Roland FA EXP09/10 collections / future of sound

Posted: January 2, 2015 in Audio
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As expected, Roland released free FA EXP-09 (samples from SRX10 Complete Piano) and EXP-10 (samples from SRX06 Complete Orchestra).

Now they should provide new samples, as these are very old (strings sounds from SRX04 were released back in 2001, and weren’t really greater than the ones from 1999’s SRJV-12 Orchestral II, that I’m still using/layering with VSL and Hollywood Strings).

Also 2005’s piano samples from SRX10 still seem to be the basis for supernatural piano sounds (FP7-F one only improves their dynamic and resonance – some interpolation algorithms to model notes decrease from short samples data and smooth sample/layer switch, while managing equalizing differently in low end and providing better converters). Since JV80 Roland had the best samples compression technology and interpolation algorithm, however they now need new sample materials (or they will have to stay on synth like emulations and Z3TA like sounds).

It then seems we have reached a step in quality (no really new piano nor orchestral library these last 3 years – VSL Dimension Strings went towards more modelling/additive synthesis however the base samples weren’t improved, as these are used as partials).

This is time for custom stacked/layered sounds (I succeded in producing were nice Strings layers using SO, VSL, Strings Essentials, HL Strings and samples Roland SRJV12 stereo strings, also an impressive church organ by layering two famous D50 patchs with a free Kontakt based library). Electric guitars still rely on Amplitube.

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