I’m back with the now regular installment of my Beat Artillery blog for the Seclusiasis site! This month I’m talking about Kontakt Instruments, and in particular, Adagio Violins from 8dio. Basically…. if you get into the word of boutique Kontakt libraries… you’ll definitely see your bank account take a hit. Companies like Sonokinetic, Vir2, Soniccouture… the list goes on and on. I’m not putting links here on purpose… because then I can’t be blamed for putting you directly in contact with these people.
Ok… so here’s how it works. Usually you need the full version of Native Instruments Kontakt sampler to work a lot of these instruments, sometimes you can get by with just the free one. You need to make sure you check with each library before you purchase to make sure your version of Kontakt is compatible. (I told you… this can get pretty expensive.)
8dio make some amazing Kontakt libraries including one of the best pianos I’ve ever heard, the 1928 Steinway piano. Their Studio Solo Violin is pretty sick as well. However, with their new “Adagio” series (the first of which launched this past month with the Adagio Violins), is taking this sampling world to another level. The number of player combinations, the realism in the performances… it’s pretty ridiculous. Check out their youtube tutorials… in particular the E.T. Legato and prepare to be blown away. It retails for $499…. so start saving if you like to use violins in your production and don’t have access to a group of good players and a nice space with great mics.