The trick with making a really believable string instrument is translating one playing style into a completely different one. Could Gothic Instruments have cracked it?
Spitfire Audio has a reputation as a heavy hitter in the world of meticulously sampled orchestral instruments. But would their latest release win over Jay Asher?
The harp may not be the first instrument you think of when arranging but here are some ways you can use it to your advantage that you may not have known about.
An atonal orchestral phrase library can be just the ticket when you're looking for something a little different for your scoring or composition work. Gary Hiebner road tests Sonokinetic's Espressivo.
Aviary Arabic Strings Kontakt instrument is the culmination of six years working with professional Israeli Arabic musicians. It includes meticulously sampled classical instruments and synth keyboards!
Cinematic Studio Series says their new Strings library for Kontakt is bursting with character with stunning true-to-life dynamics and a wide variety of articulations. Jay Asher puts it to the test.
Toby Pitman digs into Native Instruments' Symphony Series Strings Ensemble for Kontakt 5 which allows users to build instruments with its high quality samples. But is this instrument a winner?
"Yes, you can have too many string libraries... but you can't have too many good string libraries." And so we welcome Native Instruments' Symphony Series - String Ensemble.
Spitfire Audio's Symphonic Strings Vol. 1 and 2 hit all the right notes with their exploration of lesser sampled orchestral music articulations. Toby Pitman finds out if Volume 3 deserves an encore.
Is this the best live recorded performance of the year? Walk off the Earth's "Can't Feel My Face" is a very catchy song, but it's the Harpejji that also steals the show.
Strezov Sampling has recently released Macabre Solo Strings, an expressive and lyrical first chair Violin, Viola and Cello software instrument for NI Kontakt. Lynda Arnold discovers how emotive it is.
We're almost a month late with this one (got lost in the noise at Musikmesse). Aria Sounds London Symphonic Strings, volume 1. It's still on sale so check it out now!
If you want to make your sample libraries in Logic Pro X behave and perform more realistically, then you'll want to understand how to use the EXS24's Articulation IDs. Joe Albano shows you how.
There are a handful of companies we trust to create faithful software emulations of classic synths. Arturia is one of these! With the Solina V they've nailed the classic 70s hardware string synth.
ARIA Sounds have come up with a novel idea for their next Kontakt Sample Library, London Symphonic Strings. You send your ideas and have them recorded by professional players.