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    Announcing Garritan Stradivari Violin with Groundbreaking SONIC MORPHING Technology

    Garritan Libraries Announces Ground-Breaking Technology


    created by G. Tommassinin, S. Lucato
    & G. Garritan


    The Stradivari Violin First to Feature 'Sonic Morphing' Technology
    Demonstrates Monumental Realism and Expression for a Unique and Extraordinary Instrument




    At the NAMM show, a technological breakthrough in sampling and digital orchestration was announced. This new Sonic Morphing technology allows sample sound waves to be harmonically aligned, something that has never been available until now. Sonic Morphing creates the most expressive and realistic-sounding solo instrument samples available.

    Morphing can be seen in motion pictures where there is a gradual transformation from one image into another. This basic concept has been applied to sound samples with our revolutionary and exclusive technology. The result is extraordinary levels of realism and expressiveness while preserving the natural characteristics of the Stradivari Violin.

    Solo Stradivari Violin Sample Library
    Stradivari is a name synonymous with quality. The Stradivari Violin is regarded by experts as the best violin ever made. An instrument of this distinction required a new way to faithfully capture its sound quality. Sonic Morphing is the answer. With the Solo Stradivari Violin, users can actually play this instrument in real-time and change articulations while playing. In addition, users can seamlessly morph between different dynamics and hear changes in timbre as notes become softer or crescendo louder. Finally, users can control the onset, intensity and rate of vibrato; impart portamento, and much more.

    Watch and Listen to the Solo Stradivari Violin

    Quicktime MOV movie (10MB):
    http://www.garritan.com/mp3/StradivariLarge.mov

    MPEG movie:
    http://www.gpo-uploads.com/StradivariLarge.mpg

    Sonic Morphing Technology vs. Traditional Sampling

    Sonic Morphing provides unprecedented control over the dynamic flow of a musical passage

    Sonic Morphing technology aligns sound samples so they can flow into each other seamlessly. Morphing can be seen in motion pictures where there is a gradual transformation from one image into another. This basic concept has been applied to sound samples using our revolutionary and exclusive technology. Traditional sample libraries use discontinuous samples and transitioning between different dynamic levels (pp, mp, mf, ff) or different vibrato levels (non-vibrato, normal vibrato or lush vibrato) cause the listener to hear two distinct instruments (doubling) during transitions with disjointed tones and phasing issues. It simply was not possible to have smooth transitions applied to solo instruments samples. The diagram below illustrates what a user hears during traditional sampling transitions.



    SampAlign Sonic Morphing Aligns the samples....



    The samples morph into each other seamlessly with no doubling, phasing or sonic discontinuity. The result is extraordinary levels of realism and expressiveness while preserving the natural characteristics of the instrument.



    Stradivardi Violin Sample Library
    Stradivari is a name synonymous with quality. The Stradivari Violin is regarded by experts as the best violin ever made. An instrument of this distinction required a new way to faithfully capture its sound quality. Sonic Morphing is the answer. Sonic Morphing provides a unique way to provide extraordinary levels of realism and expressiveness. With the Stradivari Violin, users can actually play this instrument in real-time and change articulations while playing. In addition, users can seamlessly morph between different dynamics and hear changes in timbre as notes become softer or crescendo louder. Finally, users can control the onset, intensity and rate of vibrato; impart portamento, and much more.

    "We have spent several years researching and developing this process," said Dr. Giorgio Tommasini, patent owner of sonic morphing technology. "Sampling technology is regarded as the best way to reproduce the sound of real musical instruments, but it has not been possible to get the expression of solo instrument samples due to its limitations. This new approach will provide unprecedented levels of fidelity and expression."

    The Stradivari Violin is the first instrument based on this innovative Sonic Morphing technology. Garritan Libraries has exclusive use of this groundbreaking technology and other libraries to follow will be a string quartet and then the rest of the orchestra.

    The Stradivari Violin will be first available as a Kontakt 2 library then as a virtual instrument. It is expected to be sell for a introductory price of $199.00.

    More information and demos will be posted soon.

    Gary Garritan





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    The movie of that is awesome. Looks like once you learn to play it in realtime you could give some very passionate performances. That is amazing Gary, and the price is about right, interesting to see what the add ons of the viola cello and bass push it to.

    Good luck with this Gary, I know I will be second in line, right after Joseph Burrell, for my copy.
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    I wouldn't say you'll be behind me since it'll probably be 2007 before I can get it.

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    BRILLIANT!
    Bela D Media | www.BelaDMedia.com

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    yup, this sucker is on my list...as with other Garritan products, great sound for a very reasonable price. With the amount of sonic detail on this lib. Gary could charge more. It is to his credit he keeps his products within reach of practically everyone.

    Also cannot wait for the Big Band plug-in!!!!

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    Will the morphing work with sonically more complex instruments such as string ensembles? Solo instrument players are relatively cheap to hire but something like this could finally make realistic string ensemble sampling possible.

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    Re: Announcing Garritan Stradivari Violin with Groundbreaking SONIC MORPHING Technology

    That guy looks just like my father-in-law!.

    Sounds very impressive.....priced impressively. You must own a mansion by now, Gary!. Samples and modelling - its so rewarding to see these two really coming together at last. Great work.

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    Re: Announcing Garritan Stradivari Violin with Groundbreaking SONIC MORPHING Technology

    What sample engine does it use? Or is it something new?

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    I'll be keeping an eye out for this for sure!

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    Re: Announcing Garritan Stradivari Violin with Groundbreaking SONIC MORPHING Technolo

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Blaske
    An amazing sounding product. Can't wait.

    I'm curious about all the wild gesturing at the end as the movie is fading out. What's that all about? Hopefully, this virtual instrument doesn't drive the performer mad, like the glass harmonium.

    Lee Blaske
    There is a built-in glee factor that drives the performer into increasing ecstacy until the performer cannot take anymore .

    Seriously, Stefano was just having fun improvising in realtime, could not think of anything else to play and gestured that his performance was over.

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