Folks, I've been doing some comparisons between the KS string ensemble samples and the independent (i.e. NOT KS) string ensemble samples.
Correct me if I'm wrong; but I can't seem to get the KS instruments to emulate the sound of the Short+Sus Ag (aggressive) sample. It seems that one would be able to use the Short+Sus KS mode and just strike the controller keys hard/fast to get an aggressive attack, sustained note. However, I can't get the KS version so maintain the same aggressive quality of attack at all volume levels. (The Short+Sus Ag sample does this quite well, with very energetic attacks even at very low MOD wheel settings.) As with other MOD-wheel controlled samples, the KS Short+Sus modes get less aggressive at lower volume levels. Unfortunately, the CC16 control (which works wonderfully in the ALT, UP and DOWN KS modes) has no effect on the articulations in Short+Sus modes. And no matter how hard I hit the keys, I can't get the KS Short+Sus to match the aggressive articulations of the Ag sample, especially at low volumes.
Also, the Lush and Lush Mute strings have a quality that I can't emulate perfectly in the KS instruments either. I've played around with the various length, legato, VAR (timbre) controls, etc. But the Lush samples still sound distinctly different.
Right now, I'm just loading the Short+Sus Ag and the Lush/LushMute samples addition to the KS instruments, so that I have access to the full range of the ensemble sounds. If there is some way to exactly imitate these three sounds within the KS instruments, I'd love to hear about it.