Some time ago I posted this little thread inside another one and it might have missed its purpose completely.
I only wanted to share with you a little experiment of multiplying a single violin. I took one solo violin and transposed it up or down halve tones and and pitched it down/up afterwards in my DAW (pitchbend) equally. (So one half tone up means one halve tone down in pitchbend.) I did this for three violins in addition to the only solo violin.
Why did I do this procedure? It's pretty simple: when you use the same instrument again and again, there will occur ugly phasing and many dropouts. Moreover, it will sound very unnatural (because every instrument would be an exact replica of the first one, which is impossible in real life and certainly in unison). Therefore, to make it sound more natural, you need to insert small inaccuracies or even mistakes and time shifts. In my little example, the part was not elaborated fully, because it's only an experiment. For that experiment, I took a fragment of my last arrangement (third contra dance).
The explanation for this technique is simple: by transposing you use different samples and they do not interfere with the ones of the first instrument.
You hear one solo violin made into 4 different ones. What do you think?
1 violin makes 4