Staying home because of a global pandemic is a strange experience: some people take up baking, others binge-watch TV, and me? I’ve started playing the viola. I was trained as a violinist, and before April, I had never picked up the instrument. It took a while to get used to playing on a larger fingerboard, but it hasn’t been too bad: 10 minutes one day, 15 minutes the next; slowly remapping my brain to new, wider finger positions.
Anyway, it’s gotten to the point where I actually needed to sample the instrument for some film work I’m doing. This isn’t a sample library I intended to sell, I was really making it for my own use, but since I’ve gone to the trouble, I figured I might as well make it available for others to use it as well.
What I’ve done is created a simple ensemble patch with 8 layers. One articulation: sustain. There are three controls: volume, tone, and reverb. Dynamics are controlled by the modwheel. There are four levels: when the modwheel is all the way down, you’re getting two violas; when it’s all the way up you’re getting 8.
- The Kontakt and Decent Sampler versions comes with three controls: volume, tone and reverb
- Three formats:
- The Kontakt version is compatible with the full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5.8.1 (or later).
- The SFZ version tested with Plogue Sforzando
- The Decent Sampler version works with the free Decent Samples player plugin. Download it here.
- Sample rate: 24-bit 48khz
- Library size: 58MB compressed