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Synchron Strings play Tchaikovsky - two examples
Last post Wed, May 23 2018 by GoranTch, 13 replies.
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Posted on Tue, May 08 2018 16:41
by GoranTch
Joined on Tue, Mar 14 2006, Berlin, Posts 523

Dear VSL users.

here are the links to two Synchron Strings production examples, both featuring music by P.I.Tchaikovsky:

a) pizzicati

b) pizzicati, legati, sustains, shorts & trills

I hope you will enjoy listening to them as much as I enjoyed creating them ;-)

Goran

P.S. I'll be going thorugh these examples in an upcoming free live Synchron Strings training.

Posted on Fri, May 11 2018 16:38
by Paul McGraw
Joined on Mon, Feb 29 2016, Georgia, USA, Posts 325

Hi Goran,

Very, very impressive. Your midi-performances are musical, convincing, and emotional. In addition to the Synchron Strings demos, I listened to just about everything in your Soundcloud portfolio. 

You, my friend, are extremely talented! Your Lohengrin is breathtaking! I don't know how I missed your performances previously. But I am very glad that I now have the chance to listen to your work. I took your course "Vienna Training Center" and it helped me immensely. Perhaps you could add a course on working with Synchron Strings? I would sign up for it immediately.

Since you already have DS and Orchestral Strings do you think Synchron Strings would work well layered with one or both of those libraries? Have you considered layering Orchestral Strings with Chamber Strings? Or I suppose that would be silly to buy Chamber Strings when you already have DS?

I look forward to hearing more of your work. I have many questions for you but will refrain for now.

Paul

Posted on Sat, May 12 2018 19:48
by GoranTch
Joined on Tue, Mar 14 2006, Berlin, Posts 523

Originally Posted by: Paul McGraw Go to Quoted Post

Hi Goran,

Very, very impressive. Your midi-performances are musical, convincing, and emotional. In additional to the Synchron Strings demos, I listened to just about everything in your Soundcloud portfolio. 

You, my friend, are extremely talented! Your Lohengrin is breathtaking! I don't know how I missed your performances previously. But I am very glad that I now have the chance to listen to your work. I took your course "Vienna Training Center" and it helped me immensely. Perhaps you could add a course on working with Synchron Strings? I would sign up for it immediately.

Hi Paul,

thank you very much for your kind words, I am very happy to hear that you found my work to your liking, and especially that you found my VSL course to be so helpful. 

Since you are mentioning a course on Synchron Strings, I actually have some good news:

My new VSL school - The Art of VSL - will open with a course dedicated to Synchron Strings, which will start in August/September this year. 

However, I would strongly recommend you to first visit an introductionary webinar dedicated to The Art of VSL that I'll be holding on the 30th of May - people who do so will get special early bird offers that won't be available afterwards (offers presented in any following introductory webinars will be less good then this first one).

The registration for this free introductory webinar isn't open yet, but it will be in a few days - I'll post a link here so that if you'll want to attend, you can register immediately.

Originally Posted by: Paul McGraw Go to Quoted Post


Since you already have DS and Orchestral Strings do you think Synchron Strings would work well layered with one or both of those libraries? Have you considered layering Orchestral Strings with Chamber Strings? Or I suppose that would be silly to buy Chamber Strings when you already have DS?



Yes, definitely so in the case of Dimension Strings. If you are generally interested in the possibilities of layering Synchron Strings with VI Series string instruments, do sign up for a free training on the 26th of May that will (among other things) give an introduction to this subject, based on the 2nd Tchaikovsky example I posted above (which utilizes layering of Synchron Strings and SE Solo Strings).

DS/Chamber Strings: to me these are two libraries with very distinct qualities and I actually use both, depending on the given purpose. The use of both libraries showcasing their respective qualities and advantages will be a part of an another The Art of VSL course that will deal with VI Series string instruments in all their timeless glory :-) 

Posted on Sat, May 12 2018 20:47
by Paul McGraw
Joined on Mon, Feb 29 2016, Georgia, USA, Posts 325

I am delighted that you will be offering these training courses. Might I suggest also posting something on the VI-Control forum in the "Commerical Announcements" section? There are many on the VI-C forum who are always very tough on VSL products but there are also many loyal VSL users on that forum who could benefit from your training courses.

Now back to Synchron Strings if you will allow me to ask just one last question. I have had a lot of difficulties learning to use Synchron Strings competently. I love VSL Orchestral Strings and find them to be extremely flexible for almost any musical context. What do you see as the greatest strengths of Synchron Strings and the reason to use them?

Posted on Sun, May 13 2018 16:23
by Jos Wylin
Joined on Mon, Dec 03 2012, Flanders, Belgium, Posts 517

Hi Goran,

Thanks for posting these two very fine and masterfully crafted examples. They illustrate brilliantly your excellent skills with the VSL libraries.

Jos

http://www.joswyl.be
compositions and sampling exercises
Posted on Sun, May 13 2018 18:13
by GoranTch
Joined on Tue, Mar 14 2006, Berlin, Posts 523

Originally Posted by: Paul McGraw Go to Quoted Post

I am delighted that you will be offering these training courses. Might I suggest also posting something on the VI-Control forum in the "Commerical Announcements" section? There are many on the VI-C forum who are always very tough on VSL products but there are also many loyal VSL users on that forum who could benefit from your training courses.



Thank you for the suggestion, I'll take VI-C into consideration.

Originally Posted by: Paul McGraw Go to Quoted Post

Now back to Synchron Strings if you will allow me to ask just one last question. I have had a lot of difficulties learning to use Synchron Strings competently. I love VSL Orchestral Strings and find them to be extremely flexible for almost any musical context. What do you see as the greatest strengths of Synchron Strings and the reason to use them?



Synchron Strings have a phenomenal out-of-the box sound of a first-class modern recording venue and some really great vibrato/legato variety patches. So, when you need a great sounding, quick out-of the box string orchestra setup with an immediately appealing spatial quality to it, they are the way to go.

VSL Orchestral Strings (now in the VI Series) on the other hand require acoustic positioning and, usually, some preliminary equalization by the user (depending on the kind of tone you want to achieve). This makes them more difficult to use on the one hand, but extremely flexible and appropriate for a very wide range of purposes and production "surroundings" on the other hand.

Orchestral Strings remain a phantastic library (here is a case in point) which I still use all the time, but in my experience it does take a bit more effort and time to master - however, when you do so, it rewards you with a practically ulimited flexibility in terms of both sound direction you want to give it and the performance finesse you can achieve. And let's not forget its vast variety of articulations...

Posted on Sun, May 13 2018 18:18
by GoranTch
Joined on Tue, Mar 14 2006, Berlin, Posts 523

Originally Posted by: Jos Wylin Go to Quoted Post

Hi Goran,

Thanks for posting these two very fine and masterfully crafted examples. They illustrate brilliantly your excellent skills with the VSL libraries.

Jos



Hi Jos,

thank you very much, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed these. If you want to take a closer look at Synchron Strings, I would love to see you at the free live training event on the 26th of May.

Best,

Goran

Posted on Sun, May 13 2018 21:58
by Acclarion
Joined on Sat, Aug 15 2015, Canada, Eh!, Posts 340
Signed up and looking forward to the session, Goran. Congratulations on the fine Tchaikovsky examples! I thoroughly enjoyed them!

Dave
www.dearvillainmusic.com - music for live performance by David Carovillano

www.acclarion.ca - concert accordion & clarinet duo
Posted on Mon, May 14 2018 06:52
by Jos Wylin
Joined on Mon, Dec 03 2012, Flanders, Belgium, Posts 517

Originally Posted by: Jos Wylin Go to Quoted Post

Hi Goran,

thank you very much, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed these. If you want to take a closer look at Synchron Strings, I would love to see you at the free live training event on the 26th of May.

Best,

Goran

I would love to, but I don't have the Synchron Strings (yet) and won't buy them in the near future, because I'm not yet convinced of their added value and flexibility. Next to that, Saturdays are always very difficult to me: I'm daddy's taxi for my daughter driving her to drama lessons, speech technique and diction, music academy..., you know the situation. But thanks for the nice offer!

Jos

http://www.joswyl.be
compositions and sampling exercises
Posted on Mon, May 14 2018 10:46
by GoranTch
Joined on Tue, Mar 14 2006, Berlin, Posts 523

Originally Posted by: Acclarion Go to Quoted Post
Signed up and looking forward to the session, Goran. Congratulations on the fine Tchaikovsky examples! I thoroughly enjoyed them!

Dave


Thank you Dave! Happy to hear you'll be attending!

Posted on Mon, May 14 2018 10:48
by GoranTch
Joined on Tue, Mar 14 2006, Berlin, Posts 523

Originally Posted by: Jos Wylin Go to Quoted Post

I would lobve to, but I don't have the Synchron Strings (yet) and won't buy them in the near future, because I'm not yet convinced of their added value and flexibility. Next to that, Saturdays are always very difficult to me: I'm daddy's taxi for my daughter driving her to drama lessons, speech technique and diction, music academy..., you know the situation. But thanks for the nice offer!



Sure :-) And thank you for joining the discussion!

Posted on Sat, May 19 2018 12:27
by GoranTch
Joined on Tue, Mar 14 2006, Berlin, Posts 523


A reminder for all interested listeners of the two Tchaikovsky Synchron Strings examples posted above ;-)

Posted on Wed, May 23 2018 17:30
by GoranTch
Joined on Tue, Mar 14 2006, Berlin, Posts 523


SoundCloud mp3 conversion quality really is an annoyance, so I just made original undistorted wave files available for download here. 

If you are attending Synchron Strings live training on Saturday, please download these as we will be discussing them there.

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