@hag01: yes, that’s something i’d like to take in careful consideration: in order to play live, i don’t need extreme realism, but a good feel in playing it, which means that it should respond good to dynamics, aftertouch, wheels, pedals and other stuff one finds on a keyboard. Fortunately Cantabile allows me to assign those stuffs to parameters, but yes, of course the VSTi should have the right parameters to assign.
I went to listen to the demo video at Chris Hein website, and i was really impressed. I didn’t find any demo version, therefore i didn’t have the chance to try it. It’s way over the budget (199€/225$). I was hoping to spend the half of it. Moreover i don’t have Kontakt. As far as i understood CHH needs Kontakt player 5 as a prerequisite. I believe the player is for free… Am i wrong?
I also downloaded Alpine brass which is for free, but it also needs Kontakt, the full version, which is way too expensive to me.
@Torsten, dave_dore: i have seen there is a demo version for Xpand!2. This product is more in the budget (99.99$). I will try it, it could be THE solution.
I listened to some Korg M1 sounds, but they don’t make me crazy (I used to own an old M3R rack 30+ years ago, and frankly i was hoping to find something better). Though it is only 49.99$, so, affordable. They declare compatibility to some popular DAWs. Does it work good for Cantabile too?
Roland stuff, as far as i understood, are for rent, downloadable from the cloud, and they give you free license if you rent atleast one year. The fee for one year is 207€. Too much.
Thank you, Corky for re-addressing me to the other discussion.
I also downloaded the free Edirol Orchestra. The sounds are good. Much better than the DSK Brass i am using now. But this VST has two problems:
- it eats too much CPU, in fact if i use it with a piano, my poor pc doesn’t make it, unless i give a huge latency time
- I didn’t find the way to save a preset. Or, better, there is a way to save it in a file, and then to load it from the file saved previously. The problem is that after selecting a song with that VST in Cantabile, you have to explicitly load the saved file (it doesn’t do it by itself). And of course you cannot do that in a live show.
Another one i like is Session Horns by NI. It requires Kontakt 5 Player, which is free, right? And it is close to the limit of my budget. Too bad there is no trial version, because this looks the best option, till now. Of course I want to make sure that it doesn’t have problems like the ones i found for Edirol Orchestra.
Anyway, thanks all you guys. If you have other suggestions, they will be welcome.