The clouds parted today, and Sample Modeling’s newest virtual instrument, The Cello, descended from the heavens.
Every other virtual cello I’ve used in the past is now obsolete. Like ‘The Viola’ before it, ‘The Cello’ offers unprecedented real-time control, and an authentic instrumental sound that is unrivaled in the world of virtual instruments.
From the Sample Modeling website:
“Virtually all the elements contributing to the sound of the real instrument have been introduced in this virtual Cello. Bow speed, pressure, direction and distance from the bridge are under player’s control. One can also control the resonance of the played string, that of the open strings, the amount of rosin and bow noise, the sharpness of the attack, the bow lift (on the string vs. off the string) on both attack and release, the position on the fingerboard, and many other parameters. Each parameter can be assigned to any MIDI CC, allowing real time control.”
At the bottom of the page is a short demo of ‘The Cello’ that I created using a few Williams themes. It’s far from perfect, as I’ve only had the instrument for a few hours, and the only real-time controllers I used were dynamics on the mod wheel, and vibrato intensity on breath controller. What you hear is the sound of the instrument “out-of-the-box.”
Be sure to check out the official demos on the Sample Modeling website to hear the instrument in an ensemble setting, and with customized reverbs and effects!