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    Thumbs up Could This Possibly Be One of the Best Sampled Solo Violin Demos Ever?

    Oh, I see where you're going with this post! You're messing with us. You are SUCH a tease, the way you toy with us. Are we just puppets in your sampling scheme?

    OK, I admit it. The title is an attention grabber. But the Stradivari 2.0 is so monumental and I want you to hear this demo and learn more about it.


    David Hearn did this piece with the new Stradivari 2.0 just this morning. Just close your eyes and listen:

    For Claire
    http://www.garritan.com/Strad/ForClaire.mp3


    "I've been using it pretty much since I woke up this morning, and it's worked flawlessly", writes David. "For me, the tone is much improved on the Strad 2.0 - the lyrical violin really seems to sing from underneath the hands .. instead of feeling like a programmer, I feel like a performer. This is not a library - it is an instrument." David did an extraordinary job with the composition and the rendering of this piece.

    I know, there's going to be naysayers and air violinists who will have something to say (you know who you are). But once we got to play with this updated Stradivari, we were changed people. Quicker than we could say “pizzicato” an entire world of virtuosity opened up before our ears, a sophisticated plethora of untold articulations and techniques effortless dancing under our fingers in real-time. We were caught up in the ecstasy of untold stringed splendor.

    Thanks to the exclusive "Sonic Morphing" technology, the Stradivari remains the only solo string library that lets you seamlessly crossfade among dynamics (pp to ff) and is the only solo violin library that let's you continuously control the onset, rate and speed of the vibrato in real time. No more freeze-dried samples. And this instrument just got better as the processes have been refined and perfected by Giorgio. The speed at which you can work - almost total expressive control in real-time!

    There have been a lot of improvements. First and foremost is the inclusion of the long-awaited Kontakt 2 Player as you no longer need the full version of Kontakt to run it. A very important new feature is the addition of a "Lyrical" violin (in addition to the 'classic' version) for a fuller, sweeter and more dramatic tone, yet maintaining the timbre of the Stradivari. There is also reduced CPU and convolver latency in this latest version allowing for Stradivari-like instruments (involving each own independent midi processor and body resonance IR) to be loaded and played in real time on a single computer. Giorgio has refined the morphing process to reduce timbral inhomogenities among adjacent notes allowing smoother continuous crossfade among the sample layers. There's also new bow change features, sustain pizz and other features in this new version. this instrument keeps geting better and better.

    The wonderment of the wonder of this wondrous instrument is just beyond description. This violin may just warm the iciest of souls, bring grown men to tears, and melt the hardest of cheeses.

    The Stradivari 2.0 is expected to be shipping in just a few weeks.

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    Re: Could This Possibly Be One of the Best Sampled Solo Violin Demos Ever?

    Wow, beautiful. Really, there aren't many other words to say it

    Is this going to be an update to the existing Strad? I may actually give it a purchase with these great improvements.

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    Re: Could This Possibly Be One of the Best Sampled Solo Violin Demos Ever?

    Nice improvements in tone. And very nice composition and performance by David Hearn!

    Best,
    Jay

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    WOW!

    This is amazing! Gary and crew, you're the best!!!
    David you should be proud! I would have thought that the violin was LIVE if I didn't know better.

    Oohh!!! I can't wait to get this one!

    Steph

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    Re: Could This Possibly Be One of the Best Sampled Solo Violin Demos Ever?

    That just made my night.
    The piece is beautiful.
    The bowing and dynamics are phenomenal.

    Giorgio, Stefano, Gary, and David, you guys are nothing short of remarkable.

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    Re: Could This Possibly Be One of the Best Sampled Solo Violin Demos Ever?

    To clarify,

    Will this product be available to the general public, or only to people named Claire?



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    Re: Could This Possibly Be One of the Best Sampled Solo Violin Demos Ever?

    I don't know if it's one of the best sampled violin demos ever, but it's one of the best I've ever heard.

    I might not agree with every last bit of phrasing, vibrato, etc, but neither would I if it was a real violin player ...Bottom line, it doesn't remotely sound like it was performed on a keyboard, and the tone is beautiful.

    Congrats to all involved, very impressive.

    matto

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    Re: Could This Possibly Be One of the Best Sampled Solo Violin Demos Ever?

    Still sounds fake.

    But seriously, it's very nicely done. It's a great step forward from the Strad 1.0, which kind of had this weird nasal tone quality. This one is actually pleasant to listen to, and the tone matches the playfulness of the piece.

    However.... One thing that is still missing from this is the articulation of a note changed by a finger on the fingerboard in the middle of the bow stroke. I'm not talking about legato which is done pretty good. I'm talking about a simple note change. When the finger hits a different note on the same string, the string loses its vibration for a millisecond before a new frequency is attained. This, coupled with the actual thump sound of the finger hitting the fingerboard, causes a very distinct effect that I haven't heard anyone emulate yet, including this Strad version, and distinguishes samples from a real violin to my ears. This is very evident in fast runs where it still sounds like "waawaawaawaa" instead of "taadaadaadaa". I'll post some examples sometime later what I'm talking about...

    I'm also bothered by the excessive bowing changes of this beautiful piece, or least what sound like bowing changes to me (perhaps related to what I was talking about above). A violin player would try to fit more notes into a bow stroke. It sounds a bit hacked up.

    But, congrats, this is really a great progress, but there's still much room to go further (imho).

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    That is breathtaking! Simply stunning work.

    Congats Gary, Giorgio, and David.

    Regards,

    Ben H

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    Very nice indeed. Only the fast run like figures sounded a bit off.

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