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    Is Vienna Saxophone I the best library for sax right now?

    Had anyone tried John Rekevics Saxophone Library (Biggas Gigga)?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Best saxophone sample library out there?

    I listened to the demos on candy last night and I dont know how much work it would take but Im sure it will do some nice things but it is expensive

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    Re: Best saxophone sample library out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by stanley
    Is Vienna Saxophone I the best library for sax right now?

    Had anyone tried John Rekevics Saxophone Library (Biggas Gigga)?

    Thanks.
    Stanley,

    Here's 3 demos I did for the Sax Libraries out there. Every sample has its own original sound which is quite attractive to have in any given library for variety. Keep in mind that my demos demonstrate the simple sounds of each reed. I did use some keying for the articuations but it is basically simple in its presentation.. They are all Bb Soprano Sax demos. If you'd like to comment, feel free to.


    Candy Demo : http://alanrussell-music.com/Candy%20Demo-A.MP3

    Bigga-Giggas : http://alanrussell-music.com/Sweet%20Soprano.MP3

    VSL Soprano: http://alanrussell-music.com/A%20Leafs%20Journey.MP3


    Alan Russell
    Please Visit My New & Revised Official Website Below

    http://AlanRussell-Music.com

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    Re: Best saxophone sample library out there?

    Thanks Alan.

    I am very impressed by the Vienna library. Actually all 3 sounded really nice. But, Vienna sop seemed to be what I was actually looking for. I need it for substitution of lead vocals. I feel they will be perfect.

    But, how is the difficulty part. Is it more difficult to use than the other two considering that it is VSL?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Best saxophone sample library out there?

    Stanley,

    I don't find any of the Soprano Samples difficult to use at all. I do use the Motif 8 as my controller and I only select the Soprano that sounds and fits well (according to my fingers being a real time player) with the composition intended. I do prefer keying which "Candy" handles well in real time or post production. IMHO, they are not interchangeable from one midi track to another. Each sample needs it's own treatment in the way one articulates their sound and velocity parameters from the controller used.

    Alan Russell
    Please Visit My New & Revised Official Website Below

    http://AlanRussell-Music.com

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    Re: Best saxophone sample library out there?

    VSL instruments sound complicated when you read the feature set, but when you actually get them under your fingers, you find yourself thinking, "Oh, O.K., that's not complicated at all."

    ...although I don't think saxophone samples sound even remotely like saxophones.....

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    Re: Best saxophone sample library out there?

    I'm holding out for Mr. Garritan's Jazz & Big Band library.

    During a search a couple of months ago for some sax samples but the general consensus (and ultimately, my determination) was that saxes are an area that are lacking at present.

    I would never propose using any sampled sax for soloing or 'upfront' playing. However, it would be nice to have some section sounds that don't come off like broken kazoos. That was the basis for my earlier quest - knowing the limitations of the romplers I own and having a sample library devoid of anything like saxophones.

    The best 'solution' I found for a recent project was the 'Tenor Soft' patch on my Yamaha S90, EQ'd to death. I then double tracked it, playing with the tuning a lil bit. I then layered it with one of the 3 Clarinet DXF patches from EW Gold. Only then did it get anywhere near acceptable to my saxophone-playing ears (been a player since middle school).

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    Re: Best saxophone sample library out there?

    I have gotten some decent results out of Linplug's SaxLab but it has taken work.
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