I'm looking to buy 'Vienna Chamber Strings' after being completely blown away by the demo's on their website. This is a big investment (Although, still cheaper than renting a string ensemble.)
Does anyone have any experience working with 'Vienna Chamber Strings' (VCS) ?
I would love to hear some more pieces using VCS.
Over the years I have collected quite a number of excellent libraries:
Garritan Big Band Jazz Orch.
Project SAM Solo Brass
ChineePipa and GuZheng (AMAZING CHINESE INSTRUMENTS!)
EWQL Symphonic Choirs an various soundfonts.
As soon as I figure out how to share some demos I'll get them up for people to listen.
But I can't recommend Chamber Strings enough. It is by far, the most used string library I own.
I tend to do strings mock-ups for pop or rock arrangements, more than orchestral, and Chamber Strings gets me right where I usually need to be, for those genres.
Even when a bigger sound is needed/desired, Chamber Strings still gets used. I find tucking these samples under bigger ones (like EW platinum, or even Opus) adds a "point of interest" or "human element" to the sound, much like you get when tucking a solo instrument sample in with the ensemble.
And of course, for an intimate sound, it's untouchable.
... I erm... consider myself to be reasonably well-listened in terms of orchestral music and some of the recordings you have made are ..... well... scarily realistic <gulp>
Do you need to program a lot of seperate tracks in order to reach such a natural sound? The difference between legato and staccato, for example. Do you need to use two different patches or does the performance tool 'handel' it well enough?
Just to help whilst you wait for a reply from Beat.
The Vienna VI uses its own player, therefore there is no Performance Tool. All articulations are keyswitchable, so in theory you only need one MIDI channel per instrument (sometimes for layering or divisi it will be necessary to have two or three). All this "separate channels for each articulation" nonsense is really old technology now, and it is hard to believe that people are still putting up with it.