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I listened to some of the samples of the Community Edition. They sound very good. I haven't tested them in a piece of music, but my impression is that they will work very well. I'm probably going to try them in a piece of music at some point.
Does the VSCO standard edition also include SFZ files? I'm really enjoying the sounds of the community edition, and might consider buying the standard edition if it has SFZ support.

EDIT: I just saw on the site "Kontakt Only"... oh well, thanks so much for making the community edition available!
(08-29-2016, 04:00 PM)Michael Willis Wrote: [ -> ]Does the VSCO standard edition also include SFZ files?  I'm really enjoying the sounds of the community edition, and might consider buying the standard edition if it has SFZ support.

EDIT: I just saw on the site "Kontakt Only"...  oh well, thanks so much for making the community edition available!

Unfortunately SFZ is completely incompatible with a commercial method- it doesn't support special sample file formats, it doesn't have any existing DRM methods, it's completely open, and can easily be edited in any text editing tool. This makes it ideal for free/open projects, but makes it nearly impossible to safely distribute commercial products with it (unless you're Garritan and have the money to develop your own SFZ player). It's also incredibly, incredibly hard to develop large instruments with sfz- I had to hire someone to script a sfz creation tool just so that I could make the community edition, and even then, it took me most of a day with only 2000 files. The Standard Edition is about 9,250 files by comparison- easily a week of 12 hour days; a luxury I do not have... and that is not counting the challenge of keyswitching, and much much less not counting if I wanted to try to add modwheel crossfading like the Kontakt version... which the auto-mapper is not yet capable of.

I am working on a Maize VST/AU version for the standard edition, I'm currently about 80% through, but I have a little pile of nasty mapping work left. That should be out at some point in the next few weeks, with the VST/AU version of the Community Edition. Smile

Of course, the Kontakt version will always be vastly superior to either format with multi-mic, the powerful WIPS engine, and all sorts of extra odds and ends. My advice: save up and wait for Kontakt to go on 50% off sale- it happens several times throughout the year typically. $200 is not much to pay to unlock the gateway to literally thousands of excellent products, both free and commercial, across the web.
Hey guys,

I had a special chance to record some additional samples for VSCO 2- so far, a full horn section and a full trumpet section, as well as an additional tenor trombone, all in a really nice studio setting. Some of these samples might be working their way into the Community Edition repository as well in a few weeks, in adequately reduced detail. I hope to continue doing some additional instruments and a few revisitings of existing instruments with higher detailed sampling methods.

Here's a very quick test of just a small sliver of the Horn section samples-
https://instaud.io/xdQ
Wow! VERY nice! :o
(09-13-2016, 05:16 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]Wow! VERY nice! :o

Thanks Mattias! It should really help fill in the missing gaps in the Pro library. I still have to figure out if I want to put more samples in the CE set, but it's looking likely.
I'm running a 35% Off sale on VSCO 2 for the next two weeks if anyone is interested in picking it up. I hope to get enough funds to create some additional instruments for a 2.1 release. Smile
I'm pleased to announce Community Edition Sample and Instrument update 1.1.0!

Samples:
- Added Lightweight Marimba, Xylophone, Tubular Bells; Old Trombone, Piccolo, and Upright No. 1 and relative instruments in sfz format.
- Added samples from Miscellania I, II, and from VSCO 1's percussion set. These are available on a strictly "as-is" basis; vanilla sfz instruments will not be derived from these. There's a ton of great stuff buried in here that I just haven't had time to revisit or release.
- Enhanced timpani with additional velocity layer.

Instruments:
- Fixed some pesky tuning issues in Solo Violin I Susvib and Solo Clarinet Sus.
- Added "quiet" versions of susvib strings- fantastic for expressive pieces!
- Added additional ensemble presets for ARIA users.

It's still syncing to GitHub right now, but here are the direct links to the files:
Sample Set: https://s3.amazonaws.com/VersilianStudio..._1.1.0.rar
Instrument Set: https://s3.amazonaws.com/VersilianStudio..._1.1.0.rar
Thanks for all the instruments and samples!

I've remade all the string instruments for Kontakt in ways that might make you less unhappy. I tried to be much less aggressive on the attacks on the arcos / sustains with light editing if at all. Save for a very few exceptions all the samples start at 0 in Kontakt and WIPs script was added for Legato and when I get to the brass / woods it also allows for wind controllers. So overall hopefully a more professional job. I've also called the untouched versions the Original version on the blog as in retrospect calling it Zero sounded disrespectful.
(10-29-2016, 04:12 AM)bigcat1969 Wrote: [ -> ]Thanks for all the instruments and samples!

I've remade all the string instruments for Kontakt in ways that might make you less unhappy. I tried to be much less aggressive on the attacks on the arcos / sustains with light editing if at all. Save for a very few exceptions all the samples start at 0 in Kontakt and WIPs script was added for Legato and when I get to the brass / woods it also allows for wind controllers. So overall hopefully a more professional job. I've also called the untouched versions the Original version on the blog as in retrospect calling it Zero sounded disrespectful.

Hehe no worries, Bigcat! I have never been unhappy or felt disrespected by your work. The whole point of the community edition is to allow individuals the opportunity to freely create their own soundsets to their own tastes. Smile

I can't thank you enough for doing the Kontakt builds for the free version, and also for your ongoing work on the VSTi build. I do hope to release my own VSTi build one day, but that is still quite a ways away, and having the choice between the two builds will be great.
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