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  1. Available here: https://8dio.com/instrument/aura-guitars-for-kontakt-vst-au-aax/
  2. I'm not a huge fan of loader/install programs, either, although I will admit the Spitfire one is pretty painless and seems to work pretty well. I've had no issues with it. FWIW.
  3. Available here: https://projectsam.com/library-category/the-free-orchestra/
  4. I have it. It's okayish. Not my first choice, but it gets a bit of use. Update: Just realized the deal is for the bundle. I only have Drums of the Deep I. Just FYI.
  5. Does anyone have either (or both) of the Orchestral Essentials? Curious what you think, and which you prefer...
  6. Amicus717


    You must be watching a bit of TV this week...Avs are bringing it...
  7. Can't believe nobody has mentioned Justin Bieber yet.
  8. After listening to Shatner Claus, I really have no choice but to agree... https://www.stereogum.com/2023988/william-shatner-rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer-zz-top-billy-gibbons-video/video/
  9. Did you also know that we have a Maple Syrup strategic reserve? I'm not even kidding. We do. And a few years ago, it was robbed: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/09/why-does-canada-have-a-strategic-maple-syrup-reserve/261869/
  10. It struck me as a blunt-force instrument with a pretty limited scope. Tapsa's take makes a lot of sense to me, especially within that context. Anyway, I picked up Loegria also (and am really liking it), so that's my purchase for the month.
  11. I have heard very mixed things about this library. Anyone have it? I hardly need it, but I'm curious anyway...
  12. As I see it, people don't always appreciate what they have until it almost gets destroyed right in front of their faces. I can think of about a half-million examples of that on a daily basis, in fact...
  13. I'd talk to the current ringer, first. He's got some pull with the church.
  14. Daniel James walkthru is here, in case anyone is curious:
  15. ...and yeah, I really like it. Albion ONE is part of my essential collection of goto libraries, and I loved the Spitfire LABS. So after doing a lot of research into Loegria (mainly via Spitfire's demo videos and Daniel James' pretty detailed walkthru), I decided it was probably something I could use and was unable to resist the current 50% off pricing. Really glad I got it. Some gorgeous patches, and overall a really nice addition to the palette. The 1/2 size ensemble patches are lovely, and the ensemble flautando patch is freakin' gorgeous to my ears. There are some Easter Island II patches that I will probably be using a lot, and the euphonium and sackbuts are great brass patches with a unique vibe to them. Haven't had a chance to check out most of the Steam Band II patches, but the few I sampled were beautiful and haunting. Can't see me using the recorders all that much -- they are doubled up and adventurously tuned, and I have a solid set of recorder samples already across various libraries. Loegria will not replace any of my gotos, but since I use the Albion ONE strings a ton, the quieter Loegria strings -- which are recorded in the same space and using, I presume, many of the same players -- will fit in with them really well. Loegria is not for everyone, since it is really specific in what it offers. If you don't need this sort of intimate, quiet and detailed set of samples, you'll wonder why the hell you bought it. But if you need to accessorize your existing libraries with some quiet patches that have an authentic soft vibe, its a great addition. Figured I'd offer up my 5 cents worth. I find it tricky recommending libraries, since we are all really unique in what we need and like, and as always YMMV. But I'm really glad I got it, and figured I'd let folks know that Loegria is worth at least looking at before the deal ends (tomorrow evening, I believe)... Rob
  16. Ah man. Yeah, that is irony. I've heard of that happening in other places, too. The problem with pipe organs is that they are usually way too expensive to fix if something goes sideways. What a shame.
  17. Oh I bet that was amazing. A big pipe organ is the most powerful piece of gear you'll ever play in terms of sheer volume and space-filling ability. It can be a fun instrument. I play a lot of weddings as an organist, and once got a $100 bonus from a groom because I managed to sneak a wee bit of the Darth Vader / Imperial March theme into the wedding processional, right at the end (the bonus was null and void if the bride noticed and the poor guy got his marriage started off with a fight at the altar). Worked surprisingly well. Bride didn't notice, groom burst out laughing but passed it off as joy at seeing his wife-to-be, and I'm told the pastor glanced at me with an eye-brow raised but otherwise said nothing. So I am told NBC is confirming Notre Dame's pipe organ was NOT damaged; Great news!
  18. I am told it was beyond description. That was the mother of all pipe organs, and the sound was apparently extraordinary. The current organ was technically installed in the mid 1800s, but had pipes from the previous two or three installation still active as part of the overall assembly, so it was several centuries worth of tones and timbres acting together. There is some word that possibly it may have survived. Apparently the interior was not as damaged as expected...https://mobile.twitter.com/areinaud/status/1117916691353067521?fbclid=IwAR3ma9YEfcrgmggR74Ri9tucUHgq0BKg1XbSnpsu9EsDRvvqyqgRW5yAHkU
  19. Been following the horrible news out of Paris. I come from a family of liturgical musicians, and my uncle once had the privilege of playing the pipe organ at Notre Dame Cathedral. It was iconic and a really glorious instrument with a sound like no other -- a one of a kind creation to which other pipe organs were compared. And it is apparently gone, or so I am hearing. No confirmation on that yet, but I can't see how it could survive.
  20. Replika XT...I use it for hybrid stuff (although I currently don't do a lot of that style of music). Fun to use and has lots of presets...
  21. Amicus717


    Playoff hockey. Also a good reason to own a TV.
  22. For whatever reason, when I see "Bidule" I think "bidet". Which is totally not a related concept.
  23. I was reading composer John Powell's facebook page, and he was showing off his orchestral uber-template, which is predictably huge and uses multiple computers to run multiple libraries. Someone asked him if he used VEP to run it all, and he said nope, he uses Plogue Bidule. I had not heard of this software before, and took a look at the site. Anyone here familiar with it and know how to use it, and what it is like? The description on the main product page is impressively unenlightening: https://www.plogue.com/products/bidule.html
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