Sound Magic 'Neo Orchestra CE': A Full Symphony Orchestra VST/AU Plug-in and Sample Library designed for Cinematic Music, bringing Ultra Realistic Sound of Solo and Ensemble Instruments

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The Music Telegraph
Text 2023-11-27


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Sound Magic 'Neo Orchestra CE': A Full Symphony Orchestra VST/AU Plug-in and Sample Library designed for Cinematic Music, bringing Ultra Realistic Sound of Solo and Ensemble Instruments



Sound Magic, one of the primary pioneers in virtual instruments and DSP (Digital Signal Processing) software based in Beijing, China, has released 'Neo Orchestra CE' — A full symphony orchestra VST/AU plug-in and sample library specially designed for cinematic music, bringing ultra realistic sound of solo and ensemble instruments with easy-to-use controls and playability. This product is capable of many different styles of orchestral work with the right size and style of sound. From epic sound of a cinema to romantic themes, Neo Orchestra CE can handle almost all kinds of cinematic orchestral sound with quick and easy composition resulting in the right sounds meet industry standards.


Neo Orchestra CE comes with a carefully selected and curated solo and ensemble instruments from piano, strings, woodwinds and brass. Now Neo Orchestra CE also includes 'Cinema Grand', 2 great grand pianos for cinematic music worth $199 USD. Neo Orchestra CE is powered by Sound Magic’s Neo Orchestra Hybrid Modeling Engine. Hybrid modeling technology is a fuse of both advantages from sampling and physical modeling. Sampling is like a static photo of a musical instrument, so it sounds "real" but is less likely to alter the sound. On the other hand, physical modeling is solely dependent on the mathematical model of a musical instrument, so it has higher chances to alter the sound. Therefore, Neo Orchestra CE's hybrid modeling engine makes possible to generate realistic sounds and alter the sounds with a variety of controls. 



▲ Neo Orchestra Hybrid Modeling Engine

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Neo Orchestra, the hybrid modeling engine of Neo Orchestra CE, provides the functions of control Legato, Dynamics, Harmonics, 5-band Equalizer, Vibrato, Envelope, Reverb, 3D Spacer, Scala Tuning, and Performance Key Switch System. Sound Magic's exclusive 'Modeling Legato Technology' deriving from the hybrid modeling technology provides users with creative musical freedom in controls of any technique, patches, or articulations over the given parameters. It allows users to manipulate shapes and sound variety in real-time with smoother transitions between notes than a sampled legato does. The embodied 3D Spacer helps you pan your instrument in an orchestra with just a few clicks. This 3D Spacer lets you pan your instrument on a 3D virtual stage, and the algorithm behind it will automatically calculate the right sound for your instrument. The 3D Spacer makes sound real using the algorithm of sound localization simulated from real space. This function makes the task of managing a full orchestra surprisingly easy.


With Neo Orchestra users can change sound and timbre of any instrument provided in Neo Orchestra CE in real-time, and this is not a fixed or dead sound like a sampled-only sound. This hybrid modeling technology keeps changing your sound over time giving it unlimited possibilities and a variety of controls. For instance, you can start with a non-vibrato trombone sound and then fade out the sound with vibrato sustain while changing depth and speed in real-time. Or, you can change tremolo speed of a flute in real-time while optimizing control of human behaviors in the vibrato for enhanced realism in the sound. 



▲ Cinema Grand's Neo Piano Engine

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Neo Orchestra CE comes with 'Cinema Grand', Sound Magic's one of the acclaimed products known for its creative expressiveness and realistic grand piano sounds. Cinema Grand is a combination of two great grand pianos (Blüthner, Steinway) that meet the needs of working composers in today’s film, television, and video game industries. Powered by the latest hybrid modeling technology, Cinema Grand features a charming mellow sound with a smooth dynamic transition from ppp to ff. The authentic sound of sampling combined with the playability of a modeled piano makes the piano sounds incredibly expressive and realistic.


Cinema Grand is powered by Hybrid Modeling Technology and HD Velocity Layer Technology (supports up to 65,536 velocity layers) providing a natural boost to expressive power that can be felt with every strike of the keys. A True Piano Dynamic system (a piano will have different dynamics from low notes to high notes) is applied to Cinema Grand, so this enables every note to have its unique dynamic range and it can be fully controlled by knobs. Along with the new Neo Piano engine, which achieves 400 times more variations than a traditional sample engine, every note played is unique, creates vivid sound representation, and strikes a rich, accurate tone even with small movement. Sound Magic captured multi-angled IRs (Impulse Responses) from the grand piano's soundboard, and then used modeling technology to convert those IRs into multi-dimensional resonance algorithms. This results in an amazing true-to-life concert hall sound readily available at anyone's fingertips. Users have the ability to change the lid position and control the pedal behaviors accurately as well as adjust the harmonic partial of the sound to get a unique sound. The Neo Piano engine not only has a professional reverb unit but also provides microphone perspective controls. In addition, the AI tool of the engine enables users to check whether their keyboard works under the best condition and get suggestions on how to get the best performance in a very short time. 


* Cinema Grand's sister product, Imperial Grand, which uses the same Neo Piano Engine (5thGeneration) was nominated for a 29th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award in the category of Musical Instrument Technology/Software in 2013.


** Cinema Grand's parent product, Neo Piano, which uses the same Neo Piano Engine (9th Generation) was nominated for a 35th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award in the category of Musical Instrument Software in 2019.



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Neo Orchestra CE comes with a carefully selected solo and ensemble instruments from piano, strings, woodwinds and brass. It also provides a set of percussion such as timpani and drums. Every instrument's sound in this product reflects any subtle physical movement of player's fingertips with a variety of real-time controls, resulting in various expressiveness and ultra reality of the sound. You can simply transform an ordinary strings, woodwinds, brass, or piano sound into a personalized sound that has never been heard before. If you know how to manipulate the modeling legato controls properly, you will not miss any delicate string expressions. You can get a fairly realistic vibrato sound if you adjust 'depth', 'rate', and 'human' parameters properly in the vibrato control. You can even change every subtle nuance of the sound you are playing using the dynamics control in real-time. Together with the harmonics control and the 5-band parametric eq, you can change the entire tonal quality of the solo instrument you are playing. The Perspective control of Neo Piano provides players with the ability to hear and judge their sound in a variety of situations, which can be helpful when composing an orchestral music or pursuing creative musical attempts. As such, Neo Orchestra CE offers far more sound-shaping options and a large selection of instruments for its price.



Instruments List



Violin: Over 15 Techniques

Violin Ensembles: 16 Players, Over 10 Techniques

Viola: Over 15 Techniques

Viola Ensembles: 12 Players, Over 10 Techniques

Cello: Over 15 Techniques

Cello Ensembles: 8 Players, Over 10 Techniques

Double Bass Ensembles: 4 Players, Over 6 Techniques



Alto Flute: 4 Techniques

Bass Flute: 4 Techniques

Piccolo Flute: 4 Techniques

Clarinet: 4 Techniques

Clarinet Ensembles: 2 Players, 4 Techniques

Contrabass Clarinet: 4 Techniques

ContraBassoon: 4 Techniques

English Horn: 4 Techniques

Oboe: 4 Techniques

Oboe Ensembles: 2 Players, 4 Techniques

Bassoon: 4 Techniques

Bassoon Ensembles: 2 Players, 4 Techniques



Horn: 3 Techniques

Horn Ensembles: 4 Players, 3 Techniques

Trombone: 3 Techniques

Trombone Ensembles: 3 Players, 3 Techniques

Trumpet: 3 Techniques

Trumpet Ensembles: 3 Players, 3 Techniques

Tuba: 3 Techniques

Bass Trombone: 3 Techniques



1927 Steinway D



Basic Set including:




Kick Drum

Snare Drum

Floor Tom

Rack Tom





  • Deeply sampled, over 36,200 samples, 55GB uncompressed sample data (36GB installed)
  • Full symphony orchestra with strings section, woodwinds section, brass section and piano, each section has solo and ensemble instruments
  • Modeled vibrato, legato, tremolo, glide and glissando
  • Round Robin on most techniques
  • Innovative Virtual 3D Spacer helps you pan your instruments with ease
  • Embodied high-quality Reverb and EQ
  • Comprehensive Envelope System
  • Scala Tuning System can emulate different tuning systems
  • DFD/RAM system enables users to relocate resources and ensure the best performance under every individual project
  • Different GUI (Graphical User Interface) modes for standard resolution and 4K resolution



System Requirements



32Bit/64Bit VST plug-ins on Windows system requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP or above (Reported can run under Windows 98 and Windows 2000 system, but not officially tested. 64Bit VST requires at least Windows 7 system.)
  • CPU: 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core 4000+ or equivalent
  • RAM: At least 4GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: At least 36GB of free space

* Currently no compatibility issue reported on the latest Windows system.



32Bit/64Bit VST/AU plug-ins on Mac OSX system requirements:

  • OS: Mac OSX 10.6 or above
  • CPU: 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
  • RAM: At least 4GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: At least 36GB of free space

Currently no compatibility issue reported on the latest Mac OSX system. 




$149 USD


Cadenza Strings, Cadenza Woodwinds, or Cadenza Brass owners can pay price differences to upgrade to Neo Orchestra CE. Please contact customer service to redeem this offer.



For more information on 'Neo Orchestra CE'




Introduction - Neo Orchestra CE



Demo - Neo Orchestra CE 

Sound Magic · Neo Orchestra CE



Demo - Cinema Grand 

Sound Magic · Cinema Grand







About 'Sound Magic' (

Founded in 2007, Sound Magic Co., Ltd. has transformed into one of the primary pioneers in virtual instruments and DSP software. Starting from humble beginnings in Beijing, China, Sound Magic Co., Ltd. now has over 20 employees with regional offices spread out across the world. With one office in Anaheim, California and one in London, Sound Magic Co., Ltd. has the privilege of working with talented engineers, developers, musicians, and creatives from across the world to create products from a culture born from diversity and dedication.






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