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    STRADIVARI SOLO VIOLIN - Demos posted

    Here's the official announcement

    STRADIVARI SOLO VIOLIN

    A New & Revolutionary Approach to Expressive Sampling

    Created by Giorgio Tommasini, Stefano Lucato and Gary Garritan

    http://www.garritan.com/stradivari.html

    AES 2005/New York, NY - October 7, 2005 - At the AES 2005 show, Garritan Libraries demonstrated a technological breakthrough in virtual instrumentation with the release of its new Stradivari Solo Violin. This library is the first to feature an exclusive new technology which allows sample sound waves to be aligned in order to 'sonically morph' into each other, something that has never been available until now. Morphing describes what can be seen in motion pictures where there is a gradual transformation from one image into another. This basic concept has now been applied to sound samples allowing sound samples to smoothly morph into each other.

    With the Stradivari Solo Violin, using exclusive harmonic alignment technology developed by Giorgio Tommasini, you can seamlessly morph between different dynamics and hear authentic timbre changes as notes become louder or softer. Sophisticated modal resonance technology allows you to control the onset, intensity and rate of vibrato, impart portamento and much more. In addition, a powerful AI midi processor allows you to change or create articulations in real time, change the type of attack or bow direction, impart legato, play trills & tremolo and have an infinite variety of playing possibilities at your fingertips. All this in real time!

    The result of these technologies is extraordinary levels of realism, expressiveness and virtuosic performance capabilities in a way that preserves the natural characteristics of the Stradivari Violin. This instrument leaps to life beneath your fingertips!

    The Stradivari Violin Sample Library

    Stradivari is a name synonymous with quality. The Stradivari Violin is regarded by many as having the most beautiful tone of any instrument. An instrument of this distinction required the latest technology to not only faithfully capture its legendary sounds, but also to make it a 'playable' instrument that is responsive to the user. With the Stradivari Solo Violin, the user can actually play this instrument in real-time and morph between dynamics with virtually an infinite number of levels. Real time sound shaping provides a variety of articulations never before possible. The user has masterful control of vibrato, influencing the onset, intensity and rate of vibrato. The user can play tremolo, trills, sforzando, double stops, impart portamento, and perform many other violin techniques.

    The Stradivari Solo Violin sample library was created by Giorgio Tommasini, Stefano Lucato and Gary Garritan. "We have spent several years researching and developing this process," said Dr. Giorgio Tommasini, inventor of the harmonic alignment 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 rules of sampling have been rewritten with this library.

    The Stradivari Solo Violin is the first instrument based on this innovative technology. An upcoming complete series of solo strings instruments, for which Garritan Libraries has exclusive use of this groundbreaking technology, is currently underway.

    The Stradivari Solo Violin is initially available as a Kontakt 2 library for the Macintosh and PC platforms. It will also be developed as a virtual instrument in a sample player. The introductory price is $199 which represents an extraordinary value for this groundbreaking instrument.

    To hear demos of this amazing instrument, or for more information, go to http://www.garritan.com/stradivari.html.

    Pre-Orders are now being accepted and shipping is expected late November.

    Gary Garritan

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    Re: STRADIVARI SOLO VIOLIN - Demos posted

    I'm simply astonished. You're definitely changing the world of sampling! The demos are just remarkable, I'm left speechless, in awe of the power you will be giving us!

    Thanks to everyone who worked hard on this project!

    I can't wait to have this innovation in my hands.
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
    My MP3s | My Melody Generator | my album
    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

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    Re: STRADIVARI SOLO VIOLIN - Demos posted

    I MUST HAVE THIS! This is amazing! I am at loss of words.....

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    now I need to get Kontakt 2.......

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    Re: STRADIVARI SOLO VIOLIN - Demos posted

    Holy Moly.

    That is totally incredible.

    (drooling) Now I am soooo glad I bought K2.


    It looks like it will be very easy to program. if not play realtime.

    sooooo cool.

    Speechless actually.

    Jerry
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    I've got to admit, I never really payed too much attention to the Stradivarius package, since I figured the solo violins I already had from GPO were good enough for my own needs. However, after hearing those incredible demos.....it looks like I might have to dig into the ol' bank account and see what I can pull out.

    Those are seriously amazing! Great work Gary!

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    Re: STRADIVARI SOLO VIOLIN - Demos posted

    really groundbreaking!
    but, at the beginning i thought this was a VSTi... but i read that is it "just" (!!!!!!!!!!!) a sample library for kontakt 2.. is it correct?

    my only question (which probably cover a matter hidden by a secret!!!) is regading the morphing technology... how can you obtain it only with kontakt 2? with a script? is for this reason that i thought the instruments would have been a VSTi... :-)

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    Re: STRADIVARI SOLO VIOLIN - Demos posted

    Is it not possible to provide this with a Kontakt player like the one provided with GPO and the JABB? Having purchased both of these items, I don't really want to shell out for Kontakt 2 as well (specially as it's more expensive than both of them)

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    Re: STRADIVARI SOLO VIOLIN - Demos posted

    Quote Originally Posted by bosone
    really groundbreaking!
    but, at the beginning i thought this was a VSTi... but i read that is it "just" (!!!!!!!!!!!) a sample library for kontakt 2.. is it correct?

    my only question (which probably cover a matter hidden by a secret!!!) is regading the morphing technology... how can you obtain it only with kontakt 2? with a script? is for this reason that i thought the instruments would have been a VSTi... :-)
    Kontakt 2 IS a vsti. Also a standalone player.

    I believe they are planning on doing this as a special edition NI player in the future. But I could be wrong. I am sure getting NI to produce these specialized players is a time consuming process. And Gary and the gang are wanting to release this and other products as soon as they feel they are ready for everyone.
    As far as the morphing technology. I have no idea. but it is incredible, no arguing that.

    Hats off (If I wore them) to Gary, Tom and all the gang behind this and other libraries!!!!

    Jerry
    MacBook Pro Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5ghz 4GB Ram OSX 10.5.8
    Korg TritonLe & MAudio Oxygen 8
    T3, Logic 9, DP7, K2, GPO4, Strad, Gofriller, C&MB, Finale 2010

    My Website!
    New Film Scores!
    Also, Ever think about having your very own personal documentary? See my new Website!
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    Re: STRADIVARI SOLO VIOLIN - Demos posted

    Now...if only they could apply this phenomenal technology to the strings, woodwinds and the expressive monophonic instruments in GPOA and J&BB...I'd be jumping to the moon and back!

    Imagine this technology with a very well sampled harmonica or even a few different harmonicas to choose from...hmmm, I'd drool in anticipation.

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    This is really amazing. Each note is flowing into the next with musical emotion and in 'real time'. That alone is worth the price of admission.

    I also like the natural 'not fooled around with' tone as well. It leaves many options for personal EQ and the like.

    Best to the Garritan team -
    Bela D Media | www.BelaDMedia.com

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