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Freyja Grimaude-Valens

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  1. True, In which case, free ones have cropped up that blew me away, like Valhalla Supermassive, the TAL Reverb plugins, CloudSeed, and OrilRiver. The Melda Free Reverb also works wonders.
  2. I was considering DS Thorn, but I am up to my gills with synths, so I'll pass up on it this time.
  3. Okay holy shit, this is amazing. Out of the box it is immensely playable, and it sounds spectacular. Do not sleep on this one.
  4. There doesn't seem to be that much of an overlap between some of the standalone VSTis
  5. Yeah, on reflection, it would be more prudent to just grab Celestial Voices Calypso on APD.
  6. So I gave it a try, and here are my initial thoughts. The Rock Amp output sounds like fried rectums. The Clean and Direct DI sounds much better even when put through a free amp sim. (I used Duality Bass Studio) The pop playing style that happens at velocities 100 or over feels a bit abrupt with a very sharp attack, which is fine on its own, but doesn't fit in well with the slower attack of the lower velocity groups. It would be nice if there was a ramp up to the pop playing style, so that the transition feels smoother. I am not sure I like the way it does hammer-ons and pull-offs, there doesn't seem to be any way to control the attack transient of those articulations, as the velocity of the note played is what controls if the hammer-on/pull off range is a semitone or a whole tone. I would prefer an auto-legato system where if the end of a note overlaps with the start of the next note, it automatically plays the next note in a hammer-on or pull-off articulation if the next note is played at under 64 velocity, with a maximum range of...say 3 total semitones from the principal note, and the attack of the legato is determined by the velocity of the next note.
  7. How well does this library stack up with others of its type? I am genuinely curious.
  8. These samples are of very high quality, and the interface is pretty intuitive and lightweight that allows you to do some light sound design on them with. Don't sleep on this one.
  9. It would be nice if the items fit into the layout instead of having everything veer off to the right and not listing every item that fits into the strip category. Some of the elements that were on the KontaktHub's item page are no longer functional, like an embedable Soundcloud playlist. I noticed because I had a demo track for Hideaway Studio's Zero-1 Synth featured on its page as a part of the song demos playlist and as an embedded Soundcloud track that Dani manually put there, and they're both gone, as is the option to contribute demo tracks for Kredits. The playlist and demo song preview feature is still dysfunctional. I think the site could have used a bit more time to bake in the oven before being served, because it's a little bit raw right now.
  10. I'll be sure to support you folks more then! I have been very happy with Cabal 8 so far.
  11. Quick question, will Cabal 8 or Senfine ever make it to the Kontakt Player system? I have Cabal 8, and it would be pretty cool to be able to access it from the library tab
  12. It has come to my attention that Ilir Bajri, the person responsible for Orchestools One for Sample Tank 3 CS has made stand-alone VSTs and apps based on those same samples, plus a few extras, using HISE. https://musictop69.wixsite.com/orchestools/download
  13. If you need the sounds from Bandlab's virtual instruments, you could always create stems from the app, download them and then import the sound clips into your DAW. Alternatively, you could do the perfect 4th method to sample notes from the upper to lower ranges of the instrument, and then chop up the resultant sample file into a free sampler like Grace or TX16Wx.
  14. I broke down and got the Fusion Modeling Electric Violin and Cello duo.
  15. As someone who had a chance to play around with Phoenix, this is a fantastic addition.
  16. I got the New Forgotten Voices - Cait. They were cheap enough for my current budget, not disappointed so far.
  17. Are these any good? I've been hearing things about their libraries being inconsistent in quality, and I am worried about dropping cash on something that may not be better than what I have.
  18. You're barking up the wrong tree there, because even if you may be right about it being non-essential. That doesn't mean that anti-consumerism shouldn't be pushed back against, and well, souring deals in the middle of a pandemic-induced economic recession is just not a smart idea.
  19. I have a Fender Jazz Bass, maybe one day I will pick that up for real beyond noodling for just a few minutes.
  20. ...and I feel that with every song I work on, I get better at playing on the keyboard. There were also times when I just fire up a standalone synth and play some the instruments for practice and to grind out some musical ideas. One of the things that really stood out to me is that prior to all this, I had absolutely no experience playing on keyboards, and yet playing it for the first time, it just felt like I had done this in a past life. There's also the bittersweet memory that I flashbacked to of my abusive mother flat out saying no to helping to save up and helping to purchase a keyboard. I've always had a passion for music, and all this time I had been expressing it through manually entering notes on a sequencer, until now. It feels really good. Does anyone here have had one of those moments when they held an instrument for the first time?
  21. I mean, my HRT is doing me well, but I don't think my boobs are that big...
  22. Yeah you're still leaving a lot of details out there, and since we've been at this for a while it's safe to assume bad faith here. You can keep believing that a company that is doing its layoff cycle, and a change of ownership, while making anti-consumer decisions for the sake of gaining more money, because they needed it is doing well. I am going to continue helping my colleagues get better deals for what they need. I mean what is it, are they doing well enough that they do not need to change their model, or are they doing so poorly that they are resorting to pulling anti-consumer moves in order to squeeze more money out of prospective customers BeCaUsE dEvElOpMeNt Is ExPeNsIvE? And companies aren't entitled to more money out of a prospective customer's wallet than what the market can bear. If hearing the complaints of poor folk gets under your skin that much, then chances are, you're well off enough that worrying about making ends meet is something you'll never have to think about. You'll get over it in time.
  23. Look, you can save the excuses. The fact is, we're in a global pandemic, less people are able to afford things. Sure, people can throw in $130 during the summer sales, but if people have been using free libraries to get to that during the summer instead of having to pay $199, and that is suddenly taken away because they "need money" that is not a good look, and it is one that erodes consumer trust. That was my point. For the record, I already own the full version of Kontakt. This isn't about me, don't deign to make it about me.
  24. Now that's just quitter talk. I have been seeing more and more developers creating their own bespoke engines, and move to engines like UVI Workstation/Falcon. And keep in mind, the restriction to use 3rd party libraries with the free Workstation isn't as rough as with Kontakt Player and the whole demo thing. And you know, sometimes, you don't really need the massive glut of features that Kontakt offers, and it would be better to use something simpler.
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