Hi all, i was just wondering, what the difference is. Now this is not suppose to be a who is better or anything like that , i am just trying to figure out what the differnces are. The demos from the garritan site and the videos they have of what it does are very impressive, and the vsl videos seem to do the same thing at least from what i can see. But it looks eaiser on the garritan. Now is the difference ease and is that it. And of course the price, garritan has always kept his products afforable, which i must commend, not all of us are rich and can afford many thousand dollar libaries. Ok well if anybody has any suggetions comment or advice i woud love to here them thanks in advance
I think VSL would greatly benefit this phase alignement technology : )
Good luck to any developer in creating their own version of the Sonic Morphing process. Garritan not only phase-aligns through layered dynamics on a single key - but it seems to be aligned across the keyboard. If you watch the virtual keyboard when you play a portamento passage, you'll see they they actually are crossfadding and pitch-shifting through each "root" sample as they transition through the interval. That's one reason why the SSV sounds so "organic" in the final result (I'm sure the resonant body impulse helps with smoothing out the overall timbral response as well). The end result is startling. I'd imagine that developers will have as much work cut out for them in getting that level of scripting working for their instruments - above and beyond the task of phase-aligning all articulations and dynamic layers.
VSL's gotten a bit of a bad rap on their pricing, mostly because some competitors and detractors have posted some misleading stuff.
The Entire Symphonic Cube VI has 10 modules (Solo Strings is one - for $415) that TOTAL $4,600. That's not really that expensive. More than some other libraries, yes, but it's a full VSL library with the new VI.
The Extended Content will run you another $6,400, but keep in mind this is all "extras." You don't need any of the Extended Content for the legato or repetition abilities.
Granted, this can still be a pile of money, but as Joseph points out, $415 isn't that much more than $250 . . . and with VSL we also get viola, cello and bass.
This is not a knock in any way on the Strativari, which I think is incredible. I just want to make clear VSL's prices aren't as ridiculous as some seem to think.