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    Ease of Use String Sample Library - Opinions Wanted

    Hi,

    First time post.

    As a composer and concert pianist, dispite the tweak head nature in me, I prefer to compose/play not tweak samples. Tweaking on sound EATS UP GOBS OF TIME --- and no one is going to say -- "Hey your a great tweeker -- wow!"

    What string library offers me the greatest ease of use with the highest quality of sound.

    In other words, I want great sound but with minimal tweak. I am AMAZED by the Garitan Stradivari.

    I am coming off Kirk Hunters Virtuoso String Orchestra Series (Gads! now selling at 49 bucks?!!! I bought in a $995!)

    I will run this on a Mac dual 2GHZ - OS X running Logic 7. Price is not too much of an issue --- but gads what a loss on the Kirk Hunter stuff (that stuff was primo just 4 years ago).

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    Re: Ease of Use String Sample Library - Opinions Wanted

    Giiven your parameters you could look at VSL's new Virtual Instrument, which is designed to automate a lot of the process pf realizing various string articulations. And Garritan GPOA is rumored to have some bold new features along the lines of the Strad- but no delivery date in sight yet.

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    Re: Ease of Use String Sample Library - Opinions Wanted

    Thanks Fred

    I thought VSL's new Virtual Instrument was a tweak head program. I thought you go in and tweak the note so they sound more legato.

    I was not aware that VSL's new Virtual Instrument was automatic --- so it is easy to use? Yes?

    Any idea when the Garitan will be released? --- darn I was ready to order tomorrow!

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    Re: Ease of Use String Sample Library - Opinions Wanted

    Oh now... Fred, here is some new info. The Garitan site says that the Stradivari is now shipping!

    But I am just going by the site --- I have not called in yet.

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    Re: Ease of Use String Sample Library - Opinions Wanted

    The Stradivari is out yes, and it's a great instrument. It's probably exactly what you want, but it's only a solo violin and I thought you were looking for a full string section- sorry if I made things confusing! A Solo Cello is on the way, and presumably the rest of the strings after that but it will be a little while before you can make a whole section. GPOA is Garritan Personal Orchestra Advanced- that's what I meant when I said "no release date in sight."

    VSL's VI is supposed to make life easier- you preload many articulations in a matrix and use real time playing techniques like speed and velocity to switch between them. Probably has a learning curve but should allow much more real-time expression in your playing than most of what's out there now. I believe there are videos on VSL's website. If money's no object, I'd get VSL AND the Strad and layer them together, using the Strad for solos!!

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    Re: Ease of Use String Sample Library - Opinions Wanted

    The VSL VI is in mid-shipment at the moment, so I would leave it a couple of weeks before you make any decision, as by that time many of us will have had a chance to play with it.

    Like you I don't like tweaking, so I am hoping that after setting up the templates I will be able to do a lot of stuff in real time.

    D

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    Re: Ease of Use String Sample Library - Opinions Wanted

    First I just want to say - YEEEHHHAAAAA I'm getting the new VI tonight!!

    Secondly - Piano - You ought to watch the tutorial videos on the VSL site. Should give you a good idea of how it works, and its enormous potential.

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    Re: Ease of Use String Sample Library - Opinions Wanted

    Gee, I checked out VSL's videos on the performance instruments - Great videos!

    However, it looks like that may get the best of my tweaker side...

    I just want a violin or cello --- simple, just put it up for me to play.

    Basially, I want to be able to pull up a sample and for it to sound great and responsive for 90% of what is done with the instrument --- and other esoteric stuff I be willing to tweek.

    Is VSL too tweak heavy?

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    Re: Ease of Use String Sample Library - Opinions Wanted

    Well, for violin Garritan has you covered- the Strad is 100% real time. And a cello is on the way!!

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    Re: Ease of Use String Sample Library - Opinions Wanted

    Without wanting to sound nasty, I have to wonder why you think any developer would come out with a "tweak-heavy" library if it were possible to get 90% of the way to a real string instrument without doing any work?

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