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  1. This is a nice freebie. Sounds great. I use this one occasion when I need a rich recorder tone, and it works pretty well.
  2. I just grabbed this, because I like having light, easy-to-run sketching tools on my laptop -- and for $29, well why not? I spend more on coffee during a regular work week. I've had Virtuoso for about an hour, and played through the various patches, so this is a really preliminary impression. I can say that Virtuoso is pretty much exactly as Reid described: efficient and fully-featured library for sketchpad work, and sounds very decent for its type. I don't find it hugely realistic, and I suspect it will create sketches that are going to be a bit synthy to my ears. But they will be detailed and realistic enough to test ideas, and give a good sense how an orchestral arrangement will sound when rendered on higher-end stuff. And that is going to be very handy. It's got the usual Kirk Hunter quirkiness about the interface and performance options, but it's easy to get a grasp on how it all works, the controls are simple and it has way more articulations and variations than I would have expected given the size of the library. Some of the sounds are surprisingly decent -- the brass and string section legatos are better than I expected, the kettle drums patch is actually really good, and there are some nice rolls and hits. I don't like the piano at all; some of the the timpani samples have a rather ugly ringing to them; and the brass and string shorts are less then stellar. I also haven't come across a harp patch, which is a shame. The woodwinds are perfectly decent, although they are all solo instruments rather than sections. There's a full set of percussion, including totally useable cymbals and snares. The overall sound is kind of hazy and ambient, and I very much doubt any of these patches will end up in my main template or in any of my finished productions. But's that not why I bought it. I think Virtuoso will be a really great sketch tool, and I think it might even work better in that capacity than the libraries I am currently using for that purpose, including Da Capo, Symphony Series Essentials, and Red Room Palette. I like those other libraries, and they will remain in use, but Virtuoso seems like it will give me a lot more options in a much smaller footprint that will run easily on my laptop. I'd have never paid $299 for this, frankly. But $29.99 is totally worth it, if you need this kind of tool.
  3. Yeah, a brand new engine: "Our brand new OPUS software engine replaces PLAY and has been years in development. "Many improvements were made to the PLAY software engine over the last decade but we suddenly had a unique opportunity," says producer Doug Rogers, "we were able to bring Wolfgang Kundrus in as head of software development. He was the mastermind behind the creation of Cubase, Nuendo, and Studio One. Then we were able to bring in Wolfgang Schneider, the creator of Kontakt. With these two titans of the music software development now on the team, we decided it was time to develop a brand new software engine from the ground up. The OPUS software engine is the realization of this effort. Not only is it faster, more powerful, more flexible, and better looking than PLAY, it comes with some incredible new features such as individual instrument downloads, the ability to start playing instruments while they're loading, customized key-switches, new effects for the mixer page, scaleable retina GUI upgrades for legacy products, a powerful new script language, and many more features that allow you to completely customize the sound of each instrument. It's one of the most exciting developments in the history of our company and will be the launching pad for many exciting new products of the future." I am very curious to try it.
  4. If I'm reading their promo copy correctly, this sounds like maybe a new sample playing engine? "It includes brand new pristine recordings, reimagined original content, and powerful new features, all housed in our new revolutionary OPUS software engine."
  5. Do it! Both Era and Dark Era are awesome. I’m using them a lot, and really enjoying it.
  6. Using code: BFSAM2020 Info here: https://projectsam.com/black-friday-2020/
  7. At least the Eduardo Tarilonte libraries are included.
  8. I have Joshua Bell Essential. So far it does everything I'd want a solo violin library to do, and at the moment I have no urge to upgrade to the full version. It's a very nice library. I have the Friedlander one, too, and it's solid and expressive. I find Joshua Bell to be a bit more refined and elegant. Both are really good.
  9. I steer clear of Aria Sounds completely - I made the mistake of buying their first solo cello library from a few years ago, and it's flat out un-useable. And I've heard nothing but bad things about this string library.
  10. Good libraries. I have CineBrass Core and CineBrass Sonore, and like them a lot. These are pretty good deals.
  11. I bought a used RME Babyface for $300 a few years ago, and it has been the best interface I have ever owned, hands-down. Sounds great, works perfectly. In the entire time I've owned it, I don't recall a single crash caused by the hardware or drivers. At $300 it was a total steal, even for a 7 year old interface - I could sell it tomorrow for $500, and I bet it still has years of life left in it.
  12. Great. Love the vibe to this one. Nice and tight, and a really clear mix.
  13. VSL's own info page for the above product: https://www.vsl.co.at/en/Synchron_Series/Synchron_Strings_Pro#!Product_Info
  14. For what it's worth, I have Dark Era and it's pretty awesome -- if you like that kind of thing. Totally worth the crossgrade price.
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