Thoughts on non-vibrato string sections?
Not sure why instrument makers assume everyone will want vibrato on their strings. Probably because that's usually true.
I'm looking for non-vibrato string sections to get that gorgeous Roger Norrington sound. Options I've considered:
• Versilian Studios solo contrabass. Very generous of them to give away so many high quality samples. This only goes up to about middle C and sounds a little funny when I stretch it to substitute for violins. 😀 And there isn't that slight tuning discrepancy to sound like an ensemble instead of solo.
• Versilian Studios bowed psaltery. Again, this sounds even funnier stretched down to cello territory. Combining with the contrabass produces an awkward break where the sound switches.
• Versilian Studios string sections, open strings only. Sounds decent up to around middle C, but the violins' open G string only gets you so far before you get a tinny nightmare.
• Versilian Studios paid string sections. The demos sound enticing, but $230 is hard to justify when I don't need 95% of the instruments. I don't see string sections spun off on their own. Even if you buy this, everything is locked down in NKI and Kontakt, which sounds like a tremendous hassle.
Any other HIP purists out there who have found a good solution?