Breathtaking string ensembles from Miroslav Vitous
"...a significant investment but could well become the go-to string library for producers and film composers alike." - Residentadvisor.net
"String Ensembles is a fantastic composition tool that adds great realism via an intuitive working method. I would certainly recommend it over other libraries as a starting point for your string writing, and, as I said earlier, it may become my main writing tool for strings." - Sound on Sound
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Version 2.0 of Miroslav Vitous String Ensembles: The Composer’s Dream is a massive revision of the original version released in 2009. Version 2.0 is now a 2 DVD set completely re-worked and extended for a much lower price. Miroslav Vitous SE 2.0 is a Swiss-army-knife of a string library. Unlike other string libraries, you actually get 2 libraries in 1.
The first library are the string ensembles, while the second library contains beautiful pre-programmed all strings, unison, octave and pad combinations - ready to go, all in MV SE 2.0, The Composer´s Dream.
Four different library parts: There’s the Main Library with both Large and Small string ensembles, and the all new Blends, also with Large and Small strings ensembles.
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Of all the string ensembles on the market today, only MV SE 2.0 comes with pre-set string templates for Violins, Violas, Cellos and Basses. There are two recorded Violins, first and second!
For both Film and Concert, the big sound, and until now, the hardest to do in a MIDI mockup, are unison and octave combinations.
But that’s not all. MV SE 2.0 has inspiring all-strings projects for Violins-Cellos-Basses and Violas-Cellos-Basses. There are two sets: Velocity Zones and Mod Wheel. So no matter how you like to work, Miroslav’s got you covered.
Organization is simple and fast. The program names are so simple, you won’t need the manual. All instrument sections include so called "Info-layer" which show the most important information on a click. The Legatos are a treat to work with. They operate at slow, medium, and fast depending on how quickly you play the keyboard. You’ll also find Legato Detaches designed for really rapid passages and runs. The main programs are conveniently organized by Velocity Zones and Mod Wheels, Pads, and Round Robins (Mod Wheel Velocity Zones).
564 Layers and 45 Projects as a perfect base for your work! Library size 11GB!
Start with the Engine 2.0 player that gives you lots of editing options. Said Sound on Sound in the November 2010 issue, “Engine...is a robust piece of software that contains very powerful editing features in its Pro Edit section, as well as flexible mixing and routing options.”
You can, as a registered user, upgrade to Independence Pro for a very cool rate which gives you an amazing number of editing opportunities and sound design.
The sound of the new MV String Ensembles 2.0 can be described in one word: lyrical, with a natural unprocessed sound that sounds beautiful and plays superbly on the MIDI keyboard.
You don’t need a super powerful computer to get a big string sound. The MV String Ensembles 2.0 is hosted by the Best Service Engine 2 player. No fancy hard drives required - MV String Ensembles 2.0 works great on standard 7200RPM drives of desktop computers or the 5400RPM Drives found on most laptops. Fastest loading patches as you will not find on any other professional string library are guaranteed.
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Miroslav Vitous about his project:
"This library is made for high end composers and focuses on the performance itself and not on using any marketing hypes such as midi tools etc (I have tested those and they do not work very well). Samples edited by hand do a much greater job and are much more realistic as you will hear. There is no need (like in my old library and other large products) to study the contents for a long time as you just simply open – for example, the harmony medium fast instrument – and it will accomplish the exact music for that kind of articulation. It is made for harmony played up to medium fast speed. Aside from this function, it will also play long notes, quite fast lines etc… but it is at its best to play this specific function.
That goes for all the other instruments as well as they play many other functions but I picked them at their best performance for each specific function. You will hardly need to do any editing at all. Only the music or your keyboard playing, if you need to change, would be the issue here. No tweaking the midi etc. is necessary! (All of you composers who have experience in this will know what I mean.)
The beginning attacks are correct as they sound live – no need to fix them in any artificial ways – and they truly sing and express as the live players do (without changing that with technology). All of this is included already within the instrument itself, slight detune (actually the violins even have different tunings for different functions), the vibrato is not the same everywhere. Different samples by using the Alternate feature in the ENGINE software will make it as realistic as a live orchestra. And it plays highly inspiring music – perhaps that is the biggest asset of this library.
Aside from full size Orchestral ensembles and Chamber, there is an update of a further Chamber orchestra in completion and Orchestra programs for both sizes which will be specially prepared – Violins/Violas/Cellos/Basses. The sonic spectrum is kept as free as possible in each program (so you don’t have overlapping sonic problems with too many instruments playing the same note). Those will be magic in full force.
In this library we have played all the instruments in four different ways. As I found out, testing each of these ways makes you play music differently because of the way they are set up and they feel and function. Most of the instruments are in Keyswitches but there is a lot more in Velocity zones as well as in Alternate samples functions (because there is not enough Keyswitches to cover all the possibilities and is convenient having the change done automatically). All this allows you to use all the different samples we have used.
For the fourth possibility I also decided to have those instruments in MF-F and MP –PP levels (as you may need to play music staying in the same volume and not have to worry about the velocity changing). I found this to be a problem if I wanted to play some intense music in PP inside the velocity zone and I kept getting hung up on the keyboard volume producing louder notes than I wanted. Therefore I include these instruments (as they are the same material which is in Velocity Zones and some extras) so it is possible to get into one volume and stay there. It is sometimes better. These instruments have a high dynamic range already MF plays MP velocity anyway.
This is in comparison with other tremendous products because the amount of patches for each articulation far surpasses other libraries´ content. At least 6-8 different patches on each articulation style. LN/DET/STACC/LEGATO/ – that of course makes it even more highly realistic.
Just for the record, each of these patches are the cream of the crop. We did not, for example, put the best patches in the general Keyswitches because we don’t know what the best patches are. They are all great - slightly different tone, texture, attack etc….
All the patches play very well on their own, doing legato mostly as well as expressiveness and quite fast speed (LN can play faster than medium fast tempos). It is amazing how much you can do with 1 LN patch without even having to go to a specialized patch. There are however specific patches playing faster and slower, legatos, runs, beautiful expressive long notes as well as non expressive etc. To me, these samples are no longer considered as samples because they each have some kind of a performance in them. Expressiveness or diminuendo or simply crescendo, decrescendo is all within the built-in instruments.
The highlight of this product is having programmed instruments at your disposal which make it possible to play any specific way you need in your composition. It has all been prepared for all of these musical parts you need to create.
All the latest ´technology hype´, where other producers use machines to achieve these ways, was done here by hand in original sound and therefore completely natural. We have gone as far as not even digitally tuning the samples as we could clearly hear that the sample digitally adjusted degraded its quality. We believe in a healthy balance between using the technology and human capabilities but always keeping the highest sonic quality. Inspiration is another huge issue here which is perhaps the largest part of this library – we can not say anything about that other than thanks to the spirit of music for making this possible.
It was made for the music, not for the money and not for the marketing hypes etc……"
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