Play full ensembles, mapped across the keyboard, or individual instrument groups. And for instant rhythm, the Animator transforms the chords you play into lively rhythmical phrases. Smart chord: Generate fully orchestrated and complex string chords using single keys. After Service Center opens the appropriate product will appear for product activation. These user patterns are selectable on the fly using keyswitches, meaning that you're not stuck with just one repetitive pattern; you can create a collection of motifs that change and develop throughout a song.
The redesign helps facilitate creativity by letting you access everything you need quickly and easily. With One Shot mode engaged, you only need to play a note or chord briefly and the current phrase plays once to the end, then stops. Session Strings Pro provides separate instrument groups, a choice of instrument placements, 29 articulations and precise control, right down to the amount of bow noise. It's not unusual for a three-note chord to gobble up 48 notes of polyphony, and the release samples can cause this to climb above 100 if you're playing legato, and reasonably quickly! The faders control the velocity of each step — so if you want a 'rest' note, just pull that step's fader to zero. For example, playing C+Eb revoices a C-major phrase to C-minor. Each musical style consists of a number of 'songs' of six phrases each; just select a style, then a song within that style, play a note within the playable range, and out pops a fully-formed phrase, complete with correct part voicings, internal dynamics and articulation changes, rooted to that note, and in sync with your host tempo.
Modern design: The interface has been completely redesigned. The former had a natural, uncoloured tone, while the latter benefited from a convolution impulse, imparting a mid-range presence and ambience reminiscent of string sections from the Motown era. The default 12 o'clock position gives a 'normal' stereo image. Its simple operation makes for a fun sit-down-and-jam experience, but it can also sound quite impressive when sequencing a complex arrangement using the separate violin, viola, celli and bass instruments, carefully sculpted dynamics, and judicious use of the articulations on offer. With care and consideration, it's capable of producing very believable results, using just one instance of the Performance patch, and the surprisingly flexible Animator certainly helps to add a touch of realism when you don't have the time or inclination to flesh out authentic arrangements yourself. If this becomes a problem in a busy sequence, you can halve the polyphony, at the expense of tone, by setting the level of section 2 or 4 to 'off'. To add further spice, phrases that play 'straight' can be swung, and the timing between the instruments can be adjusted from robotically super-tight to woefully under-rehearsed.
This could well be due to the extremely accurate tuning. Meticulously sampled and designed to sit well in the mix, each of the four ensembles consists of five ins- trument groups: full ensemble, four violins, three violas, two cellos and two basses. Articulations comprised between one and three velocity layers, depending on type; the lowest two adjacent layers could optionally be crossfaded using the mod wheel, for more naturalistic dynamic expression, instead of the default key-velocity switching method. Either click on Continue Demo or Start Service Center. Choose from traditional or modern locations to adjust the stereo positioning of the sections.
The Detune parameter, as expected, introduces increasing amounts of random tuning incompetence with high settings. The Ensemble presets can be very demanding on polyphony when both sections are active and dynamics are controlled by the mod wheel rather than key velocity. If you need to virtually recreate large-scale orchestral and cinematic brass, you can pretty much pick and choose from a variety of sample libraries. This mode can be fairly tricky to control, as the scripting often gets confused when distinguishing between what are meant to be internal chord movements and lines intended to be legato, so the timing and precise placement of notes is critical. In addition to this was the Animator, a built-in sequencer that played chords in a rhythmical pattern using a staccato, spiccato or pizzicato articulation.
Intuitively laid out, the instrument groups are mapped across the full keyboard range, with double bass on the lower keys and violins at the top end, with beautifully smooth cross-fading between each instrument group as you work your way up the register. When held a fraction longer and released just before the crescendo begins, it provides a natural-sounding timbral decay for non-marcato short notes. To take advantage of this, first prepare an 'empty' version by loading the Performance patch and then removing all the samples using Kontakt's Purge function. Working in a similar way as an arpeggiator, the Animator can instantly transform a chord into a groovy staccato, spiccato or pizzicato phrase, rhythmically riffing on your played chord. If the full four-piece section is not required in your arrangement, the Section Setup menu offers all the practical combinations of two or three instruments, although, oddly, there's no 'solo' option for any instrument.
The majority of performance options are found on the Main screen tab, so we'll begin our tour here. Take control of an 11-piece ensemble, recorded with the utmost precision in four different settings for maximum flexibility and realism. Use the existing configuration of the instruments or create your own ensemble with the participation of up to 22 players. No two keyswitches can share the same articulation, but you can leave as many as you like empty, so only the articulations you need are loaded. Further variations to the voicing are available via the Drop Voice feature. My personal feeling is that their loudest dynamic is underplayed, and a smidgeon more vibrato wouldn't have gone amiss to impart a more energetic feel.
Phrases can be triggered not only from single notes, but from chords too it works rather like the auto-arranger facility found in home keyboards. The greater scope offered by both these libraries explains why they also cost around four to five times as much as Session Horns. Sloppiness of timing or overlapping notes amounting to a total of more than four causes parts to be grabbed by the wrong instrument, resulting in unexpected inversions and jumping around the stereo field — especially with the trumpets, which are panned quite hard left and right. Recorded and produced by in one of the best sounding studios in Germany famous for its disco and pop productions during the 70s, this ensemble excels in delivering beautifully warm, punchy and direct strings. The library box will automatically appear in the Libraries tab. Make sure the latest updates of these products are installed on your system.
Specific instruments can be lowered by one octave: Drop 1st lowers the trombone, Drop 2nd lowers the sax, and Drop 3rd lowers trumpet 2, working from bottom to top. Keyswitches can be user assigned. Choose between classic or pop instrument placements. Alternatively, programme each part using the individual violin, viola, cello and bass patches. Take control of an 11-piece ensemble, recorded with the utmost precision in four different settings for maximum flexibility and realism. Choose from traditional or modern locations to adjust the stereo positioning of the sections. A modern interface and several smart playback features help to light the creative.