It is strung with synthetic gut strings, which to give it a strident, husky sound.
This is one of only a handful of other baroque virtual instruments recorded.
- Improved performance
- New nkis for different timestretching modes (improved performance)
- New ability to keyswitch using midi CCs (right click to assign CCs)
- New ability to play multiple rhythms at once using multiple keyswitches (Press and hold several keyswitches at the same time) - See video example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgeXXQ_YzcM
Viola Da Gamba V1.3
- When saving and closing, sequences created in Pattern Mode will be saved. This way when re-opening the nki, the current sequence will be remembered
- On Kontakt's keyboard, key-press states of keyswitches are also recalled when re-opening
- In legato mode, new notes are given fades to make their entrances more natural
- A small amount of velocity sensitivity added.
- Volume on eighth note rhythms is brought up so they match the other rhythms better
- Minor pitch issues fixed
- gentle eq-ing and volume adjustments to even out the tone between some samples
- In any mode, if keyswitches are changed while holding a note down, the held note's rhythms will now change
- Animations removed (it was fun to have rhythm tiles fly around the interface, but definitely not necessary)
- Sustain pedal now works
- In legato mode, if the sustain pedal is down and repeated notes are played, the repeated notes' velocity will affect the volume
Viola Da Gamba V1.5
- Controls added in the Articulations nki, so that when layering articulations together, their volumes can be controlled individually.
- Longer release times on some articulations
The best of the bunch so far
The speedy output of developer Ben Osterhouse seems to get better with each release, and this is my favourite so far. The tone strikes the perfect balance between individual character and accessible sound, so I'd be happy incorporating it as a featured instrument or amongst a group in many genres - in my case underscore for the screen and alt folk. Yes it doesn't have complex legato scripting or portamento, but at such an affordable price that's no surprise. Perhaps the only thing I miss is having a collection of recorded phrases to draw on, such as in 8dio's Bazantar & Superstring libraries. But all in all an absolute gem.
Nice sounds for the price
Some good sounds for the price. I do miss not having a legato patch, and that pretty much means this is much more suited to chords, drones or very minimal melodies. The lack of legato means it can't really act as a lead instrument in any composition. However; I do understand that would make it much more expensive. A nice touch is the rhythmic patch; having short played samples makes it sound much more natural than if you were to sequence the rhythm. There are quite a few rhythmic variations (within a 4/4 structure), and I think they have round robins too.
Interesting sonic qualities
I well remember the thin sounds emitting from the Viola Da Gamba performer at our local Chamber Music Club. Not enticing, although I was a committed fan of Baroque music. However what Ben has created in this instrument is one with very enticing sonic qualities. I see much time coming up spent exploring these as elements of sound design. He's included some fantastic potentials.
Kay von Randow
What a great instrument!
Ben Osterhouse makes great instruments at a very nice prices. Viola da Gamba is one of my favourites. Easy to use and sounds incredibly realistic. It's a must!
Viola De Gamba
Great tone! Lots of Articulations!
Ron Jacob Brookler
Good sound + articulations
I really love the sound of this.
You have two folders with several areas: The articulations + The Rhythms.
The articulations patch gives 12 articulations in one. They can also be layered.
Then there is the Rhythms folder with some patches:
3 x Time machine stretched patches (low, med and hi) - so depending on your RAM here you can choose the best option. Very useful.
And one Gamba Rhythms-patch non timestretched. It takes some practise to get used to the matrix here. You can build sequences from different note settings. Not suited for live playing though - or to put it otherwise: You can play, but it's not tempo-synced to your host. But forthem selves those patterns interact.
Edit: There is already a new version up.
It is absolutely great that the developer is updating the libraries conantly (which is kind of rare in the kontakt-world for lots of libraries, so cudos)
And I have to correct what I wrote earlier above: You can use the Rhythms version for live playing!
Great! Sometimes (when not playing accurate) there can be glitches, but generally it works.