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PocketBlakus - Emotional Solo Cello Freebie (Kontakt 4.2.4+)

BenjaminO

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Hi Tomislav, is it possible for you to reupload the spiccato patch? I seem to have found this post just a bit too late.
 

TomislavEP

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OK, here is another link.


BTW, I wasn't aware that the links sent with the free version of WeTransfer expire so soon.
 

bartveld

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Looking for a good cello I stumbled upon PocketBlakus, just to try before spending actual money. Download from VSTbuzz is good (including spiccato), but when I try loading the legato patch in Kontakt it says: "Your version of Kontakt is too old". No problem with the spiccato patch. I have the latest Kontakt 5 version. Has PocketBlakus been made in Kontakt 6? That would explain why it shows this message.
 

Daniel

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Looking for a good cello I stumbled upon PocketBlakus, just to try before spending actual money. Download from VSTbuzz is good (including spiccato), but when I try loading the legato patch in Kontakt it says: "Your version of Kontakt is too old". No problem with the spiccato patch. I have the latest Kontakt 5 version. Has PocketBlakus been made in Kontakt 6? That would explain why it shows this message.
You can download Kontakt6 Player.
 

TomislavEP

Senior Member
Ah, it works in Player too? Thanks!

Unfortunately, I wouldn't bet on that. pocketBlackus, as most of the free Kontakt libraries, require a full version of Kontakt to run without the time limitations. BTW, this is quite an old library now, possibly made even before Kontakt 5, so this message about having too old version to run it seems weird to me. I'm guessing that the folks at VSTBuzz did a batch resave operation on their version of pocketBlakus in Kontakt 6, hence this error when trying to open it with Kontakt 5.
 

Daniel

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Ah, it works in Player too? Thanks!
You can try in several minutes, it is in demo mode. Me too have the latest Kontakt 5 version, but I am using it with KontaktPlayer6 for comparing with my First Chair cello Lass :) and also using pocketBlakus for my suitable project.

Unfortunately, I wouldn't bet on that. pocketBlackus, as most of the free Kontakt libraries, require a full version of Kontakt to run without the time limitations. BTW, this is quite an old library now, possibly made even before Kontakt 5, so this message about having too old version to run it seems weird to me. I'm guessing that the folks at VSTBuzz did a batch resave operation on their version of pocketBlakus in Kontakt 6, hence this error when trying to open it with Kontakt 5.
Thank you.
 

bartveld

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Unfortunately, I wouldn't bet on that. pocketBlackus, as most of the free Kontakt libraries, require a full version of Kontakt to run without the time limitations. BTW, this is quite an old library now, possibly made even before Kontakt 5, so this message about having too old version to run it seems weird to me. I'm guessing that the folks at VSTBuzz did a batch resave operation on their version of pocketBlakus in Kontakt 6, hence this error when trying to open it with Kontakt 5.
Well, as it does work in Player 6 I assume you're right about the batch resave. But it's a moot point, as this is not up to par compared to newer commercial celli. Still, as I understand it, PB is a sort of early "homemade" VSTi and as such a wellmade attempt.
Thanks to all for your comments!
 

TomislavEP

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But it's a moot point, as this is not up to par compared to newer commercial celli. Still, as I understand it, PB is a sort of early "homemade" VSTi and as such a wellmade attempt.

Actually, this still remains one of the very best free Kontakt instruments I've encountered. While being a bit rough around the edge and with the scripted legato, the original samples were performed beautifully by Blake Robinson, who was also involved in creating of the commercial "Blakus Cello" from Embertone. I'm using this as an alternative to Artisan Cello from Spitfire Audio which is the most detailed solo cello library I have for the time being.
 

bartveld

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Actually, this still remains one of the very best free Kontakt instruments I've encountered. While being a bit rough around the edge and with the scripted legato, the original samples were performed beautifully by Blake Robinson, who was also involved in creating of the commercial "Blakus Cello" from Embertone. I'm using this as an alternative to Artisan Cello from Spitfire Audio which is the most detailed solo cello library I have for the time being.
I am deeply impressed by Embertone's Joshua Bell and find it a joy to use. This draws me in the direction of Blakus Cello. However, it's a few years older than Joshua Bell and I wonder if the playability is comparable between the two. Also, Embertone has now 2 violins (Friedlander and Bell) and I keep wondering if they intend to produce a second cello, especially now that Blakus is priced down. I wonder whether I should wait a bit...
 

ism

Senior Member
I am deeply impressed by Embertone's Joshua Bell and find it a joy to use. This draws me in the direction of Blakus Cello. However, it's a few years older than Joshua Bell and I wonder if the playability is comparable between the two. Also, Embertone has now 2 violins (Friedlander and Bell) and I keep wondering if they intend to produce a second cello, especially now that Blakus is priced down. I wonder whether I should wait a bit...

The embertone Blakus cello has its good points. But it isn’t remotely in the same league as the JB.

Its biggest limitation in my estimation is that it has only a single dynamic layer (compared to the 4 dynamic layers of the JB).

In general, its 2 or three generations behind the still entirely state of the art JB.
 
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