Checking Out: Lux Violin by David Forner

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Lux Violin covers everything you might want in a solo violin and then some. This very natural sounding library from David Forner showcases numerous articulations, including multiple legatos, rebows, plenty of dynamics, and up to 12 round robins. It’s all packaged in a very simple, one page Kontakt interface, that lets you get straight into the action.

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Checking Out: Lux Violin by David Forner

David Forner is somewhat of an enigma with no website, no social media and as far as I can tell only one place, Loot Audio, where you can buy his libraries. However, even with such a low profile his work got on our radar here at Sample Library Review simply through community word of mouth, with folks raving about his previous release Barbarian Cello. Prior to this, he put out a couple of very impressive guitar libraries geared for ambient music and underscore. It has been his recent forays into strings though, that have really ignited excitement in what he does.

His latest library, Lux Violin, replicates the deep sampling from Barbarian Cello and gives us a highly expressive solo violin. First impressions are of a lively and fully featured scoring tool. It’s bold and streamlined, with no mic options and centrally panned. Whilst it can certainly work as a solo violin in the traditional sense, it’s clear that the idea was to create a violin library that can work equally well outside of a classical orchestral context, with minimal fuss and maximum emotion.

Lux Violin normally sells for $168.93 from David Forner

Thoughts

Lux Violin follows up the revered Barbarian Cello exceptionally well. It’s an easy to use all round workhorse of a solo violin library, which competes with and arguably surpasses offerings from the big developers in this field. The violin performance, the recording, and the programming are of the highest order. The library is not without shortcomings though and some users may lament the requirement for the full version of Kontakt, having no manual, the single mic mix, and the lack of dynamic layers in the legatos. However, in practice it just ‘works’ and this immediacy of use and incredible consistency will keep me coming back to it again and again.

The legatos are very playable and emotive, which makes it inspiring under the fingers and those rebows are awesome. Not to be overshadowed, the shorts are tight and lively, and the longs are beautifully performed and comprehensive. There is even room for some more left field articulations, sublime swells, and some creative playing modes too. It is not often we find a relatively unknown indie developer tackling such a difficult instrument to sample and doing it at a world class level, so I am really looking forward to more from the very talented David Forner. If you are on a quest for a comprehensive solo violin, Lux needs to be right there near the top of your shopping list.

Facts

7.5GB download via Pulse

Runs in the full version of Kontakt 5.8.1 and above

20 articulations

3 legato types, each with 2 transition speeds

Rebows for legatos and longs

Up to 5 dynamic layers and 12 round robins, depending on articulation

Special split and morph modes

One uniform mic signal

Lux Violin normally sells for $168.93 from David Forner

 

Demos of Lux Violin by David Forner

Videos of Lux Violin by David Forner

 

Contributor Sam Burt reviews Lux Violin by David Forner
“Lux Violin covers everything you might want in a solo violin and then some. This very natural sounding library from David Forner showcases numerous articulations, including multiple legatos, rebows, plenty of dynamics, and up to 12 round robins. It’s all packaged in a very simple, one page Kontakt interface, that lets you get straight into the action.”