The new version 1.2b of SM Solo & Ensemble Strings is out!

Dear Samplemodeling friends:

we are very happy to announce that a new version of Samplemodeling Solo & Ensemble Strings is now available as a new product or as a free update for previous customers. To users of v.1.1 this 1.2b update brings several enhancements that we believe you will enjoy. To download this version, just follow the steps described under NEWS.

What's new in Samplemodeling Solo & Ensemble Strings Update v1.2b?


New features

1.      Optimized temporal dispersion of ensemble modules.

It has been reported by some that the ensembles sounded too tight. We accordingly increased their temporal spread, maintaining some restriction at higher velocities to allow for fast repetitions.

2.      New fast attacks and accents under CC26 & CC27 control.

The way these controllers influence short attacks and accents has been optimized. Now, fast and short attacks are more easily obtained using high velocities and low CC26 and CC27 values.

3.      New off-the-string vs. on-the-string release control.

The basic principle remains the same. CC27, if above 64, controls the length of off-the-string release. If below 64, the length of on-the-string release. However, both the timbre and the length of the latter have been optimized, to allow for more realistic and much shorter releases. This permits short, fast repetitions to be more easily accomplished.

4.      New slap pizzicato (Bartok) for the Cello, Solo & Ensemble.

Slap pizzicato was reported to enter abruptly above a certain velocity. Moreover, the sound was much too noisy and devoid of harmonic components. This has been fixed in this new update.


Important fixes

5.      Microtuning erratic loading of presets.

In v1.1 Microtuning presets were erratically loaded. This has been fixed in this update. Presets are correctly recalled by KS B0 and KS C1-C2. Dynamic microtuning is now working using KS B0 + sustain pedal + KS C1 - C2 (in Cello and DBass B-1 C0 - C1).

6.      Correct positioning of CC7 in the Remapping menu (Ensemble Instruments only).

In v1.1 remapping of Volume (default CC7) was positioned in the leftmost part of the instrument GUI. This might lead to the impression that remapping of volume was unavailable. This has been corrected in v. 1.2. Remapping of volume is now correctly positioned in CC Remapping 4 page, below Expr. Vibrato.

7.      Repeated bichords when CC27 was set to 64 yielded erratic behavior and missing notes. Fixed.

8.      V. 1.2 had a coding error preventing direct use of Pitch Bend, which only worked when activating the PB rescaler. Fixed in v. 1.2b.


Other fixes

9.      The instruments utilize a series of CCs, namely CC41, CC113, CC121 for internal use. These midi controllers were previously unshielded, and could yield unwanted side effects if transmitted from external midi devices. Fixed.

10.  Remapping dynamics to CC1 and vibrato rate to another CC in the ensembles provoked a persisting CC11 warning. Fixed.

11.  Several other remapping issues. Fixed.

12.  Exiting tremolo lead to erratic note stop. Fixed.


Your Samplemodeling Team




  • Hi Sample Modeling Team,

    It's March 2021. Can we expect a new Solo & Ensemble Strings Update in the near future ? Maybe next month ?


  • working like mads, Muziksculp :-)

  • Work harder! Just kidding...thanks to everyone on the team for all the fantastic contributions you have made and the care for detail. It’s really an upgrade from synful orchestra, and from many unusable sample libraries that we’ve been struggling with for so many years. I like the endless possibilities because now i can actually base my writing palette off of real music, classical music and get away from the meager 20-articulations toolbox that most high-end commercial libs offer with no control over bowing and legatos.

    So that being said, I am working on some demos as we speak...

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