Free NI Kontakt Instrument: pocketBlakus – Emotional Cello NEW 1.6 Update

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pocketBlakus released Emotional Cello at vi control forum for free a couple of days ago. In the meantime there is a lot of interaction going on and several users/developers have added their own modifications. Brand new is version 1.6.

The Chello sounds really amazing and erveryone should giv it a try :)

New features:
A completely new GUI (graphical user interface), where you can adjust these settings:

  • Attack – Adjust the initial time it will take the envelope to reach its maximum level after it has been triggered.
  • Release – Adjust the time it will take the envelope to fall from its sustain level back to zero after the key has been released.
  • Noises Vol – Adjust the volume of Finger Noises.
  • Finger Noises occur naturally during real performances while a player changes the pitch. These were specially recorded by Blakus.
  • Noises Amt – Adjust the amount of Finger Noises.
  • Finger Noises are programmed so they are triggered randomly at the beginning of the inside notes of a legato phrase. If you play legato repetitions (same note repeated while holding down the sustain pedal – CC64), the finger noises aren’t triggered, because real players obviously wouldn’t move their fingers from the pitch. You can set the Noises Amt knob from 0,0% – 100,0%, which controls the probability of hearing the noises from NEVER to ALWAYS.
  • Round Robin – Turn on/off Round Robin script (Keyswitched on E6).
  • It uses artificial round robin samples, which are triggered only when you play the same note or two-note ostinato repeatedly. They can be exchanged for the real Round Robin samples, if Blakus decides to record them someday Wink
  • Round Robin Mode – Switch between Cycle and Random Round Robin.
  • With Cycle Round Robin, you always hear the samples in the same order 1/2/3 / 1/2/3…, while with the Random Round Robin, the order is shuffled.
  • Legato / Polyphonic – Switch between Legato and Polyphonic mode (Keyswitched on C6).
  • Legato Preset – Switch between L-Legato and B-Legato preset (Keyswitched on D6).
  • L-Legato is made by me, while B-Legato is made by Blakus. You can use whichever you prefer, or you can even switch between the two in the middle of the phrase, if you want to.
  • Velocity Curve – Adjust the Velocity Curve, switch between Linear and Shelf Velocity Curve, set the lowest and the highest velocity or draw your own Velocity Curve with your mouse.
  • Credits – Click on the pocketBlakus sign on the bottom right corner to see the list of all the contributors (I was aware of) who helped to improve this virtual instrument.
  • All the Knobs and Sliders are set, so when you ctrl+click on them you get the default value, so you can experiment with them without being afraid of messing things up.
  • Hover your mouse over these controls to see the help in Kontakt’s info pane.

Legato improvement

  • Smoother legato transitions in my L-Legato preset.
  • Added simulated portamento transitions for both L-Legato and B-Legato presets (triggered when you play a note below velocity of 10). I recommend to use these mostly for smaller intervals. The SIPS Portamento was designed to only work with two notes held at the same time. Read this quotation from the SIPS User’s Guide for better understanding of how the Portamento works.


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