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VSL "Synchron FX Strings I" is coming soon.

Jimmy Hellfire

Senior Member
If your work is your passion, why not?
Do you think that Hans Zimmers Team (to just name one) is stopping work after 8 hours?
To me that's all BS, if I'm to be honest. In today's society, everyone is going on about "passion" and all this shit. Everyone's so passionate, everyone's found their true calling, everybody's having so much fun. Motivational quotes everywhere. Yeah right.

Being a programmer guy in the middle of the famous "crunch", working on some complex, 7 months overdue piece of software, or editing millions of samples to no end - pretty sure that's a ton of work and not pleasure and hedonism. I'm also sure that when you're working at Remote Control, you're not staying for another 6 hours because it's all games 'n cheer and laughter at uncle Hans' funhouse, but because you finally made it into Hollywood and you don't wanna fuck it up.

I have a few passions in my life, but honestly I don't wanna do any of these things for 8+ hours straight if I don't have to. Let's be honest: when you're getting shit done, only a certain limited part of it is being passionate and playful and creative and whatnot, and all the rest is discipline, dilligence, focus and hard work - professionalism.

I was often surprised to receive support replies from VSL staff on weekends or holidays. I don't know what kind of contracts they have. Perhaps it's not a standard 40 hour week, monday to friday, 9 to 5 thing. But I do hope they're not slaving away.

Hey VSL guys, I know I've been whining about the Player still not being ready, but just to make this clear: I'd never expect you to work 7 days a week so that I can use your string library earlier. :)
 
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fiestared

Vintage -but- not obsolete
If your work is your passion, why not?
Do you think that Hans Zimmers Team (to just name one) is stopping work after 8 hours?
If your work is your passion, why not?
Do you think that Hans Zimmers Team (to just name one) is stopping work after 8 hours?
If you read correctly, I wrote "FOR THEIR BOSS" Understand ? How is this possible people judge so fast about a small and ironic answer, and give advice to a guy they don't know ? Think twice before writing, OK ?
 

Lee Blaske

Senior Member
This library is quite a radical departure for VSL. They've never done this sort of performance library before (i.e. having musicians actually perform written parts of compositions). I kind of assumed that there were philosophically against doing this sort of thing. If you use this sort of content, it gets into the murky area of being a chunk of library music, and not your composition.
 

ka00

Senior Member
This library is quite a radical departure for VSL. They've never done this sort of performance library before (i.e. having musicians actually perform written parts of compositions). I kind of assumed that there were philosophically against doing this sort of thing. If you use this sort of content, it gets into the murky area of being a chunk of library music, and not your composition.
I’m wondering if VSL’s brand is so specific, as you suggest, that this library isn’t going to do so well for them.

Judging only from this thread, die hard VSL users don’t seem tremendously excited about it.

And I wonder if vi-c members who — had Heavyocity or Orchestral Tools put out this exact same library — would have been excited by it, will generally just avoid something put out by VSL.

Could be just my imagination.
 
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Lee Blaske

Senior Member
I wondering if VSL’s brand is so specific, as you suggest, that this library isn’t going to do so well for them.

Judging only from this thread, die hard VSL users don’t seem tremendously excited about it.

And I wonder if vi-c members who — had Heavyocity or Orchestral Tools put out this exact same library — would have been excited by it, will generally just avoid something put out by VSL.

Could be just my imagination.
Could be that VSL's business people have decided they can't afford NOT to get into this to broaden their product base. If it's taught us anything, I think the recent releases of the VSL Synchron Strings and HZ Strings has shown that it's tough to come out with a new nuts-and-bolts string library and have a product that's dramatically better than anything that's come before it. We've had companies recording string libraries for a long time now, and previous efforts were done very well. It's going to be tough to come out with a new product of that nature and totally surprise and astonish the market (barring some really new and breakthrough technology). The celebrity branding (Hans Zimmer Strings, Eric Whitacre Choir, Kenny G Soprano Sax, etc.) will be the last marketing frontier.
 

Lee Blaske

Senior Member
Tough competition now with so many owning Albion 5, OA stuff, etc...
Not necessarily, if you're getting paid to create content and want some fresh sounds. What they're charging is cheap compared what it would cost to hire players and a studio to do that. And, there are no royalties to be paid. If you have professional use for it, it's a bargain.
 

ka00

Senior Member
Maybe something like : Novo Intimate and Rhythmic textures, Spitfire Audio Evos,or 8Dio Cage...
The more I listen to the walkthrough, the more it seems like a combination of everything you mentioned (though I don’t know anything about Cage) plus the addition of very cool glissandi variations that the Evos and the Novo packs don’t have.

It also has a much grander and more diffuse sound than the IT/RT material due to player numbers, hall and mic’ing presumably.

The wash of reverb on some of the trem articulations reminds me a bit of HZS actually, and that’s a sound I don’t currently have as I haven’t bought HZS.
 
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ka00

Senior Member
Where would one find the PDF manual for said product? Just want to read through it.

Doesn’t show up in myVSL. Are library manuals only available for owners?

Thanks
 

Eloy

Member
Synchron Strings FX 1 = WOW!
The spherical texture variation high or low is beautiful and playable. The Synchron player (update your license software) interface is well done. I have Auddict, Olafur, Heavyocity (all have their good points) and this is simply organic (not something I would have ever used to describe VSL) and better. The only drawback to the player-it is not a stand alone and must be accessed through your DAW. Paul sent me an email saying they are working on it to be stand alone. This is how the Synchron strings should have rolled out.
 

ptram

Senior Member
The first one to get it, please compare it to Spitfire's Albion IV Uist. I suspect they have a lot in common as for the target, but with a very different approach.

Paolo
 

fiestared

Vintage -but- not obsolete
Hey,
If you already have the Synchron Strings FX 1 standard edition, could you please tell us about the sound : wet, dry, both ? In all the demos, even in the superb "walkthrough of Amadeus 1" I find it sounds very "wet" "reverb ish..." not dry at all, so it seems difficult to integrate in a dry mix... Maybe it's me ?
- and what about the mics possibilities(standard edition) ?
-In the VI Pro, there was a "sequencer", is it still there in the Synchron player ? I imagine VSL will make a Synchron Pro later, any infos about that ? Lots of questions ! THANKS for your precious time if you can answer.
 

Cartoon

Member
Hey,
If you already have the Synchron Strings FX 1 standard edition, could you please tell us about the sound : wet, dry, both ? In all the demos, even in the superb "walkthrough of Amadeus 1" I find it sounds very "wet" "reverb ish..." not dry at all, so it seems difficult to integrate in a dry mix... Maybe it's me ?
- and what about the mics possibilities(standard edition) ?
-In the VI Pro, there was a "sequencer", is it still there in the Synchron player ? I imagine VSL will make a Synchron Pro later, any infos about that ? Lots of questions ! THANKS for your precious time if you can answer.
https://vi-control.net/community/threads/synchron-fx-strings-1-walkthrough.71860/
 

Salorom

Member
The sound of this library is gorgeous. Legato worries aside, I think it is a pity VSL didn't go the 'organic' route with SyS 1. I hope they'll blend properly.
 

FabioA

Member
I had the strenght to skip the Synchron CFX (even if I would need that kind of piano in my template), but today I purchased Strings FX I (standard).

If you trust my word, it's a must buy. I think I will simply delete a couple of strings fx I have in my template because this one is simply better, easier to navigate, much more playable, and the new Synchron Player looks very promising and already impressive in terms of performances.
 

Cartoon

Member
I had the strenght to skip the Synchron CFX (even if I would need that kind of piano in my template), but today I purchased Strings FX I (standard).

If you trust my word, it's a must buy. I think I will simply delete a couple of strings fx I have in my template because this one is simply better, easier to navigate, much more playable, and the new Synchron Player looks very promising and already impressive in terms of performances.
Then you definitely have to buy Synchron CFX :D
 

ka00

Senior Member
I had the strenght to skip the Synchron CFX (even if I would need that kind of piano in my template), but today I purchased Strings FX I (standard).

If you trust my word, it's a must buy. I think I will simply delete a couple of strings fx I have in my template because this one is simply better, easier to navigate, much more playable, and the new Synchron Player looks very promising and already impressive in terms of performances.
Curious if you also happen to own Symphobia 1 or 2, how does the selection of string FX there compare to Synchron FX?

Thanks
 
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