Thanks. Unfortunately, it's like the Play engine: it's an "after the fact" purging. Meaning that you need to have everything fully loaded, play the part and then unload the unused samples. Kontakt first unloads everything and then loads the required samples as you play. That means you can have a purged instrument ready to play but not consuming any RAM.You can purge in Halion 6 using RAM-save function.
Here's Elgars Nimrod, all Iconica. Just entered the notes and dynamics as in the score:
convincing? depends on what you are after. the lush polished movie sound, or the more classical sound.I'm still not feelin' the love with Iconica. I have yet to hear a demo that sounds convincing.
Would you please tell me exactly what the RAM-save function you are talking about?You can purge in Halion 6 using RAM-save function.
I don't have Iconica to compare to, but the strings and brass in the Hollywood series are very good, right up with the best. They have a fairly big learning curve compared to some other libs, and if you are fine with using the Play engine, all is good.Many experienced users here mention that EastWest Hollywood Orchestra Platinum sounds much better (more realistic) than Steinberg Iconica! Is this true also for the GOLD Edition of EWHO?
Just to add here that for me 16-bit is not a problem, because in the end my songs are going to end as 320kbps MP3 files, which is already lower quality than 16-bit (i.e. Audio CD). Also the "only one" mic is not a problem for me, because it is exactly what I need (not extremely wet like EWQLSO Gold, but not extremely dry as well)! And if it's a little drier than I need, I can always add some convolution reverb, PLAY 6 offers many options for this.
So my question has only to do about sound quality and realism! Do you believe that even the Gold Edition of EWHO can beat Steinberg Iconica?
And yes, the timing of my question is not random, I am asking this now because EWHO Gold Edition is on sale in VSTBuzz (240 euros)!
I am not sure about that, especially with Iconica! I remember people being disappointed by the inability to sell it!Remember - If you have an e-licencer you can download a full 30day trial, and currently there is 30% off sections and players until Sept 5th.
I'm pretty sure that you can re-sell it too.....
Whilst I have EWHO, and I love the string and brass, I think I'll be getting a lot more use from Iconica.
I've recently bought it and although I've only had a small amount of time to play with it, I'm very happy with what Ive seen/heard so far....
My best advice - Get the trial - even if you have you buy an e-licencersto test it with and make up your own mind. If you are going EWHO - you really ned to go platinum.
Wow Iconica Ensembles would be really affordable with a 30% sale! I understand it's not the best sounds you have ever heard in your life, but for a not-so-experienced user like me, don't you believe that it sounds better than, say, if I mix myself Full Strings + Full Brass + Woodwinds in 3 different patches? Isn't it true that in most of these ensembles products, the musicians are actually playing at the same time, sitting in the ideal positions? And isn't it less power hungry to have one patch of a full symphony than, 5-10 (or many more) patches of violins, violas, celli, honrs, trombones, bassoons, etc...?I do have the ensemble library too - bought it during a previous 30% off sale.
The ensembles are useful for sketching, but some of the patches are not my cup of tea - and to my ears a bit artificial sounding. So I've found the ensembles a bit of a mixed bag, but for what I paid for them I'm reasonably content.
If you are considering an ensemble library then there are other choices out there I would pick first if it were my only one.
I've never used the Play 6 convolution reverb - so I can't help there. I bought a copy of Spaces before I used the EWHO, and it's so good I've used it for most things ever since.
I doubt you'll see Iconica on a 50% sale though....
BTW, Iconica is balanced - making it much easier to get cracking.
EWHO is a fabulous piece of kit - but it takes a lot more time and effort to use. With Brass & Strings this effort it worth it. Percussion & Woodwinds far less so.