Can a €39 strings library be ‘the only solo violin sample library you’ll ever need'?

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dbodin
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602 posts since 23 May, 2015 from Los Angeles, CA

Post Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:48 am

Can a €39 strings library be ‘the only solo violin sample library you’ll ever need'?
Contributor Pete C shares a first look at The Showroom Violin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOR0UTCfR7o

The Showroom Violin sell for €38 (or FREE with rewards points) from VstBuzz - http://bit.ly/38eEsaG
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AngelCityOutlaw
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183 posts since 4 Dec, 2017

Re: Can a €39 strings library be ‘the only solo violin sample library you’ll ever need'?

Post Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:45 pm

dbodin wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:48 am
Can a €39 strings library be ‘the only solo violin sample library you’ll ever need'?
Contributor Pete C shares a first look at The Showroom Violin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOR0UTCfR7o

The Showroom Violin sell for €38 (or FREE with rewards points) from VstBuzz - http://bit.ly/38eEsaG
First off, good review from Pete C.

Regarding the product itself

In my currency, this would be a $550 solo violin library, given that it requires full Kontakt. The vibrato and sustain patches don't sound pleasant to my ears at all and more reminiscent of a swarm of flies. The demos for this thing, including the one in Pete's review, all generally use exclusively long or exclusively short articulations for the melody. This tells me, I can tell by listening to it, that it will fall apart if you try to sequence a multi-articulation, interesting musical phrase with it.

I've sequenced nicer-sounding, more-realistic stuff with the Solo Violin included in "Ancient Era: Persia", which total expenditure to obtain is several hundred dollars less than The Showrooom Violin. One could also purchase OT's "Nocturne Violin", which is far more realistic and musically capable than The Showroom violin, and total cost is also several hundred dollars cheaper.

So "Can a (3)39 strings library be the only solo violin sample library you'll ever need?" as per the marketing's suggestion?

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polarsky
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169 posts since 24 Jan, 2016

Re: Can a €39 strings library be ‘the only solo violin sample library you’ll ever need'?

Post Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:46 am

AngelCityOutlaw wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:45 pm
First off, good review from Pete C.

Regarding the product itself

In my currency, this would be a $550 solo violin library, given that it requires full Kontakt. The vibrato and sustain patches don't sound pleasant to my ears at all and more reminiscent of a swarm of flies. The demos for this thing, including the one in Pete's review, all generally use exclusively long or exclusively short articulations for the melody. This tells me, I can tell by listening to it, that it will fall apart if you try to sequence a multi-articulation, interesting musical phrase with it.

I've sequenced nicer-sounding, more-realistic stuff with the Solo Violin included in "Ancient Era: Persia", which total expenditure to obtain is several hundred dollars less than The Showrooom Violin. One could also purchase OT's "Nocturne Violin", which is far more realistic and musically capable than The Showroom violin, and total cost is also several hundred dollars cheaper.
Yeah I would need to get Kontakt, a PC, a 4K TV and a Dyson to use this library, those €249 libraries are a lot cheaper. Hang on, you don't have Kontakt?

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Dirtgrain
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Re: Can a €39 strings library be ‘the only solo violin sample library you’ll ever need'?

Post Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:09 am

Just slap some reverb on it, and you're good to go :)

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AngelCityOutlaw
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Re: Can a €39 strings library be ‘the only solo violin sample library you’ll ever need'?

Post Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:25 am

polarsky wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:46 am
Hang on, you don't have Kontakt?
Nope

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Aloysius
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26280 posts since 11 Aug, 2008 from another dimension

Re: Can a €39 strings library be ‘the only solo violin sample library you’ll ever need'?

Post Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:03 pm

Sounds like a beginners first time playing a cheap violin that won't stay in tune.

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lassitani
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Re: Can a €39 strings library be ‘the only solo violin sample library you’ll ever need'?

Post Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:14 am

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I'm sorry if I sound rude, but very unpleasant sound, terrible vibrato. So my answer to the question, is no, definitely not this library will be the only library you need. There are better sounding FREE libraries e.g. Performance Samples Solo Violin Legato: https://performancesamples.com/soloviolinlegato/ (https://performancesamples.com/soloviolinlegato/) and Virharmonic Violin Freebie: https://www.virharmonic.com/violin_freebie (https://www.virharmonic.com/violin_freebie)

If you got more money in your budget, then I'd recommend Emotional Violin.

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Tj Shredder
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3851 posts since 6 Jan, 2017 from Outer Space

Re: Can a €39 strings library be ‘the only solo violin sample library you’ll ever need'?

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:32 am

Are there also solo strings without vibrato? I prefer to play the vibrato myself... preferably as sfz, then I could load them into my MPE capable synths/samplers...

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CableChannel
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1685 posts since 15 Mar, 2013 from Germany

Re: Can a €39 strings library be ‘the only solo violin sample library you’ll ever need'?

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:37 am

The violin samples could be decent, but choice of reverb and EQing seems pretty bad to my ears, in all demos.

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3088 posts since 16 Jan, 2005 from Ottawa, Ontario

Re: Can a €39 strings library be ‘the only solo violin sample library you’ll ever need'?

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:52 pm

CableChannel wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:37 am
The violin samples could be decent, but choice of reverb and EQing seems pretty bad to my ears, in all demos.
...or the mic used to capture... not for intimacy

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