I post two simple and short minimalistic string quartets for you to compare live performance sound to sampled sound. This is not an outstanding performance and not the best sampling, but I find it very useful for comparison.

I would be glad to hear any comments, especially some criticism.

- Live performance: 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello. 4 microphones, live in a small room. All musicians play simultaneously. Performed in January, 2013. Introduction was not performed live in Falling from the window.

- Sampled performance: East West Orchestra Library (Platinum XP). Solo samples were used for Silent Hints. Group samples (18 violins, 10 violas, 10 cellos) were used for Falling from the window.

http://alch.us.to/.../Virtal - Silent Hints.mp3

http://alch.us.to/.../Virtal - Silent Hints (live).mp3

http://alch.us.to/.../Virtal - Falling From The Window.mp3

http://alch.us.to/.../Virtal - Falling From The Window (live).mp3


http://alch.us.to/.../Virtal - Silent Hints.pdf

http://alch.us.to/.../Virtal - Falling From The Window.pdf

You can also listen in my profile and on my site.

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  • Thanks for sharing. Please see my comments in your discussion here:


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  • Thanks for the link Ray. You are right, real performers will always have better control over sound. Though, a good virtual instrument can be live controlled too. This is another instrument, it should not compete with its acoustic predecessor. 

  • I think, this post is for people who do not know much about virtual instruments, but want to listen what they can usually do with virtual instruments and what they can't :)

    I hope, it can be useful for them. Perhaps, for pros it aint so attractive :)

  • Ray, can you recommend a good comparison article of different virtual orchestra instruments?

    Raymond Kemp said:


    It's perfectly reasonable to compare virtual instrument against other virtual instrument but not with real.

    How about this:



    Although I don't find it particularly realistic, many pros do.

    No matter what controllers the developer adds to the arsenal of possible variation. A real performer has more.


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