Wow i honestly feel terrible bagging a freebie to such a degree, but when something has no use, i don't know how else to rate it.
This is the worst string "sample" i have ever heard, much much worse than freely available soundfonts that can be found on the net, for example.
There is a *very* loud click at the *very* short loop point of the sample which makes any sort of sustained sound impossible.
it is unable to play chords from everything i have tried to do (MAC AU 64 bit version), has 5 articulations which are also affected by what seems to be single note polyphony? For example pizzicato can not be played in succession, it's one note, then 2 seconds later, another note. That seems to be the only way.
The sound quality is horrendous, as is the on board metallic reverb, the strings sound dull and lifeless.
Adding unplayability, sample quality, loop point click, and general noisiness of the instrument, i can't see any scenario where it can be recommended.. i mean, with many of using SSD's these days, why would you even consider using 600mb of precious ssd space on this?
This instrument has had a very negative impact on my opinion of sound magic. I was interested in some of their piano libraries, but there are no mac demos, and i am thrilled i did not take a chance and spend money on one.
the other problem is the language they use on their own webpage claiming special technologies used in this free instrument. I have never really been one to fall for "plug in tech jargon" but with a wide range of products, and now also owning a windows laptop to use for certain tasks, i was interested in checking out their other windows only products.
They have done irreparable damage to their "reputation" by releasing this free string instruments citing the same tech savvy jargon they use on their expensive paid products. I actually feel they have exposed themselves with this instrument as selling snake oil. So i thank them for saving me time and money in the long run, and now i feel silly for defending Shane in the forums here from time to time..
Avoid, and even if you can't help yourself and want to try it, avoid.