Textural viola

Blisko
Viola

Blisko [blʹisko] Viola is the first part of an unique collection of three string libraries that dare to be different. Progressive string textures with a constant sense of motion, captured through amazing analogue kit. A project of love.


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This is not your standard bread-and-butter strings plugin. Inspired by the works of John Luther Adams, Henryk Górecki, Ben Frost and Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow, its focus is on textural writing and extended techniques.

Sampled humanly, even the simplest, softest patches have a sense of constant motion, that gets denser and more emotional as you move through the dynamic layers. There's no need to program your head off trying to embed life into static samples - it's already there. Simply put: play a chord and stuff will happen.
The library was recorded through a beautiful collection of hand-made microphones, going into vintage Neumann and Telefunken preamps. The kit was hand-picked for it’s character and as a result, the tone is warm and analogue, right out of the box.

You control ensemble size, from 1 to 3 players. For textural variety, each of the players is using a different bowing technique.

An intuitive articulation mixer allows you to create custom patches by blending up to three different playing styles.

‘Wonderfully atmospheric and poetic sounding.’


- Trentemøller



‘When it comes to beautiful, human feeling boutique string libraries, Blisko is among the best out there.’


- Sample Library Review, read more



Moments

Evocative patches that never stop moving. You can create custom crossfades between different playing techniques, thanks to the intuitive layers interface.





Shapes

Explore interesting rhythmic intervals between semi-measured notes. The Cascade function allows you to delay the beginning of a note, per player.



What makes it different?



Other string libraries are recorded in a static way to allow the performance to be recreated using your keyboard. Blisko was recorded so that every note is a performance. You’re not able to control the vibrato or every nuance of the volume curve, the attacks are mostly slow-burning. And that’s why it sounds so good.

Furthermore, it’s designed for textural as opposed to melodic writing. There are no standard articulatons, easily found elsewhere. However, it’s not a phrase library and was designed to work in a wider context.

And yes, there is noise, because - contrary to what we’re made to believe - it’s there where you record stuff. If you were wondering why most sampled instruments sound like liquid plastic, this is it - noise reduction sucks the tone and life away. If you hate noise, I’m sure there are other instruments that will fit your needs better.


Want to know more?
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Made by friends



Blisko was performed by an extremely talented multi-instrumentalist and friend, Marta Zalewska. She played on every single score I produced over the past few years and her incredible sound is what makes this library special. 
During the recording, Marta commented that performing things this soft, with gain set so high, feels like playing under a microscope. I think it’s the perfect description of the tone and if I wasn’t so into minimalism, I’d put it on a poster.



Expression ready


The instrument comes pre-mapped for any knobs and sliders so you can get hands-on from the get go. The mapping is kept consistent with the other Felt Instruments’ plugins.

It works great with standard MIDI keyboards, Expressive E Touché and all controllers that have a mod wheel.

If you own a MPE device, such as the ROLI Seaboard, you can perform the Moments patches using a multi-dimensional polyphonic control, shaping the textures on per-note basis.







Plugin


VST / AU / AAX plugin for Windows and macOS (10.11 or newer). Lifetime free updates. Watermarked to you. Downloads with Pulse.

10,1GB installed, twice as much required for setup. 8GB of RAM and an i5 or better CPU required. MPE requires a compatible host.

The plugin supports every major DAW like Ableton, Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase, FL Studio, Studio One, Reaper etc. Mac and Pro Tools versions 64-bit only.

Shapes


Ark
2xRR, 3 lengths, semi-measured (each note performed at a slightly different speed)
Rise
2xRR, 2 lengths, semi-measured (each note performed at a slightly different speed)
Col Legno
5xRR, 1 dynamic layer
Ricochet
3xRR, 1 dynamic layer, random lengths

Moments


Supersoft sustains
Pulse sustains
Col legno sustains
Harmonics
Harmonic trills
Harmonic tremolo
Pointillist sustains (pizz)
Pointillist sustains (brushed)
Tremolo bursts
Bow on wood