I note some comments about expressive violins in some threads I was catching up on. I have an expressive small violin patch which I developed a couple of years ago. (Athough I sampled sacks full of articulations, I only ever completed sustains and legato, which was all I needed). I still resort to it because there is still nothing out that is quite as expressive.
The aim was to produce a solo and a small violin section which allowed basic note-on control of dynamics and vibrato, whilst sounding intimate, grainy and detailed.
A 2v section obviously has optimum vibrato and “grain” detail, but when small string sections are cross-faded for note-on velocity modulation, the section doubles half way between the crossfades, which makes it sound thicker, with loss of detail. (Of course solo violin samples sound like 2 violins when crossfaded).
My 2V patch uses physical re-modelled samples and other methods to produce a smoothly continuous MW controlled cross-fade from pp to ff, with typical timbre change and increasing vibrato, whilst only 2 violins are playing at any time. The attack (“natural”, not amplitude-enveloped) becomes faster with increasing velocity, but MW can be used to “bow” the attack naturally.
The idea is to avoid using amplitude (CC7, CC11, ADSR envelope) control altogether in expression and attack modulation, and using the cross-faded dynamics to shape each bow. The result sounds much more natural, with no suction. The legato feature is also unique.
Here’s an old demo (I think I posted this a couple of yrs ago), a bit from the ubiquitous JSB air using 2,2,2,1. The violas are in fact derived from the violin samples. The Cello is Dan Dean’s (with home-made release-triggered samples, to produce humanised variable short arcos)
In fact I tend to double the 1st violin with my solo violin to produce 3,2,2,1. This patch also transforms libs like GOS when layered in, bringing it alive.
I don't know if there is any interest in a patch like this at a time like now. Although I spent a lot of thought and time on it I don't aim to go into retail. But should I make a few copies available for a suitable sum?