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Spectrasonics Trilogy (2002) [W98/98SE/ME/2000/XP + MacOS9]
« on: January 13, 2015, 10:33:50 AM »

Appropriately enough, Spectrasonics' Trilogy is the company's third virtual instrument, but the name actually relates to the number of sound types covered by the product, which is dedicated to reproducing bass sounds. The categories are acoustic bass, electric bass and synth bass, and like Stylus and Atmosphere before it, the core sample library is around 3GB in size and comes spread over five CD-ROMs. As with the other two instruments in the series, the core sounds are based on completely new samples, and there's no provision to import your own samples, though future upgrades could add new sounds.

Designed to work as a VST 2.0 plug-in (also supporting OS 9 MAS, and RTAS), future upgrades to Trilogy are planned to support RTAS and VST and Audio Units under OS X, while Sonar users can employ a VST-DXi wrapper to make use of the VST 2 version. MOTU will be supporting Audio Units under OS X, so it is anticipated that there will be no need for an OS X MAS version.

A powerful computer is essential to make serious use of Trilogy (though less than Atmosphere, as bass sounds tend to use less polyphony); as well as needing over 3GB of free hard drive space, you'll also need plenty of free RAM, as some of the sample sets are pretty large. Spectrasonics recommend that you have around 512MB of RAM reserved for Trilogy, though most sample sets seem to be under 200MB in size. The recommended minimum computer specs are a 300MHz Pentium III PC (running Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP) or a 300MHz Mac G3 (OS 9.04 to OS 9.2.2). Both installation and operation were trouble-free on my Mac G4 (for the spec, see the box on the next page). A proprietary copy-protection method is used, which works on a challenge/response system. Web address details are included in the manual and once you enter your serial number and challenge code, the response is immediate. Prior to authorisation, you can use Trilogy for just 48 hours. As with the other Spectrasonics products, the licensing arrangement is similar to that for CD-ROM samples, the main restrictions being that you can't make a commercial sample library using the instrument, you can't re-sell Trilogy and only the owner is licensed to use it.

The core library of over 13,000 individual samples covers electric basses (including fretless, picked, fingered and slapped models), acoustic basses and a huge range of synth basses. Additionally there's a large library of classic synth waveforms so that you can use Trilogy's modulation functions, filters and envelope-shapers to build your own synth patches.

the system requirements posted get changed as time goes on, note that below taken from the website from 2008 it says it requires mac os x 10.2.6 but the same app back in 2003 version of the specs said that it was compatible with mac os 9
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System recommendations:

512 MB RAM, 3.9 GB free hard disc space

MAC: G3/G4/G5 compatible only, OSX 10.2.6 or higher, Audio Unit, VST or RTAS host


PC: Windows Vista, XP, 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, Pentium III or better CPU, 32- and 64-bit systems, sound card, VST or RTAS host
CPU load: LOW

« Last Edit: January 13, 2015, 10:56:17 AM by chrisNova777 »


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Re: Spectrasonics Trilogy (2002) [W98/98SE/ME/2000/XP + MacOS9]
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2015, 08:11:25 PM »
A must have for some older machine/OS configuration  :)

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Re: Spectrasonics Trilogy (2002) [W98/98SE/ME/2000/XP + MacOS9]
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2020, 02:04:11 PM »
Still use alot...And when I don't I have sampled output of Trilogy to-

-Reason Refill

Especially the JACO presets...Which I like over all the other JACO libs...

Ample Sound has one from last year...The X-Notes, Slides and other 'aux' sounds are terrible but the staple notes OK....

Trilogy & Majestic Bass still two of the best both over 15 years old now...