The Vienna Symphonic Library Solo Strings virtual instrument software features soloists Christian Eisenberger, Katharina Traunfellner, Rubén Dubrovski, and Martin Deuring. Sensitive and clear, exact a... Read More
The Vienna Symphonic Library Solo Strings virtual instrument software features soloists Christian Eisenberger, Katharina Traunfellner, Rubén Dubrovski, and Martin Deuring. Sensitive and clear, exact and homogeneous, their performances are technically perfect and utterly convincing in their musicality. Not only are they in command of their instruments but, after several years of working for the Vienna Symphonic Library, they also know exactly what is required of them to create ideal samples. Their performances at the Silent Stage come alive again in this Vienna virtual instrument.
Apart from the entire sample treasury of the Horizon Series' Solo Strings Edition, this Vienna Instrument contains many new articulations; "Zigane," the leisurely "smeared" portamentos, are particularly impressive as Interval Performances with the new audio engine's algorithms. Another new articulation group is the fast Interval Performances in legato, marcato, and spiccato. Additional "harsh" articulations are played with an especially raw, almost brutal attack, and now are available as superbly effective Interval and Repetition Performances. The virtual instrument software also has special Performance Trills, repetitions in spiccato and ricochet articulations, sustains with fading vibrato, ponticello, sul tasto, and numerous natural and artificial harmonics.
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Comments about Vienna Instruments Solo Strings:
As a professional MIDI orchestrator, I've always searched for the highest quality strings, and anyone with experience with sampled instruments knows that realistic strings are the most difficult to acquire (or make, for that matter!). That being said, after many years of viewing demo videos online, my local Guitar Center finally had this product out for testing, and like a little boy going to the store to try out the latest toy, I excitedly drove to GC hoping it was as good as the online demos. My worry was that the online demos only sounded good because they were put together by highly experienced programmers. Well, as soon as I got on, it was all magic! It was better than I thought. The dynamic response to your playing is so natural, you almost feel like you're playing the cello, or violin, or whatever stringed instrument (this really applies to all of VSL's instruments). The interface is so intuitive (I know this is cliche, but it's true), and it allows you to customize how you switch between their many articulations (portamento, legato, staccato, sustain w/vib, etc..). The portamento and legato are my favorites. With their realtime fingerboard sounds, string sliding, and note transition samples, it makes for a beautiful and realistic sound. I could write more, but I am going to spend a few more hours using this library. Buy it!
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