The story

As a classically trained musician and technologist, I have somewhat mixed feelings about sampling. That being said, I agree that it certainly opens up creative opportunities for those who may not have any formal musical instrument training and from my own point of view, it allows me to perform on instruments that I certainly would not be able to play without a great deal of time back in the practice room.

To that end, I have taken baby steps into the world of sampling and thanks to Christian and the many people supporting this forum, I have decided to share my first efforts. I have created three virtual instruments, the third of which is a pizzicato cello. You may know that pizzicato is a technique used by string players to pluck the string rather than bowing it. Frankly, this was simpler to sample than bowing too :-). As with the Ails-Kalimba, this instrument has four round-robins.

My wife is a professional cellist. We met in an orchestra in London in 1985 and have been together ever since. This virtual instrument is one of my wife’s practice cellos, also used for outdoor gigs where there may be weather challenges! (You may not know that most professional string players have outdoor instruments, my wife calls hers ‘an orange box’, because often a string instrument may be very old and worth a lot of money and can be easily damaged by rain or great/sudden changes in humidity).

This virtual instrument is called Pizzicato Cello: I think it has a nice sound, but would love feedback.


Paul… 🙂

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  • Everyone has room for C-E-L-L-O

    This library is a one stop shop for cello pizzicato. It's perfectly recorded, and there's four round robins to keep it from sounding like a sample. Curiously, this sample seems to be mapped an octave too high on the keyboard, but that doesn't really negatively impact its playability. I like that this library was recorded without reverb so that users are free to add their own. This is a really great library and a worthy download!

    Sam EcoffSamplist 03 November 2021
  • Pretty Nice and realistic

    If i didn't have albion one, this might be a go to for me for pitzaatto strings. Theyre recorded really well and have a pretty good amount of round robins for added realism. i kind of wish it got to an even louder dynamic layer but its still pretty great. Although it wouldn't be authentic to orchestration, i think delay on these could sound really cool. Theyre pretty pristine while still having a bit of that scratchy, woody cello quality we all love.

    septemberwalk14 November 2021
  • Sounds like a bass harp

    I am updating my review because I found better wording for it. At first it didn't feel like a pizzicato bass, but now I think it really feels lke a very bassy and dry harp. That's not really a bad thing. Dry instruments are easier to work with in my experience and they offer better textures too. This sounds more like a jazz bass technique too, so if you are into that, you might really enjoy it. It has big release tail that I am not personally used to, but it might be just right for you.

    Alex Raptakis27 October 2021