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kimarnesen

kimarnesen

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So far I'm most convinced by the Bohemian Cello (the one with the most feeling I think) and Orchestral Tools Nocturne with the Emotional Cello and Chris Hein cello as good competitors. The Tina Guo sounds wonderful but the range (octaves) are way too small. I would have bought this one if it had a higher range.

Fluffy Audio's cello feels a bit anonymous and not so fervent and expressive as I want from a cello. The VSL Cello 2 is a bit harsh and "too nice" for me but there were very few demos to find. The Swam cello is probably the one I like least of all these as it just get's too unnatural for me. I've never liked the sound of the Blakus cello because of its harshness and thin sound. I have listened briefly to CSSS, Hollywood Solo Strings, LASS, and Cinesamples solo strings but it isn't really an option to buy a complete quartet at this point.
 
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MarcelM

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i like the cinesamples solo cello... but that might be because iam a game of thrones fan, and its the same player i guess ;)
 
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kimarnesen

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i like the cinesamples solo cello... but that might be because iam a game of thrones fan, and its the same player i guess ;)
I didn't know it was her playing that but maybe that explains why my first reaction to hearing that intro was "that's a sampled cello..." :P
 

pderbidge

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If you feel that Tina Guo is too restricted then I doubt this one (Macabre Solo Strings) will be of interest either but it's worth mentioning based on this review I found by Cory Pelizzari. It seems to be a one trick pony but a good one at what it does, plus for about $150 you get Violin, Viola and Cello. I don't own it but Cory has piqued my interest in this one. I do own Tina Guo and it's awesome when you want slow and expressive playing.

 
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kimarnesen

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If you feel that Tina Guo is too restricted then I doubt this one (Macabre Solo Strings) will be of interest either but it's worth mentioning based on this review I found by Cory Pelizzari. It seems to be a one trick pony but a good one at what it does, plus for about $150 you get Violin, Viola and Cello. I don't own it but Cory has piqued my interest in this one. I do own Tina Guo and it's awesome when you want slow and expressive playing.

Unfortunately yes, the range is too short here as well, just like Tina Guo. I really don't understand why they don't sample the full instrument. It's like having an 88-key piano but record just 60 of them. You're almost getting just half of the instrument.
 

pderbidge

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Unfortunately yes, the range is too short here as well, just like Tina Guo. I really don't understand why they don't sample the full instrument. It's like having an 88-key piano but record just 60 of them. You're almost getting just half of the instrument.
I agree. Limited articulations I can understand especially at its price point but why not at least cover its full note range? It still has been a useful library though even with the limitations.
 

ReelToLogic

Still have my reel-to-reel
I love the sound of Embertone's Blakus Cello, but purchased Emotional Cello a few months back and have been using that exclusively since then. Emotional Cello has so many different articulations and can be made to sound extremely expressive. Also, the shorts are incredible and the user interface is great. It was one of my best purchases.
 

TrojakEW

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For fake cello definitelly (for me) u-he zebralette since you can alter the sound in any way you need and you can have range beyond real instrument. But it require some work.
In order to make it sound better it requires even more work.:P
 

kavinsky

misty orchard in the middle of Czechoslovakia
Id strongly suggest to save more money for CSSS, its the only solo library that sounds relatively convincing
most of the other offerings are pretty much worthless
This one has 3 dynamic layers and 3 legato speeds for each layer. Lots of options
Not to mention that its sampled, edited and programmed with impeccable quality

I would stay away from nocturne as its too inconsistent and has lots of crossfading jumps
CH approaches his instruments in a specific fashion - recording everything completely dry and honestly as with Emotional Cello the default reverb just makes half of the sound and without reverb both sound very strange and unnatural, the crossfades are exposed and it doesnt sound very pleasant to me

CSSS is amazing in this regard, you pull up one close mic - all the transitions are smooth.
 
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Zoot_Rollo

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Id strongly suggest to save more money for CSSS, its the only solo library that sounds relatively convincing
most of the other offerings are pretty much worthless
This one has 3 dynamic layers and 3 legato speeds for each layer. Lots of options
Not to mention that its sampled, edited and programmed with impeccable quality

I would stay away from nocturne as its too inconsistent and has lots of crossfading jumps
CH approaches his instruments in a specific fashion - recording everything completely dry and honestly as with Emotional Cello the default reverb just makes half of the sound and without reverb both sound very strange and unnatural, the crossfades are exposed and it doesnt sound very pleasant to me

CSSS is amazing in this regard, you pull up one close mic - all the transitions are smooth.
The lack of contrabass in CSSS is a head shaker (i know, cello thread).

And for CH Cello (or any dry sample) sounding unnatural and strange without reverb -

Um, yeah.
 

rocking.xmas.man

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if you are already familiar and happy with bohemian violin then bohemian cello is your best bet I would say. It is just as wonderful as the violin, it is just as well recorded.
nocturne cello has a similar concept though. Audiomodelling is conceptionally the exact opposite.
 

tim727

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I personally really love the Emotional Cello. The sound is great and the amount of content in there is incredible. The Guo cello sounds really nice as well and can really nail some powerful legato lines. That being said, one thing that bugs me about it is that it's one of those VSTs that you can always pick out in a song. Sort of like 8Dio's Lacrimosa choir. IMO that's not a desirable quality in a library, though that may not be something that you care about.
 

Zoot_Rollo

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I personally really love the Emotional Cello. The sound is great and the amount of content in there is incredible.
From what i've seen, the fixed keyswitches in EC is a concern.

Correct me if i'm wrong, 1 keyswitch is out of range on an 88 key controller?
 
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