best solo strings library?

Hello all,

I currently use EWQL gold for solo strings. Although they are better than a synth, they still fall short in many respects, particularly the lack of detache samples which is the most basic articulation.

I was wondering if any one had thoughts on the best libraries out there for solo strings. To cut to the chase, I have been checking out the demos of VSL solo strings and they are extremely impressive. Any thoughts ? Is there a way we can get demos?

Thanks in advance!

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  • I don't have these as of yet, but concerning cello people tend to prefer Best Service Emotional Cello for overall use and Cinesamples' Tina Guo for overall beautiful tone. Check out Spitfire also and just check a developer's website and YouTube for demos.

  • Thanks a lot will check these out.
    Rodney Carlyle Money said:

    I don't have these as of yet, but concerning cello people tend to prefer Best Service Emotional Cello for overall use and Cinesamples' Tina Guo for overall beautiful tone. Check out Spitfire also and just check a developer's website and YouTube for demos.
    best solo strings library?
    Hello all, I currently use EWQL gold for solo strings. Although they are better than a synth, they still fall short in many respects, particularly t…
  • If you're willing to put in all the tweaking required with such bone dry samples, I haven't really heard anything any better than VSL for solo strings. Yeah, Spitfire is great for great sound pretty much right out of the box, but although I have some Albion stuff, I can't say I'm familiar with their solo products. But their standards seem pretty high. 8Dio has some good solo strings, priced very comparable to the Spitfire stuff, but you need the full version of Kontact 4 or higher to run it. I think the work there would also be less intensive than with the VSL stuff.

    edit- link: http://8dio.com/instrument-category/orchestral/#instrument/adagio-v...

    From that page, you should see the rest of the solo strings nearby.


  • ok....I plan to use this with Sibelius or Notion so the articulations are directly interprested (i.e., no pain in doing cc curves and key switches etc.,)

    But when you say bone dry...doesn't that get fixed by simply adding one of the reverbs in the VSL player?

    Thanks


    Paul Smith said:

    If you're willing to put in all the tweaking required with such bone dry samples, I haven't really heard anything any better than VSL for solo strings. Yeah, Spitfire is great for great sound pretty much right out of the box, but although I have some Albion stuff, I can't say I'm familiar with their solo products. But their standards seem pretty high. 8Dio has some good solo strings, priced very comparable to the Spitfire stuff, but you need the full version of Kontact 4 or higher to run it. I think the work there would also be less intensive than with the VSL stuff.

    edit- link: http://8dio.com/instrument-category/orchestral/#instrument/adagio-v...

    From that page, you should see the rest of the solo strings nearby.

    best solo strings library?
    Hello all, I currently use EWQL gold for solo strings. Although they are better than a synth, they still fall short in many respects, particularly t…
  • In Notion 5, the short answer is yes, but this link has a lot more info than I can provide: http://support.presonus.com/entries/46368890-Using-the-Vienna-Symph...

    As long as you're sure to get Notion 5 to hunt down and enable the VSL Player from the VST tab on the 'score set-up' page after install, you should be able to use the VSL reverbs. Otherwise, you'd have to use the one built into Notion 5.

    Not sure about Sibelius.



    Anand said:


    ok....I plan to use this with Sibelius or Notion so the articulations are directly interprested (i.e., no pain in doing cc curves and key switches etc.,)

    But when you say bone dry...doesn't that get fixed by simply adding one of the reverbs in the VSL player?

    Thanks


    Paul Smith said:

    If you're willing to put in all the tweaking required with such bone dry samples, I haven't really heard anything any better than VSL for solo strings. Yeah, Spitfire is great for great sound pretty much right out of the box, but although I have some Albion stuff, I can't say I'm familiar with their solo products. But their standards seem pretty high. 8Dio has some good solo strings, priced very comparable to the Spitfire stuff, but you need the full version of Kontact 4 or higher to run it. I think the work there would also be less intensive than with the VSL stuff.

    edit- link: http://8dio.com/instrument-category/orchestral/#instrument/adagio-v...

    From that page, you should see the rest of the solo strings nearby.

  • thanks I was aware of that site.

    I am also struggling between Notion and Sibelius. I am trying their demos and they both have features I like and don't like.

    Its really easy to load software in notion but Sibelius is really convoluted...you need to also buy and install sibelius soundset files from Jonathan Living, while notion has the presets built in for EWQL and VSL.

    But Sibelius has a much more pro quality to it...feels like you ar ereally writing on staff paper. Also it does a better job with hairpin crescendos.

  • Are you going for sound or score? Because I can go ahead and tell you from extreme personal experience, if you are going for sound, then you need to get a DAW.
  • I need both, good score and sound.

    By DAW you mean something like a sequencer? I used to work with sonar 8 + EWQL. But I write music on paper so I had to play it into Sonar instrument by instrument using a midi keyboard. But this has many problems and limits my imagination to what I can play.

    But with sibelius and notion directly being able to play sample libraries, and interpret the score (articulations etc.,)...this is a huge boon for me. A simple example is crescendo..I could never get my hand to do a staccato crescendo uniformly. But a simple sibelius score does it beautifully.

    As a plus this second approach I have the sheet music ready an readable by real players....although I havent come to that level yet where someone can play my music.

    let me know your thoughts...

    Thanks!

  • Embertone has has some nice solo strings, i really like their cello.  My favorite violin is from EastWest's Gypsy, but when i mention that i think it's worth mentioning that i like fiddles more than violins.  

    A DAW is a Digital Audio Workstation, like Sonar.  I know Cubase, and probably others have the option to write in notation instead of on the piano roll if that's what you're more comfortable with.  If you want the most realistic sounds possible, in my opinion, you really have to learn to work with MIDI.  There are tricks that aren't covered by standard notation that can help sample libraries sound a bit more organic.  

  • Like Chris said, Cubase 8 would be really good to have at some point (although it'll run you almost $600), because of that professional notation it has built in now. This way, after you've gotten over the learning-curve, and have decided what method you want to use imputing your music, you'd have both the great sound and the notation for it. It's a steep price and there's a lot to learn, but if your music is something you do every day, I don't think you'd regret it. Cubase is top-shelf stuff. It also comes with a ton of good plug-ins.     

    Anand said:

    I need both, good score and sound.

    By DAW you mean something like a sequencer? I used to work with sonar 8 + EWQL. But I write music on paper so I had to play it into Sonar instrument by instrument using a midi keyboard. But this has many problems and limits my imagination to what I can play.

    But with sibelius and notion directly being able to play sample libraries, and interpret the score (articulations etc.,)...this is a huge boon for me. A simple example is crescendo..I could never get my hand to do a staccato crescendo uniformly. But a simple sibelius score does it beautifully.

    As a plus this second approach I have the sheet music ready an readable by real players....although I havent come to that level yet where someone can play my music.

    let me know your thoughts...

    Thanks!

    best solo strings library?
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