digital audio workstation: now for just $199, you can access the sound of a Stradivari with the new Joshua Bell Virtual Violin library, released earlier this month by the virtual instrument sampling company Embertone.Good news for composers who prefer a
The library contains more than 20,000 individual samples performed by Bell on his 1713 "Huberman" Strad, with a Tourte bow.
Is this good news for the rest of us violinists? Well, read on, and feel free to post your thoughts and perspectives in the comments below.
Embertone sound engineers were of course thrilled to have Joshua Bell creating these samples: "Every sample was a performance," said Embertone co-founder and producer Alex Davis. "He brought a level of artistry to these sessions that I never could have imagined."
The samples were recorded over the course of two days at Avatar Studios in New York City, where Bell played more than 400 pages of score, including various articulations for each note: "sustains," pizzicatos, staccatos, and spiccatos — as well as a number of sample sets.
The result was more than 20,000 individual samples, which can be manipulated in various ways with predictive programming and a diverse array of musical properties and rule sets. The platform has 12 legato/transition styles, allowing users to "play" at various tempos, dynamics, and in different styles.
Here are few samples of pieces recorded using the Joshua Bell Virtual Violin:
Here is a video about how it works:
Click here for the website where you can buy it or find out more information. What are your thoughts?
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