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    NEW! Kirk Hunter Concert Strings

    Kirk Hunter to Release New Strings/Brass/Winds Orchestral Library for GigaStudio

    Hollywood Veteran Unveils the First GigaStudio Orchestral Library Recorded with Close AND Far Microphone Placement With Musicians Seated in Their Onstage Positions

    Los Angeles, July 28, 2004 - Kirk Hunter, a leading U.S. developer of orchestral sample libraries, has announced the release of his new Concert Strings/Brass/Winds, the first ever orchestral library created for the GigaStudio 2.54 format with musicians recorded in their onstage seated positions with both close and far microphone placement.

    On completion, Strings/Brass/Winds is projected at 180GB in size, with a list price for the entire library of $995 US, representing a significant value versus comparable sized libraries retailing up to 600% higher. Hunter said that he was able to offer such value pricing because of his decision to sell direct from www.kirkhunter.com and bypassing the traditional distributor/retailer route. “If I went through an outside distributor I would easily have to double the cost, but I wanted to give[nss]Lexus quality at a Hyundai price,” explained Hunter.


    Load 'n Play
    After interviewing dozens of composers, Hunter found that the three chief complaints about large libraries,[nss]sectional or full orchestral, were ease of use, naming conventions, and the lack of direction of where to start first.

    For ease of use, Strings/Brass/Winds is programmed so that the composer can work by choosing from easy-to-read .gig files arranged by vibrato intensity, non-sustained or combinations and effects. Generally, there are three levels of vibrato; “Heavy”, which has the most dramatic and passionate sound, “Lite”, which has a very useful warm tone, and “No Vib”, for use in passages where a mysterious or austere sound is desired. The composer can easily choose instruments that either have velocity controlling volume with after touch controlling vibrato, or mod wheel controlling volume with after touch controlling vibrato. Also, single-layer Gig instruments are contained in each file, quickly enabling the songwriter/composer to create custom templates, literally in a few minutes. Program names explain themselves at a glance. For even faster starting, sectional templates are included. “It's truly load and play,” Hunter explained.

    Complete Sections
    All sections are set up for completeness without having to buy separate libraries. Concert Strings comes with a full string section, chamber strings and solo strings. All sections are recorded un-muted and muted with close and far microphone placement. Concert Brass comes with solo brass, sectional brass and muted brass recorded un-muted and muted with close and far microphone placement. Concert Winds comes with solo instruments and woodwind ensembles.

    “Blendable” Ambiance
    Composer interviews revealed a desire for orchestral samples to carry some ambiance, but not enough to lock the composer into the sound of a specific hall. Thus, Strings/Brass/Winds has a touch of ambiance within the sample, allowing outside reverb to be used for blending and sound shaping.

    Concert Strings Ships Late-August 2004
    The 60GB-sized Concert Strings ships with full Sections: 24 Violins, First and Second Violins (10 each), 16 Violas, 12 Cellos and 6 Basses; Chamber Strings: First and Second Violins (10 each), 8 Violas, 6 Cellos and 3 Basses; Solo Strings: solo violin, viola, cello and bass. Suggested list price is $499, but can be advanced ordered for a limited time for $399 at http://www.kirkhunter.com/libraries/strings.shtml.

    About Kirk Hunter
    Best known for his Virtuoso Strings, Virtuoso Solo Strings and Virtuoso Brass, Kirk Hunter has a solid Hollywood background that enables him to record the big “Hollywood” sound needed by composers around the world. A Violinist Performance alumnus of California State University/Northridge, Kirk has many years of studio playing for both film and pop recording. He's scored several films that were commercially released and was sound designer for over 40 theatrically-released films.

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    Re: NEW! Kirk Hunter Concert Strings

    So Peter, it says that Kirk is selling direct. Can I assume that TrueSpec is helping out on the logistics side? If so, congratulations on your role. Best of luck to all with the new library.

    Also, I checked imdb.com (Internet Movie Database), and the name Kirk Hunter appears as a sound designer, composer... and actor. I wonder if this actor is our venerable sample library producer?

    http://imdb.com/find?tt=on;nm=on;mx=20;q=kirk%20hunter

    -Jon Fairhurst

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    Re: NEW! Kirk Hunter Concert Strings

    Quote Originally Posted by JonFairhurst
    So Peter, it says that Kirk is selling direct. Can I assume that TrueSpec is helping out on the logistics side? If so, congratulations on your role. Best of luck to all with the new library.

    Also, I checked imdb.com (Internet Movie Database), and the name Kirk Hunter appears as a sound designer, composer... and actor. I wonder if this actor is our venerable sample library producer?

    http://imdb.com/find?tt=on;nm=on;mx=20;q=kirk%20hunter

    -Jon Fairhurst
    Thanks, Jon. Alexander University Inc is handling everything, from marketing to orders to global fulfillment. However, I felt it was important that for this and any future libraries that Kirk have his own web site, so we created www.kirkhunter.com for primary ordering, demos, support and soon, customer forums for each library.

    Acting? Not sure. But there was a Jeffrey Hunter.
    Peter L. Alexander
    www.professionalorchestration.com
    www.alexanderpublishing.com
    Learn it right the first time.

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    Re: NEW! Kirk Hunter Concert Strings

    What´s happened to the firsts demos???They didn´t sound good but the samples are promising!!!
    Leo
    Leandro Gardini - classical/orchestral composer

    Pacific Ocean - http://www.pacificocean.com.br

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    Re: NEW! Kirk Hunter Concert Strings

    Yeah, Kirk needs some real demo's to show how good this library really is.

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    Re: NEW! Kirk Hunter Concert Strings

    Quote Originally Posted by peter269
    Thanks, Jon. Alexander University Inc is handling everything, from marketing to orders to global fulfillment. However, I felt it was important that for this and any future libraries that Kirk have his own web site, so we created www.kirkhunter.com for primary ordering, demos, support and soon, customer forums for each library.
    That's awesome. It's great to know that Kirk has a solid group behind him. I'd rather have him recording samples than taking orders!

    -Jon Fairhurst

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    Re: NEW! Kirk Hunter Concert Strings

    Quote Originally Posted by leogardini
    What´s happened to the firsts demos???They didn´t sound good but the samples are promising!!!
    You're ABSOLUTELY right! That's why those demos are gone FOREVER! FYI, those demos were with the library he recorded onstage in what Kirk calls the studio position (ala VSL). I didn't know until we had lunch that he had also recorded the whole orchestra in their seated positions in both close and far mic'ed positions, unmuted AND muted, PLUS a free set solo strings.

    At 60GB, Kirk Hunter's Concert Strings in size is roughly equal to VSL Pro Edition Strings, Solo Strings and Chamber Strings combined but at 1/6th the price. And Kirk's also include chamber strigns, too.

    The new demos are going to be excellent. I'm writing a group of them, another group will be classical replications, and a third group will come from composers in Los Angeles who've agreed to write demos for us.

    As a hint of what to expect. if you can find a recording of Ralph Vaughn Williams' Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus, they sound very close to that recorded sound.
    Peter L. Alexander
    www.professionalorchestration.com
    www.alexanderpublishing.com
    Learn it right the first time.

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    Re: NEW! Kirk Hunter Concert Strings

    So which is it? The first post said 180 gigs (which illicited the you-gotta-be-kidding-me factor), and follow up posts said it was 60 gigs in size, which seems a bit more reasonable. Was 180 total gigs widdled/edited down to 60 gigs for the final product?
    -Hudson

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    Re: NEW! Kirk Hunter Concert Strings

    Will we hear any of these demos before the prerelease price goes up to the regular price?

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    will there be a kind of performance set ? i hope so! you know, vsl performance set is out for almost 2 years, and no others libraries recorded that type of samples..

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