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My second best month so far with 27 sales! I’m hoping things just keep going up. I’m starting to upload more.

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I put my first sample pack for sale. A collection of sounds I put together, some of which were made from old recordings with cool edits pro and my Mona soundcard/interface. It’s basically free (2.5 GBP). So if it sounds like something interesting to you, check it out! :) Unfortunately it’s probably not the best stuff for AJ music—not poppy or upbeat. Most of the sounds are fairly dark and strange. And they are just samples, not Kontakt or SFZ mapped.

http://www.sampleism.com/halflightsoundstudio/paradoxlost?sk=kt
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I actually don’t think it is the most realistic sax sound. It’s almost too exaggerated and flamboyant and ends up sounding strange. Also, it doesn’t seem to be a review because you just play a midi sequence over and over. What about different presets, and other functions of the library? How does one make it more realistic? (CC controls and so on?). Is this your library you made? It’s not bad, but I think to get a better idea of what the library actually is you have flesh it out more in the review.

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I guess I am writing this so that others beware. It is not a library for everyone. If the moderators feel it necessary they can either move this to the off topic or close it.

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Messing around I just found another worthless “filler” patch. In the instrumentals section called “Nylon”. I mean, why is that there? It sounds like crap. I think there are free vst and sample library that sound much better.

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Hi – I have found Cinematic Guitars 1 & 2 like putting butter on toast…delicious! :)

It seems like so many of the samples are just mapped to fit the keyboard. So you have a really fast high note and a really slow low note. This can cause problems with syncing—it will sound out of sync—even if the note starting at the right times. Not too many sample libraries do this, just the cheap ones, as far as I have observed. Or at least if they map one or two samples to fit the keyboard range, they compensate for the increase in the speed if it’s higher pitched, or decrease in speed if it’s lower pitched. Wave’s soundshifter does a really great job of just changing pitches without causing artifacts (and it doesn’t change the speed of the sample). It just seems like common sense to me. I get the feeling they rushed things, or were lazy. I don’t know.

I understand that you can’t get multiple pitched samples of smashes or hits, but then why try to make it into something it’s not? Just provide the raw sample and we can map it if we want to. But you could provide multiple samples of those hits and have a non-pitched instrument, but then also provide the samples for us to map custom if we choose.

The thing that took the cake for me were the power chord patches. How hard is it to detune a guitar? Yet once it got to a low enough frequency, these simply extended the range using the same sample. It sounds awful. I think they did it high up too. If it doesn’t sound good, just don’t do it, or make the effort to get it to sound good. Even if it sounded really gritty, and maybe the strings would buzz. But I still think it would sound a heck of a lot better.

The other thing is that Cinematic Guitars 2 has a bunch of regular guitars. There are many other libraries that provide this, and do it better. If you are going to release something called “Cinematic Guitars” I think you should spend more time on the cinematic sound, not on the everyday, ordinary guitar samples. Don’t get me wrong, there are some good patches, but the whole package seems hardly worth 99$ and definitely not 399$. It seems they have traded quality with quantity. They should have been more focused.

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Can anyone convince me otherwise? I purchased cinematic guitars 2 because it was on sale. I have never had buyer’s remorse so badly. It just seems that so many cheap and lazy techniques were used to put the instruments together.

If I ever had the money down the road, what is a product of theirs that is worth the money? Their try packs were not sufficient in giving me an idea of their product quality. Cinematic Keys looks like the only thing that might be worth it.

Any input from anyone else?

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nikitsan’s “Goodness” http://audiojungle.net/item/goodness/10648737

I love the feel of the guitar here! Great work!

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My second entry! You guys have some great stuff. I don’t think I have a chance of placing anywhere. I really had high hopes that I could make many entries. I have 2-3 days left. Better get hustling.

http://audiojungle.net/item/sad-reflection/11686210
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This will be the last thing I write, but I think you guys have actually proven mine and Anderson’s point. So many nit picks but missing the bigger picture. We have all gotten into this habit of expecting sonic “perfection” without regard to any other question or consideration. It’s actually the flawed approach -like zooming too far with a microscope.

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