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The Result of More Than 10 Years of Research, Recording and Editing

Result of collaboration between Univers Sons/Ultimate Sound Bank and l’Ircam, the Solo Instruments is a collection of sound banks including rare and unique instrumental techniques not available elsewhere.

IRCAM Solo Instruments includes usual sounds for 16 instruments (Violin, Alto, Cello, Contrebasse, Flute in C, Oboe, Clarinet, Basson, Saxophone, French horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Accordion, Guitar and Harp), as well as special techniques on each instrument with rare subsets such as multiphonics, eolian sounds, corpus sounds on instrument body, buzz, and much more.

The collection associates the best musicians for each instrument, artistic directors and sound engineers to assure the highest quality.

Technical characteristics

The sound bank is compatible with Machfive 2. Programs have been elaborated with care to include quality Key Switch expressions or crossfade, with the ability of on-the-fly load and playback on your Mac or Windows machine thanks to included UVI Workstation.

Minimal system requirements

Mac OS X version 10.5.8 or later (64-bit | 32-bit), Mac Intel processor, 2 GB of RAM
Windows 7 or Vista SP2 or later (64-bit | 32-bit), Core Duo or faster processor, 2 GB of RAM
16.32 GB available disk space
Hard drive : 7 200 rpm recommended or Solid State Drive (SSD)
An iLok account and an iLok smart key (version 1 or 2), which must be purchased separately
The free UVI Workstation or MOTU MachFive 3 (latest versions)

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Ircam Solo sounds come from experienced musicians with international careers whose musical experience has greatly contributed to the quality of the collection. Ircam collaborated with the best musicians to achieve this exceptional result where each sound has its own identity, naturalness and fidelity.

We are proud to have worked with the following great musicians:

Hae-Sun Kang Violin Soloist since 1994 in the famous Ensemble InterContemporain, first violin in Orchestre de Paris and winner of numerous international awards, Hae-Sun Kang is also a professor in the Paris Conservatory.
Pascal Robault Alto Pascal Robault has received numerous international awards such as Evian String Quartet Award. He has participated in numerous concerts exploring classical and contemporary forms and participating in ensembles such as InterContemporain, Alternance and Court-Circuit.
Antoine Ladrette Cello Playing on a rare Caussin (France, late 19th century) instrument, old student of André Navarra and Bernard Michelin in Paris Conservatory, Antoine Ladrette is known for his appearance with old music ensembles in Les Arts Florissants, La Chappelle Royale, La Grande Ecurie, and La Chambre du Roy, Louvre Musicians, London Fortepiano Trio and for fifteen years with Stradivaria Ensemble.
Didier Meu Contrebasse Member of the ensembles Court-circuit, Sillage, and Fa, he also performs on a regular basis with Ars Nova, the Ensemble InterContemporain, the Ensemble Modern, and the Ensemble Recherche. Didier Meu works in close collaboration with Ircam. He also created the Acrobass association, a group devoted to promoting instruments with a bass range and is also involved in projects where jazz and contemporary music intersect.
Jens McManama French Horn Born in Portland, Oregon, Jens McManama performed his first solo concert at the age of thirteen with the Seattle Orchestra. After studying in Cleveland with Myron Bloom, he became the horn soloist at La Scala in Milan under the direction of Claudio Abbado. As a soloist for the Ensemble InterContemporain since 1979, Jens McManama performed in numbers of pieces like the premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s In Freundschaft arranged for horn in Baden-Baden in 1988.
Laurent Bomont Trumpet Admitted to the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris in 1989, he won first prize in chamber music in 1991, followed by a first prize in trumpet performance the next year. Then he was invited to perform on a regular basis as a soloist at various festivals, and with prominent orchestras and groups. He has performed under the direction of Christoph von Dohnany, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Georg Solti, James Conlon, Peter Eotvös, David Robertson… as well as Pierre Boulez.
Benny Sluchin Trombone Benny Sluchin studied music at the Conservatory of Tel Aviv, his hometown, and at the Academy of Music in Jerusalem. Sluchin played with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for two years before becoming a co-soloist in the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Radio Orchestra) where he remained for four years. Since 1976, he has been a member of the Ensemble InterContemporain, performing the contemporary repertoire. Benny Sluchin also gives conferences all over the world.
Gérard Buquet Bass Tuba Gerard Buquet has given numerous premieres and has been an invited soloist at many of the major contemporary music festivals. He has played with the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de France, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, as well as in various jazz combos. From 1976 to 2001, Buquet was the tuba player for the Ensemble InterContemporain.
Claude Delangle Alto Saxohone Instrument : Selmer Série 2 n°434775 plated gold -Concert artist, researcher and teacher, Claude Delangle has expanded the contemporary repertoire by working with the greatest composers of our time and by promoting recordings of their work on labels such as BIS, Deutsche Grammophon, Harmonia Mundi, Erato and Vérany. he has worked with Pierre Boulez, D. Robertson, P. Eötvös, K. Nagano, E.P. Salonel, and M.W. Chung. Delangleʼs research on saxophone acoustics has resulted in a collaboration with Henri-Selmer-Paris in the creation of their prototypes.
Catherine Bowie Flute in C Catherine Bowie began her musical studies in her native New Zealand. Winner of the Young Musicians Competition, she entered the Conservatoire national supérieur de Paris, where she studied with Michel Debost and Pierre-Yves Artaud. A member of Ensemble Court-circuit from 1991 to 2002, she currently lives in New Zealand and plays with the Auckland Philharmonia.
Hélène Devilleneuve Oboe In October 1994, she was the winner of the fourth Tokyo International Oboe Contest. From 1992 to 1995 Hélène Devilleneuve played solo oboe for the Flanders Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She then went on to become the first oboe super-soloist for the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France in 1995. In the latter domain, she is a part of the ensemble Court-circuit and is regularly invited to play with the Ictus ensemble (Brussels), the Fa ensemble (Dominique My), and more.
Pierre Dutrieu Clarinet – Instrument played: Buffet-Crampon Prestige 1996 using Fineber system
His interest in the contemporary repertoire has led him to premiere numerous concert works worldwide. As a soloist, Dutrieu has performed some of the most difficult pieces found in the contemporary repertoire such as the famous Dialogue de lʼombre double by Pierre Boulez. Pierre Dutrieu is a permanent member of the groups Court-circuit, S.I.C. and Sillages, and is regularly invited by other groups, such as the Ensemble InterContemporain.
Laurent Le Chenadec Basson First bassoonist at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris, Laurent Le Chenadec has played the modern bassoon with the Paris-Bastille octet, the Ensemble InterContemporain under the direction of Pierre Boulez, and the group Court-circuit.
Tania Chagnot Guitar – Instrument played : Daniel Friederich n°627
Winner of numerous international competitions, Tania Chagnot has given concerts all over the world, and has participated in radio and television programs in Europe and in the United States. Although Tania feels her vocation is to spread knowledge of contemporary music, especially through premiering new works, her repertoire extends from early music to today’s music.
Virginie Tarrete Harp After having completed her studies at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris, where she took first place in both harp performance and chamber music, she continued her studies with Ursula Holliger at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg. Soloist in the ensemble l’Itinéraire, a large part of Virginie Tarrête’s performance activity is dedicated to contemporary music, which has led to numerous collaborations with composers like Mark André Dalbavie, Klaus Huber, Helmut Lachenmann…
Pascal Contet Accordion – Instrument played: ZEROSETTE number B32C64T58 Levy special
Virtuoso with an impressive reputation, festival director, accordion collector, and lecturer, Pascal Contet isnʼt afraid to take risks in order to make his instrument vibrate. He has improvised with Joëlle Léandre, Andy Emler, Jean-Pierre Drouet. In addition, has collaborated with Pierre Boulez.