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Symphobia 2 - V1.3
Symphobia 2 - V1.3
Model #: PS-SYM2-H
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Computer Music: "Once you've experienced its magic firsthand, you won't want to be without it" 9/10

Sound on Sound: "... if absolutely nothing in it stirs you, it might be advisable to consider an alternative career in accountancy." 5/5

Music Tech Magazine UK: "... for sheer orchestral realism, the ensembles and effects are unsurpassed."

Future Music: "Symphobia 2 will provide you with a palette of textures that are currently unrivaled." Platinum Award


Frans Bak, composer for The Killing, Forbrydelsen, Lillyhammer
"I use Symphobia 1 and 2 as my main string libraries. It works so well alone and blends beautifully with my analog stuff and other plugins. Wonderful!"

Marius De Vries, composer for Kick Ass, Sucker Punch, Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Producer for Bjork, Madonna, U2, Rufus Wainright, Pet Shop Boys
"Couldn't live without it! Makes all of my sequenced orchestral music, as it's developing deeper, realer, more dimensional, human and involving."

John Powell, composer for Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and the Bourne series:
"Symphobia 1 is a very well crafted library. There is a richness to the samples generally not heard from other commercial libraries. I am pleased to add the sounds of Symphobia to my sonic palette."

Bill Brown, composer for CSI:NY, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars & The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction:
"ProjectSAM has definitely taken orchestral sampling to the next level with Symphobia 1. This library sounds more realistic than any commercial library I've heard, and the thoughtful recording and design of the patches makes composing fast and a whole lot of fun! One of the many amazing things about Symphobia is the way each of the tutti patches are laid out across the keyboard. Instead of scrolling through hundreds of articulations for each section of the orchestra - you have the orchestra from top to bottom, right under your fingertips ready to play. This is quite possibly the best thing since sliced bread - for your studio and music, not for a sandwich. But if it were a sandwich, it would be a very exciting one that takes your sample library to the next level. I can't wait to see what ProjectSAM does next!"

Brian Tyler, film composer for Alien versus Predator 2 and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift:
"Symphobia 1 is an amazing sampler library that is live, naturalistic, and intense. There is no other library like this. The sounds maintain the rough edges of real live playing, preserved by the brilliant ProjectSam team thus capturing what orchestral samples are supposed to do." Jesper Kyd, game composer for Assassin's Creed, Unreal Tournament 3 and Hitman:" Symphobia contains some of the most expressive and realistic sounds I have heard in an orchestral library. The sounds have more character than any other orchestral library I have used."

Product Overview



SYMPHOBIA 2 is more of what you've been missing in your orchestral palette. ALL-NEW ORCHESTRAL ARTICULATIONS, massive amounts of fresh and inspiring SYMPHONIC EFFECTS, exclusive LEGATO ENSEMBLES with real legato transitions, DYSTOPIA III and a brand-new interface. SYMPHOBIA 2 is the new no-brainer addition to the SYMPHOBIA series for any film, game or TV composer.

SYMPHOBIA 2 does NOT contain any samples from SYMPHOBIA. Both libraries hold unique recordings and material.

The adventure continues... with SYMPHOBIA 2.

  • Real tutti recordings of symphonic ensembles
  • Extensive, multi-articulation patches
  • New and inspiring symphonic effects
  • Industry-first legato ensembles with real legato transitions
  • 38 GB 44.1/24 library pool (uncompressed)
  • 2 Mic sets switchable from interface
  • Brand-new custom interface
  • NI Kontakt Player 4.2 included with native 64-bit support
  • Kontakt background loading
  • Kontakt compressed sample storage (24 GB)

  • Overview to Symphobia

    If you own the original SYMPHOBIA, SYMPHOBIA 2 will greatly expand your possibilities. To name a few, the SYMPHOBIA 2 string section adds minor and major DXF trills, different lengths of crescendo-decrescendo, new crescendos and new spiccatos. The full orchestra section has powerful new sustain and staccato articulations, and a beautiful Wide Octaves articulation with modwheel control. The separate horn section in the original SYMPHOBIA has been expanded with a blockbuster 8-player horn ensemble.

    If you liked the effects in the original SYMPHOBIA, you are going to love the ones in SYMPHOBIA 2! Having covered the basis, we could explore the world of orchestral effects further and look for interesting new sounds and more specific techniques. There are now effects banks entirely dedicated to ponticello, flageolet or other playing techniques. You will also find beautiful looped textures that can be triggered in different keys. These phrases will instantly give your production a realism boost, but leave enough room to add your own personal touches.

    An industry-first: real legato transitions for orchestrated sets of instruments. Various differently arranged ensembles were captured performing legato intervals, playing in unison or octaves, and were meticulously edited and scripted. A great example is the noble sounding Horns Violins Violas set, which offers real legato performance of French horns, violins and violas playing in unison. No layering was used whatsoever. The legatos, transitions and orchestrations you hear are all real.

    Each of the sets has been recorded in a specific range and dynamic, dictated by the orchestration and the musical context of the orchestration. Apart from the LEGATO ENSEMBLES we also included a number of legato solo instruments.

    Our popular DYSTOPIA section is back and is better than ever! Explore the dark side of SAM with processed hits, spheres, scapes and risers, based on the recordings of SYMPHOBIA 2 and some of our other libraries. Also be sure to check out the SYMPHOBIAN DRUMS.

    SYMPHOBIA 2 is powered by Kontakt 4.1 and comes with a brand-new interface. In the centre are the instrument and articulation displays. The left half of the interface contains all the switchable options such as Master EQ, release trails and microphone mode. The right half of the interface has all the controllable options such as instant ADSR, reverb and DSP effects.

    Like the original SYMPHOBIA, SYMPHOBIA 2 was recorded in a beautiful concert hall environment and has been edited and programmed in two microphone sets: close and stage. Each program now contains both microphone sets and has a convenient switch button to choose which mic set you wish to use. Both mic sets have been carefully mixed to instantly fall into place in your mix. When switching mics, the samples for the unused mic will be purged from RAM.

    The LEGATO ENSEMBLES opened up exciting new possibilities for creating MULTIS. We created MULTIS that allow you to play two, even three legato instruments simultaneously as well as various combinations of polyphonic articulations and a legato instrument. With names such as "Make It So" and "When All Hope Is Lost" it's easy to find the MULTI that best matches your project or scene.

    Instrument List
    SYMPHOBIA 2 has a 38 GB sample pool (44.1kHz / 24-bit, uncompressed format) and consists of five Instrument banks and a set of Multis. Each bank contains extensive, key-switched instruments. Because the two concert hall microphone positions can be switched from within the instruments, SYMPHOBIA 2 only has one folder structure instead of two.

    For a detailed articulation list, download this PDF file: [Symphobia 2 Articulation List PDF]
    You can download the Reference Manual PDF file here: [Symphobia 2 Reference Manual PDF]


    Full Orchestrator
    Strings with Woodwinds
    Textures and Effects
    Symphobian Stacks
    Dreamy Textures
    Tutti Chords
    Tutti Effects

    Str Ens Extensions
    Str Ens Wide Octaves
    Str Ens Effects
    Str Ens Symphobia Sustains
    Vln & Vla Articulations
    Vcl Articulations
    Musical Phrases
    Horns Ensemble
    Trumpet Octaves
    Flute & Piccolo Octaves

    Legato Ens Bcl Cbn octaves
    Legato Ens Bn Vcl unison
    Legato Ens Fl Cl unison
    Legato Ens Fl Vlns unison
    Legato Ens Hn Tbn unison
    Legato Ens Hn Vln Vla unison
    Legato Ens Vcl Db octaves
    Legato Ens Vlns in octaves
    Legato Solo Flute
    Legato Solo Horn
    Legato Solo Low Whistle
    Legato Solo Uilleann Pipes

    Announcing the End
    Channel Bashar
    Demolition Tools
    Reverse Engineering
    Sending Orbs
    Stingers Drones and Risers
    Symphobian Drums (including bonus cymbals)
    The Chain Saw
    Trailer Hits
    Welcome Sumerians
    White Noise

    Concert Hall Noise
    Orchestra Tuning

    A Story Unfolds
    Garden of Eden
    Grandfather Reminiscences
    I Will Never Let You Go
    Make It So
    Massacre Lodge
    Movie Logo
    Only Seconds Left
    Phasers On Kill
    There And Back Again
    When All Hope Is Lost

    Violoncelli & Doublebass Effects (post-purchase download)
    - Glissando effects
    - Pizzicato effects
    - Flageolet effects

    The patch can be downloaded from your ProjectSAM account. It will automatically appear on your Downloads & Updates page when both SYMPHOBIA and SYMPHOBIA 2 are registered on the Product Registration page at

    1.3 Update

    NEW! 1.3 UPDATE
    SYMPHOBIA 2 update 1.3 adds a massive 7 GB (uncompressed sample format) to an already stellar sample collection, offering loads of additional samples, new features and a completely overhauled interface.

    An additional dynamic layer has been added to four of the popular Legato Ensembles. This means that you now have multi-dynamic, expressive mod-wheel control for instruments such as the Celli Doublebasses in Octaves and the Horns Violins Violas in Unison.

    10 New inspiring Multis are available covering various styles and genres. Some examples are Close the Gates, Femme Fatale, Sniper Mission and Transcending Monks.

    A whole list of new features and functionality is available: a new Horns Trombones instrument with "cliffhanger clusters", an informative color-coded Kontakt keyboard, the ability to control release trail volume and length, legato overlap time and curve, reset round robin cycles and much more.

    Symphobia 2 1.3 is a fully free update available for download to all registered Symphobia 2 users at

  • Additional dynamic layer for Hn Tbn in unis legato ensemble
  • Additional dynamic layer for Vcl Db in Oct legato ensemble
  • Additional dynamic layer for Vlns in Oct legato ensemble
  • Additional dynamic layer for Hn Vln Vla in unis legato ensemble (using Hn Tbn forte layer)
  • New Horns with Trombones Instrument with "cliffhanger clusters" and DXF octaves
  • 10 New Multis

  • Completely rewritten script for all instruments offering improved stability and speed
  • Ability to control Release Trail volume per keyswitch
  • Ability to control Release Trail length per keyswitch
  • Ability to control overlap time and curve for Legatos
  • Ability to enable/disable lowpass filter for soft Legato dynamics
  • Ability to reset/bypass round robin cycle with default piano key A6 (shown in yellow on keyboard)
  • Release Trail memory for Legatos (reverb trails won't cut off when playing faster notes)
  • Only relevant controls for selected keyswitch are displayed
  • Active keyswitch shown in green on Kontakt on-screen keyboard
  • Keyboard coloring for Multis (showing you where instrument ranges start and stop)
  • More consistent keyswitch start position (C6 for almost all instruments)
  • Improved instrument and keyswitch naming, grouping and order
  • Better on-screen explanatory texts for selected keyswitch
  • More control over DSP effects from interface (each effect can now be controlled individually)
  • All Legatos now controlled by modwheel (instead of velocity)
  • Interface now shows library version number for user reference
  • Updated interface graphics

  • Symphobian Drums, bonus bass drum and snare drum samples added to Full Orchestrator
  • Full Orchestrator range has been extended
  • Ranges of various Legato Ensembles have been slightly extended
  • Other various instrument-specific improvements

  • SYMPHOBIA 2 1.3 is a free update for all existing SYMPHOBIA 2 users registered at the ProjectSAM website. To download the update, log in to your ProjectSAM account, make sure your copy of SYMPHOBIA 2 is registered on the Product Center page and click "Request Symphobia 2 1.3 update" from the registered product list. Within minutes, you will receive an e-mail with your personal download code and installation instructions.

    Tech Specs

    SYMPHOBIA 2 is formatted for Kontakt 4.2.4 and cannot be loaded into earlier versions of Kontakt. Kontakt 4.2.4 requires an Intel Mac or Windows PC. PowerPC Macs are not supported!
    Kontakt Player 4.2 is included with the DVD version of this library
    Kontakt Player 5 can be downloaded from Native Instruments or from your ProjectSAM account.

    The sample pool is in NCW format
    The 38 GB audio pool takes up approx. 24 GB of hard drive space due to Kontakt's sample compression functionality
    Kontakt (Player) 4 supports: Stand-alone, VST®, Audio Units, RTAS® (Pro Tools® 7 or higher), ASIO, Core Audio, DirectSound®, WASAPI
    Native 64-bit support for stand-alone and plug-in versions on both Mac and PC

    PC: Windows® XP (SP2, 32bit) / Vista® (32/64 Bit), Windows 7® (32/64 Bit), Pentium® or Athlon XP 1.4 GHz, 1 GB RAM
    Mac: Mac OS® X 10.5 or higher, Intel® Core Duo 1.66 GHz, 1 GB RAM
    SYMPHOBIA 2 has a low RAM footprint. Still, we highly recommend a minimum of 2 GB RAM

    Editing unlocked
    Scripting locked
    Audio pool locked

    NOT compatible with PowerPC Macs
    NOT compatible with Kontakt 3