Virtual Grand Piano Demo.
C3-C6 2-second samples, but full velocities
Includes a dozen or so GSP files to match.
Nice sounding piano.
DX7 Classic. Three full samples of DX7 patches:
The EPiano and the two versions of the rock organ
(patches 5 and 6 on my old DX7 if I recall). Nice
old FM sounds.
Also a Parameter Pad demo which is another full DX7
sample but has a PDF file that takes you through all
the tweaks you can do to it in GS.
Violin Samples in a variety of bowings including
a alternate (up/down on succesive notes). Open
strings in large keyranges on left side to get to
Pulli sticks (Hawaiian percussion device). Not too
interesting by itself but shows Mod Wheel bound to
Nice parameterized full samples of two different
Drums! Three different drum kit combinations all set up
for the GM percussion track. Also one standalone Snare
Drum solo instrument.
Notre Dame de Budapest
Oh my. Four ranks recorded from this fabulous organ plus
the GSP for the cathedral. I wasn't going to buy this one
but I'm blown away. There goes more money for samples!
Post Musical Instruments
A full "dry" recording of the Bosendorfer 290 from their old
Two limitted (C3-C5, plus a few random other notes thrown i)
of the Emporer and the Old Lady.
I can't get any of the GigaPulse included with these to make any difference.
It may be related to the problems I am having with my full versions
of the Emporer/Old Lady pianos.
SAM Solo Sessions
A set of limitted brass (mostly staccato notes except for the tubas)
from their collection.
A couple of small but nice solo instruments: A recorder and snare
hit with sticks/brushes. Both use keyswitching to add variation to
Pieces to build up a very basic kit (bass, snare, crash, and high hat).
A bunch of recordings encoded as GiG instrumets (I've never understood
the alure of this). Sometimes the demo (like the Hammond B3) has a patch
in it you can bring up to make a playable instrument. Included are Ensemble
Brass, Strings. Fender Precision Bass and Strat. A B3, a Drum kit and some
third world percussion.
A few pieces from their library to let you hear their magesty :-)
Buggered by various tricks to make them unusuable.
Three libraries plus a concert hall effect.
The percussion is a quite nice collection of miscellaneous latin and
orchestral instruments: vibraslap, wood blocks,etc...
An acoustic guitar with full GPulse miking controls.
A solo trumpet with a variety of articulations.
Nice usuable samples.
I don't know what VSL set you are using but "un-useable"?
Since I've installed GS3 I haven't been using my Garritan strings.
Nothing wrong with Garritan but the inclusion of VSL and all the articulations that they supplied are extremely useable. Maybe you're comparing this free
version to the $5,000 plus version?
I'm using the stuff that comes with GS3 Orchestra. Did you read the subject line of this post. This is the review of the DEMO CONTENT that comes with GS3.
Some of the DEMOS are more usable than others. The VSL demo is unusuabe for anything other than pushing a key or so to get a scope of the sound.
I think FlyingRon is referring to the DEMO patches of VSL, not the VGS (the special version of VSL bundled with Orchestra). I agree that the few DEMO patches are not that useful ... but the Vienna Giga Symphonic library is wonderful.
Is it just me or are the demo LEGATO patches not working properly ? I find that I can play a legato interval, but as soon as I release the first note the second note stops sounding too.
Yes, I am commenting on the stuff that's on the three disks marked Orchestra/Ensemble Content. I.e., the demo stuff. I didn't go through the VGL stuff. I just thought people might like to know what is in the various demo libraries without having to bother to load them all up.
I found the solo clarinet and viola ensemble demos to be very useable - if you can write music within an octave (you may not want to, but you certainly can). These patches are full VSL legato and there are three velocity layers avalable. (Note: even in the full VSL, there are separate patches for the various velocity layers. Just too much going on to make the legato to work properly to fit the velocities in too.)
I found the legato to work perfectly. Until I come up with the dosh for bigger VSL sets, I expect to make use of these legato patches.
I've had trouble with the VSL Legato samples as well (especially the Viola Ens.) A few notes in sequence sound fine (actually sound great) but then the next few notes will cut off and almost 'choke.' I thought it might be the velocity settings on my Yamaha S80, but changing settings on the keys didn't seem to make a difference.
Funny though -- it doesn't seem to happen when using the virtual keyboard. I wonder if this is iMidi strangness, or if as Flying Ron suggests they've bugged them up to make them 'just demos'...
Try playing with the notes fully overlapped. It should have the feel of an old monophonic keyboard (though it sounds a bit more impressive). It could be that the gaps that you play between notes confuses the software.