just in case someone is interested: last weekend i created a dimension string template from scratch. it has 10 first and 8 second violins, 6 violas, 6 celli and 4 basses (basses not DS up to now), each section divided in two for divisi writing (5+5/4+4/3+3/3+3/ and basses non-divisi).
for the violin sections i mixed different but similar articulations (legato vib, legato espr, performance trills) to get more than eight players. and i mixed regular, forced G, forced D etc to get some variation into the section. not really a puristic 'real-world'-approach but it works fine for me.
in vienna instrument pro i made some cells for fast legatos selected by playing speed. for those cells i created a set of extreme 'find-tune'-humanizing. so when playing faster the instruments get out of tune but find together again on long notes.
i was surprised by the lush and warm sound of this section. but the real fun is the playability. i have extra tracks in my daw for long and short notes and in all examples below i didn't use any keyswitch and only one controller (CC1 by TECrontol breath). even the trills were played with legatos!
room is just some early reflection from vsl hybrid verb and a tail of relab on the complete string bus.
here are a few examples:
stacc, spicc and detaché in the lower sections, fast legato in the violins:
legato only again (including trills):
peter alexander will write in detail about this template soon. thanks for that!
i'm very happy with DS! first time it's really like arranging for strings instead for samples!