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Question Concerning String patches in Orchestral Libraries
Last post Fri, Mar 21 2014 by Conquer, 5 replies.
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Posted on Tue, Mar 18 2014 19:30
by nektarios
Joined on Tue, Nov 19 2013, New Jersey, United States, Posts 468
I noticed in the Orchestral libraries, there are String patches. I assume this is all instruments (violins, violas, cellos and double basses) played at the same time. What is the advantage of using these string patches versus the individual layers of violins, violas, etc. in the Orchestral libraries? Also, what happens when high notes are played? Are the double basses silent? And vice versa (when low notes are played violins silent)?


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Posted on Wed, Mar 19 2014 05:34
by Casiquire
Joined on Sat, May 01 2010, Posts 325

I wasn't aware that there were any ensemble patches at all--are you referring to the Kontakt instruments by any chance?

Posted on Wed, Mar 19 2014 07:48
by DG
Joined on Wed, May 12 2004, Posts 8608
nektarios wrote:
I noticed in the Orchestral libraries, there are String patches. I assume this is all instruments (violins, violas, cellos and double basses) played at the same time. What is the advantage of using these string patches versus the individual layers of violins, violas, etc. in the Orchestral libraries? Also, what happens when high notes are played? Are the double basses silent? And vice versa (when low notes are played violins silent)?

I haven't used these for a long time, but I seem to remember that
there is a split point between each section, so that nobody plays in an
uncomfortable register. I can't remember whether or not it is user definable though.

The advantages are for people who
want to use them as a sketch pad. Or for Hollywood composers who don't
understand that splitting the Strings up is actually part of orchestration.   Wink

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Posted on Fri, Mar 21 2014 05:07
by Tralen
Joined on Sat, May 08 2010, Brasil, Posts 52

I once saw the keyboardist of a rock band using full string patches in a live concert. I watched from the stage and could see he was using two keyboards playing different articulations, very skillfully.

The audience enjoyed, but the overall sound didn't impress me. I guess the purpose is to be visually impressive, which it was.

Posted on Fri, Mar 21 2014 16:39
by Conquer
Joined on Thu, Sep 28 2006, Posts 812

Hi nektarios, the Strings patches are mapped with basses at the bottom end and violins at the top end. In between these two extremes you get blended ensembles: basses & cellos play together in the low register, cellos & violas in the middle register, violas and violins in the higher register. All four instrument types thus play in their natural range. VSL have done the mapping and blending very nicely and transitions across the range are very smooth, making these patches very playable.

IMO the advantage is you can use a single Strings patch as a sketchpad and work out the orchestration later.

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