Most Disappointing Library Purchase?

Discussion in 'SAMPLE Talk' started by tsk, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. Hayden

    Hayden member

    Apr 21, 2018
    My recent purchase of the very inexpensive 8dioboe ($8?) turned out to be less than great — the demos seem to far exceed the actual capacity of the VI.

    However, does anyone know of a way to adjust those jagged connections between the 8dioboe’s notes? I seem to remember some ‘fixes’ that were posted — which would be good since the tone of the 8dioboe is quite good. It just isn’t really playable, out of the box.
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  2. I like music

    I like music Senior Member

    Oct 26, 2015
    Man, it must be a bad instrument if it is going for 8 dollars and even then it is disappointing people. I was curious about it, but have heard a lot of the same as you've described. What are the main issues with it?
  3. Wally Garten

    Wally Garten Active Member

    Apr 23, 2018
    The main block of advice was here:

    Later someone else added that one should choose the "Oboe" preset from the dropdown menu in one of the scripts.
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  4. Brian2112

    Brian2112 Active Member

    Sep 1, 2016
    Saw that coming yea.:)
    Anything but Whataburger and Ill leave it at that.:P:P
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  5. pmcrockett

    pmcrockett Senior Member

    Nov 3, 2014
    Saint Louis
    It helps immensely if you wait to trigger legato transitions until the vibrato in the sample has started. I posted in more detail about this here.
  6. bozmillar

    bozmillar Member

    Nov 26, 2015
    for me, it was because the walkthrough video sounded really good to me. When I opened it up to play it, it just felt so awkward to play. I think it's the kind of instrument that if you know how to work it, it sounds great, but if you don't, it's hard to get it to sound good. It's hard to describe really. It's like you have to learn new techniques just to be able to play it. Which is fine. I guess it's way easier than playing a real oboe, but most of us don't want to completely readjust our playing technique for each instrument.
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  7. KallumS

    KallumS Active Member

    Jul 26, 2018
    Camden, London
    Who's going to be the first to say Lacrimosa? :rolleyes:
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  8. brynolf

    brynolf Active Member

    Apr 16, 2017
    I already did months ago IIRC. We should get a new wave rolling in any day now :)
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  9. MaxOctane

    MaxOctane Active Member

    Mar 23, 2017
    I love @christianhenson's demo. Especially with headphones, the detail is amazing. The drop at 3:29 gives me chills.

    But yeah, it's super hard to use. It's basically this roulette wheel of awesome beats and sounds, and you get what you get. You can dial up a preset and tweak it, or blindly replace sound sources or convolution kernels and see if something nice pops out. Very often something nice does pop out, and inspire a line. But it's nearly impossible (for me) to imagine a sound and then find it.

    I don't regret buying it, though. If you find it at a happy price, you'll discover some cool hard sounds in there.
  10. whiskers

    whiskers Perpetual student

    Sep 5, 2018
    Care to expound on why? ( Just, you know, so I can feel better about my not buying it on sale :) )
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  11. Gerbil

    Gerbil Active Member

    Nov 14, 2017
    I quite like it. Set it back a bit and it's pretty close to the oboe solo in JW's The Temple of Doom Nocturnal Activities cue.
  12. Creston

    Creston Active Member

    Jul 4, 2013
    I bought Audio Imperia's Fractal a while back and found it very disappointing for the price. I've bought Sampletraxx stuff for $30 and found it much more useful.

    Aside from that, maybe LASS? Maybe I'm just used to Spitfire.
  13. spiderfingers

    spiderfingers New Member

    May 27, 2018
    So you use it rather as a starter instead of filling out things?
  14. brynolf

    brynolf Active Member

    Apr 16, 2017
    Seems I didn't in this thread at least...
    Well, Lacrimosa is alright. The legatos are so-so and not all vowels are available for all articulations. I had a bitch of a time sculpting a track based mostly on "mmm". For epic, shouty staccatos and choir:y pads, it's a totally valid library.
  15. kitekrazy

    kitekrazy Senior Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    How many times have you regret buying something because it came with a free product? Someone on this site mentioned would it make sense if you wanted it without the free stuff?
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  16. Sibelius19

    Sibelius19 Music is just color and rhythm --Debussy

    Dec 12, 2015
    Michigan USA
    Every time IK Multimedia has done this with their stuff, I was stupid enough to bite on that offer. I did it with their Total Studio Max when I bought a guitar interface. Turns out their guitar interface kind of sucks --or at least my system doesn't like it-- and I never use Sampletank 2 or any of the other stuff that came with it. That doesn't mean it's all bad. I just haven't had much use for it. I then did it again with Sampletank 3 when they had a deal where if you bought a cheap midi keyboard you'd get a free full version of Sampletank 3. The hardware was trash --seemed to be built like a kid's toy (iRig Keys Mini). The software seems a little better than Sampletank 2, but still not on par with Kontakt or Omnisphere. I do like Amplitube, but that was a separate purchase from all of this other deal stuff.
    At least I wasn't out too much money. The deals were kind of insane on some levels. But I just found that I already had better stuff. Not blaming them. Just my dumb impulses. I just should have kept my money.
  17. kitekrazy

    kitekrazy Senior Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    I can relate. I got an iRig keys and it uses a micro usb port. The jack is messed up. One lesson learned is never buy a controler with micro usb. Micro usb is the "armpitamy" of bad engineering. I have a lot of IK software but I forget it's there. I've started using ST3 to audition midi files. Their upgrade pricing seems to irritate plenty of people.
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  18. dzilizzi

    dzilizzi I know nothing

    Feb 27, 2017
    Somewhere near Los Angeles
    I usually think of it as paying for the free product (if that was what I really wanted) and getting the other stuff free. Of course, sometimes I want the other products and the free one is just icing on the cake. (Or doesn't get installed)
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  19. MillsMixx

    MillsMixx Production Director/Sound Designer

    Jan 23, 2015
    Cool sounds if you work at it. I would love if they would update it, maybe put a little more work into making it user-friendly...but I sort of feel they're gonna move on to bigger and better things.

    It's always felt a little unpolished to me, sort of like a beta version or something, especially with that interface, patch browsing, etc.

    Maybe a brighter color would've even been better to slick it up. And more tutorials! Or a master's degree in Phoboology!
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  20. Syncopator

    Syncopator New Member

    Mar 10, 2016
    OSR's runs builder is quite useful. There's also CineStrings Runs. OT for this thread, perhaps, but they both have strengths and weaknesses. OSR is more versatile, however, due to its playable runs patch. Neither is on my list of disappointing purchases.
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