Oh, I see where you're going with this post! You're messing with us. You are SUCH a tease, the way you toy with us. Are we just puppets in your sampling scheme?
OK, I admit it. The title is an attention grabber. But the Stradivari 2.0 is so monumental and I want you to hear this demo and learn more about it.
David Hearn did this piece with the new Stradivari 2.0 just this morning. Just close your eyes and listen:
"I've been using it pretty much since I woke up this morning, and it's worked flawlessly", writes David. "For me, the tone is much improved on the Strad 2.0 - the lyrical violin really seems to sing from underneath the hands .. instead of feeling like a programmer, I feel like a performer. This is not a library - it is an instrument." David did an extraordinary job with the composition and the rendering of this piece.
I know, there's going to be naysayers and air violinists who will have something to say (you know who you are). But once we got to play with this updated Stradivari, we were changed people. Quicker than we could say “pizzicato” an entire world of virtuosity opened up before our ears, a sophisticated plethora of untold articulations and techniques effortless dancing under our fingers in real-time. We were caught up in the ecstasy of untold stringed splendor.
Thanks to the exclusive "Sonic Morphing" technology, the Stradivari remains the only solo string library that lets you seamlessly crossfade among dynamics (pp to ff) and is the only solo violin library that let's you continuously control the onset, rate and speed of the vibrato in real time. No more freeze-dried samples. And this instrument just got better as the processes have been refined and perfected by Giorgio. The speed at which you can work - almost total expressive control in real-time!
There have been a lot of improvements. First and foremost is the inclusion of the long-awaited Kontakt 2 Player as you no longer need the full version of Kontakt to run it. A very important new feature is the addition of a "Lyrical" violin (in addition to the 'classic' version) for a fuller, sweeter and more dramatic tone, yet maintaining the timbre of the Stradivari. There is also reduced CPU and convolver latency in this latest version allowing for Stradivari-like instruments (involving each own independent midi processor and body resonance IR) to be loaded and played in real time on a single computer. Giorgio has refined the morphing process to reduce timbral inhomogenities among adjacent notes allowing smoother continuous crossfade among the sample layers. There's also new bow change features, sustain pizz and other features in this new version. this instrument keeps geting better and better.
The wonderment of the wonder of this wondrous instrument is just beyond description. This violin may just warm the iciest of souls, bring grown men to tears, and melt the hardest of cheeses.
The Stradivari 2.0 is about to be released in just a few weeks.