Stradivari Solo Violin
a Kontakt 2 Sample Library
Created and developed by an Italian team (Giorgio Tommasini, Stefano Lucato)
in collaboration with Gary Garritan

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Listen to demos

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Excerpt
Brandenburg Concerto 5
Jerry Wickham's Arabian star
Saint-Saens's 'Danse Macabre'
More demos

System Requirements:
Kontakt 2 required. The entire Stradivari instrument, is packed into a single Kontakt 2 library, and as such, works on PC & Mac platforms, and works with all sequencers that support VST, DXi, TRAS and Audio Units. It works in real time on a P4 2.6+ GHz (or a comparable Mac), with a CPU load of about 20-25% (convolution included). A faster computer will yield more efficiency and also Kontakt 2 purging will significantly decrease the CPU load. A keyboard with a six octave range, Pitch Wheel, Mod Wheel, Sustain Pedal, Channel Aftertouch and Expression Pedal or similar controllers are required to get full use of the product.

Native Instruments KONTAKT 2 required

Sample libraries including a KONTAKT Player sampler are offered by sample producers and are also available directly in the Native Instruments Online Shop. They are a combination between a high-end sample library and a sample player, and are based on KONTAKT technology for highest performance and sound quality. This makes it possible to user the library instruments right away, standalone or as a plug-in, without needing another sampler.

The instruments of the respective libraries can be individually adjusted in volume, pan, and tuning. In addition each instrument includes up to five additional sound controls, which vary according to the instrument (for example attack, reverb, brightness, etc.). KONTAKT Player offers up to 128 stereo voices, 1- or 8-part multitimbrality (depending on the version), 8 stereo outputs (for the 8-part version), and sample resolution up to 32-bit and 96 kHz (depending on the host and the library). Key/controller activator and other professional playback technologies are also supported (but not editable).

KONTAKT Player can only load the instruments from the library with which it came. It runs standalone and as a plug-in (VST, RTAS, DXi, Audio Units) in all popular sequencers under Windows XP and Mac OS X (10.3.x and above).

The Stradivari Solo Violin is a sample-based virtual instrument. It virtually places one of the world’s best violin, three hundred years old and worth millions, in the hands of any performer with a computer and keyboard. Thrilling dynamic and timbral changes can be created within a single note or phrase using exclusive “Sonic Morphing” technology, which phase-aligns a series of samples into cohesive real-time performances . The Stradivari Solo Violin is also the first hybrid violin using instrument body resonances that allow for new levels of expression. Control onset, rate and intensity of vibrato, change articulations in real-time, and more. A Kontakt 2 library created by Giorgio Tommasini, Stefano Lucato and Gary Garritan. “Sonic Morphing” technology
"Sonic Morphing" Morphing describes what can be seen in motion pictures where there is a gradual transformation from one image into another. This basic concept has been applied to sound samples allowing sound samples to morph into each other seamlessly.
With the Stradivari Solo Violin, using exclusive "harmonic alignment" technology, you can seamlessly morph between different dynamics and hear authentic timbre changes as notes become louder or softer. Sophisticated modal resonance technology allows you to control the onset, intensity and rate of vibrato, impart portamento and much more. In addition, a powerful AI midi processor allows you to change or create articulations in real time, change the type of attack or bow direction, impart legato, play trills and tremolo and have an infinite variety of playing. All this in real time.
The result of these technologies is high levels of realism, expressiveness and virtuso performance capabilities in a way that preserves the natural characteristics of the Stradivari Violin.

The Stradivari Violin has been developed by an Italian team in collaboration with Gary Garritan, who also provided the Stradivari samples. Collaboration began in 2001 with the aim of developing expressive ways of playing this rare and exquisite instrument. There was extensive research, experimenting, trial and error in order to have better sound quality while maintaining the advantages of the new approach to expressive sampling. The founders of this team were:

Giorgio Tommasini,
holds a medical degree "magna cum laude" from Milano University, and had an illustrious career as a clinical cardiologist, researcher, and head of the Cardiovascular Division of a 400-bed Hospital. His pioneering research, mainly oriented on applications of computers in cardiology, and witnessed by more than 150 scientific papers, patents and presentations at internationational Meetings, led to new methods for quantification and treatment of myocardial infarction, new techniques for detection of silent ischemia and automatic quantification of coronary narrowings by intelligent image processing, and the invention of a revolutionary, 3D approach to coronary angiography, that has been subsequently adopted by several important Medical X-ray groups.
He became interested in samplers as accompaniment for his music in the mid 1980's. Very unsatisfied by the lack of expressiveness of all available sample-based instruments, he began to think of methods capable to overcome this limitation. The "phase alignment technique", now patent-pending, was the first result of this new research in an entirely different field. For the first time it was possible to crossfade different dynamics with no phase artifact. The development of a controlled vibrato technique was the next step. New research on "determination of modal resonances and the impulse response of an instrument by analysis of pitched sounds, and application to the sysnthesis of portamento and vibrato with samplers", now patent-pending eventually resulted in a drastic refinement of the method.

Stefano Lucato,
a true professional musician and sound engineer, greatly contributed to the very innovative programming which characterizes the Stradivari Violin. Stefano Lucato was born in Gornate Olona, in a quiet Italian country landscape in 1968. To discover his predisposition to music was the priest of the nearby church who, hearing the boy playing organ at 7, provided him a teacher in exchange for the agreement to play at Sunday Masses. Play became passion. The encounter with the music world brought him across a long path including several successful records and an active collaboration with the National Broadcasting Corporation. Stefano presently works mainly as a composer and arranger, and is an acknowledged master in audio editing, mastering and development of new techniques of sound synthesis.

Gary Garritan
is an award-winning developer of high-quality and innovative soundware. Garritan sample libraries have won accolades from celebrity musicians and music press alike. The libraries have been used in a variety of applications: from popular TV shows, film and attractions to video games, live concerts and ballets. In addition, hundreds of schools and universities have chosen Garritan Libraries for use with their music curriculums.

Gary Garritan
Harps Corp.
P.O. Box 400
Orcas, Wyoming 98280
Tel: (360) 376-5766
Fax: (360) 376-5676


advanced technologic sound magazine
2006 February issue 146

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