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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
I would be very interested to know what other free or inexpensive plugins you think are better than Piano One. I have Pianoteq Stage and Pianissimo, both paid for, but my favourite piano is Piano One (I mainly play classical piano).
Not usable for me in Windows7 x64 FL Studio 10. It does not save chosen presets and as soon as you try to export a song it resets all presets to default and fucks up all your tweeks BEFORE even rendering. That means it always renders with the default preset, no matter what you set up.
The interface is worse than every VST interface I've ever seen and Max Volume is doing the exact opposite of what it should.
Really too bad because the sound of staccato and pizzicato would be wonderful. The bad usability and bugs unfortunately make this VST unusable.
Unfortunately like piano one the software is still Beta & not user friendly. Its actually not that difficult to write software to point itself at a VST folder used by a DAW. Setup notes are sparse. It must be driving a lot of budding artists crazy.
In fact there's no 64-bit version (and there's no Mac version as I said also just above). All is wrong in this page made by the developer on KVR.
If you go to this page http://www.supremepiano.com/product/string1.html of the developer, you will see that Orchestral Strings One exists only as VST 32-bit for Windows (and even in his page he makes mistakes since the application to download is not at all a demo).
Incredibly beautiful! Far, far, far better... And written in 64-bit native code! It is totally new (uploaded just today) but I've already tested it and it has absolutely everything to make you forget this poor and and pitiful Orchestral String One.
That's a very nice free plugin. The sequencer is the feature I was looking for and it works fine. However I realized I can only use the notes as triplets (the size of the step as being a triplet) inside my DAW and not 16th notes for example. Is there anything I'm missing before trying to find out inelegant ways to solve the issue?