Hi, can anybody offer any comments on how the strings in Advanced Orchestra compare to Ultimate Strings. Also, ss I understand it, all of the Ultimate Strings samples are looped. Is this also true with AO? Any comments appreciated, thanks!
Very poor programming for both. Sound quality much better for US ensemble cellos. Ensemble violins and violas comparable, but poor loops on US violas. Overall, US ensemble strings preferable to AO. But what we actually need are excellent samples and smart programming. We are far from that.
what do you mean with \"poor programming\"? The programming of AO GS is on highest level! Please do not compare with the AO for AKAI S1000, which has a much simpler programming. AO GS is far away from that!
Holger is correct. The programming in the GS version of AO is first rate - in fact, in a class by itself for orchestral libraries presently available. By the way, you can thank Holger himself for that fact. He did the programming.
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AO string programming should have considered:
1)envelope attack linked to velocity, absolutely indispensable, especially for the legato patch
2)linear (rather than nonlinear high)response (much better suited for strings).
3)lowpass filtering (perhaps linked to volume by an additional controller
4) vibrato linked to the mod wheel
Please also refer to The Guide to midi orchestration for some helpful additional suggestions.