I hear a lot of unconvincing "virtual" string sound out there. I shy from writing at all from strings at this point, because it is disappointing to hear my work sound so synthetic.
I bought GPO4, and Finale 2011 last year. I did not purchase the special violin; the package was a commission.
I see that each instrument loaded into ARIA player can be played around with in all sorts of interesting ways. And I know that someone out there has a "general formula" for making a more convincing, rich, perhaps dark/fuller sounding string. The violin, of course is the most difficult to tweak.
There are controls, and there is an equalizer -a mod wheel on the screen. Lots and lots of virtual possibilities. Does it help to use these? (My playing around with them changed the timbre, but not for the better.)
So I am asking: does anyone have a better than default setting for the solo violin KS, to start?
Thanks for reading. I hope we can soon all access tolerable default string sounds. [Just because we think they are okay does not mean that non-musicians will go for it. The reality is that most of us need a decent working sound, or it is just not inspiring to write for strings.]