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Baroque/Film style strings?
Last post Wed, Jun 29 2011 by GoranTch, 4 replies.
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Posted on Mon, Jun 27 2011 02:32
by HFI
Joined on Mon, Apr 04 2011, Posts 4
Is the VSL suited to be bent towards more exotic sounds like gut or soundtrack type strings, or is it for Romantic/modern classical only?

Generally these sounds tend to be colorful and bright and warm. They shouldn't sound too edgy or stringent, but kind of enchanting and quaint.

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Here are some examples of what I'm talking about. I read on this forum that the Chamber Strings from VSL can sound a bit too bold and blunt for this kind of stuff. What about the solo or orchestral collections?

Thanks.
Posted on Wed, Jun 29 2011 08:08
by HFI
Joined on Mon, Apr 04 2011, Posts 4
Don't really like answering it seems. Asking people to gamble on something at this price is not very decent. Very disappointing.
Posted on Wed, Jun 29 2011 09:40
by DG
Joined on Wed, May 12 2004, Posts 8608

Unfortunately your questions don't really make sense, which is probably why you haven't got many answers. I can tell you this; the vast majority of string players don't play with gut strings, unless they are using period instruments and playing in a baroque style, and VSL doesn't provide these sounds.

I would suggest that you listen to the demos, of which there are a gazillion, and see if you like any of the sounds. Most have a detailed description of what Collections they used.

DG

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Posted on Wed, Jun 29 2011 10:37
by GoranTch
Joined on Tue, Mar 14 2006, Berlin, Germany, Posts 524

You should listen to Beat Kaufmann's productions of Baroque music - excellently done and many sounding "historical performance"-like. There are many of those on this site as well as on his:

http://www.beat-kaufmann.com/demos/index.php

I myself once did an excerpt from Bach's A major Piano Concerto (first in the audio chart) using VSL chamber strings, although not with the specific aim to achieve "historical performance" sound:

http://www.digital-orchestra-production.com/en/demos/index.html

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