Soave Sordino Strings is the result of mixed sampling from sample based digital strings machines treated with equalizers, image expanders and various effect. The strings sections is the typical orchestral configuration.
The first violins on the left and so the sound of them is on the left in the stereo image and so on, with the double basses on the extreme right.
There are five sections (1st Violins, 2nd Violins, Violas, Cellos, Double Basses) and each have their own volume knobs.
As you can see the Soave’s GUI is really simple, just a Main Volume (Gain) on the left, an Attack knob on the right and a Transient button below the Violas section to bypass the slow attack and gives a fake legato when play a melody.
Obviously, Soave comes with only one articulation known as “Con Sordino”, so it’s useful for very slow tempo beats, from Largo to Adagio.
The other control named “Altered” implements a randomized pitch to the notes played in a kind of slow “chaotic” way. That’s quite useful for stochastic composition styles.
The first improvement is about the deep re-sampling of all the string sections with a more accurate orchestral stereo positions. The second one is the purge of the samples when a whole section is dismissed, that will free the memory when the section volume value is equal to zero. It can be obtained in two ways, through the sections switches on the left or through the section volume knob when you turn it on the left till the zero value. You will notice the exclusion of a section by the obscuration of its in the graphic scheme and in the low value of the amount in the memory in Kontakt info panel.
Please note: You must have the full version of Kontakt 6.2.2 or above. If you have Kontakt Player it will only work in demo mode.
this is great value
as well as a great composer draft tool, it also compliments certain evo libraries, I own, much better than I expected: great value!
A dirt-cheap gem
This one is a real bargain and the aleatoric feature is just a lot of fun. While the initial loading of the nki might call to mind a sordino articulation, straight-forward adjustments to the gain levels yield a nice variety of sustained orchestral string timbres and adjusting the Attack and toggling the Transient feature will present different levels of a rich bowing attack---and within the range it offers, results are quick and easy. Although there is no reverb adjustment on the GUI, the samples appear to be relatively dry and the Kontakt backend is available for convolution adjustments. Even though there is no real divisi (and you can't completely turn off a section), the Altered (aleatoric) feature gives you the impression of random section/instrument selection in addition to random note selection for each/any keypress. Whether you want to use this as a sketching tool or a string bed, or to add confusing realism to your favorite synth string patch or pad, or are just in the NES (Never Enough Strings) category like I am, I think you'll enjoy using this. It won't replace the versatility of a medium-priced or upper-tier library but it could beg some embarrassing utility comparisons for some. Very nicely done.
simple but sweet sounding
I have many string sample instruments but for the price and simplicity
of soave sordino strings you cant go wrong.
I have used this over others in projects cause the shoe just fit.
lush and very usable
Solid constructed sounds. Absoluly top fo this price. Did not blow me away but solid. For the sounds three stars but because of the price i make an upgrade to four
Nice alternative set of strings !