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Kirk Hunter Front Row Violins

Sample Library
Published August 2018
By Nick Magnus

FRV’s main GUI. The notation symbols on the stave change as you play, reflecting the currently active bowing style. The three dials give visual feedback of vibrato amount, key velocity and MIDI CC dynamics.FRV’s main GUI. The notation symbols on the stave change as you play, reflecting the currently active bowing style. The three dials give visual feedback of vibrato amount, key velocity and MIDI CC dynamics.

Sampling veteran Kirk Hunter’s latest instrument aims to cater for all of your violin needs.

Kirk Hunter’s orchestral sampling legacy will be well know to those who remember the distant days of hardware samplers and CD-ROMs. His current product line of Kontakt orchestral instruments is joined by Front Row Violins, an all-in-one package intended to reproduce anything from a soloist to a 16-piece section, or any number of players in between. Readers will no doubt be familiar with the concept of multitracking one stringed instrument many times to build up the impression of a large section, and in some ways this is a virtual nod to that technique. It’s not an altogether unique idea for a sample library; others have taken a similar approach, including Kirk himself — notably with his Concert Strings 3 library (see ‘Alternatives’ box).

Front Row Violins (FRV for short) comes with two First Violin patches (the main patch and a ‘warm’ version) and one Second Violins patch. Both First Violin patches are identical in functionality, and load by default as Solo instruments. Clicking on the large ‘Solo Violin’ title on the GUI invokes a drop-down menu from where you can select the required number of additional players. The Second Violins differ in that they load by default as a 16-piece...

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Published August 2018