The Joshua Bell Violin by Embertone
This is the Joshua Bell violin with Joshua Bell playing the sounds. The realism is scary.
I am considering buying this as a reference and for those times when I want to record something I can't play on violin but can be played on keys.
I'm already set up to buy and load it since I have a compatible daw,Kontakt and the necessary keyboards.
For the price it makes a wonderful way to hear articulations as played by Joshua. I might cheat and use it some in my recordings too :0
The really sad thing is that Joshua Bell must have some how consented to have his name used in this merchandise.
I think he likely gets a percentage of each sale.
Pays for that Strad????
What Embertone have evidently been doing is sampling Joshua Bell's sound in enormous detail. This is essentially little different to what the electronic piano manufacturers do when they want the authentic sound of a concert grand - they sample the sound of a real piano, and who plays it is neither here nor there - it wouldn't matter if it were a ranking soloist or someone who had just got their grade 8, the sampling would be the same.
Menuhin used his name to endorse a shoulder pad which he did not use.
If athletes can fatten their wallets promoting products they don't use, why not pro violinists?
This is pretty amazing. Listen to the synthesized Mendelssohn concerto excerpt. (You'll note that it doesn't actually sound like Bell in terms of his interpretive affectations, despite the fact that it's apparently Bell's playing and Bell's violin.)
Unlike synthesis, sampling is truly the instrument "sampled" with every complexity and nuance. The better the process the better the sound. Reverb can be added and the samples themselves can be manipulated once printed to a track as a performance.
So if one already has a MIDI keyboard and Cubase AI, that's not enough? The webpage linked above says,
Kontakt player is a free download here:
"Menuhin used his name to endorse a shoulder pad which he did not use." Fair enough, but as a teacher himself he may well have had in mind students who would find such a shoulder pad useful.
So far as I know there are no sound fonts for this instrument. Likely since it isn't a set of sound presets or considered a sound bank.
I know of three virtual violins: from Embertone and from Chris Hein using recorded samples, and Sample Modeling which is entirely synthetic (though their other instruments use small numbers of samples which are cleverly "modelled"), and is the least convincing tonewise.
Notion 6 looks interesting.
Carmen, I wouldn't want to discourage you if you use Musescore and are happy with it. I thought maybe Notion 6 might be more helpful since you own Studio One. We tend to get into certain ways of working and it sometimes takes more time than it's worth to change. FWIW Presonus offer a demo trial for Studio One, so I'm guessing they also offer a demo of Notion in case you wanted to try it out for free.
I still have to use soundfonts (.sf2, not .sfz) on my Windows XP laptop.
Thanks Adrian. I didn't know about that one. Most sampled violins suffer in the expression area. Unless you have a very expressive controller and know how to use it.
I want to mention that the open source of sound font technology can be both a boon and a bane.
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