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Articulate Presets for the Vienna Symphonic Library: NEW unprecedented DAW integration

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symphonic riot

symphonic riot

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In addition to the previously released Logic Articulation Set, we have just released a colossal Cubase Expression Map for Articulate Presets that raises the bar as to what can be done with Cubase Expression Maps! With over 100 implemented attributes and directions and over 2500 individual expression definitions this is very likely by far the most extensive and detailed Expression Map ever created. It allows you to access all articulations with all their different versions directly and conveniently in Cubase’s various editors via standard musical symbols (like “-” for portato or “^” for marcato) and clear text (like “con sord.”, “slow” or “2s”)—yes, we really mean everything included in supported VSL full libraries! I.e. no additional Midi events besides the notes are required and you do not have to memorize program change numbers and controller assignments to access all sounds—including phrases realized via VI pro’s Auto Playback and Pattern (APP) sequencer.

Wherever possible, the Articulate Presets Expression Map adapts the conventions of the VSL factory map to make it easy for users that have used it before. I.e. the score symbols and text identifiers defined there are also available in the Articulate Presets Expression Map, but the Articulate Presets Expression Map introduces many more identifiers and gives you thereby far more control over the playback of your music. In particular it fully supports Articulate Presets's signature 3D-control.

The VSL is still unmatched when it comes to recorded dynamic transitions, phrases, ... . They can strongly increase the realism, but for most users they likely sit unused on their disk since up to now they required a significant effort. With Articulate Presets and the Cubase Expression Map, using them couldn't be simpler: E.g. you can conveniently select a recorded fast minor upwards run in G♯ by selecting the score symbol “↑”, representing an upwards run, and the three text identifiers ”fast”, “min.” and “6/G♯” from the list—or similarly the third version of a downward whole tone run realized within the APP sequencer by selecting “↓”, “whole” and “III”. As you can see the usage is completely self-explanatory.



In addition to the standard program change messages used by Articulate Presets, there is also a version of the Expression Map that allows you to access the main articulations directly via key switches. These follow the universal layout introduced by Babylon Waves's Art Conductor. Due to the additional continuous controllers employed by Articulate Presets, a single octave gives you access to all essential articulation versions (as well as the intermediate nuances), so that you have everything at your fingertips.


Since we want to give you the chance to check Articulate Presets and the unprecedented integration into major DAWs out, we have also released a comprehensive Demo package. It contains the complete Articulate Preset for the Second Flute (both Standard and Full versions), selected matrices from other libraries, as well as the complete Cubase Expression Map and Logic Articulation Set. Moreover, it includes the full documentation so that no questions should remain unanswered.

We are sorry that due to unforeseen technical problems there is still no video, yet. However, trying Articulate Presets yourself should be even better anyway. To celebrate this release, we have also extended the introductory pricing until end of April. Enjoy testing Articulate Presets and see for yourself!
 
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GregD24

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Hi Symphonic Riot,

I recently downloaded the Strings S articulation presets and I love the playability! So far I’m only using it with Solo Strings 1.

I’m considering purchasing Solo Strings 2 and Chamber Strings this month, as string products are 30% off in July, to get full playability of the Strings S matrices. However, I already have Dimension Strings 1 and 2. Therefore I’m hoping you guys might come out with Articulation Presets for the Dimension Strings Bundle? This way I could possibly avoid having to purchase Chamber strings and could instead use the Dimension Strings sections and desks assigned to the slot fade for section size.

I’m also interested in further implementation with the solo strings bundle, solo violin 2 and cello 2. Would like to also try with Appasionata matrices but I don’t currently have orchestral strings either. I love the cc control and the coolest function so far is the slot x fade between vibrato samples but I have yet to use the slot x fade for section size. Looking forward to it! Thank you.
 

GregD24

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Why would anyone pay for this stuff.
Seriously? Have you setup customized matrices of this sort on your own before? It’s helping my vsl libraries come alive and be more expressive, playable, and realistic already and I haven’t even utilized all of the deep PC, CC, and expression map functionality available.
 

axb312

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Seriously? Have you setup customized matrices of this sort on your own before? It’s helping my vsl libraries come alive and be more expressive, playable, and realistic already and I haven’t even utilized all of the deep PC, CC, and expression map functionality available.
Obviously I've set this kind of stuff up myself, exactly the way I want it. Have you tried?

Guess it's an easy way to make money though. Kudos to the "developer".
 

GregD24

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Obviously I've set this kind of stuff up myself, exactly the way I want it. Have you tried?

Guess it's an easy way to make money though. Kudos to the "developer".
Hmmm well yes I’ve put together my own matrices but not with this level of detail or playability. Especially in regards to the slot x fades between vibrato and non vibrato samples. I’m open to suggestions as to where to find similar presets with corresponding expression maps as a starting point, especially for Dimension Strings if available.
 

Mark Schmieder

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I too have done my own matrices, not to the level of these, and I echo Greg's comments on the slot x fades as well as waiting to see if the Dimension libraries get covered, as I am gravitating towards Synchron Player for a lot of stuff now anyway.

Also, I own Cubase but never use it (though that will eventually change), so it feels like I am best off first learning Cubase (I use Digital Performer, and occasionally Logic), getting familiar with Cubase Expression Maps and possibly buying a MIDI controller that takes better advantage of them, before trying out these articulation presets.

More demos will help. It's hard to find time to dig into stuff like this, with so much on the plate, so demos will always cut the amount of time required for analyzing and evaluating the product's usefulness in one's personal workflow and production techniques.

It's obvious that a lot of work went into creating these, so I do not share the opinion that no one should pay for this stuff. :)
 
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symphonic riot

symphonic riot

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Hi Greg and Mark,

thanks for your nice feedback!

Greg, glad to hear that you are happy with the control features that you have with the Solo Strings 1 library alone. However, as you write, with Chamber and or Solo Strings 2 you can shape your string sound in much more detail (VSL Chamber Strings is still an awesome library!).

Since you already own Dimension, there is good news: Articulate Presets for Dimensions String (1-3), that include everything in these extensive libraries and are fully consistent with all other Articulate Presets, are nearly finished and will be out soon :).

The Dimension Strings package will even offer two full sets of Presets:

- The first includes a separate preset for each individual player that offers full string control and allows you to record every player individually for maximum realism (or record one and use the non-destructive editing in your DAW to create different versions of the same sequence).

- The second set could be called "Dimension Strings made easy". It includes a single Preset for each instrument section and will indeed provide full Section Control for all articulations. The Section Controller lets you quasi-continuously control the section size (e.g. 8,6,4,3,2,1 violins) with full Auto-Divisi (i.e. if you for instance select two players per note and play a chord, its different voices will automatically be distributed among the different desks)! At the same time the Section Controller also lets you manually access all the different groups and desks individually for full flexibility. At the same time you surely have detailed control of the sound via VI pro's Humanize feature. With many hundreds of thousands of samples per preset. these are by far the largest ones ever created and in every way stretch the limits of VI pro.

And also Articulate Presets for Violin 2 and Cello 2 are already in the making. they will be added to the Strings S package and will be a free update for registered users. So a proper string quartet or distinct first and second chamber violin sections (created by blending in the corresponding solo violin version as "first desk") will be possible soon.

Hope this helps for your decision!
 

Mark Schmieder

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Excellent news! I think I will wait for the Dimension release then, as those are the libraries I have had the biggest struggle with, in terms of establishing good templates and workflows, so I get lazy and don't use them as much as I should. But yes, Chamber Strings is also my favourite of the older libraries and still gets used a lot.
 
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symphonic riot

symphonic riot

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Why would anyone pay for this stuff.
Hi axb312,

thanks for your question.

I am sure you did not fully understand what these presets can do. So let me explain ...

They include everything included in (typically even several) VSL libraries in a single preset and give you instant access to all articulations via program change messages and controllers. They are completely consistent across the entire orchestra so you can move a sequence between different instruments and it plays as expected (with all its different articulations and the continuous control described below). VI pro standardly offers one continuous controller (cell XFade) that allows you to add/blend two different sounds (e.g. to control the vibrato). You are right that this is easy to set up for two articulations of an instrument. If you want to do this for all articulations of an entire orchestra this will already take a long time.

However, Articulate Presets go far beyond this and offer three (quasi-)continuous controllers that allow you to control e.g. the vibrato intensity, the attack behavior and the section size simultaneously! As an example take the sustained articulation of the trumpet. There are three different vibrato versions (strong, light and no vibrato) each in three different attack versions (sustained, portato and marcato attack) and finally there is both the solo trumpet and a 3-trumpet ensemble. The three controllers supported by Articulate Presets allow you to intuitively and continuously control these three musical parameters (attack, vibrato and section size) so that all the 10+ available sampled versions are crossfaded and you get a continuous and fully balanced transition within this 3D sound space.

Such detailed intuitive control was so far only available through physical modeling, which despite its expressiveness clearly lacks the realisms of actual samples. Articulate Presets give you a similar expressiveness without any sonic compromises, owing to the time-tested VSL recordings.

Furthermore, Articulate Presets also offer the most comprehensive DAW integration out there. They include e.g. by far the largest Cubase Expression Map ever developed, that allows you to access every articulation included in VSL libraries directly in Cubase's Score Editor via 100+ score symbols, without the need for any additional control events.

If you own some VSL libraries, you can simply download the free demo and check out some of the features of Articulate Presets yourself (including the DAW integration) ...

Have a nice day
 

GregD24

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Hi Greg and Mark,

thanks for your nice feedback!

Greg, glad to hear that you are happy with the control features that you have with the Solo Strings 1 library alone. However, as you write, with Chamber and or Solo Strings 2 you can shape your string sound in much more detail (VSL Chamber Strings is still an awesome library!).

Since you already own Dimension, there is good news: Articulate Presets for Dimensions String (1-3), that include everything in these extensive libraries and are fully consistent with all other Articulate Presets, are nearly finished and will be out soon :).

The Dimension Strings package will even offer two full sets of Presets:

- The first includes a separate preset for each individual player that offers full string control and allows you to record every player individually for maximum realism (or record one and use the non-destructive editing in your DAW to create different versions of the same sequence).

- The second set could be called "Dimension Strings made easy". It includes a single Preset for each instrument section and will indeed provide full Section Control for all articulations. The Section Controller lets you quasi-continuously control the section size (e.g. 8,6,4,3,2,1 violins) with full Auto-Divisi (i.e. if you for instance select two players per note and play a chord, its different voices will automatically be distributed among the different desks)! At the same time the Section Controller also lets you manually access all the different groups and desks individually for full flexibility. At the same time you surely have detailed control of the sound via VI pro's Humanize feature. With many hundreds of thousands of samples per preset. these are by far the largest ones ever created and in every way stretch the limits of VI pro.

And also Articulate Presets for Violin 2 and Cello 2 are already in the making. they will be added to the Strings S package and will be a free update for registered users. So a proper string quartet or distinct first and second chamber violin sections (created by blending in the corresponding solo violin version as "first desk") will be possible soon.

Hope this helps for your decision!
Great news! The auto divisi for sections in addition to individual player presets for dimension strings is precisely what I’m looking for. I will purchase as soon as it is released. Thank you very much.
 
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