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    70`s disco strings ("Le freak"): Any sample advice

    Has anyone got an idea how to get the typical 70´s disco string sound like in "The freak"? I have the GPO which is more classically oriented but maybe mixing it with some synth strings would make it? Anyone got an idea or knows a sample source (Soundfont, Kontakt or Halion)?
    Thanks for any help
    Regards
    Raindog

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    Re: 70`s disco strings ("Le freak"): Any sample advice

    I'll have to check and see if they are available in GPO, but GOS has some "slide from" samples in its slides toolbox that, if used alone and not in conjunction with a legato string line, are just as disco as you could possibly get. The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire!!!

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    Re: 70`s disco strings ("Le freak"): Any sample advice

    It's mostly in the programming. Any of the good string libraries will do those kinds of licks. You just have to do some tight sequencing and really tweak the parts in, since those sections were live and aggressively played for the most part. The more capable the library, the closer you'll get to nailing the style. Then it's just a matter of getting an a/b comparison going with a couple of example mixes, to get the placement and EQ dialed in.

    If the strings had any synth component to them, it would be super obvious, and you'd just match the synth to whatever soft-synth gets closest, and have at it.

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    Re: 70`s disco strings ("Le freak"): Any sample advice

    I second 'Smart Violins' by Best Service. It's a collection of actual live string lines recorded at 100bpm, 120bmp and 140 bpm, and some stereotypical disco single note violin falls are included. Here is a review which walks you through what it's capable of doing:

    http://emusician.com/libraries/emusi...service_smart/

    I bought it specifically for one project and never used it again, but since it was only 20% of what a small live section would've cost me, it was more than worth it (and it worked out just fine). If you care to hear SV in action, here's a demo compillation of the aforementioned project done for a nationally syndicated radio countdown show in 2001(celli and viola are Emu samples, all violins are SV):

    http://www.zone-music.com/the70s.html
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    Re: 70`s disco strings ("Le freak"): Any sample advice

    This may be more than you need but have you checked Sounds of the 70's?
    check it out here:
    http://www.soundsonline.com/sophtml/...html?sku=ZG305

    I'm thinking about picking this up for an upcoming project.

    If not than I fith the Smart Violins lib. Its got the super fast Harmony runs that were so popular back when.

    -T

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    Re: 70`s disco strings ("Le freak"): Any sample advice

    Quote Originally Posted by bruceup
    I second 'Smart Violins' by Best Service. It's a collection of actual live string lines recorded at 100bpm, 120bmp and 140 bpm, and some stereotypical disco single note violin falls are included. Here is a review which walks you through what it's capable of doing:

    http://emusician.com/libraries/emusi...service_smart/

    I bought it specifically for one project and never used it again, but since it was only 20% of what a small live section would've cost me, it was more than worth it (and it worked out just fine). If you care to hear SV in action, here's a demo compillation of the aforementioned project done for a nationally syndicated radio countdown show in 2001(celli and viola are Emu samples, all violins are SV):

    http://www.zone-music.com/the70s.html
    What an amazing 70's collage (wrong word). It brought me back to my childhood (in the 70's). Very cool!

    jeffn1
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    Re: 70`s disco strings ("Le freak"): Any sample advice

    Thanks, glad you like.
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    Re: 70`s disco strings ("Le freak"): Any sample advice

    This may be more than you need but have you checked Sounds of the 70's?
    check it out here:
    http://www.soundsonline.com/sophtml...phtml?sku=ZG305
    I wouldn't recommend that. Sounds of the 70's is just loops and I didn't see any disco strings in there.

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    Re: 70`s disco strings ("Le freak"): Any sample advice

    Thanks for all the good ideas. I think I´ll check smart violins and the corresponding demos. I personally would prefer to play the strings myself but maybe the articulations sound better when typical phrases are applied (such as in smart violin). I could check with the GPO forum, maybe someone has tried to play this kind of strings already.
    Thanks again and happy springtime
    Raindog

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    Re: 70`s disco strings ("Le freak"): Any sample advice

    I remembered a thread in the GPO forum. Listen to this. This is not too bad and made with GPO strings as well as some equalizing and proper reverbs. I´ll have to try it

    http://www.garritan.com/mp3/gpohouse2.mp3

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