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PocketBlakus - Emotional Solo Cello Freebie (Kontakt 4.2.4+)

Simply fantastic job! Blakus! Synergy!

I've always planned to record my Symphonic Band sections (I'm the conductor) in that expressive way. It makes me to speak seriously with my "neighbour" Jesus from WAVESFACTORY (You must visit his website)
 

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Re: pocketBlakus - Solo Cello Freebie- expressive sustains (Kontakt 4.2.3+)

WOW! I started laughing when I heard that! I couldn't believe my soppy slow sustains could have been manipulated in that way! Fantastic work Greg, thanks so much for sharing it, it sounds great! Nice example too, I definitely couldn't play that in real life lol!

LOL! And I can't play that fast either really :oops: , if it were on the piano, it would sound terrible, but on your cello, my playing sounds better! Its a little trickery too, just some diminshed arpeggios.

btw, that's a nice sounding cello. What is it?

@Zac - I'd need to put things down on paper were I to go any further and that's a lot more work.
 

synthnut

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Blakus,
What a wonderful gift !!.....Thanks so much for sharing ....It will be used for sure !!....Jim

synergy543,
Nice job on the editing ....You made an already great sounding sample even more playable ....Jim
 
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Re: pocketBlakus - Solo Cello Freebie - UPDATE extra samples(Kontakt 4.2.3+)

This afternoon I pulled out the cello again and quickly recorded a new layer for some added flexibility. This layer is activated by higher velocities and features slightly louder dynamics with a little more attack and much more immediate vibrato. (This could be "epic fail" yet, but I'm sure you will let me know, ha!) I have also made numerous tuning tweaks.

DOWNLOAD 1.1 HERE from box.net - (48mb)

Features:
*Expressive sustains with progressive vibrato
*NEW Expressive sustains triggered by playing velocities >90 - these are slightly louder in dynamic and feature attacks and vibrato that are slightly more immediate for a little bit more flexibility (lol) - Note that these are still really designed for slow expressive passages however.
*Basic release samples (MA-Simon)
*Basic mod control (MA-Simon)

I've updated the main post with extremely useful "alternate NKI's" that others have VERY kindly shared with us! Remember these are very small in file size as you don't need to download the samples again. I'm really enjoying the 'Open Source' feel to this little project, I appreciate the effort others have made to share their modifications and tweaks too. It's actually a lot of fun hearing what others are able to do with my humble sustains, feel free to keep them coming! There is a lot of talent in this community!

Thanks again for all the kind words.
 

zacnelson

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Fantastic Blakus! I'm just downloading the new one now, thanks so much! Now go back to your room and record round robin legatos over the entire range, with and without vibrato, also could you please do some legato pizzicato and tremolo glissando and major 7th trills
 

Lukas K

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Re: pocketBlakus - Solo Cello Freebie - UPDATE extra samples(Kontakt 4.2.3+)

I tried to use the SIPS Legato script on this cello, tweaked the settings and I got pretty decent result. BUT I somehow can't figure out how to set the release samples properly with it. Also round robin script works great, but as I said, I don't know how to set it all properly.

http://www.theodorkrueger.com/kontakt.htm

If there is anybody who is more familiar with the SIPS scripts, it would be great to share it.

Thanks!
 
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Re: pocketBlakus - Solo Cello Freebie - UPDATE extra samples(Kontakt 4.2.3+)

Simon's work is integrated into the new V1.1 download. Greg's patch is for Kontakt 5+ only rather than 4, but it should still work as I haven't changed any sample files - I've just added new samples. Just point it to the sample directory when it asks for the samples.

@Lukas - Ah yes I've heard of SIPS. Never really played around with it before though!
 
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Re: pocketBlakus - Solo Cello Freebie - NEW LAYER UPDATE v1.1(Kontakt 4.2.3+)

Just made a quick rough example using the new patch. It uses a combination of both layers, I'm finding the upper layers much more flexible in playing slightly faster smooth flowing lines with the vibrato coming much more quickly. Sorry about the solo cello chord spam - but I'm finding it really inspirational haha!

[mp3]http://www.blakus.com/music/pocketBlakus%201.1%20example.mp3[/mp3]

pocketBlakus v1.1 AUDIO EXAMPLE
 

zacnelson

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Re: pocketBlakus - Solo Cello Freebie - NEW LAYER UPDATE v1.1(Kontakt 4.2.3+)

Hi Blakus! I have just put this together using your wonderful cello, you will hear it come in with a sustained melody halfway through, and then shortly afterwards it plays solo with short notes. Here it is on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/zac-nelson-1/the-siege

[flash width=450 height=110 loop=false]http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F60286089&secret_url=false[/flash]

I was disappointed with the way Soundcloud created a phasey effect to the high strings, which is not there in the real file.
 
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Re: pocketBlakus - Solo Cello Freebie - NEW LAYER UPDATE v1.1(Kontakt 4.2.3+)

Zac that sounds terrific! Thanks so much for sharing that - love the build. I really love the sound of the sustains over the top of the orchestra there! I'm going to have to record some short articulations for you so it can do that last part more justice! ;) Great melody, and the recorders there are really fun.
 

zacnelson

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Thanks Blakus! :) I hope you would like it even if it was using someone else's cello!! hehehehe

I had a bit of fun writing that last part, it's probably badly in need of some percussion etc but I just wanted to post it asap so you could hear your cello in use. By the way, I think that last demo you posted at 10:30 is gorgeous, could you put that on your soundcloud? I listen to your stuff all the time and I would like to be able to listen to that track more often, it's very emotional.
 

zacnelson

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Sorry, I just noticed I could download it, so don't worry about my soundcloud request, I'll just put it on my iPhone instead and listen to it when I'm going into battle or getting bad news from the doctor or staring at a grave....!!!! Such drama!!!
 

Gabriel Oliveira

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lil' update:

using synergy543's mod for "fast" passages

Your Soul Will Bie Free

[flash width=450 height=110 loop=false]https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F60316517&show_comments=true&auto_play=false&color=ff7700[/flash]
 

benmrx

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Re: pocketBlakus - Solo Cello Freebie - NEW LAYER UPDATE v1.1(Kontakt 4.2.3+)

Holy Cello Batman! I can't believe how good this sounds for a quick recording and a few VI members chipping away at some Kontakt patches! Just downloaded the 1.1 version along with Synergy543's mod. Can't wait to put something together with this. Something tells me it's gonna sit REAL nice with the Loegrai Lo 1/2 section.

Thanks to everyone involved, and a special thanks to Blakus for getting this going. That Cello sounds wonderful! Fingers crossed for short notes :)
 

KMuzzey

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Re: pocketBlakus - Solo Cello Freebie - NEW LAYER UPDATE v1.1(Kontakt 4.2.3+)

Blakus, this is such a beautiful little treat. It sounds fantastic... what a great way to add some realism to a sampled piece of music. Thank you!

Kerry
 

synergy543

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Re: pocketBlakus - Solo Cello Freebie - NEW LAYER UPDATE v1.1(Kontakt 4.2.3+)

Just made a quick rough example using the new patch.
Lovely sound Blakus - very expressive, although I'm not sure one cellist could play all those chords.

What is this cello? It sounds like an expensive Stradivarius (don't tell me its an old student cello or something like that - some things are better left unknown). And how did you mic it? Whatever you did, the combination works very nicely.

Glad everyone is enjoying the fast version patch. Actually I didn't really do anything other than really tighten up the start times to its more responsive to playing. I zoomed in and pulled each start time to the zero crossing just before the sound starts. This doesn't actually change the sound at all, just the playability by removing the dead air. It didn't take very long so if its needed for the V1.1 patch I could do that too when I get some time.

btw, adding SIPS is a great idea! It should work beautifully.
 
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Re: pocketBlakus - Solo Cello Freebie - NEW LAYER UPDATE v1.1(Kontakt 4.2.3+)

@synergy543: haha, yeah those examples are definitely not meant to represent a single cellist! A solo player couldn't do most of those double stops even! Its more of a 'cello overdub' vibe! My cello is a very old one from Germany. I am it's 3rd owner, it is actually a Stradivarius copy. I have played many cellos before and many other cellists have also played my instrument too. I obvously love it the best! But i am biased! The others are always amazed at the tone of the middle to high register, however it does lack a little in the low end warmth. But this seems to make it a beautiful solo instrument. Thanks again for your patch!

@Tino. That sounds fabulous. What did you actually do to the patch? Do I detect slower attacks or something? Lovely example too, great music! Thanks for sharing!

@Gabriel: That is awesome. The fast patch really works for that piece so much better! Nice job.

It appears my box.net bandwidth is used up. I've out up a Dropbox mirror for the main 1.1 download. The extra NKIs should still be ok to download from box.net though, let me know if you are having problems.
 
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