Viola Da Gamba
Version: Kontakt 5.8.1 / WAV / V1.2
Creatively Sampled Six-Stringed Baroque Instrument
Download Method: Kontakt Hub
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 timestrecthing modes (improved performance)
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