Best Strings VST for ~$60

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KVRer
25 posts since 23 Oct, 2020

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:54 pm

Hello, looking for recommendations for a Strings VST at around $60 (willing to search on the marketplace here as well) - must include Violin,Cello and Bass. Currently using Cakewalk's free one and was recommended the Emotional Violin (which only includes 1 instrument as far as I know) but it's out of budget.

Thanks in advance! :tu:

KVRAF
1815 posts since 11 Mar, 2003

Post Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:31 am

How about Spitfire's BBCSO Discover? It's a whole orchestra for £49, but if you fill in a tiny survey and wait two weeks you can get it for free:

https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/ ... -discover/

Do you have Kontakt (not Kontakt Player) as this will open up your possibilities much more?
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KVRist
365 posts since 21 Nov, 2000 from Good Ol' Germany

Post Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:35 am

Mr Arkadin wrote:
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:31 am
How about Spitfire's BBCSO Discover? It's a whole orchestra for £49, but if you fill in a tiny survey and wait two weeks you can get it for free.
+1

At entry level ($60) this is probably one of the best solutions you can get. Ideally for free as described above. And while you are at it: Check out the special stuff at Spitfire LABS, where you can find some very nice Strings additions as well - for free!

KVRAF
5672 posts since 15 Sep, 2005 from East Coast of the USA

Post Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:16 am

Another one to check out is Sampletank 4 SE.
It's on sale on their website for $25.

KVRAF
9802 posts since 2 Sep, 2003 from Surrey, UK

Post Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:23 am

Or, skip a few coffees and go for Miroslav Philharmonik 2
99.99 at the moment, down from 499.99. And you can use JamPoints or Gear Credits too (I think).
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25 posts since 23 Oct, 2020

Post Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:41 am

Thanks everyone, I got Sampletank 4 SE at the moment but the BBC Spitfire sounds amazing too so I filled the survey :)

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KVRAF
7604 posts since 11 Jun, 2006

Post Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:33 pm

i still like the korg M1 strings
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KVRist
61 posts since 2 Mar, 2018

Post Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:54 pm

"Strings VST" is vague. Do you want solo instruments? Ensembles? Both? How important is overall sound vs articulations (etc)? What kind of work will you be doing with it?

BBC Discover you can't beat the price (free) :) and it does sound good but very limited - no solos etc.

KVRist
164 posts since 4 Jun, 2020 from USA

Post Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:23 am

Roland SRX Strings

KVRist
374 posts since 28 Jul, 2006

Post Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:47 am

8dio anthology is on sale right now if you own the full version of Kontakt. I bought it, despite the fact that I won't own the full version kontakt til later this year, lol.

KVRAF
5672 posts since 15 Sep, 2005 from East Coast of the USA

Post Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:19 am

Chrisk-K wrote:
Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:23 am
Roland SRX Strings
I think that one is only available by subscription and (not sure about this next part) only with the Ultimate level. Not sure if a lifetime key is available for it though (?)

KVRAF
28126 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:25 am

Had a similar question some time ago. In the end, I settled for Steinberg's Halion Symphonic Orchestra. Might not be the absolutely best sounding, but, seemed like a decent bundle for the price. I got it half price though (50 €), so, you might want to wait for a sale.
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KVRist
246 posts since 14 Oct, 2018

Post Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:39 am

Spitfire Intimate Strings is crazy value at $29 IMHO

KVRAF
1815 posts since 11 Mar, 2003

Post Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:35 pm

canadian_moose wrote:
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:39 am
Spitfire Intimate Strings is crazy value at $29 IMHO
A beautiful sound to be sure, but very specific and not separate parts.

KVRian
514 posts since 30 Apr, 2018

Post Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:54 pm

Hyperion Strings Micro

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