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Vienna Symphonic Library releases Solo Strings II

VSL Solo Strings II

Vienna Symphonic Library has released Solo Strings II, a sample library which features the muted solo instruments violin, viola, cello, and double bass.

The Solo Strings II Collection contains articulations such as muted short and long notes, crescendo and diminuendo variations, as well as Interval Performances like legato, portamento, and trills. Furthermore, additional Performance Legatos with very long notes have been recorded for use in slower parts. Thus, every single pitch and velocity is available in 24 variations, and going the extra mile proved worthwhile!

Solo Strings II features

  • Solo Strings Full Library contains 46.5 GB of uncompressed sample data in 44.1kHz/24-bit.
  • Performances:
    • Interval Performances: Legato with medium, progressive, and without vibrato, portamento, marcato, spiccato
    • Fast Interval Performances: Legato
    • Performance Trills
    • Repetition Performances: Legato, portato, staccato, spiccato
    • Fast Repetitions: 16ths from 150 to 190 BPM
  • Single notes:
    • Short notes: Staccato, short détaché, long détaché, 4 variations each
    • Long notes: Sustains with medium, progressive, and without vibrato
    • Dynamics: Medium and strong crescendos & diminuendos with vibrato; fp, sfz, sffz, pfp with vibrato
    • Tremolo
    • Pizzicato
    • Artificial harmonics: Staccato, sustains

Solo Strings II is available in a Standard version for $380 USD and the Full version is $664 USD.

Note: If you have registered both the Standard and the Extended Library of the Vienna Instruments Collection Solo Strings I you will automatically receive a Full Library Activation Code upon registering the Standard Library of Solo Strings II before or on January 15, 2009. This means you will get the Extended Library of Solo Strings II for free.

Visit Vienna Symphonic Library for more information and audio demos.

bioLogic releases Violin Ricochet (free samples)

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bioLogic Violin

bioLogic has released a free set of violin samples.

He writes:

Recorded with a Rode NT3 small diaphragm condenser about 6″ from the strings, fed to a Really Nice Preamp and into my M-Audio 2496.

Violin Ricochet features

  • 16 Samples, 6.3MB extracted.
  • 32bit, 44.1KHz.
  • 4 Strings: G, D, A, E stretched to fit.
  • 5 Alternate Strikes: for round robin playability.
  • 1 Velocity Layer: ricochet style (bow held several inches high, and dropped).

The sampleset includes HALion 3, sfz and wav and can downloaded here.

Vienna Symphonic Library releases Chamber Strings II

Vienna Symphonic Library Chamber Strings II

Vienna Symphonic Library has released Chamber Strings II, the sequel to Chamber Strings I, offering all-new articulations and sonic subtleties for the small string ensembles.

Chamber Strings II contains many of the playing techniques that the first Collection includes, but played “con sordino” (with mutes). They lend themselves well to soft, intimate arrangements, and provide nuanced variations to your orchestral pallet. The muted chamber ensembles are a refined addition to your treasure chest of string varieties from Vienna!

Chamber Strings II features

  • All of the recorded samples were performed by an accomplished ensemble of string players who have been lending their talents and their international experience to the Vienna Symphonic Library for years:
    • Violin ensemble (6 players)
    • Viola ensemble (4 players)
    • Cello ensemble (3 players)
    • Double bass ensemble (2 players)
  • Offers various facets of short and sustained notes, crescendos and diminuendos, but also includes Vienna’s unique Interval Performances, including legato, portamento, and trill performances. Check here for a complete list.

Chamber Strings II is available on DVD in a standard version for €365 EUR (13,245 samples), and a full version for €510 EUR (30,405 samples).

Visit Vienna Symphonic Library for more information.

DSK releases Strings v1.0

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DSK Strings v1.0

DSK Music has released DSK Strings v1.0, a freeware classic string instruments VSTi plugin.


  • 2 Layers (22 instruments)
  • ADSR for each layer
  • Octave and micro-tunning selector
  • Effects: Flanger, Delay and Reverb
  • Midi Automation

The instruments included are:

  1. Cello (p, sp, sf, sm)
  2. ContraBass (p, sp, sf)
  3. Viola (p, sp, sf)
  4. Violin (p, sp, sf, sm)
  5. Full String section (sp, sf, sm)
  6. Glisando Fx

p = pizzicato, sp = section piano, sf = section forte, sm = section marcato

DSK Strings v1.0 (31.0 MB) can be downloaded below.

DSK Strings v1.0 Downloads: 164491 times

Make sure to check out DSK’s other synths if you haven’t before.

Free Philharmonia Orchestra samples

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Philharmonia Orchestra

The Philharmonia Orchestra website offers many free samples available for download in their online Sample Libraries.

Thousands of free, downloadable sound samples specially recorded by Philharmonia Orchestra players. These samples are suitable for creating any kind of music, no matter what you’re into. From piccolo to double bass there are single notes, phrases and whole orchestra samples to choose from.

There are three categories you can download samples from. Single notes can retreived from a huge database. Every note on every instrument of the orchestra has been recorded at various volumes and durations. The phrases library includes thousands of phrases and articulations played on orchestral instruments as well as hundreds of individual percussion samples. Furthermore, a range of full orchestra samples specially recorded by the Philharmonia Orchestra is available in the orchestra sounds section.

There’s also a sample packets page, offering packages of samples (rather than individually). Not all their samples are offered yet, but they are working on offering more and more this way. Currently there is just one package availble, a set of violin samples (1MB).

So if you’re in need of orchestra sounds make sure to check the sample libraries at the Philharmonia.

Garritan is shipping Stradivari Solo Violin

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Stradivari Solo Violin Sample Library

Garritan is now shipping Stradivari Solo Violin Sample Library, a Kontakt 2 library.

Stradivari is a name synonymous with quality. The Stradivari Violin is regarded by experts as the best violin ever made and a genuine Stradivari violin is worth millions. An instrument of this distinction required a unique way to faithfully capture and recreate its sound quality and playability. “Sonic Morphing” technologies provided the answer. Morphing describes what can be seen in motion pictures where there is a gradual transformation from one image into another. This basic concept has been applied to sound samples allowing sound samples to morph into each other seamlessly.

With the Stradivari Solo Violin, using exclusive “harmonic alignment” technology, you can seamlessly morph between different dynamics and hear authentic timbre changes as notes become louder or softer. Sophisticated modal resonance technology allows you to control the onset, intensity and rate of vibrato, impart portamento and much more. In addition, a powerful AI midi processor allows you to change or create articulations in real time, change the type of attack or bow direction, impart legato, play trills & tremolo and have an infinite variety of playing possibilities at your fingertips. All this in real time!

The result of these technologies is extraordinary levels of realism, expressiveness and virtusosic performance capabilities in a way that preserves the natural characteristics of the Stradivari Violin. This instrument leaps to life beneath your fingertips!

Check the Garritan website for more information and sound clips.

Best Service releases 2 Peter Siedlaczek titles

Best Service Peter Siedlaczeks String Essentials

String Essentials is a comprehensive, thought-through and ergonomic virtual string orchestra.


  • 17 GB of great sounding samples in 5 lengths and 3 or 4 dynamic layers
  • 14 violins, 10 violas, 8 cellos & 6 double basses
  • completely new material recorded with three different mic set-ups, providing ambient, normal and dry samples
  • world-leading sample player software included
  • works as a plug-in in any standard or as a stand-alone application
  • immediate access to nearly all the playing techniques via key switches
  • fast and convenient sample character shaping using midi controllers (Accent, Expression, Crescendo Time, Portamento Depth/Time, Tempo, Run Shift, Release Time, Release Off, etc.)
  • more realism with run and ornamentation tools
  • release trigger
  • multiple alternation switching – from double to quintuple
Best Service Peter Siedlaczeks Complete Classical Collection

The Complete Classical Collection features 11 GB (2 DVDs) of the finest classical sounds: mixed choir, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp, mallets, piano, prepared piano, ready-to-use tools, orchestral excerpts, performances and effects.

An extremely versatile, inspiring, portable tool for every composer, arranger and producer. The sampler and reverb software are included.


  • Advanced Orchestra
  • Classical Choir
  • Orchestral Colours
  • Smart Violins
  • Total Piano and more

In addition you get a collection of finest bonus sounds.

Prices: Peter Siedlaczeks String Essentials: 349,- EUR; Peter Siedlaczek Complete Classical Collection: 249,- EUR; Bundle with both: 499,00 EUR.

Visit Best Service for more information.