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My views on the Synchron line so far
Last post Mon, Jul 16 2018 by fritzflotow, 7 replies.
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Posted on Wed, Jul 11 2018 13:38
by 9u10m
Joined on Thu, Dec 04 2008, Posts 69

Hello everyone,

I own a fair amount of orchestral libraries that I use everyday. I have been following VSL for years, I'm a big fan of the Dimension series more particularly. I immediately set out to buy everything Synchron because like many others I expected VSL to do wonders with wet samples.

I will probably echo a lot of what has already been said here and elsewhere. The quality of the recordings is stunning. High definition, low noise floor, the hall translates beautifully, almost no room adding up or phase issues. I'm very impressed with Synchron Percussion, FX Strings I and the Yamaha CFX, both in terms of sound and playability.

In my view, Synchron Strings I fall short for the same reasons the Percussion and Yamaha work so nicely: on a one instrument = one sound scenario, precision, clarity and timing are key. Not so much when you record an ensemble of players, who would not perform so surgically in live conditions. Hence their sounding a bit thin and sterile to me, especially the long notes.

The legato transitions feel a bit jerky, I also find the layered sforzandos disappointing, and the absence of a portamento unjustifiable for the first instalment of a string library. And who needs a 12s (shortest) to 30s (longest) crescendo/diminuendo? It's nice to have them as a bonus, but they should not be our only option, it doesn't make sense in a day to day, practical basis.

I more generally think it is a pity VSL didn't go the same 'organic' route with Synchron Strings I as they did with the gorgeous FX Strings I. The two don't blend too well for the same reason by the way, which certainly feels counter productive. I find the mid mics a bit reedy and difficult to mix too, I haven't yet been able to EQ them to taste.

I managed things with Dimension Strings that I couldn’t achieve with any other libraries as far as realism goes. Synchron Strings I is still in its infancy, and I sincerely hope the VSL team makes them better, because they very well know how. Congratulations on the rest of the Synchron line!

Best

Posted on Wed, Jul 11 2018 16:30
by fatis12_24918
Joined on Sat, Dec 16 2006, Posts 262

Originally Posted by: 9u10m Go to Quoted Post

Hello everyone,

I own a fair amount of orchestral libraries that I use everyday. I have been following VSL for years, I'm a big fan of the Dimension series more particularly. I immediately set out to buy everything Synchron because like many others I expected VSL to do wonders with wet samples.

I will probably echo a lot of what has already been said here and elsewhere. The quality of the recordings is stunning. High definition, low noise floor, the hall translates beautifully, almost no room adding up or phase issues. I'm very impressed with Synchron Percussion, FX Strings I and the Yamaha CFX, both in terms of sound and playability.

In my view, Synchron Strings I fall short for the same reasons the Percussion and Yamaha work so nicely: on a one instrument = one sound scenario, precision, clarity and timing are key. Not so much when you record an ensemble of players, who would not perform so surgically in live conditions. Hence their sounding a bit thin and sterile to me, especially the long notes.

The legato transitions feel a bit jerky, I also find the layered sforzandos disappointing, and the absence of a portamento unjustifiable for the first instalment of a string library. And who needs a 12s (shortest) to 30s (longest) crescendo/diminuendo? It's nice to have them as a bonus, but they should not be our only option, it doesn't make sense in a day to day, practical basis.

I more generally think it is a pity VSL didn't go the same 'organic' route with Synchron Strings I as they did with the gorgeous FX Strings I. The two don't blend too well for the same reason by the way, which certainly feels counter productive. I find the mid mics a bit reedy and difficult to mix too, I haven't yet been able to EQ them to taste.

I managed things with Dimension Strings that I couldn’t achieve with any other libraries as far as realism goes. Synchron Strings I is still in its infancy, and I sincerely hope the VSL team makes them better, because they very well know how. Congratulations on the rest of the Synchron line!

Best

+1

Posted on Thu, Jul 12 2018 07:46
by HBen
Joined on Mon, Oct 16 2017, Posts 8

+1.

Everything in Synchron Product Lines are great, except Synchron Strings I, please listen to the petitions by the VSL users and upgrade the content for SyS I.

Posted on Sun, Jul 15 2018 11:50
by saxmand
Joined on Wed, May 06 2009, Posts 59

+1

Posted on Sun, Jul 15 2018 16:34
by mobileavatar
Joined on Mon, Jul 25 2011, Posts 64

+1 * 1,000

The introduction of Synchron-ized Chamber Strings by itself is fair enough, but if it is meant to be the ONLY solution to cover Synchron Strings I shortcomings, IMHO a lot of Synchron Strings I owners will be very disappointed.

Posted on Sun, Jul 15 2018 18:16
by AntoineM
Joined on Sun, Jan 27 2013, Posts 5

+1

At least (re)do the fp/sfz and the marcatos! Please VSL, give us some love *for once*!!

Posted on Mon, Jul 16 2018 21:49
by fritzflotow
Joined on Mon, Apr 23 2007, Posts 320
+1
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