There has been a great deal of anticipation concerning Gary Garritan’s new GigaStrings project. You can now get a first glimpse of what’s to come by heading over to www.gigastrings.com. There are several MP3 demos plus a substantial amount of info.
Oh my.. The sound quality of this library alone should set a benchmark for future sample makers. I\'ve only heard the mp3 demos on the site but I\'m already very fond of the warm professional tone present in the legato samples and the wonderful variations in marcato and staccato patches. Now I feel like a complete fool not taking up Gary\'s gracious offer to beta test this library. oh.. the horror, the horror..
Most of the demos sounds really good. The top demo (full section legato) though shows a tendency for each note to have too much attack for what is supposed to be a legato passage. The sound seems to fade in for each note at the exact same speed, which to my ears is a dead give away for fake strings. It could just be in the playing of the demo.
Wow! Gary I have to say your Gigastrings MP3s are wonderful. The cellos and violins are breathtaking! I listened to the demos on my Mackie HR824s and the sound quality is fantastic. Folks, I think we might have a winner here! Goodbye Miroslav
Sounds great so far Gary. You can almost feel the resin spitting off the strings of the violins and violas. I am less convinced by the cellos and basses (although they are perhaps the best samples I have heard so far). The phrase marked \"Celli - Legato dynamics\" was a little \"pitchy\" to these ears - perhaps you overdid the vibrato on the controller? Also legato bass samples have never done it for me. They invariably seem to end up sounding like synth patches. And again, the basses sound out of tune (and believe me, I know how hard it is to keep these \"dancing elephants\" in tune).
Overall, in spite of these criticisms, I am hugely impressed by your obvious skill and devotion to achieving quality results. You have really captured \"the sound\" of a good string section. I very much look forward to the finished product.
I wholeheartedly agree with your observation regarding the legato attacks. I too, was largely unconvinced by the first passage.