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Strezov Sampling presents AFFLATUS Chapter 1 // 1.2 Update feat. 18GB of new sample content

mcalis

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I too can very much appreciate George's response to the critique Piet offered and I strongly hope this open-minded and polite attitude will continue into the future. It shows great character to respond in this way!

Afflatus is not for me for some of the reasons Piet mentioned, most notably that the sound isn't for me, but I must say that Strezov has certainly gained a lot of goodwill from me over their past few releases and I sincerely hope the company will continue to do well in the future. I want to emphasize that I don't think the sound is poor in any way, it's just not the sound I'm personally looking for presently and so I sympathize with that particular point from Piet's feedback.

I am however keen to see how the philosophy offered here will translate into the woodwind and brass sections (or even percussion? That will be an interesting one!)
 

SoNowWhat?

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@Strezov and @StrezovSampling
So, now I have to ask the really annoying question. When exactly does the intro pricing offer end?
Is it 11:59pm on the 27th in Sofia time?

I will be searching the couch for loose change up til deadline so would like to set an alarm.

edit - by way of clarification, that was a serious question despite my flippant ending.
 
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very glad with the purchase
first impression: overall a string sound I was looking for: lively, it has body and with the "feeling of the bow on the strings sound" if that makes sense. The shorts actually sound like the up/down stroke when playing repetitions like I hear in a string section and gives the feeling of a real string orchestra under the (piano) fingertips.

The adress to more dynamics in the shorts by use of f.e. cc11 (as repeat has contact with strezov for) is indeed a welcome & already announced update. F.e. the use of cc2 breath controller with ensemble patches wil increase the option of fleshing out ideas quickly by using 2 hands (and mouth)

It will take some time to find the best & efficient way to put this library into a template. Filtering out the most usable patches (for my needs) and then placing them in a useful manner/order for a good workflow is not as straight forward as with other string libs. There are several different flavours of the same string section or ensemble to take into account.

And again, the sound: really very good! kudos to Strezov for pulling this off in this way. And there is more content coming.... !
 

MichaelB

New Member
Thank you for all the input from members on this thread, after considering everything and all the opinions, I took the plunge. Can’t wait to download and get started. My first time aquiring a brand new library and take advantage of early bird discount. Excited to see what the library offers and explore new technology.
 

Soundhound

Senior Member
Me too. I’m away till this weekend, but managed to get it downloaded and ready to go in my studio at home. When you guys get into Afflatus a bit, let me know if i should hurry home or extend my trip indefinitely.
 

SoNowWhat?

realised I can type here
After several sleepless days, at the last minutes, I had also pulled the trigger. I am in, too.
I agonised over this one too. Not because I was unsure if it was good and not even because I didn’t think it was worth the asking price. The agonising was all on me.
 
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StrezovSampling

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We extended the Intro Price for AFFLATUS Chapter I Strings until Friday Nov 30 2018. https://bit.ly/2qASQWE

There won't be another chance to buy the library at a reduced price for quite a long time, so don't miss it!

Besides here is a glimpse at a Beta version of the Scene d'Amour Celli to be released as part of the updates to come. Thank you vi-control for the feedback. :)

 

HBen

Active Member
I agonised over this one too. Not because I was unsure if it was good and not even because I didn’t think it was worth the asking price. The agonising was all on me.
One of my reasons to buy this product is because good attitude towards customers from Strezov Sampling, at least someone are interacting and hearing what customers are saying and giving their feedbacks. And then we can expect some decent updates and new sampling contents. That is a good way for people in this music community to live together. However, that is way better than my experience with Synchron Strings 1 from VSL, a similar pricing product like Afflatus and I will always remember how we the protesters are treated by VSL.

Library developers who spend much of their time in listening to customers and improving products deserve our orders and respect.
 
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I'd like to share the way I set up Afflatus Strings in my template and welcome comments or suggestions... especially since the upcoming updates could change my method of working with this library. I basically set up a Vienna Ensemble Pro project for each instrument: vlns 1, vlns 2, vlas, vc, basses. Each project contains 1 Kontakt instance. Each Kontakt instance contains all the patches I want to use for each instrument.: Lush Vlns 1, Spicc, Pizz, Chamber, Scene d' Amour, etc. and each had a consecutive midi channel. I then assigned controller #s to each of the controls that allowed it... close, deca, hall, legato, overlap, etc, etc. Now the fun begins: I created a Logic Pro X track for each instrument and created an Afflatus articulation set with keyswitches to match the instruments I set up in Kontakt. That's pretty much it, except for my Lemur template that has all of the keyswitches and CCs together. Basically, each patch acts as it's own keyswitched instrument and since the library hasn't really gotten into this feature, we need to do it ourselves in some way. Lush strings have only sustain and tremolo. What I've done is simply added to this as I've described. Only big downside so far is that with all these patches loaded, the ram gets used up pretty quickly on the slave machine I have this library on. All of this said, it makes the library usable for me and the sound of the instruments and touch is beautiful. One think they did that seems obvious, yet most other libs don't do... the samples are recorded without the crazy big room sound. The reverb lets you add to taste, or use 3rd party efx, but some other libs are so swimmy, they can get uncontrollable. Very anxious to see what comes next in the updates of this very beautiful sounding string section!
 
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