|Product||Orchestral Strings One|
|Type / Tags||Strings / OrchestralOrchestral StringsString Ensemble|
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.
- 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.
Reviewed By Spitfire31
January 29, 2013
This "Orchestral Strings One" is a ridiculously ineptly programmed Maize Sampler plug-in, stuffed with samples likely ripped off from some commercial strings package.
In its latest Mac version, 1.2, VST and AU, (the Win version is 1.3, apparently), it has first of all a new 'feature' - it only works monophonically! That is, one note at a time, until the release stage of the preceding one has finished! Or should that be a 'bug'?
As before, the Max Volume control is a hazard to your hearing (and monitors) - the fully CW position ('Boost') is the quietest one and the CCW position, labelled 'Cut', produces an ear busting shriek.
There's really no reason to go into further details - this is pathetic garbage and if the 'Award Winning Producer' intends it to showcase his other products, you can imagine what you're in for. Caveat emptor!
Reviewed By ObsoleteAcc99
January 19, 2013
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.Read more
Reviewed By timaeus222
December 11, 2012
I don't have a clue why people are complaining so much about this plugin. The sound is quite nice with the right reverb and sequencing. I'm not an orchestral expert by any means, but the sound quality is great, and "good" at worst. After analyzing the MIDI tutorial, it appears there are keyswitches (I didn't read the manual or the description. ;D), but I'm sure they're in the manual somewhere. So there's some thought in this.
The spiccato, staccato, and pizzicato specifically are really nice. I don't hear much of a difference between "Default" and "Sordino" other than maybe less bass on the "Sordino", but regardless, both are not too good. The polyphonic blend is what makes it sound fake.
The Max Volume knob does decrease the max volume when you rotate it counterclockwise. It works fine for me. Set the Min Knob to 0% and Max Knob to 100%, and you've got yourself the full velocity range.
What I don't like about this is that if you play around with it too much, it can randomly overload your output and it'll automatically mute itself until you reload the entire project file. So I don't think I'll be using this unless I've already written in the notes with downgraded instruments first.
It does not remember your presets perfectly. Even if you save a preset, it'll load the default voice mode when you try to load your saved preset, so remember to change the mode if you need to.
The vibrato is pretty terrible. It's LFO, and it's fake. If I ever use that, I'd literally only use it up until 0.0050 mix (pushing the modwheel up by less than a cm). Nothing else I can say there.
No round robins is killing this plugin. The sound quality is great, but it's all machine-gun. Sounds like 3 or 4 velocity layers, but I think 3.
Now the pros:
I absolutely love how you can change the mic "position" of the sound. The reverb is quite nice too. It's within a free plugin though, so don't expect it to be mind-blowing; that title belongs to ArtsAcoustic Reverb. ;) I'm not sure why there's a "Basic" and "Advanced" interface, though. They don't really look alike. I'd expect "Basic" to have less, but it just has different knobs in general. Oh well, not a big dealbreaker.
Very RAM conservative, unlike actual orchestral libraries. Rendering doesn't take a few hours either, unlike an orchestral soundfont I found at one point (an orchestral soundfont, taking an hour to render 1 minute of song, really?).
The keyswitches allow you to save some physical memory. There aren't too many, thankfully. One instance of Orchestral Strings One is all you need, unless you're like me and you use reverb presets specific to certain types of articulations. Regardless, good reverb does this some major justice.
Well, it's definitely not too difficult to figure out. The sequencing table is pretty nice, but it's not intuitive. Great idea, but the usability of it could be polished more. It would be nice to be able to click-drag to test notes out more quickly, for example.
Overall, pretty good. This would sound good as backup, but never fully exposed. I also don't really like how it might overload and cause you to completely reopen the project file, but otherwise a nice product.
- TimaeusRead more