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NAME...: Kirk.Hunter.Studios.Lyric.Series.String.Quintet.KONTAKT-DECiBEL
RLS#...: 2741
TEAM...: DECiBEL
TYPE...: KONTAKT
DATE...: 20 Jan 2021
SiZE...: 17 x 100MB
URL:...: http://bit.ly/3sKco9S

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CREATE MUSICAL MELODIES OUT OF THE BOX
The main focus of the Lyric Series String Quintet is to provide musical, 
melody lines right out of the box. Further, it is our goal to shorten your 
workflow time as much as possible. It's not a "do everything" library, but we 
feel that the attention to being able to create melodic lines makes this 
product a very valuable asset.

While there are plenty of good-sounding solo string libraries out there, I 
found it interesting that for me, a professional string player, it took a lot 
of "fiddling" with the instrument to get really musical phrases and melody 
lines. It was easy to get nice "pads" and "fillers" for sure, but I really 
wanted a believable single, melody line. Nothing out there, not even my older 
libraries, seemed to capture that certain essence you hear when listening to a 
professional player unless you took a lot of time to tweak whatever you were 
working on. And live-playing? No way. Not "out of the box" anyway.

INTUITIVE, STRING-ORIENTED LEGATO TRANSITIONS
Legato Discussion - Valiant efforts have indeed been made over the years using 
all kinds of "legato" and "interval" tricks and whatnot. Some are very nice, 
but still fall short. Others do capture the right "sound", but the resulting 
performance always, at least to me, sounds "clunky", "bumpy" or only sounds 
good when played at certain tempos.

So in analyzing what string players do, it seems that a myriad variables came 
to play...so to speak. Bowing, slurring, vibrato (amount, speed and fade-in 
time), string crossing, left-hand-shifting, and more. With so many of these 
variables, it is hard to recognize a pattern so as to emulate this in a 
digital instrument. In fact, at this point in time, it's impossible. However, 
certain occurrences take place often enough to tell the listener, "yes, I hear 
this as a professional stringed instrument performance.", that one could, in 
essence, focus on those, and implement them judiciously. It's like putting in 
a few "aha" features that make for realism.

So how has this been emulated so far? The best of them go to great lengths in 
using "legato" technology. That's great, except that with string players, it's 
never the same. Sometimes, there's a string crossing, sometimes a hand shift, 
sometimes a bow change.. and on and on. The easy ones to mimmic are the 
"slurred" or "fingered" transitions. That's because the player does not "bow" 
the interval, and does not shift the left hand during small intervals. So the 
"legato" transition is easy to capture. The trouble begins during the many 
transitions that happen during separate bowing or when a player shifts the 
left hand.

While there is no easy way to capture all of these details, the one thing that 
seems to be loudly apparent is the sound that happens when string players play 
larger intervals on the same string. (Especially cellos) It's not really a 
true portamento and does not always happen. It seems to occur most when the 
players need to move their left hand up or down from it's current position to 
achieve the note. We have calculated certain probabilities of this happening 
during certain types of playing styles, and have successfully, to a point, 
implemented them into the instruments of the Lyric Series String Quintet. And 
it's all very dynamic depending on the way you play.

UNRIVALED VIBRATO CONTROL
And then, there's the issue of vibrato. I know of no professional string 
player who uses the same vibrato amount, speed or fade-in time statically. In 
trying to capture vibrato, most of the time, (if handled at all) it is by 
means of assigning vibrato to a controller. Usually, this is just the amount 
of vibrato and nothing else. That can become clunky due to having to ride the 
controller back and forth without affecting incoming or outgoing notes, which 
can be quite difficult to do, and rarely comes off as very natural. Another 
way of handling this issue has been to have the samples be "baked in" with the 
performer's own vibrato. If you happen to love that particular performer's 
style, then you're set. If not, you have no options. Sometimes, some "no 
vibrato" samples are included whereby you can transition to and from them. But 
most of the time, one can hear the crossfades and thereby loses the 
"soloistic" desired sound.

The Lyric Series String Quintet instruments (except the Romantic Guarnerius 
Violin) all analyze your playing style and handle all three vibrato parameters 
(amount, speed and fade-in) accordingly so as to give you the closest 
approximation of a real string player's style.

REALISTIC BOW CHANGES
Then there is the bowing. As stated before, there are some decent "fingered" 
or "slurred" legato treatments out there. However, the ones that attempt to 
handle separate bowing suffer more, especially violins. The problem is that 
most ears out there want to hear smooth fluid transitions with little or no 
separation. But go listen to real performances with separated bowing. They're 
not usually fluid, especially at faster tempos. It seems that the few 
libraries out there which have tackled this problem with some, if little, 
degree of success have been met with negative critique, falling to claims that 
the "legato" is too abrupt or bumpy. The Lyric Series Strings Quintet 
instruments provide you with realistic bow changes. By default, they are 
markedly separate and distinct. But if you prefer, you can certainly "connect" 
the bowing for a more "fluid" phrase if you want. And of course, "slurred" or 
"fingered" legato is also available.

I want to send a special thanks to HR Strings for their contribution to the 
Gagliano Cello.

Unique Key Features:
Unrivaled Vibrato Control
Intuitive, String-Oriented Legato Transitions
RapidFire Spiccato for Fast, Aggressive Phrases
Extremely Quick to Load
Easy-to-Learn Interface
Multis for Small String Ensemble Work

Requirements
Kontakt 5.7.1 or newer - FULL VERSION (not free player version - therefore, 
there is no "Add Library" feature).

Mac OSX 10.9 or newer, Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, although 6 or more is 
recommended.

Windows 7 or newer, Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 4 GB RAM, although 6 
or more is recommended.


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