THROUGH THE DARK WOODS
Metropolis Ark 2 opens up another layer of cinematic sound. Deep, wide, and low, all instruments and voices focus on the quiet, intense, and sinister sounds only found in the lower dynamic ranges, drawing their power from the unexplored reaches of orchestral composition.
Through The Dark Woods by Benny Oschmann serves as an official demo for Metropolis Ark 2 by Orchestral Tools, and uses its sounds exclusively.
Benny has kindly made his project files and fully notated orchestral score available for your study purposes.
This project uses the SINE version of Metropolis Ark 2
The Project File
Access to all of the MIDI and CC data used to sculpt the final performance
Printed audio STEMS for each section of the orchestra, so you don’t need to own the samples to follow along
Track layout, signal flow, and routing optimized for ease of use and resource management
Available for Cubase Pro, Logic Pro, and Studio One Pro.
Included is the full orchestral score in PDF format.
Read along with the project and solo individual instruments or sections for detailed study of how written score can translate into a virtual performance.
Plugins & Production
See how this project used stock plugins to shape its sound with compressions, EQ, and master bus processing
All plugins used in this project are stock plugins that are included with your DAW
Bypass plugins to hear the ‘before’ and ‘after’ to fully understand the importance of the production techniques used (even the subtle ones!)
Composer / Orchestrator
WHAT YOU GET
- A project file pre-loaded with 46 SINE instruments from Metropolis Ark 2, ready for you to hit play or start composing with
- A “LITE” version of the project file with all instrument tracks disabled
- Audio STEMS – so you can play back the project with control over independent sections, without even needing to load the samples.
- Fully notated concert score (PDF)
- MIDI File exported directly from the Cubase project
- Quickstart Guide containing some basic setup instructions, screenshots, and an explanation of the routing
- Track List outlining the mic positions used for each instrument, as well as panning and routing information
Instant download available after purchase
- SINE Player v1.0.5
- Metropolis Ark 2 (in SINE player)
There are no 3rd-party plugins used in this project. All mixing and production has been accomplished with stock plugins that included with your DAW!
- 16GB RAM for the project with all samples loaded
- Intel i7 2.7GHz quad-core or equivalent
Mostly, yes. It will be up to you to replace each instance of SINE with the Kontakt equivalent, but note that there are some minor differences between the two versions. Most notably, the volume of the kontakt instances will be too quiet, so I would recommend increasing the expression (CC11) data in each midi track to compensate. There are also differences with how some instruments react to dynamics and MIDI.
Orchestral Tools - The developer of Metropolis Ark 2 - forbids the distribution of project files that include tracks pre-loaded with their kontakt instruments. We find this unfortunate, but thankfully the SINE version of Metropolis Ark 2 is an improvement and just as enjoyable to use. If possible, we'd recommend updating to the SINE version if you haven't already done so (it's FREE for most previous owners of MA2).
Yes! You can simply use the "LITE" project files included, and use the Audio STEMs and MIDI tracks to follow along.
Note that it will not perform the same if you substitute instrument tracks for your own choice of sample libraries.
We offer a "MIDI and Score" option that you can use with any DAW of your choosing. It includes the MIDI file, Full PDF score, a list of which instruments were used and how they were routed, and Audio Stems for you to import into your own DAW.
Yes. In fact, I even made a spreadsheet for you: HERE
Add Through The Dark Woods AND Born To Protect to your cart to automatically receive 15% off both items during checkout!