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Best solo cello library?

Rob Elliott

Senior Member
While there are some good ones out there (mentioned above) - for me the 'best one' is still yet to be developed. I'd love to see the 'Joshua Bell library' team make a stab at it. Until then - the options listed above are serviceable.
 
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Mark Schmieder

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The SWAM stuff is improving so fast that I may end up using it on final project work at some point vs. early mock-ups where I want maximum expression and realism with minimal work. I'm talking mostly about the timbre, which is where it has fallen down in the past and led me back to sample libraries. They have done some amazing work with their strings lately!

Otherwise, I go for VSL and Chris Hein, for the solo stuff. Section work is more iffy and context-dependent. And I keep holding back on Emotional Cello as something doesn't sit right about the demos as well as my perception of some serious limitations in functionality when I check out the specs and user manual. If I was starting from scratch, things might be different.

I also have Bohemian Cello and Violin, but rarely use them as they bring my computer to its knees, such that I can rarely get realistic phrasing and can NEVER play it in real time (even the light versions). So it's hard for me to judge them.
 

Mark Schmieder

Senior Member
Danbo, is there anything specific about the EW Solo Cello that you would say is unique to that library, sound0wise, playability-wise, or other-wise?

I was hesitant to consider that one as the Solo Violin was such a disaster. I don't even remember if they replaced it for free, or swapped it for a new library -- maybe even with a new name.
 

WaveRider

Active Member
I've gotten a lot of use out of the Embertone Blakus Cello, which is quite flexible and can be very realistic in my experience, though that flexibility does come with a need to be good at automation to make your performance. But I learned and so can you :emoji_slight_smile:
Hmm, not sure what I'm missing with this one? I bought the Blakus on sale a while ago and messed around with it, but no matter what I did, it sounded fakey fake. Do you need a breath controller or something?
 

danbo

Active Member
Danbo, is there anything specific about the EW Solo Cello that you would say is unique to that library, sound0wise, playability-wise, or other-wise?

I was hesitant to consider that one as the Solo Violin was such a disaster. I don't even remember if they replaced it for free, or swapped it for a new library -- maybe even with a new name.
Solo violin a disaster, how so? This was released 2016. I've got that too and am using it in a centerpiece for a video game. Haven't noticed any problems. For reference, I don't listen to general opinion and don't have a large collection of libraries from multiple vendors (mostly EW). I'm a professional clarinetist, advanced pianist and I play the violin, bass and guitar. The only ones that I think aren't good are the piano patches (Ivory is light years better), and I'm having trouble with the strings, but it's probably me. All the winds and solo instruments are excellent.

Maybe there is some issue and I'm not seeing it, but I've spent a lot of time parked in an orchestra and don't hear it. Likewise some guys here told me EWHO Woodwinds was no good, but personally I'm using their clarinet sample instead of recording myself because it's easier to blend. I hear no issues with the woodwinds either.

Anyhow the solo cello sounds like a cello to me with extensive side to side comparisons to live cello tracks. All the solo libraries are easy to get to sound good. Feature wise it's all Play, which is why I stick with EW. I like the interface and it's features.
 

Sarah Mancuso

Esselfortium
Hmm, not sure what I'm missing with this one? I bought the Blakus on sale a while ago and messed around with it, but no matter what I did, it sounded fakey fake. Do you need a breath controller or something?
I don't have a breath controller, but I use a lot of automation for dynamics and vibrato. Those are really crucial for bringing any of the ISS instruments to life. I generally draw a bunch of automation by hand, but I've found TouchOSC useful for automating those controls in real time as a starting point to edit from.
 

Mark Schmieder

Senior Member
I was just referring to the rather lengthy "discussions" of the Solo Violin when it came out, either here or GS or both, but don't have the references handy. I simply remember EW apologizing, and the follow-on solo libraries apparently taking a different tack. But like yourself, I often love libraries that others hate, it's just that in this case there seemed to be a bit of an admitted goof -- sort of like VSL recently adding on to their Synchron Strings.
 

Seasharp

Member
what are the best solo cello libraries out there. i just heard a sample of the
Best services emotional Cello and it sounded great. just curious what else is out there that is comparable in all price ranges.
I also have Emotional Cello and found it quite nice. One of the best. However I actually prefer the Solo Cello in the EW Symphonic Orchestra library especially the Expressive Cello Articulation.
 

Syncopator

New Member
I vote for Emotional Cello. I spent a long time searching for the perfect Cello library and to me it came down to Emotional Cello, Tina Guo Cello or Alternative Solo Strings. I settled on Emotional Cello because it sounded the best to me, the fact that it was on sale might have helped too :laugh:
FWIW, I have Spitfire's Alternative Solo Strings, and I actually searched for and found this thread because I'm so disappointed in the ASS cello (no pun intended). 😊

Granted, the library's focus of is "alternative" or unusual articulations, and there are plenty of those. But they do include a "standard" patch called "Cello - Long" which I was hoping might work for an "emotional" solo, but it absolutely does not. I would not put ASS in the same classification as Emotional Cello (which I now wish I had). I also just watched the Cinesamples walkthrough for the Tina Guo legato instrument, which I found underwhelming.

In other words, based upon the info I have, it seems you made the correct choice with Emotional Cello.
 

CGR

Pianist, Composer & Arranger
Don't overlook Fluffy Audio's Simple Cello. A lovely realistic tone beautifully captured with multi mics, and some very useable & playable articulations.
 

col

Active Member
I would not put ASS in the same classification as Emotional Cello
But EC is still not not " the one " like others it has it's strong points but there is still plenty of room for Embertone to fill the breach with a Josh bell like cello.
 

Rob Elliott

Senior Member
I actually think as good as Emotional cello is - their emotional violin is better (more arts - better editing). I for one hope that they double back and give the cello the 'lessons learned' update (from their work on the violin). I would be totally ok paying for that 2.0 on the cello!
 

Syncopator

New Member
Funny: Like many of you I've spent goo-gobs on hundreds of libraries. But at the moment I just don't want to spend hundreds on a solo cello (for 8 bars). So on a whim I just googled "free legato cello" and found this free "pocketBlakus Cello" at VSTBuzz.


It sounds fantastic. And I literally just used it in a feature-film score. LOL.


EDIT: Unsurprisingly, pocketBlakus is a teaser for Embertone's full Blakus Cello which is currently on sale while they overhaul of their entire line of "Intimate Strings" (solo strings).

 
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Tim_Wells

Tim Wells
Surprised there's not more votes for VSL cello. Though I don't know if it can be bought separately from solo strings. Here's some examples I've had where the cello is featured... In general I've found that it takes some effort doing trial and error with articulations but has been possible to get the performance nuances that I wanted

At the 2:30 mark:

And this quickie
Very nice stuff! The cello is impressive.
 
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