GARRITAN Orchestral Strings 18 Giga CD-Rom Sample Set with Maestro Manual Signed

GARRITAN Orchestral Strings 18 CD Sample Set with Maestro Manual
Includes the original 16 discs, plus 2 updated discs (#17 and #18)
The manual supplied with GARRITAN Orchestral Strings is practically a work of art on its own, supplied in a ringbound folder containing the discs and an extensive, well-written, and beautifully printed guide to navigating and using the library. It also provides great insight into the creation of the library with commendable openness and honesty. As an added touch, the front page of the manual is custom printed and signed by Gary Garritan.
The library itself is divided into three categories: 'Long Bows', 'Short Bows' and 'Additional Techniques'. As you would expect, the violins have the most variations (including up- and down-bow versions of the 'short bow' techniques, détaché, portato, marcato, martelé, sautillé, spiccato, and staccato), but the other sections aren't far behind. In fact, though there are no chords, melodic phrases, grace notes, or runs, the number of styles still far exceeds any other string library on the market.

Although the ability to stream large samples from disk is the most publicised GigaSampler/Studio feature, the developers have implemented some comprehensive modulation possibilities that GOS makes full use of. The velocity switching patches (VEL) work as expected,

However, one of the best articulation tricks can be found in the ALT détaché patches, where samples automatically alternate between up and down bow strokes as you play them. This is achieved with MaestroTools , a utility that sits between the notes played on the keyboard and the GigaStudio patch. (ALT 88 patches are also included, where the up and down-bow samples are mapped to different areas of the keyboard.) MaestroTools is also capable of a second trick when used with the special legato (LEG) patches where, to create realistic smooth legato lines, you can use the sustain pedal to trigger 'masking' samples that subtly bridge the gap between the end of one note, and the slow attack on the next. Whether the results of all this articulation magic are convincing depends on the context of the music, and the care taken in programming, but it's possible to create some amazingly convincing textures you'd never believe were produced with a sampled string orchestra. There are other controls for altering 'warmth', attack, and the length of short bowed notes.

An additional set of 'Full Strings Lite' patches are invaluable for composers, offering combined violins, violas, cellos, and basses, seamlessly mapped according to instrument range over six octaves. These are the only samples in the library that provide looped versions of the sustains, in addition to offering a choice of vibrato and mute sustains, marcato, spiccato, pizzicato, tremolo, and tone and semitone trills, instantly selectable at the push of a key via the Giga format's Key Switch (KS) facility.

CDs are perfect, manual is a little dusty, but in overall excellent condition. Sold originally for over $1,300. Very hard to find.

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