I am very disappointed in trying to reduce the vibrato of the solo strings, to find out that it is not possible, because it is recorded that way and part of the basic waveforms.
Why not recorded in ppp up to fff (long>short) as long as the bow permits without any loop. All needed notes in legato after another and than breaking apart on the natural silent points. It is the skill of the professional to change the direction of the bow with the smallest possible audible gap or attack, unless specific pointed to as in Sfz or marcato etc. In fact -looking at the violin player- the bow stays most of the time on the string, killing the last note (release only on open or leaved string) and in a mirrored, parabolic curve starting the new note, so a controlled and parabolic curved attack is more realistic then a longer 'length' to get a legato. And if you can't without vibration: on strings it is apparently not a change in volume but in pitch.
A point so common that it seems to have less attention. A violin sounds different in an attic, bathroom or (crowded) concert hall. So reverb is not simply a kind of decay but also a sound shaper. Technically it is the interference between objects and the vibrating air. But more of interest for musician or composer/arranger is the relation between instruments and voices in an orchestra. For example do I refer to the high staccato notes of the soprano in a well known piece by Mozart which blend excellent with the flute and, if well conducted, produce a third sound, stronger than both sounds apart. And that is the soul of the symphonic orchestra: 1+1=3. This is close harmony and the real feeling of “riding the clouds”
Maybe, in future, can there be a developing of some VST-engine to put some algoritme on two or more instruments in the final mix to produce these natural interferences.....?
If you are not deaf than notice how a singer with vibrato becomes a standalone sound with the orchestra as a kind of background noise. The same is true for the string players who came from the Parkinson College. What is it? Gaining same time to craw to the right pitch? If so, than go home and play the mandolin. Vibrato is the out most killer of any interference with other instruments.
Besides time interference is the most important job of the conductor; finding the balance, and if he or she has the guts to forbid vibrato, the for everyone audible overtones in 1+1=3. It is always there, whether you like it or not, if you hear it or not, it simply is the nature of sound and air.
I suggest a new, modern notion: Vibrato stands for a big ego, but a very small musician.
May be, if possible, the recordings should be redone. Speaking for myself, I am willing to pay for the huge amount of work to get it done and, then, perhaps an upgrade.....?
with friendly greetings,