


Sound – 100%


Value – 90%



92%

92/100

There is little to fault with Oracle. It beautifully presents Casey Edward’s hybrid modern aesthetic for its users, while offering abundant control to bend its sound to their own tastes. With the provision of open WAVs, it extends beyond the inherent limitations of the Kontakt format, presenting a large and well-recorded library of sounds for composers and sound designers to freely manipulate.

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Written by: Meena Shamaly

Meena Shamaly is a composer, artist, multi-instrumentalist and performance poet based in Melbourne, Australia. His music covers a wide range of styles and sensibilities and often intersects with his poetry. He is part of international production house EON Sounds, working on various film, TV, video game, and production library projects.

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