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SAMPLING MEETS MODELING, AGAIN & AGAIN
 
Continuing the VWinds collection, we’re very excited to be introducing the latest addition to the VSeries - VWinds Clarinets!

We sampled/modeled 2 B-flat clarinets, 2 Bass clarinets, 1 E-flat clarinet, 1 A clarinet, 1 Basset horn and 1 Contrabass clarinet, each performed by different world-class musicians. The two versions of the B-flat and Bass are separately recorded individual instruments, to offer variety of tone and colour.

Like the rest of the VSeries, our core goal is to make these instruments easy to use right out of the box, without the need for key switches or multiple CCs, and controllable with just the air flow. However, for this library we have gone as far as to update the airflow control itself, in what we believe is a world first in any sample library. We examined in detail the link between air and pitch, and incorporated our findings into this library. The result is an added layer of realism, which will be heard and identified by those with trained ears, but 'felt' by everyone.
 
Thanks to our work on a hybrid technology blending recorded samples with modeling techniques, we were able to put into these Clarinets the very best of both worlds: impeccable, authentic-sounding instruments, which are easily and immediately playable.
 
The VWinds Clarinets also employ H.A.T. (our proprietary Harmonic Alignment Technology). This leading technology allows for a hyper-accurate reproduction of the timbre of each instrument, covering the full dynamic range across every articulation, combined with highly customizable, beautifully expressive performance techniques, such as legato transitions and vibrato.
 
The combination of real recorded samples with modeling techniques means that VWinds Clarinets weighs in at only ~100Mb per instrument (retina graphics and presets included), while truly sounding like a real live instrument being recorded with all of its imperfections, alongside fully continuous response with unparalleled playability.
 
We are confident in saying that to our ears, and hopefully yours too, VWinds Clarinets are the most realistic and easy-to-use instruments of their kind available today.
 
 
 
Here are a few performances from real musicians compared to MIDI performances created using VWinds Clarinets (and used for our demos).
We left them very dry intentionally so that you can hear every detail.
 
Info - Instrument Real performance VWinds Clarinets
A Clarinet - Mozart, Clarinet Concerto (ii)
A Clarinet - Improvisation
Bass Clarinet 1 - Improvisation
Bass Clarinet 1 - Rabaud, Solo de concert
Bass Clarinet 2 - Bach, Cello suite n°1
Bass Clarinet 2 ) - Improvisation
Basset Horn - Improvisation
on Kovacs, Hommage à Bach
Basset Horn - Improvisation
Bb Clarinet - Mozart, Clarinet Concerto (i)
Bb Clarinet - Prokofiev, Peter and the wolf
Bb Clarinet - Autumn leaves
Eb Clarinet - Mozart, Clarinet Concerto (iii)
Eb Clarinet - G. Marks and S. SImons, All of me
Contrabass Clarinet - Improvisation



The VWinds Clarinets interface
 

Bb Clarinet

Bass Clarinet

Eb Clarinet
 
 

A Clarinet

Basset Horn

Contrabass Clarinet
 
 

Mix

Virtual Space

Preferences
 
 
 
8-Instrument Bundle

VWinds Clarinets contains 8 instruments:
2 B-flat clarinets, 2 Bass clarinets, 1 E-flat clarinet, 1 A clarinet, 1 Basset Horn and 1 Contrabass clarinet.

We recorded two of the more commonly used clarinets (B-flat and Bass) to offer a variety of tone and colour, but the E-flat, A, and even the Basset Horn could be employed as a 'general clarinet' sound for certain projects. If there's one clarinet in particular you liked the sound of, and would like to purchase it individually, the links below will direct you to the individual instrument page:

VWinds Bb Clarinet - VWinds A Clarinet - VWinds Eb Clarinet - VWinds basset Horn - VWinds Bass Clarinet - VWinds Contrabass Clarinet

The H.A.T. - Airflow Control

Thanks to our proprietary H.A.T. (Harmonic Alignment Technology), VWinds Clarinets is not just another heavily multisampled instrument - you can play articulations yourself just like a live player would, using only a MIDI controller (or even by simply drawing the automation in!). There are no complicated keyswitches involved to play staccatos or fast legatos or anything else - it's just a case of playing it live as you think it should sound.

Simply play a note, adjust the air flow, and that's it! Vibrato is automated by default, but this can be customized or even just controlled manually.

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Authentic Vibrato

We carefully measured the different parameters that change when a player uses vibrato, and we combined everything into a hyper-realistic and extremely adjustable vibrato, specifically tailored for each instrument.

There are multiple ways to control the vibrato: automatic, automatic depending on time, and completely manually. Vibrato can also be replicated to an extent by using just the air flow, in order to replicate the diaphragm movement of a live musician.

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Legato Transitions

We spent considerable time and effort carefully extracting every minor detail of recorded transitions in order to give a variety of customizable legato transitions, and to help make the Clarinets as indistinguishable from a live performance as possible.

These transitions range from lightning-fast changes to extremely slow bends, with and without extra attack. We made sure to cover all of this, and you’ll see that this is all controllable in the interface. The legato behavior can even be randomized to help give a more human-like performance.

 

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Multi-Microphone Recording

Recording a woodwind instrument can be done in various ways and at different positions. We used 3 different microphone positions to offer a variety of sounds whilst maintaining the crystalline sound of our VSeries instruments.

Various microphone positions can produce even better results when using the "virtual space”, detailed below, where there are 4 options for microphone configurations.

You can also apply reverb and EQ within the interface to prepare the sound to your taste before even starting with external plug-ins.

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Virtual Space

The virtual space perfectly reproduces what a real recording of an ensemble would be, using convolution.

When recording an orchestra, a pair of microphones is usually placed in front of the musicians and they naturally take position in the stereo field depending on where they are in the room.

The Virtual Space does exactly the same thing: you can place the musician wherever you like on a big stage.

When using this with multiple tracks, you immediately have the feeling of being in front of a real woodwind section.

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Advanced Editing

There are an endless number of ways to play a woodwind instrument, and we had to make a careful choice on the default settings based on our interaction with world-class players, but many of the options can be customized to your taste.

Furthermore, most settings can be randomized for more human-like and unpredictable results.

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Formant control / Microtuning / Volume adjustment

VWinds is already highly customizable, but to add even more variety, each harmonic of the sound can be adjusted.

For even more versatility, the pitch and volume of every note is adjustable, meaning the instrument can be completely tailored to your needs.

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Keyboard, Breath Controller, Wind Controller and MPE support

VWinds can be played using a keyboard by selecting the notes on the keyboard and controlling the air flow with a MIDI controller, such as a modulation wheel or a breath controller.

You can also use a wind controller like an EWI, an Aerophone, a Sylphyo or any other brand - in order to do this the appropriate controller must be selected from the controller menu in the MIDI section.

Ensemble

If multiple instruments are loaded at the same time, their notes will be performed at exactly at the same time.

We added some smart features that can change the timbre of the instruments, transpose everything by a fixed interval and also act on the MIDI performance.

For example, you can have all 8 instruments with a different transposition value playing the same C minor scale, so no matter what you play on the keyboard, it will sound in key.

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Sample player
VWinds Clarinets comes with its own sample player, the UVI Workstation 3 (requires v3.1.6 or later).
We provide it for free with every library that you buy, you don't need to buy an expensive sampler to use our products. It works on Mac (10.14 or later intel or arm processor) and PC (windows 10 or later), in standalone or as a plugin (VST / VST3 / AU / AAX ) and in 64 bits only. You can find more info about it here.
Technical description

UVI Workstation v3.1.11 is required for the library to function properly, the VWinds Clarinets will not work on windows XP, or OSX 10.6, it will not work on a receptor either.

865Mb compressed in lossless flac format (129Mb for the A clarinet, 99Mb for the Eb clarinet, 206Mb for both bass clarinets, 113Mb for the basset horn, 230Mb for both Bb clarinets and 88Mb for the contrabass clarinet).

iLok or computer based



We use the iLok system to protect our products and you can choose to register your license to your computer or to an iLok dongle.
If you decide to use an iLok dongle, both V1 and V2 are compatible with our products.
You can activate your license on up to 3 computers or iLok dongles at the same time and you can deactivate one and activate another as many times as you want.
Registration

Once your order is complete, you will be provided with a serial number.

You will then be able to register it to your iLok account from our website on this page (you need to be logged in to access this page). The whole process is described in the FAQ (instructions + screencast).

Demo by Juulu: https://youtube.com/@JuulusMusic?si=Kwv7PGgxaMfzpPMB

 

Demo by ManyWorldsMusic: https://youtube.com/@ManyWorldsMusic?si=qgi8ZR8GEvUAfpXV

 

Demo by k-strike: https://youtube.com/@k-strike8705?si=7Fgix4uUzHKHPSb3

 

Demo by Leandro Gardini: www.leandrogardini.com

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November 17, 2023
By Jan
These virtual Clarinets are a joy to play and to write for. They are capable of playing all the dynamic nuances that real clarinets are known for. From squeaky ... al niente. No phasing when transitioning between dynamics, no bumpy legato transitions! No more clunky Bass and Contrabass Clarinet parts. AND the library features a Basset Horn and an A Clarinet. Also the customer support by Acousticsamples is exemplary.


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