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The new 2.0.2(b) update for SM Solo, Chamber & Ensemble Strings is available for download

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Dear Samplemodeling Friends,
a new update v. 2.0.2(b) for SM Solo, Chamber & Ensemble Strings is available for download. It includes important bugfixes:

  1. Re-enabling CC7 volume control of the chamber instruments.
  2. Correcting the control of the ensemble size (CC95) in the 2nd Chamber Violins.
  3. Correcting some CC remapping issues.

We strongly suggest to download and substitute appropriate content:

  • if your version is 2.0.1 or lower, please follow the update procedure described in the downloaded file;
  • if you already have the v. 2.0.2 installed on your system, you can update as described above. Alternatively, you can only replace the folder “Instruments” and the Readme file.

The download of the Strings Update is – similarly to the previous updates - a "dummy purchase" for 0 EUR. To accomplish that, please follow this link or click on the button UPDATE in the Strings product page.

Please note: even if the name of the Update, as well as the name of the library folder inside it is (for compatibility reasons) still “…2.0.2”, it contains the version 2.0.2b which is visible also in the instrument names.

The special offer (10% off) for all Samplemodeling customers – owners of other instruments - remains still valid. It will expire, as announced, on April 30th, 2022.

To obtain the discount code:

Please send an email with the subject "Strings discount" to: strings-discount@samplemodeling.com supplying the name and one serial number / license key of any product you purchased from Samplemodeling.

In return, you will get a personal, non transferable code number. It will allow you to purchase the Solo & Ensemble Strings for 269,- EUR instead of 299,- (+ VAT if applicable).

All the best,
Giorgio & Peter.


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A new update 2.0.2 for SM Solo, Chamber & Ensemble Strings is available!

Dear Samplemodeling Friends,
after the release of the major update v. 2.0.1 as of December 17th 2021, we have been working to achieve greater playability and easier control of attacks. The result is this v. 2.0.2 update, which also includes several optimizations and bugfixes.

Solo, Chamber & Ensemble Strings v. 2.0.2 is now available as a new product or as a free update for previous customers.

For a detailed description, please visit the Strings product page.

To download this version, just follow the steps described below.

For new customers:

To purchase, please click on the BUY link of the product page.

The retail price is 299 EUR (+ VAT if applicable).

In addition, all Samplemodeling customers are entitled to a time-limited 10% discount. Please note that this offer expires on April 30th, 2022.

To obtain the discount code:

Please send an email with the subject "Strings discount" to: strings-discount@samplemodeling.com
supplying the name and one serial number or license key of any product you purchased from Samplemodeling.
In return, you will get a personal, non transferable code number. It will allow you to purchase the Solo & Ensemble Strings for 269,- EUR instead of 299,- (+ VAT if applicable).

For owners of previous versions of the Strings:

The download of the Strings Update is a "dummy purchase" of the product file for 0 EUR. To accomplish that, please follow this link.

Or click on the button UPDATE in the Strings product page.


What's new in Samplemodeling Solo, Chamber & Ensemble Strings v. 2.0.1?

Improvements:

  1. Activation of both spiccato and marcato attacks by CC38 now takes place at any velocity above 40, instead of 100. This results in a much better playability. The intensity of these attacks is under control of CC38 and velocity.
  2. The CC11 ramps mimicking the progressive acceleration of the bow on attacks have been optimized.
  3. For more realistic effect, changing the ensemble size of the chamber instruments does not affect anymore the instrument volume.
  4. Proper handling of release-triggered notes on staccato and marcato has been accomplished.

Bugfixes:

  1. Stopping playback on some sequencers or notation programs (like Finale) produced occasionally hanging notes. This has been corrected.
  2. Changing the setting of the button "mapping" in the velocity mapping page was not propagated through the modules of chambers and ensembles when pressing "Synchronize Ensemble". This has been corrected.

About previous version 2.0.1

  • This version employs a different approach to the instrument body impulse response, more adherent to the acoustics of real instruments. The result is a much more defined sound, with sharper attacks and transients.
  • >The effect of note-on velocity is manifold. Generally speaking, it controls the intensity and the steepness of attacks. On overlapped notes, it controls the speed of legato/portamento.
  • In the range 1 -> 100, velocity mimics the acceleration of the bow, creating a kind of crescendo pattern, starting from a lower initial dynamics and progressively rising to the target dynamics dictated by CC11. The steepness and extent of this crescendo are linked to the velocity. As far as velocity approaches 100, the original attacks will be played.
  • If above 100, note-on velocity activates an additional attack, whose type and intensity depend on the settings of CC38. (See below).
  • Spiccato (off-the-string) and marcato (on-the-string) attacks can be added, and are under player’s control. For this purpose, the function of CC38 has been revised. If CC38 is around 64, the original sustain samples are played. For velocities above 100 either Spiccato or Marcato are added, depending on CC38 settings. Higher CC38 values (>64) introduce progressively more intense Spiccato, while lower values (<64) introduce more intense Marcato attacks. The length of the spiccato release can be controlled by CC27, the duration of the marcato attack - by CC26.
  • Legato/portamento/detaché and bow changes have been optimized. Portamento is now more easily engaged at velocities around 30 instead of 12, difficult to play on some keyboards.
  • Chamber Ensembles have been added. They simulate a small group of players starting from four solo instruments up to small sections. Chamber Ensembles differ from large Ensembles in many respects, the most important being the ability to play a very expressive, nearly synchronous vibrato. In our large Ensembles instead, expressive vibrato is both under control of CC1 and CC99, which act to recreate the richer sound of asynchronous vibrato. They can be used as a standalone multi (for chamber music) or in combination with the corresponding large Ensemble (for symphonic music): this combination has a richer sound, and adding the more soloistic vibrato of the Chambers to the Ensembles yields a much greater expressiveness.
  • Further smaller optimizations and bug fixes.

All the best,
Giorgio & Peter.

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