@mschmitt said: One thing I wish VSL would do with their audio demos would be to also have a pdf of the score with each articulation used labeled over the staves. This would give potential buyers a very good way to know exactly what they are buying and to see how powerfull their libraries really are.
In the early days we often got a midifile with the keyswitches for the pieces. Nowadays we have such a lot of possibilities to arrange our ViennaInstrument that a midifile isn't really a help without a lot of additional papers and instructions.
Yes, I agree that this could be a help: A piece with a pdf + the articulations...
...such as this?
And the music... http://www.vsl.co.at/en/211/442/412/356/608/378.htm
(originally for English-Horn1, adapted for EH2 and Altoflute)
So - why VSL doesn't offer such PDFs? I don't know.
Why don't users (old hands as I am) offer such PDFs?
1. It is quite a bit of work and...
2. It has probably taken some hundreds (thousends?) of hours to get top results with the samples. So keep in mind that this is a precious knowledge which you don't offer for free. More, if you are using these abilities for earning money you are interested in to keep the seecrets for yourself.
I also see some potential in the future for VSL-demos:
A) It was a good decission to use a professional composer for producing demos (Guy Bacos) for VSL. His demos are excellent. Nevertheless, most of the demos get and got now the sound of Guy. In the early days we had a lot of different mixings, music stiles of a lot of composers and mixers. They all showed in a postive way what the samples are able to produce. So the advantage of one good composer is a disadvantage in the meantime in my eyes.
B) Following point A) the demos of Guy are all mixed in the same way - by Guy - which isn't wrong actually. Unfortunately, most of the demos are produced with MIR (which is clear in a way) so the demos sound even more the same way.
Summing up A) and B):
Excellent demos, but all of them are knit from one pattern more or less.
So demos don't really show the hudge possibilities you could have with the (dry) VSL-Samples also depending on different mixes.
What to do?
- More demos with simple melodies + PDF with samples (as you are demanding for)
- Demos (melodies), once played dry, once played within MIR, once played with SUITE
- Demos, composed by Guy, mixed by Dietz or other members of VSL (to get a more different bandwith of sounds)
- Demo, once mixed in MIR, once mixed with the SUITE
Fact is, when I'm interested in the Dimension Strings I would like to know how they sound pure - without any effect and how the sound after I use a common reverb for example.
Currently I just get fantastic Dimension Sounds, even mixed with other strings, with MIR, with... I don't know...
So here is some potential as well - I believe.
All the best