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    A few questions about the Strad

    Hi!

    I confess I am a true beginner with the Strad, but here a few questions:

    1) How can I perform legato of simultaneous intervals? (for instance a series of 3rd, etc) Those are extremely common in the advanced violin litterature but I can't get it to work yet: in Poly mode, I always get the attack on each note.

    2) Can I do artificial harmonics?

    3) Can I do Ponticello?

    4) Can I do Sul tasto?

    5) Can I do Col legno? (striken / bowed)

    5) Can I do muted trills and tremolos?

    Thanks for your help!
    R.

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    Re: A few questions about the Strad

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Piéchaud
    Hi!

    I confess I am a true beginner with the Strad, but here a few questions:

    1) How can I perform legato of simultaneous intervals? (for instance a series of 3rd, etc) Those are extremely common in the advanced violin litterature but I can get it to work yet: in Poly mode, I always get the attack on each note.

    2) Can I do artificial harmonics?

    3) Can I do Ponticello?

    4) Can I do Sul tasto?

    5) Can I do Col legno? (striken / bowed)

    6) Can I do muted trills and tremolos?

    Thanks for your help!
    R.
    1) No true legato it seems, but you can get close in Poly mode (KS D/D#), with notes conjoined, or minimal overlap, and minimal attack. If you use the bowchange CC#64 (sustain) to connect the notes and release it immediately after the NOTE ON of the second pair of notes (they must both have NOTE ON at the same time - the tolerance is very low here), you get a bowchange (minimal) attack on one of the notes and a slightly smoother connection. But, alas, no portamento.

    2) No.

    3) No.

    4) No.

    5) No.

    6) Tremolo: No, doesn't seem possible.
    Trill: Yes. Select KS C#, play 1st trill note, select KS G# while playing 1st trill note, play rest of trill.

    Robert, are you working on something for F06 or is it F07? I ask because I am working on a K2 script to be used with the Stradivari and F06, and this would be pretty futile, if you are cooking on something for F06.

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    Re: Legato for successive intervals?

    Some more things to try:

    1. Use two instances of the strad, one for each note in the harmony.

    2. Pitch bend/shift the natural harmonics (yes, I know they don't sound the same, but it can work depending on context).

    3 & 4. No, but with a lot of work and some good filter/eq plug-ins you may be able to at least somewhat approximate the sound. I came up with a semi-decent sul-pont cello line for a GPO solo cello sample.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: A few questions about the Strad

    Robert,

    Bichord portamento/legato: A difficult task. But we can solve it, can't we?

    Artificial harmonics: not available.

    Sul Ponticello e Sul tasto: not presently available.

    Col legno: we'll see.

    Muted tremolo: we'll see

    Giorgio

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    Re: A few questions about the Strad

    Giorgio (and all),

    Grazie per la risposta,

    Sorry for pointing all these dark points out (I wasn't really meaning it!), but your smileys seem very hopeful indeed! For what is currently available, the Strad is amazing...

    NB: I forgot Bartok pizz in my list...

    Best,
    Robert

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