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    Strings for pop/rock : what to use ?

    Hi ,

    I am working on a pop/rock project that needs a string arrangement.
    Looking for the lush but powerful strings ala Starsailors \"Four to the floor\" or
    various tracks from Moloko (Statues album).

    As I have never used recent string libraries before, and we do not have
    the opportunity to hire a real string section, I am a bit puzzled on
    the myriad of string libraries (solo or symphonic ) on the market nowadays...

    Any advice on which library and what articulations/patches to use
    for the targeted arrangement are more than welcome.

    Jurgen.

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    Re: Strings for pop/rock : what to use ?

    You may want to check out Sonic Implants Symphonic Strings. VSL also sounds great but if you\'re only looking for strings it may be overkill in the financial department. SISS sits in the mix really well especially in these types of genres.

    http://www.sonicimplants.com/strings/index.asp

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    Re: Strings for pop/rock : what to use ?

    [ QUOTE ]
    Hi ,

    I am working on a pop/rock project that needs a string arrangement.
    Looking for the lush but powerful strings ala Starsailors \"Four to the floor\" or
    various tracks from Moloko (Statues album).

    As I have never used recent string libraries before, and we do not have
    the opportunity to hire a real string section, I am a bit puzzled on
    the myriad of string libraries (solo or symphonic ) on the market nowadays...

    Any advice on which library and what articulations/patches to use
    for the targeted arrangement are more than welcome.

    Jurgen.

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Depending on your budget, you might consider GOS or the HALion strings. I don\'t know the pieces you listed, but for a lush sound, GOS is a good value.

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    Re: Strings for pop/rock : what to use ?

    I just used EWQLSO on a track for Blessed Union\'s new song/single, and i thought it performed very well, Well enough to stay in for final mastering, I inteded for it to be mostly Mock-up.

    I also own VSL-PE and felt it did not bite enough for the track so i chose EWQLSO/strings.

    \"Rock On\"
    Douglas

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    Re: Strings for pop/rock : what to use ?

    Hi,

    I did an arrangement of \"Like A Lover\" on this page.. http://alanrussellmusic.com/song_descriptions.htm

    A full description of the instrumentation is noted.

    Give a listen when time permits.

    Also, \"On 46th Street\" on the same page is another example using Strings in a quasi Pop-Genre.

    Alan Russell

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    Re: Strings for pop/rock : what to use ?

    Just curious, did you decide on something? I was also looking out to buy strings for that puropose.

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    Re: Strings for pop/rock : what to use ?

    I will be trying out prime sound \"Session strings\", which is a smaller string ensemble
    at a Local store shortly.

    http://www.primesounds.com/cd/strings.html

    The other ones are too \"orchestral\" sounding for pop/rock projects
    for my taste. This kind of sound will be hard to cut trough the mix.

    It seems that for the \"smaller\" ensemble market, there are very few products available.

    Will post my findings on the session strings shortly.

    JVB

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    Re: Strings for pop/rock : what to use ?

    my opinion is that you can use any string library on pop and rock tunes...

    even the big boss producers really don\'t know even what ewqlso, vienna or siss is, they just use there old jv2080 stuff, take a strings patch and layer it an octave [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] sad but still true ...

    i would say it is just a matter of reverb/room and eq to get even scratchy disco-philly-strings or a smooth and warm moby-padlike stringsound.

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    Re: Strings for pop/rock : what to use ?

    Will be awaiting your review of session strings.

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    Re: Strings for pop/rock : what to use ?

    a first review on session strings :

    I auditioned the lib at a local store, and I was very impressed by it\'s sound quality and it\'s nice ambience, very natural , \"acoustic\" like and I bought it rightaway [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
    Given it\'s price, it\'s a bargain (90 EUROs in europe)
    There is other more expensive stuff on the market that can\'t compete.

    It has 4 articulations : sustain, tremolo, pizzicato and staccato I believe,
    has 4 layers and release samples, recorded in 24 bits.

    What\'s missing for me are Modwheel Xfade programs to have a stronger crescendo control. I will probably create my own, should be no big deal .

    Also missing is the legato stuff. Maybe with additional programming (attack on the samples) it can be simulated via a control switch....

    I am happy with it , given it\'s price...

    That\'s my 2 cents.

    JVB

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