Review: Solos of the Sea – Solo Violin A by Performance Samples

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Performance Samples have done it again. Though limited to only performing a certain stylistic ‘con moto’ legato, Solo Violin A is a wonderful instrument for adding realism and expression to your virtual scores.

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Review: Solos of the Sea – Solo Violin A by Performance Samples

Performance Samples have released the first in thier Solos of the Sea Instruments. The library continues along the lines of the Con Moto series (see SLR review of Con Moto Cellos) with ‘active-bow’ sustains and legatos recorded “with motion” legato performances.

Further instruments in the Solos of the Sea series are forthcoming (time frame is late 2018 to early 2019).

In this first look video, I take a listen to the instrument with some real-time playing as well as program in a little midi performance and tweak some cc data to see what kind of control I can get out of the instruments.

As with other Performance Samples instruments, the developer lists a “limitations” summary on the product page. For Solo Violin A the limitations list that the instrument is “raw and exposed, insofar as tuning, timbre, and musician/noise anomalies” and this is one of the things that makes me love the performance of this instrument. It plays back with some ‘humanity’ and although I do hear some of those noises and anomalies, I was hard pressed to find any case where playback exposed those characteristics as a flaw – such as a noticeable looping of a particular noise.

I can’t wait to utilize this instrument in my next project.

Solos of the Sea – Solo Violin A sells for $139.00 from Performance Samples

 

Facts

Solos of the Sea – Solo Violin A downloads as 175 MB adn is a sample set from recording of a Solo Violinist.

The library was recorded in an undisclosed Hall with Close Stereo Microphones and offers 1 Mic position and
1 Dynamic Layer, bow-change con moto legato playback with “active-bow” Sustains and Release Samples.

The library does require the full version of  Kontakt 5.5.1+

Solos of the Sea – Solo Violin A sells for $139.00 from Performance Samples

 

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