« Add a few violins to sweeten the track, or score a symphonic masterpiece »Publié le 06/12/11 à 21:59
As for ease of use, this is plugin is not for the light hearted. You can get up and running pretty quick, but if you don't know a lot of the terms and nuances of these instruments, you will have to do a fair amount of crash course learning to get proficient and efficient. I spent quite a lot of time playing with all the parameters and listening to the subtle or sometimes drastic effects they caused and I still feel like a novice on this thing. That's not to say I haven't made some sweet tracks with it though. I've even used this plugin for performance on several occasions and had great results. Unlike most string patches found in almost every synth these days, this plugin is really based on the individual or small group (or chairs) of instruments. So the detail of each individual violin, viola, contrabass, etc... can be edited and expressively played. For example, play middle c on a solo violin patch on any synth and quickly jump up to the next octave up. Most likely it just stopped playing the lower c and started playing the higher c. In LASS, if you do the same thing, you get a clear and wonderfully sampled sound of a violinist sliding his finger up the board (this can be a glide effect or simply the natural sound that comes from physically switching notes on a violin depending on how you strike the key). It's so realistic that I was at home one day practicing with it and my girlfriend came in expecting me to be holding a Violin. She was really surprised as she said it sounded completely real to her.
Now, onto the price. $1000 is a heck of a lot of money to drop on sound samples indeed. Luckily the studio paid for this and got us licenses to use them on our personal computers so I didn't have to worry about the price. As an individual, I probably wouldn't have paid this much as I don't use this plugin enough to justify the cost, BUT, they are absolutely worth the money if you are intending to do a lot of scoring. I have heard examples of tracks created by this plugin that have been used in actual fairly big movies and I have to say, I couldn't tell the difference between those tracks and ones in other movies that used real symphonies.
As for what I like the best of these samples, it would have to be the expressiveness. As mentioned before, it is extremely realistic and there virtually no clunkiness in the samples that you might expect from such a large expressive library. I definitely recommend this to people who can afford it and will use it because I have yet to hear a better string instrument Library.