I have a project coming up really soon that will require solos strings, acoustic pop music-ish in style....
I use HALion (still v1 but will be upgrading to v3 asap) with SX. I noticed Kirk Hunters Solo Strings are on offer (with like a day left!) for $149!!
By all standards this is a great price! I have been impressed with the demo sounds no end of times...
One question and I need to know fast ;-) - how are these samples when used with HALion? Any experienced users care to comment?
I don't want to buy them if they need extensive reprogramming to work with all the articulations. I am tossing up between these and the much more expensive VSL Solo box. Which apparently now has Performace Tools for HAL etc.
I would love to save some money here, as I need VSL Vienna Harps for this project also. I will use them in conjunction with GOS Lite.
Please let me know asap if there are any major issues with KHSS - I would greatly appreciate some advice as I need to act quick quick quick!!
Regarding Halion, I only own the GS version and don't own Halion, but I have read that the conversion works fine.
Programming-wise, the lib is big, but it isn't all that complex. I use the samples with a unique patch for each articulation and apply expression and bends. At the bottom end the samples are available broken apart into a unique patches for every velocity layer, so it can be applied to even the simplest sampler. At the top end multiple articulations can be selected by the mod-wheel. That would be useful for live playing, but not required for sequencing. Selecting the articulations with a patch change or mod wheel gives the same result.
I think the earliest Halion conversions had a problem with the mod-wheel. I don't know if that's currently a problem or not. Personally, I don't think that losing the mod wheel would be a loss at all - just select the patches with a program change rather than the wheel. The results will sound identical.
I use KHSS with Hal2 with no problems, although I haven't tried out all the patches yet.
As far as I remember the import took a little time but was straightforward enough, and everything seems to work as it should.
You can't go wrong at the price!
Thanks for all of your replies guys - much appreciated! I have pretty much come to the conclusion that its an unmissable deal....my card is at the ready!
I also sequence with each articulation on a diff.track - makes it much easier when balancing phrases with automation......so I don't see it as a significant limitation for the price.
Thanks a lot!!
BTW has anyone got or used Garritans GigaHarp? Its also cheaper than ViennaHarps and supposedly sounds amazing - its a giga library and again I wonder how it is with HALion? Found it for $149 online - pretty good price?