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When to consider VI Pro?
Last post Tue, May 26 2020 by Seventh Sam, 3 replies.
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Posted on Tue, May 26 2020 09:01
by mekosmowski
Joined on Tue, May 26 2020, Posts 6
I'm looking into getting a few small VSL instruments to fill some gaps. (I currently own VSCO2 Pro.) Specifically, I'm looking at the classical guitar, jazz drums and saxaphones. I would spread the purchases out over a few months. What kind of benefit would VI Pro offer for the classical guitar or the jazz drums? (Will I see the most benefit to use it with the saxophones?)
Posted on Tue, May 26 2020 10:13
by jasensmith
Joined on Tue, Jan 15 2008, Arizona, Posts 1572

I sometimes have to remind myself that there was once a time when VI Pro didn't exist

Oh the humanity!

My God, how the hell did we get through those Dark Ages?

Simply put, VI Pro will save you a lot of time by greatly reducing the laborious tweaking to get your perfomrance to sound more natural.  Of course you could do many of the things VI Pro does without VI Pro within your DAW but VI Pro automates these operations and there are features that you can't duplicate like the legato blur or time offset.

So I recommend VI Pro and I highly recommend it if your buying standard libraries instead full.

Watch the tutorial videos and I believe you could download a free 30 day demo license to test drive it.

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it."
- W.C. Fields
Posted on Tue, May 26 2020 20:23
by Seventh Sam
Joined on Sat, Dec 29 2018, Posts 178

Originally Posted by: 144067 Go to Quoted Post
(Will I see the most benefit to use it with the saxophones?)

Absolutely.  The humanize settings will help you create (and automate) varying amounts of detuning to note attacks.  The time stretch-feature will allow you to alter the length of the pre-recorded crescendo and decrescendos to fit your music.  The interval map feature will allow you to automate the process of adding slight detuning to short notes that is direction-sensitive (slide-up if the interval is up in pitch, and vice versa).

If you really want to get in-depth, for example, you can combine speed-detection, time-stretching, interval mapping, and humanizing all in one and create a matrix that allows you to play a short articulation and have the articulation subtly slide-up or slide-down depending on which direction you're playing AND play progressively shorter/truncated versions of the articulation depending on how fast you're playing.

It's a good tool :)

- Sam

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