This library is donated to Pianobook to thank all the community for their support: In the final year of my undergraduate degree at Falmouth University, I organised a String Ensemble to record some live parts for one of my film compositions. With time to spare, we used the last 30 minutes of the session to record some textures that could be turned into a small sample instrument. Later, with the help of Paul Lebkuchner (Sound Aesthetic Sampling), I developed my first Kontakt Sample library, that would lead me onto an amazing journey in sampling. Artwork by Zoë Wenban. With thanks to: Jake Hougham (Co-Producer), Benjamin Thorne (Co-Producer), Dawn Richards (Violin), Elsa Evans (Violin), Jack Jordan (Viola) , Louise Paine (Viola), Ellie Blythe (Cello), Kristina Zubrickaitė (Cello), Jack Ferry (Double Bass).
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With so many pianobook libraries its easy to get lost and forget about libraries. Even though i had this one downloaded it wasn't on my radar but I'm definitely gonna have to remember it now. These textures are so beautiful and interesting, they sound like something out of a spitfire library. All the vibrato and imperfections really makes these stand out. They also kind of have that vintage slightly radio like quality that you would hear in older movie scores like superman. My only wish is that this extended to a lower range but no complaints this is really awesome. The attack and release of the samples are set in such a way where you can play little melodies inside the chords and they sound really natural, not like a longs articulation sometimes does where the notes start and stop more like a synth. Awesome job here. The GUI is also great with a good amount of tweak able options.
Perfection shouldn't be free
This is an example of a library that seriously should NOT be free, since the amount of work done here is simply outrageously good. From the GUI being clean and beautiful with all the information needed right in front of you, and all the controls available right away - to the already-set keyswitches with the different playstyles, this instrument is just perfect.
Keyswitches for 6 different styles: Sustain Evolutions, Harmonic Tremolo, Tremolo Crescendo, Light Tremolo, Col Legno, and Pizzicato Tremolo. Full ADSR controls, 3 different mixing sliders along with a pan knob, one for each instrument - Violin, Viola, Cello - and one for the room with the knob to swap the instrument placement. There is also a reverb effect slider included that in my opinion works really well.
You will find some ECO patches as weool, that greatly drop the RAM usage, but the full version is already very, VERY small. Finally, when you mouseover any option, it will have a tooltip assigned to it at the bottom of the program.
Again though, absolute per fection that could easily come with a price!
Definitively one of the greatest library on PianoBook!
This library sounds incredible. It's not inferior to the various evolutions/textures library on the market and deserves the same appreciation as the commercial ones. The sound is subtle and the texture works as a great addition to small and large ensembles. If I have to nitpick the only thing that I don't like is that the patches are all in the same octave range. A mod that I've made to the ECO patches is to move the samples of the viola down one octave and the cello down two octaves. in this way, I can load all three patches in three different channels, and control them with the same midi in.
Soo talented! Wonderful EVO, arc string library!!!
Thank you sooooo much for creating this library! This is just what I was looking for... I would have bought it if I found it somewhere. Arc textured strings library is I use it quite often and I always look for a new texture. It is very exciting to play with this library as well, GUI is excellent, it even has evo menu that comes with harmonic tremolo, crescendo etc. Just wonderful!!!!!
Beautiful and unique
I've thoroughly enjoyed using String Textures as part of my projects. I am always on the hunt for more experimental and timbrally unique sounds to add a new layer to my music. There is such interesting variation in each group and it is obvious that this has been very carefully thought out and executed!