Developed by Rick Lawn and Steve Tjernagel, the Orchestrators ToolKit is a helpful computer resource for Windows, Apple and Linux operating systems. The ToolKit provides large menu of instrument sounds recorded over their full range. All of the sounds in the ToolKit library were professionally recorded and are real instruments not synthesized replicas. The TookKit also offers various brass mutes and keyboard percussion instruments with different mallet strengths. Our Toolkit provides a handy reference to help writers acquire an aural memory to refer to when arranging and orchestrating. It also provides useful information about the instruments including ranges, transpositions, special techniques, idiosyncrasies and hints about effective orchestrations by combining instruments. I found over the course of many years of teaching that beginning and intermediate arrangers and composers often lack an aural memory of the sound of instruments at various pitch levels, or brass mute possibilities in various ranges making it difficult for them to make their scores both player friendly and orchestrationally colorful. Developing a memory recall for these instrumental sounds takes many years to develop, but the Orchestrators ToolKit can help this process along by providing a quick reference.
This brief YouTube video provides a good introduction to the Orchestrators ToolKit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k8H266H8Co
We hope to further develop the Orchestrators ToolKit to include oboe, English horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and harp in version 2.0. Thanks for your interest in learning about the Orchestrators ToolKit. Contact Rick Lawn if you have questions. Email Rick Lawn
The software will be made available for purchase here shortly and will sell for $20.