Good VST for strings?

Discussion of music production, audio, equipment and any related topics, either with or without Ableton Live
Nephew
Posts: 142
Joined: Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:15 am

Good VST for strings?

Post by Nephew » Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:53 am

Can anyone suggest a good VST that does strings very well, or would I be better off just trying to look for string samples?

Cheers!

H20nly
Posts: 15836
Joined: Sat Oct 27, 2007 9:15 pm
Location: The Wild West

Re: Good VST for strings?

Post by H20nly » Fri Jan 21, 2011 5:36 am

i got this as a 20 dollar deal of the day thing a while back. worth every penny

http://www.applied-acoustics.com/stringstudio/overview/
LoopStationZebra wrote:it's like a hipster commie pinko manifesto. Rambling. Angry. Nearly divorced from all reality; yet strangely compelling with a ring of truth.

shuutobi
Posts: 884
Joined: Thu Jul 16, 2009 3:23 pm
Location: Texas
Contact:

Re: Good VST for strings?

Post by shuutobi » Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:34 am

H20nly wrote:i got this as a 20 dollar deal of the day thing a while back. worth every penny

http://www.applied-acoustics.com/stringstudio/overview/
This IS the Tension instrument in Live Suite 8 BTW.
Image

Nephew
Posts: 142
Joined: Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:15 am

Re: Good VST for strings?

Post by Nephew » Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:41 am

Good call on the Tapetronic VST, download their whole pack and a number of their VSTs are actually really cool and pretty straight forward. I prefer a VST that doesn't do much, but what it does do it does well, instead of a VST that tries to be everything and you get more caught up in the VST vs writing the track

UKRuss
Posts: 5044
Joined: Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:32 am

Re: Good VST for strings?

Post by UKRuss » Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:35 am

I'm liking Session Strings by Native Instruments at the moment, some nice animation features like slides and dives. Runs nicely in their free player. A tidy little package.

Nephew
Posts: 142
Joined: Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:15 am

Re: Good VST for strings?

Post by Nephew » Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:28 pm

Going to look into Session Strings, love NI's Kore player. What free player are you talking about by the way?

Khazul
Posts: 3185
Joined: Wed Feb 23, 2005 5:19 pm
Location: Reading, UK

Re: Good VST for strings?

Post by Khazul » Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:50 pm

UKRuss wrote:I'm liking Session Strings by Native Instruments at the moment, some nice animation features like slides and dives. Runs nicely in their free player. A tidy little package.
+1 to this - very good strings, however the sound does seem very orientated to pop/rock/dance music production rather than orchestral style production. There even mowtown version of mos fo the sounds - so gives you a clue :)

For me If I need convincing orchestral strings, then ill tend to look at strings in the kontakt library. However, if I need a some nice disco type strings for a house track - then session strings, because they have more character. I also tend to use it at times I need a solo instument (usually viola or cello, ocassionally both) to give something a kind of folk feel.

There alot of useful articulations in session strings as well - especially if funky/disco house type stuf is your thing (good for lots of other genres too of course, just as I do alo fo funky house type stuff, then this was mainly why I got session strings.

Ill tend to go back to kontakt library when I want some orchestral strings to thicken a pad sound for eg - nothing like a good contra bass to beef up the low end of a synth pad, or subtle use of violas ans violins to breath more depth into synth string pads etc.

BTW - Session strings is not included in Komplete 7, but its a good use of the $50 voucher :)
Last edited by Khazul on Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:31 am, edited 1 time in total.
Nothing to see here - move along!

lapieuvre
Posts: 708
Joined: Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:29 pm

Re: Good VST for strings?

Post by lapieuvre » Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:03 am

My favorite: L.A. Scoring Strings

also: Hollywood Strings
Mac OSX 10.13.6
Live 9.7.6 Suite
Live 10.0.5 Suite
Soundcards : FF800, Apollo Twin duo

UKRuss
Posts: 5044
Joined: Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:32 am

Re: Good VST for strings?

Post by UKRuss » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:53 am

Yes, session strings are very much orientated towards contemporary string sounds. They run in Kontakt Player which is a free download now at NI.

Definitely not that geared towards orchestral sounds for sure.

EX
Posts: 114
Joined: Fri Feb 23, 2007 5:55 pm

Re: Good VST for strings?

Post by EX » Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:14 am

Naturally the all-singing and dancing Vienna set would be the ultimate...

Nephew
Posts: 142
Joined: Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:15 am

Re: Good VST for strings?

Post by Nephew » Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:11 pm

Never messed with any of NI's production software besides their Kore player. Is the Kontakt Player just a VST pluggin you just install and open as an instrument on a midi track?

icedsushi
Posts: 1652
Joined: Wed Jan 12, 2005 8:36 pm

Re: Good VST for strings?

Post by icedsushi » Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:24 pm

Why must it be a plugin? How about a sample collection. Ableton has orchestral strings that run in Sampler, anyone tried it?

Looking for synthetic style strings or realistic?

Nephew
Posts: 142
Joined: Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:15 am

Re: Good VST for strings?

Post by Nephew » Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:57 pm

icedsushi wrote:Why must it be a plugin? How about a sample collection. Ableton has orchestral strings that run in Sampler, anyone tried it?

Looking for synthetic style strings or realistic?

I originally asked for VST's or if I would be better of using samples,and it seems the majority here are leaning towards VST's so I'm just going to start there and see what comes of it

icedsushi
Posts: 1652
Joined: Wed Jan 12, 2005 8:36 pm

Re: Good VST for strings?

Post by icedsushi » Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:07 am

Oh sorry I see, missed that part, was referring to thread title. :oops:

Still wondering if you're doing orchestral arrangements that require ultimate realism or something more approximate or abstract, which scutheotaku asked earlier.

MPGK
Posts: 678
Joined: Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:57 am
Location: Hamburg

Re: Good VST for strings?

Post by MPGK » Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:20 am

icedsushi wrote:Why must it be a plugin? How about a sample collection. Ableton has orchestral strings that run in Sampler, anyone tried it?
The Ableton EIC 2 strings sound decent, but don't offer much articulation. I've run one of my jazz arrangements through it, it's on my Soundcloud page. (check my signature)

Post Reply