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  • Mute strings without vibrato PLEASE

    I would like to request mute strings without vibrato. I find that I constantly have to resort to other string libs when I need mute strings, because of the lack of a non vibrato mute. When doing film work, which is probably the biggest use of this lib for most people who use it professionally, vibrato on mutes is not a feature that most of us want or use. I've discussed this with several other professional composers in LA, and of all the guys I know, we all have the same opinion.

    Vibrato isn't used as much in film scoring as in traditional orchestral music. As matter of fact, when using real orchestras over in Europe, most composers have had to work to get the players use to laying off the vibrato (we're talking mainly about Eastern Europe companies that have been doing more film scoring work in the last few years)

    Now it would be nice if we could VSL versions to supply us with the same. It's a real shame to have over looked such a vitial technique that most of use on a daily basis.

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    @Another User said:

    Vibrato isn't used as much in film scoring as in traditional orchestral music.
    Interesting... the film music I listen to uses tons of vibrato! Anyway, having more options (samples) is always good.

  • Tripit,
    I feel your pain...I agree that the library could definitely use this articulation! I have to resort to the Miroslav "no vibrato" string patch when I'm really desparate for the "no vib" sound. I hate not using VSL exclusively!

    My vote is "YES", give us less!

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    @Another User said:

    Vibrato isn't used as much in film scoring as in traditional orchestral music.
    Interesting... the film music I listen to uses tons of vibrato! Anyway, having more options (samples) is always good.

    Obviously, vibrato is used, and in some scores you do hear a lot of it. Lord of the Rings comes to my mind, for one example. But, if you consider that most films are not that dramatic in scope, you understand what I'm talking about. Listen to just about anything Thomas Newman does and you won't hear much vibrato at all. As matter of fact, if you really listen to most scores in detail, you'll probably find that non vibrato use is at least half if not more of the string use. That's because if you score a typical movie, you are composing usually anywhere from 40 to 80 minutes of music. Of that score, the larger portion is usually very subtle underscore. The kind that isn't featured as a major theme. When scoring the subtle underscore, mute strings are usually the first choice.
    For now, I use SI strings to do the job.
    Anyway, the point is that, we need non vibrato for film scoring. It's a very important and crucial element for scoring. It's as bad as say, maybe having a lib that doen't have tremelo strings.
    At least that's my feelings on the matter.