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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.



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?

Posted on Wed, Jun 29 2011 08:08
by HFI
Joined on Mon, Apr 04 2011, Posts 4
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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.


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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:


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:


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