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 Orchestral Strings One by Sound Magic is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows and Mac OS X. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
Orchestral Strings One
Orchestral Strings One
Product Orchestral Strings One
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Price (MSRP) Free
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Orchestral Strings One was recorded utilizing the legendary acoustics in the famous Berliner Hall - home of the world class BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER. Our full string orchestra contains 14 violins, 10 Violas, 8 Cellos and 6 Double Basses. Now it's your turn to experience this huge orchestral section as a useful string instrument. Sound Magic has created Orchestral Strings One as a single ensemble complete with the beautiful ambience of this amazing hall. This incredible instrument will quickly become your "go to" string orchestra. No longer will you have to try and build a similar sound with several different string instruments or sections, burning up tracks, RAM, CPU cycles and your valuable time.

Violins, violas, cellos and basses are considered to be nearly impossible to sample into realistic sounding instruments. And the String Ensemble is the holy grail of these string instruments. KVR's Developers Challenge has provided Sound Magic with an opportunity to push the boundaries of our Hybrid Modeling Technology by creating Orchestral Strings One. Our quest for extreme realism not only lets us flex our engineering and computational chops - it gives you an incredibly useful freebie.

If you're familiar with the #2 ranked KVR instrument, Piano One, you know how clean Sound Magic's efforts are. To ensure the highest sound quality possible in our samples, we use top-of-the-line gear such as Brauner Microphones and Neve preamps. Couple this gear with the prodigious Berliner Hall and Orchestral Strings One is able to push the boundaries of realism - with the aid of Sound Magic's Award-Winning NEO Hybrid Modeling Technology, of course.

The NEO Hybrid Modeling Engine offers you the best from both the sampling and modeling worlds. The Authentic Sound of Sampling combined with the Playability of Modeling makes for a string experience that you have to try to believe! No steep
hardware requirements here. Orchestral Strings One takes up less than 200MB of disk space and doesn't overly tax your CPU. The NEO Hybrid Modeling Engine gives you absolute control over every aspect of each string - you can even design your own string! There are nearly 20 controls waiting for you to tweak! Some of you (you know who you are!) just HAVE to dial up the legato and velocity, fiddle with the dynamic response, and play with those timbre differences.

Unlike static samples, modeling technology really brings the Orchestral Strings One
to life. And more importantly, Orchestral Strings One focuses on the continuous flow of melody, not on just a single note. For example, you can progressively transform a sustained note by first adding slow vibrato, then medium vibrato and finally fast vibrato. While doing this, you can also use the expression controller to change from crescendo to decrescendo. This sort of control is just about impossible to achieve with sampled strings.

Orchestral Strings One is very easy to use. You can play with all the parameters on the fly with a MIDI keyboard using key switches and controllers. A keyboard player can easily and freely play our Orchestral Strings One without any difficulty. It's perfect for a live performance.

Features:

  • Innovative Sampling technologies put 14 violins, 10 Violas, 8 Cellos and 6 Double Basses into One instrument.
  • Neo Hybrid Modeling Engine make the full strings section into 200MB.
  • Innovative Key Switch and Controller system makes it ideal for use in live performance.
  • Can real-time switch between Spic, Staccato, Pizzicato, Legato, Cresando, Decresando, PFP, Vibrato, Tremolo, Trills and Sordino by Key Switches and MIDI Controllers.
  • Fully controllable legato system.
  • Auto Rhythm Tool helps you better and quicker play repeated notes on fly.
  • Multi Microphone Positions, Player, Audience and Ambience/Room.
  • Small RAM usage and Light on CPU.
  • Built-in High-Quality Reverb.
  • Built in 64-Steps Sequencer enable users to compose their string phrases in a quickest and efficient way.
  • Support Add-ons System.

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8 November 2012 at 5:27amalienimplant

Once again (as in Piano One) cutting the Max Volume actually INCREASES the gain. The plugin is already too loud and distorts frequently (when chords have many notes), and cutting Max Volume makes it even worse. Please fix the max volume on these instruments for Logic users (AU plugin). Your instruments are wonderful otherwise, but I cannot use them at all due to this flaw in the Audio Unit version. It's very frustrating, because they sound amazing otherwise. Cutting Max Volume should make the instrument quieter, not louder.

Also, your instrument shows up as misspelled in Logic. It shows up as Orchestral Strin instead of Orchestral Strings.

11 November 2012 at 12:00amPhredderick

Just like Piano One, this plug-in does not make sound on my computer. Does anyone have any ideas

11 November 2012 at 7:25pmmetaside

First of all, thanks for the great plugin!

But I can't automate or even save the settings of this VSTi in Live.... I hope this will be possible in an updated version, cause the plugin really sounds very good.

12 November 2012 at 3:33amChapelHeel66

Where should I install this? It isn't showing up in Sonar when I install it in the VST folder (or anywhere else that I've tried). Thanks.

13 November 2012 at 4:42pmProtocol_b

The info & graphic indicate a step sequencer is included, but the AU version does not have one and the GUI does not reflect the one shown on KVR - is it only in the WIndows version? Thanks!

13 November 2012 at 5:04pmalienimplant

I cannot be the only person with the AU gain knob problem in Orchestral Strings and Piano One can I? Would a Logic user please confirm that turning down the Max Volume actually raises the volume? All of their plugins do this on my system. I can't use them at all because their audio output is already clipping on large chords and there is no way to reduce the gain.

I really wish Sound Magic would reply to these concerns. I'm starting to feel like our problems are falling on deaf ears.

14 November 2012 at 10:42pmProtocol_b

Are any posters here using the Windows version? If so, do YOU see a step sequencer, and does your GUI reflect what Sound Magic posted above in their graphic? I prithee good sir?

16 November 2012 at 12:52pmphotoshare

Its not obvious, but you need to click on the panel that says "Basic Panel" (just above the center of the keyboard) to see the step sequencer.

I'm a Windows user, and I see the image shown above as 1 of 2. I don't see the 2 of 2 image.

20 November 2012 at 7:24amProtocol_b

Hmmm! I see only the 2 of 2 - no such panel saying 'basic panel'... click in that general area though I may. There seems to be a different version for the Mac. Which is a shame, because it was the step sequenceer function that prompted me to download. Many thanks for your response Photoshare. A pity the developer does not appear to be interested in our thoughts.

20 November 2012 at 7:28amalienimplant

The Mac AU is broken. The max gain, which is already too high, gets LOUDER when the knob is turned down. It's impossible to use this instrument in production without it clipping, which sucks. I wish they'd fix this. It seems to affect all their AUs.

24 November 2012 at 3:40amProtocol_b

OK, yup - their site says that 95% of the features are WIndows-only. The AU is a lame duck. Sad.

26 November 2012 at 5:02pmTracing Arcs

Sorry to say, this is a waste of 206mb. After the excellent Piano 1, I was expecting something comparable. It's badly synthetic, and a real let down. And they still have the old 1.0 version on their website.

3 December 2012 at 11:39pmheyitsjimi

I can't even get Orchestral Strings to download. Piano One is still at 1.1 for Mac. Why the preferential treatment for Windows ??

30 December 2012 at 5:40amSpitfire31

If you're on a Mac, don't even bother to download this pathetically amaturish hodge podge of a buggy Maize Sampler instrument. "NEO Hybrid Modeling Engine", my a**!

The samples are obviously ripped from various sources in true Chinese copycat tradition (the company is apparently based in Beijing) – the legato and tremolo patches are dry and full of artefacts and noise, sounding like they have been lifted off damaged vinyl records, while the staccato/spiccato sounds are washed in recorded reverb which is cut off with a click when the sample runs out in the higher registers.

The reverb doesn't work at all, there's no sign of a step sequencer on the Mac 1.1 version (it would only make things worse), the Max Volume control represents a clear and present danger to your hearing and your monitors since it works in an opposite way to the standard.

I'm not going to waste any more time writing about this hogwash. Avoid it, at least if you're on a Mac!

20 January 2013 at 2:52pmonnodevisser

Both piano one and orchestral strings are no match for other free or inexpensive plugins that are available. Indeed a waste of space on you precious drives. That said: everybody is free to make his own decision.They are free so try them and see what you think

27 May 2013 at 8:06pmrykms

Please do share... Specifically your free superiors.

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