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Impact Soundworks-Tokyo Scoring Strings

Discussion in 'Software' started by Marko Dvojkovic, Jan 15, 2022.

  1. Hey guys!
    Has anyone maybe tried this strings sample library? It seems very playable and versatile. It seems it actually kind of requires knowing how to phrase and play the modwheel and is not very forgiving for lack of that since it is also bone dry. And that is great. As far as I have researched the more serious workhorse strings libraries, every one of them always doesn't have all the very important features and it seems that this one covers everything(?) The vibrato control seems very smooth and really goes from no vibrato to intense vibrato unlike the already baked in vibrato in a lot of other libraries. The dynamic range is pretty big and nice and the option to collapse it is on the other hand very practical for non orchestral genres with less dynamic range generally. It has all the important types of legatos and transitions and it seems everything is edited precisely. It seems it is possible to actually play all those repeated/alternating legato lines it has a neighbour borrow rr option for sustains/legatos. It is also possible to set a short articulation overlay to have more control over the attack etc.
    About that I am curious if it is possible to set up to control the attack like Adventure libraries from Musical Sampling, a more bitey attack with lower velocity suitable for playing short notes and a gentler one with higher velocity more suitable for more sustained notes in some situations for example.
    But yeah generally seems very good actually for a main strings library and also for kind of any needs not just orchestral.
    The whole marketing about the sound and where it was recorded is unimportant to me personally as the whole buzz about the lookahead feature because we obviously play and record our lines in and don't program them.
    So I am curious what are the impressions if anyone has tried it.
  2. #2 Eric Nething, Mar 11, 2022
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2022
    I purchased this on pre-order, but have only briefly played with it, and have not yet used it in an actual composition. It is not as playable as Cinematic Studio Strings (which is my favorite in that regard), but has a look-ahead feature for more realistic legato transitions during playback. I plan to use it for tracks in a Japanese video game style, which often have fast strings passages with a bright sound and little to no vibrato. This library was designed to have that sound out of the box. The cellos and basses sound full and deep.

    When I get a chance, I may put together a mockup with the original recording by the London Philharmonic Orchestra as reference for one of my favorite tracks from Koichi Sugiyama, which sounds like it was composed on a harpsichord and is an homage to Bach, but with a Japanese style. I tried to replicate the sound with Heavyocity's Novo (which sounds great and has no vibrato), but the shorts were not long enough. I was able to get much closer to the sound using Cinematic Studio Strings. I would like to see if Tokyo Scoring Strings can nail that specific sound.

    Edit: I was not aware, but it looks like Mr. Sugiyama died at the age of 90 last September. It's sad to see great musicians depart from this world. He wrote the music for all Dragon Quest games since the 1980s.
  3. If the intro music is any indication, it sounds very synthy.

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