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    My Favourite Cello

    I have been experimenting with a mass amount of libraries... spending a lot of $$$... solo cellos being one of the most types of bought instruments.

    Here is my list solo cellos:
    - Vienna Solo Cello (Normal and Mute)
    - Blakus Solo Cello
    - EWQLSO SE - Solo Cello
    - Garriton Solo Cellos (1, 2 , and 3)
    - Spitfire Solo Cello

    Do you know which cello I like the most... it is the Garritan Cello #2. Out of my quest of finding cellos... Garritan Solo Cello #2 is still my favourite. The character is rich, warm, and the vibrato is just perfect.

    Good job Garritan team on that cello. I just find the other cellos not fitting my style of composing as good as that GPO cello #2.

    EDIT: The Test
    Keep in mind, this is a test for character and not for articulation or proper legato transitions. This is just purely a test of the sound of the instrument. I feel the Garritan Solo Cello #2 is just warm and sounds great on both the lower and higher notes.

    1GPO|2SPITFIRE|3VIENNA|4EWQLSO
    https://soundcloud.com/savetara/cello-tests

    EDIT2: Spitfire Solo Cello Test
    Here is a better demo I put together with the Spitfire Solo Cello, my second favourite cello. Unlike the above test I made proper transitions using Glissando and Slur legato. I also put a little bit of dynamics. All in all, no! You won't get those realistic articulations with the Garritan Solo Cello #2, but the character of the GPO Solo Cello #2 just sounds better to me and works well with my style of composing! I have no musical education, and can't even read or write music, so having tons of articulations which I wouldn't know how to implement properly wouldn't be useful to me.

    Spitfire Solo Cello Legato and Transitions Demo
    https://soundcloud.com/savetara/spitfire-solo-cello-legato-and-transitions-demo

    Regards,

    Richard

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    Re: My Favourite Cello

    Quote Originally Posted by sururick View Post
    I have been experimenting with a mass amounts of libraries... spending a lot of $$$... solo cellos being one of the most types of bought instruments.

    Here is my list solo cellos:
    - Vienna Solo Cello (Normal and Mute)
    - Blakus Solo Cello
    - EWQLSO SE - Solo Cello
    - Garriton Solo Cellos (1, 2 , and 3)
    - Spitfire Solo Cello

    Do you know which cello I like the most... it is the Garritan Cello #2. Out of my quest of finding cellos... Garritan Solo Cello #2 is still my favourite. The character is rich, warm, and the vibrato is just perfect.

    Good job Garritan team on that cello. I just find the other cellos not fitting my style of composing as good as that GPO cello #2.

    Regards,

    Richard
    Please, proof it with the same piece played on all.

    Raymond

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    Re: My Favourite Cello

    That will be a lot of mixdowns and loadings, but I will do it!

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond62 View Post
    Please, proof it with the same piece played on all.

    Raymond

  4. #4

    Re: My Favourite Cello

    OK, do only two. One with the Garritan cello and one of your choice.

    Raymond

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    Re: My Favourite Cello

    You can try the "Blakus cello".
    It have a free version, here:
    http://blakus.com/pocketblakus-192

    and a paid one,
    http://embertone.com/instruments/blakuscello.php
    Marcelo Colina

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    Re: My Favourite Cello

    Quote Originally Posted by marce View Post
    You can try the "Blakus cello".
    It have a free version, here:
    http://blakus.com/pocketblakus-192

    and a paid one,
    http://embertone.com/instruments/blakuscello.php
    Listened to both demo's. Not my taste.

    Raymond

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    Re: My Favourite Cello

    Hey Marce, I have already purchased the paid one. It's not bad at all, but the character (voice/sound) still isn't quite the touch I'm looking for.

    @Raymond:
    I will get that test done for you tonight after work. I will be using Garritan Solo Cello #2, Vienna Solo Cello (Normal), and the Spitfire Solo Cello. I was going to do the Blakus Cello, but I guess you already heard it now.

    Regards,

    Richard

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    Re: My Favourite Cello

    Hey Raymond, here is the test. I included the following cellos, they go in order of the composition: 1st one played: Garritan Solo Cello #2, 2nd: Spitfire Solo Cello, 3rd: Vienna Solo Cello, 4th: EWQLSO SE Solo Cello.

    Keep in mind, this is a test for character and not for articulation or proper legato transitions. This is just purely a test of the sound of the instrument. I feel the Garritan Solo Cello #2 is just warm and sounds great on both the lower and higher notes.

    1GPO|2SPITFIRE|3VIENNA|4EWQLSO
    https://soundcloud.com/savetara/cello-tests

    Regards,

    Richard

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    Re: My Favourite Cello

    Hi Richard,

    thanks for posting those examples, they are indeed interesting - I see what you mean about the timbre of Garritan #2, it is hard to fault (articulations aside). Just wonder if you have ever tried the Garritan Gofriller cello as a comparison as it seems to get very good reports?

    Cheers,

    O.
    Last edited by oscar tango; 07-04-2014 at 09:56 AM. Reason: correction

  10. #10

    Re: My Favourite Cello

    Hey Oscar,

    No problem, thanks for listening to the test. I have also heard a lot of good things about the Gofriller Cello and the Stradivari Violin as well. Unfortunately, I never had the chance to try these libraries. They don't sell them anymore or else they would surely have been a part of my collection.

    What I think Garritan should do is redo that solo Cello #2 but with the all of the articulations you would find in Vienna and the transitions found in Spitfire. One thing I do love about the spitfire solo cello is that the transitions are really great and expressive. It has really good legato, slur, and glissando. There is no doubt that Sptifire is second best, but it still lacks the richness and warmth like the Garritan Solo Cello #2. They really need to go back to that and bring it up to date, I think it would be the best.

    Cheers,

    Richard

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