ProjectSAM – Symphobia 3: Lumina (KONTAKT)

By | December 26, 2015


Featuring full orchestra, choir, smaller ensembles and a wide range of guest instruments, Symphobia 3: Lumina dives into the world of fantasy, mystery and fairy tales.

With Symphobia 1 and Symphobia 2, ProjectSAM explored the heavier side of orchestra to help you thrill directors and audiences around the world.

Now, a new story unfolds…
Featuring full orchestra, choir, smaller ensembles and a wide range of guest instruments, Symphobia 3: Lumina dives into the world of fantasy, mystery and animation, adding depth and delicacy to your musical palette. Based on more recordings than ever before, this third volume in the Symphobia series is ProjectSAM’s most ambitious release yet.
ProjectSAM is well-known for its ensemble recording concept, and Lumina trumps this with even finer arrangements. The warmth and beauty of orchestra and choir performing together has been captured in stunning, playable ensembles. Moreover, Lumina is packed with superbly orchestrated textures covering the full spectrum of fantasy and mystery. Refined with grand piano, harp and percussion, these recordings are truly luminous.
Lumina’s solo and guest instruments range from legato woodwinds, such as oboe and clarinet, to a beautifully sampled celtic harp, tin whistle and… a full bell tower! The library also pays homage to the playful world of cartoons with dedicated ensembles and phrases for careful tiptoeing and tongue-in-cheek suspense. Of course you will find ProjectSAM’s popular Dystopia section, too, with all-new sound design based on the library’s samples.
Lumina is a journey of inspiration… as for each note you play, three more will spring to mind.
Multis are a much cherished feature of the Symphobia series. Symphobia 3: Lumina builds on this concept by combining ensembles and instruments into thematic ‘Stories’.
Using clever keyboard mapping and controller assignments, Stories give you numerous musical features on one keyboard − all within a single Kontakt track. In this way, the library’s ensembles, solo instruments and textures all take part in a bigger Story.
Elements within a Story can be individually purged from RAM, or instantly muted using assigned mute keys. Also, the Elements tab allows you to tweak each element separately.
Stories are great sources of inspiration, and useful starting points for a new track or arrangement. Because of the many different musical elements and well-thoughout controllers, they work great for live situations too, such as a theater show or songwriter performance.
Section splits for textures
We booked new recording sessions to record individual sections for the library’s textures, worth of new samples. In SYMPHOBIA 3: LUMINA  the majority of orchestral textures now offer the ability to perform the following sections individually: strings, choir, woodwinds, piano/harp/percussion. The exact sections available differ per texture instrument.
Key features
  • Aimed at fantasy, mystery & animation
  • Designed for film, TV & video game scoring
  • Inspiring “Stories” combo instruments
  • Ensemble recordings (featuring full orchestra & choir)
  • Chamber ensembles (including solo strings & soprano choir)
  • Legato instruments (including soprano voice)
  • Guest instruments (including celtic harp & double bass)
  • Genuine concert hall recordings
  • Real-time mixing of direct, ambient & wide mics
  • 36 GB library in Kontakt’s compressed sample format


Lumina’s take on Multis, combining different instruments into one, playable patch
Fantasy – Majestic
Fantasy – The Choir
Fantasy – Witch’s Cottage
Mystery – Freaky Fair
Mystery – Into Darkness
Mystery – Trail Through The Woods
Cartoon – Mr Evil
Cartoon – Tiptoe

Lumina textures
Beautifully orchestated textures and phrases, many offering split recordings per section

Fantasy – Long – Elven Harmonies
Fantasy – Long – Graciousness
Fantasy – Long – Mindfulness
Fantasy – Long – Sirens
Fantasy – Long – Storyteller
Fantasy – Long – Waterfall
Fantasy – Short – Pentatonic Colours
Fantasy – Short – Sirens
Fantasy – Short – Whirlwinds

Mystery – Effect – Clusters
Mystery – Effect – Risers
Mystery – Long – Eyes In The Dark
Mystery – Long – Fog over the Lake
Mystery – Long – Master of Suspense
Mystery – Long – Unveiled Mysteries
Mystery – Short – Cliffhangers
Cartoon – Effect – Doublebass Glisses
Cartoon – Effect – Orchestral Falls
Cartoon – Short – Flea Circus
Cartoon – Short – Tonal Phrases 1
Cartoon – Short – Tonal Phrases 2
Elven Choir – Textures
Lumina Choir – Glissando
Lumina Choir – Vibrato Effects
Miscellaneous Textures
Piano Harp Phrases
Recorder Effects
Tin Whistle Phrases in Keys
Tin Whistle Various Phrases

Playable ensembles

Full Orchestra & Full Choir
Small Orchestra & Full Choir
Small Orchestra & Sopranos
Small Orchestra, various articulations
Lumina Choir (large choir)
Elven Voices (small choir)
Cartoon Ensemble (subtle winds with piano & harp)
Piano with harp & vibraphone
Piano with double bass (low range)
Solo string ensemble

Playable solo instruments

Celtic Harp
Double bass
New percussion
New celesta
Bell tower

Legato instruments

Soprano voice
Alto flute
Clarinet in B-flat
Trumpet in B-flat
Tin Whistle
Tenor recorder
Alto recorder
Soprano recorder

Dystopia sound design

Beautiful sound design based on Lumina’s audio pool

Library specs

  • 81.7 GB audio pool (actual recordings)
  • 36.0 GB on disk (compressed Kontakt format on disk)
  • 44.1 kHz 24 bit audio format
  • Library version download: 1.5

Kontakt Player requirements

  • Minimum Kontakt version: 5.5.1
  • Supported plug-in interfaces: Stand-alone, VST, Audio Units, AAX (Pro Tools 10 or higher), ASIO, Core Audio, WASAPI
  • Also works with full version of Kontak


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