Tuesday, July 5, 2016

VSCO 2 Kontakt

Sam Gossner had a dream. After creating the original VSCO which was nice little orchestra, he wanted to create something bigger and bolder. Collaborating with dozens of friends from both sides of the pond, he created a new chamber orchestra. Two years in the making this version at its largest (and most expensive but still quite reasonable) has 300 instruments.

However he didn't forget you and I, the freebie loving population of the world. He has put almost 2000 samples under a Creative Commons Zero license which is similar to Public Domain. These include 16 string, brass, woodwind and keys instruments along with lots of handy orchestral percussion.This is called the Community Edition and there is a full SFZ version and an EXS24 version in the making on this page along with all the original samples. Thanks to Sam and his friends for this tremendous contribution to the world of free music.

Being an inveterate tinker, I've started trying to do a better Version 2 using fairly gently edited samples (before I just adjusted the starts in Kontakt) and Big Bob's WIPs scripts for legato. The string section is now complete.

I've also included the Original version of the Strings and Percussion. These are the samples as originally presented in the VSCO2 sample pack without editing, normalizing and the like. Eventually I plan on having the original for all the sections.

Here's a Trombone that Sam released in Community Version 1.1.  It has five velocity layers and two round robins for the sustain and three velocity layers and four round robins for the shorts. I've done several versions including a crossfaded version that uses CC1 / modwheel. Note that it requires the latest version of Kontakt.





Composer Steven McDonald made a nice video demonstrating some nice ways to get the VSCO2 sounding pretty solid for a free orchestra.

includes Solo Violin & Bass, Violin, Viola & Cello Sections
String & Woodwind Demo
Soundcloud Demo

VSCO Brass for Kontakt 5
includes Trumpet, Trombone, Tube & French Horn

 includes Solo Flute, Clarinet, Oboe & Bassoon


VSCO 2 Community Orchestra for SFZ Here

Soundcloud Demo kindly created for me by Sam from the VST version.
Res Evil 3, Res Evil Main Hall Demos by WhiteNoiz

VSCO 2 Instruments: Creative Commons Zero 1.0 Universal : Versilian Studios / Sam Gossner
Piano & Organ also : Creative Commons Zero 1.0 Universal : Simon Dalzell of Ivy Audio

Note the name VSCO 2 is used to give attribution to the sampling project from which these samples were taken. It doesn't imply any form of endorsement.



27 comments:

  1. Thanks again and again. Your hard work is so very much appreciated.

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  3. Thank you BigCat!! Kontakt wouldn't be the same without your work!

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  4. Thank you very much !!

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  5. How do I use these in Kontakt? Or do I need something else? Thanks in advance.

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    1. Just unzip them into a directory and then under the 'Files' tab in your Kontakt browser go find that directory. You should see the .nki files for each instrument. Double click on one of the instruments and it should load up into Kontakt.

      Sadly only companies that pay NI get to be in the library tab.

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  6. Thank you very much for this big effort! Unfortunately when loading into Kontakt it mentions that these are 'DEMO' instruments, and they become unavailable after 10min or so. Is this correct?

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    1. Have you got the full version of Kontakt?

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    2. No, I have the free version. But with other (free) instruments I don't have this problem (I am not an expert user, apologies if the question is silly...)

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    3. Sorry in general only the included NI instruments or certain paid instruments work with the Kontakt Player. It is a (very expensive) licensing issue. Drum'mica also works with Player but is paid for by a huge company. I suggest the SFZ versions which work with the free SForzando.

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  7. Hi Joe, I have Kontakt 5.3 and when I try to import the library I have an issue message that tells me that I got an old version of Kontatk: Does the library work only with the last version (Kontakt 5.4)?

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    1. I just checked and I have 5.5, though I'm holding off on 5.6 because a lot of folks don't like it / have problems with it.

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    2. Well, the most of people have got the last in Native Instruments Site: 5.4.2, i just updated my version but it's not enough, I'm trying to get a 5.5 version but it's hard .__.

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  8. this is great thanks!
    ive installed and everything is in place, instruments are loading, but no sound is coming out?

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    1. Do you have the full version of Kontakt and are other instruments working?
      I just tried it and it was working as expected in the full version.

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  9. Don´t know if it will work by me, but if yes i couldn´t say how much thanks for this and how unbelievable and honuored, that is what you do here

    Thanks

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    1. If you have Vista or later or Mac, you might try the VSTs if the Kontakt version doesn't work for you.

      http://bcvsts.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-vsco2-orchestra.html

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  11. Mr. Large Feline - This is very generous of you. Thank you. Could you please, in a nutshell, explain what the difference(s) might be, both sonically and otherwise, between the SFZ and Kontakt versions.

    Thank you again for your hard work, generosity and contributions to the community of penniless musical prodigies around the world

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    1. I was trained in radio production, dead air or I suppose latency in this context terrifies me. The Kontakt version tends to be tighter and normalized to have less variations. The SFZ is more leisurely and more organic.

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  12. Just wanted to one big thanks to you guys.... very much appreciated.... some creative music is going to be achieved.......

    Davey

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  13. Thank you that's all I want to say

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  14. This is outstanding work, thank you for sharing!

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