Best solo cello library?

Discussion in 'Acoustic & Orchestral instruments' started by eross2121, Apr 8, 2019.

  1. Rob Elliott

    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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  2. 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.
     
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  3. danbo

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    I really like EastWest Solo Cello
     
  4. Mark Schmieder

    Mark Schmieder Active Member

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    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.
     
  5. WaveRider

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    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?
     
  6. danbo

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    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.
     
  7. Sarah Mancuso

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    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.
     
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  8. Mark Schmieder

    Mark Schmieder Active Member

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    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.
     
  9. Seasharp

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    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.
     

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