Is Bowed Legato possible in Studio Strings Professional?

edited July 2021 in Studio Orchestra

I find myself in some cases wanting to play the same note more than once consecutively, but wanting the transition to be fast - as if the player was simply changing direction with the bow, so that the note attack is fast - as it normally would be in that situation.

Solo Strings offer a bowed legato note transition, which makes this possible using that library, but I don't see a way to do this with Studio strings.

For example : If I step three C1's in - three separate notes, but same pitch, all meeting back to back, or even overlapping, there is a "dip" in volume on each of the second and third notes, even with dynamic and expression at 127, and vibrato value not changing.

Any way to accomplish this with Studio Strings professional?


  • So the best response I've gotten so far, is to make a bunch of little divots in the modulation CC where the rebow is supposed to occur. I can expand more on it if you'd like, but that's about the only solution right now for all the libraries.

  • thanks Gregory... that's an interesting workaround.

    begs a question for me : doesn't the dip in modulation CC (dynamic) cause a dip in volume ? or is it so short that it's not detectable ?

  • Re-bowing is always difficult with samples.

    I often wish the libraries with huge numbers of round robins would use bow attack and bow draw techniques.

    Alas, I don't think they do this at SA. Seems most of the round robins are use the same direction on the bow. (makes sense I guess for a 'generic' uniform instrument tone).

    I purchased Symphonic motions as a work around for this and it's an 'ok' fix in certain situations but, not a real answer when using the Studio Series instruments.

  • The dip can become pretty noticeable if you have full sections do it in unison, but if you have the curve very sharp and fast like I have it's pretty unnoticeable and almost sounds like a rebow. Idk what daw you're using, but you'll need a faster quantization than a 64th for the dip.

  • Ok.. thanks for the tip. I'm using Logic, which i'm pretty sure has that resolution for automation points - but i'll have to check. This exists in the Solo Strings lib... i'm thinking it's not very likely that such a thing would become available in a library that's already been recorded/sampled - so - perhaps SF will come out with a "dry" lib in the future that will contain these. anyway - thanks again