A Comparison of String Sample Libraries (Kram, Richard)
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Solo String Comparisons - Solo Violin
Cubase & VSL libraries with EWSO Harpsichord
Notion Midi output imported into Cubase6 playing VSL Solo Strings Violin matrix patch. Ensemble strings are VSL Appassionata Strings playing legato sustain patch for Violin 1 and detache in Violin II, Viola and Cello. East West Symphonic Orchestra harpsichord (I'll change to a VSL harpsichord if I can get access to it). Everything was then run through East West Spaces convolution reverb (NY String Hall 3.4s) and finally processed through PSP VintageWarmer2. If I can get access to VSL MIR convolution reverb, I'll swap that our for Spaces to get a 100% VSL version. Normalized to -4dB, but might be a bit too much with the little compression used.
Ensemble String Comparisons - Pizzicato (Tchaikovsky, Sym. 4, III. Scherzo)
East West Symphonic Orchestra: Close + Stage Mic Pos.
*#299925 - 1.43MB - 1:34 - (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 5x⇩
East West Hollywood Strings: Close + Main Mic. Pos
*#299929 - 1.43MB - 1:34 - (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 5x⇩
LA Scoring Strings - Pizz. A+B+C Chairs in Vln1, Vln2, Vla, Vlc & Cb.
*#299931 - 1.43MB - 1:34 - (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 4x⇩
Various Sample Libraries
Pizz. is normally one of the string articulations many libraries do well. I'll start with the notation packages and then move on to a variety of libraries. Note that pizzicato samples are often a lot more explosive sounding than when a real orchestra plays. One of the reasons many movie composers augment or even substitute pizz. sections with digital samples. Because of the short attack and release there's just not as much expression you have to worry about when playing pizz. as with a legato strings. All normalized to -4dB, but did not try and match internal volumes of each instrument (not worth the effort for this comparison on the lower end libraries - might spend more time on the higher end ones here).
Solo Violin Comparisons
Test #1 - Graupner: La Calma (arr. Kram)
Solo Violin, Strings and Continuo
*#299210 - 0.15MB, 8 pp. - (0) - !N/!N/!N - 68x⇩
If you want a Pizzicato test, you have to include this piece. Added a few extra markings for better dynamics and articulations for notation packages (Notion, Sibelius, etc). Just the first section up to the Meno mosso.
|Work Title||A Comparison of String Sample Libraries|
A comparison of Solo and Ensemble string libraries. Every orchestral virtual performance must start with a good string library. I'll compare various strings and articulations on this page (which will take a while to get running). I'll use tabs for the different types (solo vs. ensemble) etc. Note: Style listed as Baroque but will include various styles as IMSLP does not appear to have a "various" or "na" option. See "About the Piece" for more information until a full monograph is added.