Do I need any special plugins or software to open the project files?
The requirements are listed at the bottom of each product page, and as long as you have those products installed, the project files should open flawlessly for you!
What is a ".rar" file and how do I open it?
If you are on Mac OS, I recommend using TheUnarchiver to extract the .rar files. If you are a Windows user, you can already extract .rar files without a 3rd-party utility. (+1 point to Windows! Amirite?)
In simple terms, A “RAR” file is an alternative to a ZIP file. It works the same way, but is preferred over ZIP by many sample library developers and distributors of large digital downloads, as it compresses files more efficiently and effectively. Unfortunately, Mac OS can not open or extract RAR files by default, but it is highly recommended that you obtain a rar extracting utility (like the one linked above) so that you are prepared for future purchases you might make that include rar files.
I am not getting sound when I play back the project?
Please check your output configuration. To do this in Cubase, press F4 and navigate to the Outputs tab. If there are no outputs configured there, set them to be your audio interface.
If you use Control Room, leave the outputs blank and configure under the Control Room tab instead.
My computer isn't very powerful, can I still use your products?
Yes! Each product comes with a “Lite” version of the project that opens with all tracks in a ‘disabled’ state, meaning it does not load any samples. This allows you to open and explore the project while only using a very small amount of RAM. It also frees up your CPU from having to process any virtual instruments, and can focus on playing back the audio files.
What DAWs do you support?
Currently, Cubase is the primary DAW I will support going forward. While there is the intention to provide products for other DAWs in the future (including the existing range of products) there are no guarantees. This is because Cubase is what I work in and am most comfortable in. While I’d love to make more products for Logic, I no longer have access to a Mac computer. But, never say never!
My project is not playing back smoothly / I'm getting pops and crackles during playback
There are a few possible causes for this, but the most common one is that your CPU is struggling to process all of the audio in time to play it back.
To help it out, you can increase your buffer size either in your DAW’s audio preferences, or the control panel for your audio interface.
For reasonably modern and powerful computers, a buffer size of 256 or greater should be sufficient for our most demanding product “Beyond The Storm”. If your system is not a “high performance” system, you may need to use a buffer size of 512 or greater.
Another possible cause is that your hard drive is too slow to stream all of the required samples. To alleviate this, you can increase the disk cache size in the sampler (PLAY) settings. If you use a Solid State Drive (SSD) a cache size of 0 or 1 should be sufficient. If you are streaming from a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) I recommend using a cache size of 2 or higher. Be aware, that higher disk caches result in higher RAM usage.
If neither of these performance tips alleviate your playback issues, I recommend using the “Lite” version of the project file that was included. From there, you can either rely solely on the printed audio stems for playback, or you can enable individual or groups of instrument tracks as you see fit. For example, you could use the audio stems for Brass and Woodwinds, but enable the instrument tracks for Strings and Percussion. The final audio will still be the full mix, but now you’re only using a fraction of tthe resources!
I only have 8GB of RAM. Is that enough?
8GB of RAM is enough to open “Symphonic Explorations”, but it is not enough to load the full project of “Beyond The Storm”. However, each product has a “Lite” version of the project file, that opens with all instrument tracks disabled and thus not loading any samples into RAM. 8GB is more than sufficient for this.
The project looks different to how it looks in the images and video?
That’s perfectly normal. Most of your DAW’s color and appearance preferences are local to your system, and do not carry across with projects.
Track colors are saved with the project (for example, BRASS = YELLOW), but the background colors, or the appearance of the track list is entirely up to you.
Can I sell my mock-ups on synthestration.com?
Hmm.. that’s a good question!
If you believe you have something worth offering that is in line with Synthestration.com’s philosophy of “projects that are easy to open and learn from”, get in touch via the contact form and we’ll see what happens. 😉
Will you sell mock-ups of famous film scores or existing music?
No. All music used in products on this site is original.
MIDI data falls under the same classification as notation (sheet music), which can not legally be sold without obtaining the relevant licenses from the copyright holders.