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    LASS -"Sneak Peak" Teaser and UPDATE

    Hi Everyone,

    I just wanted to let everyone know LASS is still alive and well . First I want to thank all of you for your interest and patience. I’ve been getting lots of enthusiastic emails asking about demos and “when this library will be released” and “how does it sound”... etc...etc. I tried to answer all emails and if any of you want to be on the LASS email list, you can go to http://audiobro.com/html/contact.html and just send an email saying: “Put me on the list” (or similar). This way I can keep you up-to-date on LASS’s status.

    I’m still on target to get LASS released in the second Quarter of 09. Some of you may (or may not) know that I’m a full time composer... and because of existing client obligations, some of my scheduling is out of my hands... but I’m committed to devoting any time I’m not scoring to finishing this library... and I’m close. Unfortunately, (or fortunately... however you want to see it) I have a movie coming up and I’ll have to go underground for about 3 weeks. The good news is, I have a terrific team of Beta Testers (all of whom are great composers in their own right)... and one of them...Colin O’Malley... just happened to write a wonderful composition that really illustrates LASS’s ability to play expressive, melodic, divisi, and lyrical string lines – one of the most difficult things for a string library to achieve.


    Here is a teaser:

    She was a Fair Lass (by Colin O’Malley)



    All the strings on this piece are entirely LASS... mostly using Real Legato patches. With Real Legato, you can play the lines in real-time and achieve legato, portamento and glissando by adjusting velocity at which you play. You have full control of dynamics with the Mod_Wheel. There were no Key Switches in this entire demo. It's important to understand that all LASS Real Legato patches are more like virtual instruments as opposed to "patches". They react to "how" you play... all of the swells and dynamics are controllable in real time. The same applies to the legatos, portamentos anf glissandos.

    If you go to HERE, you can see exactly what patches were used in this teaser. Note the use of divisi patches (legato ensembles A,B,C) to create a realistic and balanced expressive sound. Also, because of LASS’s unique Acu-Fade approach to patches (a new approach to cross-fading dynamic layers avoiding the smearing and buildup of the other dynamic layers), you’ll hear all the detail in the sound and an accurate number of players... even as their dynamics are manipulated real-time via the mod-wheel. In essence, the dreaded “cross-fade player-build-up sound” is avoided.

    Another thing that hasn’t been mentioned yet (because it was literally developed 3 days ago) is a new type of articulation we’re going to call Lyrical Legato. It’s that elusive sound somewhere between a clean legato and a portamento. (Great... more programming... LOL)

    Lastly, this demo was written using the latest “beta” patches... although very good, they are not the final release patches.

    Stay tuned for other demos down the road... action, epic and others.

    Thanks again for all your kind emails and now... to get back to looping......


    Andrew K

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    Re: LASS -"Sneak Peak" Teaser and UPDATE

    Fantastic!
    Sound & Programming.

    Chris Hein
    Chris Hein - Horns / Chris Hein - Guitars / Chris Hein - Bass
    http://www.chrishein.net

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    Re: LASS -"Sneak Peak" Teaser and UPDATE

    Sold to the man in Vegas. Looking forward to owning this.

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    Re: LASS -"Sneak Peak" Teaser and UPDATE

    Nice nice !!!!! Finally a string library with good high notes ??????

    Exciting times for Music production on computer are coming this year I feel.

    Need to save my money to buy that

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    Re: LASS -"Sneak Peak" Teaser and UPDATE

    tasty ;-) !

    best, imusic

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    Re: LASS -"Sneak Peak" Teaser and UPDATE

    please, give us these strings!
    the demo sounds good and leaves room for expectations. a legato which can be dosed is what I'm waiting for.
    and its in the kontakt format. love it.
    sold to the man in germany

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    Re: LASS -"Sneak Peak" Teaser and UPDATE

    Nice. You have really done a great job. I'm looking forward the release. Btw, when do we hear the price announce?
    Passion for Sound
    http://www.soundreel.com

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    Re: LASS -"Sneak Peak" Teaser and UPDATE

    Very nice but I would like to have heard a little more vibrato as the notes sustained. I was listening to some real strings last night and was paying special attention to the phrasing and bowing. Those little nuances are what make strings so hard to mimic with samples. But LASS is yet another steip towards the ideal string library. Congrats.

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    Re: LASS -"Sneak Peak" Teaser and UPDATE

    Hi guys,

    Thanks again for the kind words.

    Regrading pricing... this is still not set. However, I'm very confident it will NOT be over $1500 USD.


    Quote Originally Posted by davecos View Post
    Very nice but I would like to have heard a little more vibrato as the notes sustained. I was listening to some real strings last night and was paying special attention to the phrasing and bowing. Those little nuances are what make strings so hard to mimic with samples. But LASS is yet another steip towards the ideal string library. Congrats.
    Thanks Davecos,

    I love vibrato... and so I did a lot of research on this before recording this library.

    A couple of things: the vibrato is commensurate to the dynamic at which the violinists play. But in the case of LASS, I had the Ensemble B sections play with more pronounced vibrato than the others. In the demo above, the Ensemble A players played the top note -- this is because they have a gentle vibrato.. more like a Thomas Newman type score (which is what Colin was going after). The great thing is you can mix and compare the different Ensembles' vibratos to achieve different goals.

    And lastly.. just a side note and observation. It's interesting how vibrato has changed (and portamento) over the last 50 years. Go back and listen to some of the old film scores from the 40s-50s... their vibrato and portamento was so exaggerated to todays standards... it's really quite interesting.

    Cheers,

    Andrew K

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    Re: LASS -"Sneak Peak" Teaser and UPDATE

    Well, it certainly sounds terrific. But I wish you had broken down the subgroups differently, so that it is possible to do string quartets, quintents, and common small ensembles. (For example, why not include a Solo Violin 2?) All the books on orchestration I own, if they mention it at all, say 1 cello = 2 violas = 3 violins. Why break violin groupings down to 4 players, violas and cellos in 3s, etc? As you have it now, this kind of grouping only makes sense if your string section is huge. And the reality of orchestrating -- at least, for theater anyway -- is that you're always trying to get a big sound from a small number of instruments.

    I'm not saying that what you're doing isn't great, or that it won't sell. It's just that it seems like, with a few more instruments and a more flexible way to combine them (a la GPO or Dan Dean Advanced Solo Strings) you could really hit a home run. There are so many string libaries available these days and I own several. If I buy anything new, it's going to have to let me make an ensemble of 3 violins, 2 violas and a cello and be flexible enough to vary that a little bit (3 violins and 2 celli, or 2 violins and 2 violas, etc.). I'm just tired of bringing in a different solo instrument from another library when I need to do this and trying to make it sound like they were recorded in the same place, at the same time, with the same mic.

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