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BBO: L & M goes strings!

jaketanner

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I think strings are the section where ensemble recordings make the most sense. I always found it really baffling that so many libraries had combined brass patches. Strings have a rather homogenous timbre from high to low and blend very well, while the brass family is a weird bunch where every instrument is its own animal. I thought it was a good move by OT to separate the brass in MA but go with combos for strings, and VSL went for a similar approach with BBO.

I don't have Musca yet, but I managed to play around with Lyra a bit today and am pretty excited about the sound. They really nailed it here. Might be VSLs best sounding string recordings so far!
are there demos?
 

NoOneKnowsAnything

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Yes, you can use them together. They blend perfectly imo (just tried it out ;) ).


1. Sound. You will not get the same sound if you record the sections seperatly.
2. The idea of BBO: Quick and instant. Just load the section and play. No need orchestrate everything in score during your creative process.
3. Cost. It's a BBO installment, and we try to keep each installment below 100€. You get libraries without compromises in quality for just ~ €65 (after intro: ~ € 95).


It's not primarly designed as sketching tool, nor as orchestration tool for the notation first approach imo.
You can use these libraries for these use-cases, but the main strengths are the sound and work-speed to achieve good sounding music.
But you can also use them to thicken up or complement the sound of your other libraries, be it Synchron, SYNCHRON-ized, VI or libraries from our colleagues.
And then there are the BBO installments with sounds and effects you will not get in any other libraries.

We try to design our libraries to complement each other, so you get something new and useful, even if it is a new string library :)
Kopernikus, Jupiter, Hercules, Lyra and Musca are a nice bunch of programs. Now I just need the BBO woodwinds and this is a cool sketching orchestra that can also definitely be used to final mixes too.
 
Once I jumped on the train... there must be strings. Even if they are "only" in octaves.
For the sections, I have the other synchronized versions.
I'm convinced by the sound, so let's go for it.
 
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Oliver

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Just downloaded it and its gorgeous!
very playable, great sound, many possibilities to tweak. very inspring.

Best modules so far!
just to say that the other ones are great too!
highly recommended...
 

SlHarder

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Hey Ben!

I also encourage VSL to release demos of L and M.

When BBO first released I ponied up $29 for the dongle. Downloaded the Free and liked it. Got busy, missed the sale on Andromeda, and until H,J,and K caught my ears, didn't bite on B ... G because the vid walkthrus didn't sell me.

But I'm a brass guy, so I perked up for H,J,K. But walkthrus and vi comments left me on the fence. Then demos launched, I downloaded and 3 hrs later bought H,J,K with no doubts or hesitation. Those were my first VSL library purchases.

So help me get off the fence on L and M.

Fwiw ...
 
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Symfoniq

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Hey Ben!

I also encourage VSL to release demos of L and M.

When BBO first released I ponied up $29 for the dongle. Downloaded the Free and liked it. Got busy, missed the sale on Andromeda, and until H,J,and K didn't bite on B ... G because the vid walkthrus didn't sell me.

But I'm a brass guy, so I perked up for H,J,K. But walkthrus and vi comments left me on the fence. Then demos launched, I downloaded and 3 hrs later bought H,J,K with no doubts or hesitation. Those were my first VSL library purchases.

So help me get off the fence on L and M.

Fwiw ...

Agreed.

I've been a bit gun-shy since Synchron Strings, but being able to demo Hercules was helpful, and I plan to buy it. The videos for Musca and Lyra sound great, but a downloadable demo might seal the deal.
 

jaketanner

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I'm not a fan.

But based on the videos, Musca and Lyra sound very good. More of this, please, VSL (and a downloadable demo)!
That's a bit disappointing to hear. I haven't used them in a production yet, but am planning on it soon...so far I thought the sound was quite nice. What issues do you have with it?
 

Symfoniq

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Since this is a commercial thread about different products (products that seem very promising IMO), I'll just say there are other threads here on VI Control about Synchron Strings, and I agree with most of the issues raised there.
 
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Off-Topic: imo most of the issues were solved with the updates for SY Strings I, especially the Cantabile update with new articulations and reworked legatos. So if you initially did not like them, you should re-visit them imo.

Regarding demo: we'll see what we can do about it :)
(don't forget that if you buy in our store you can return the library within 14 days, if you don't like it)
 
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