Spiritoso: Live Cello Phrases from EastWest is a 17GB collection of thousands of live recorded phrases, rhythms, chords and arpeggios, all compressed down to 8GB using KONTAKT 4's lossless compression technology. The library's content was performed by Ian Bracken, a world-class cellist from the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded in Liverpool's famous Parr Street studios.
The fifty-seven KONTAKT 4 instruments allow patterns to automatically sync to the tempo of any project, while a wide variety of chords, rhythms, and scale types can be selected using key-switches. Recorded with three dynamic levels, phrases can be cross faded using the modulation wheel. Additionally, the ensemble size can be zoomed from solo to twelve players, and two microphone positions (close and room) can be chosen or blended.
A great resource in itself, the library also works well when blended with other orchestral sample libraries to introduce an additional layer of realism and expression.
Benefits of Live Phrases
Because a cellist played the actual patterns, they sound real
Built from 6-bar loops so that no two notes or consecutive bars sound exactly the same
Slight legato connections between notes are real, not a reconstruction of a legato interval using advanced scripting
Fast rhythms are not achieved via 5-way round robin performance repetition articulations - they are 6 bars of completely different notes being hit in slightly different ways
Despite being pre-recorded patterns, there is a surprising degree of flexibility
Tempo can fit any project
The same patterns were recorded at 3 dynamic levels, pp (soft) mf (medium loud) and ff (loud), and by controlling this with the modulation wheel (or by automating the wheel movement in the host sequencer), the patterns can be made to constantly undulate, expressively following the crescendos and diminuendos of the composition
The modulation wheel can be used to accent particular notes, creating syncopations and rhythmical emphasis tailored exactly to the needs of the music
With the "Rhythms" patch, rhythm-type key switches (e.g. 8ths, 16ths, 8th triplets) can be automated in fine detail in a sequencer, therefore building custom rhythm patterns, and finally adding accents by automating the modulation wheel dynamics
The Hidden Power of the Unobtrusive
Whereas some of the patterns might start to sound too recognizable if overused, others are very neutral, for example simply going up and down from root to fifth, or straight rhythms played on one note
These patterns will blend unobtrusively within a more complex piece of music, whilst imparting the elusive quality of realism, expressiveness, and live playing
6 x Round Robin
These instruments have a 6 x round-robin effect created by randomizing the start point of the 6 bar loops, which greatly helps realism by avoiding machine-gun effects
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KONTAKT's Time Machine 2 algorithm requires it to run entirely in memory, therefore 64-bit environment with over 4GB RAM recommended KONTAKT 4.2.2 or above required