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 yet another strings library. It’s not designed to be bread-and-butter, nor is it following any zeitgeist. Sampled humanly, it really feels like being in a room with a great player. Or up to three, in fact, because you can control the amount of players with a knob on the interface, going from solo strings to a small band.

Inspired by the works of John Luther Adams, Henryk Górecki, Ben Frost and Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow, even the simplest, softest patches have a sense of constant motion, that gets denser and more emotional as you move through the dynamic layers.  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, Telefunken and REDD-style tube preamps. The kit was hand-picked for it’s character.

You choose between two close and two room signals and blend between them to your liking. And since we recorded in a dry studio, even the room mics are tight.

Whether you need an instrument to create evocative organic textures or a tool to bring life to your existing string libraries, Blisko has you covered .

It’s not right on the grid. It’s alive.

‘Exceptionally useful yet lovingly strange!’


- Hainbach


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. The recordings are based on a concept that the performer controls the dynamics in a natural way, while you control the texture and density of the flow. 

There are no standard articulatons, easily found elsewhere. However, it’s not a phrase library and was designed to work in a wider context. You can’t control the vibrato and using the mod wheel won’t make things just louder. There are no hard attacks and every note has it’s own dynamic. And that’s exactly why it sounds so good.


Want to know more?
Download the handbook






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


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. Standard MIDI controllers are supported as well.






Format


VST / AU Plugin. Windows and macOS compatible. Lifetime free updates. Watermarked to you. Downloads with Pulse.

Windows - 32 and 64bit.
Mac - 64 bit only. 10,1GB installed. MPE requires a compatible host.

Shapes


Ark
2xRR, 3 lengths, semi-measured (each note performed slightly different speed)
Rise
2xRR, 2 lengths, semi-measured (each note performed 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



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