Garritan ´- Gofriller Solo Cello (Pc/Mac/Universal)

gofriller cello
Created by Giorgio Tommasini, Stefano Lucato & Gary Garritan
Kontakt Player 2 Included - Shipping February 2007
A Breakthough in Expressive Sampling
Featuring Ground-Breaking New "Sonic Morphing" Technology
which provides the ultimate in real-time playability

NAMM, Anaheim , CA ( January 18, 2007 ) � Garritan today showed the Gofriller Solo Cello, the latest software instrument using the revolutionary �sonic morphing' process. This Solo Cello software instrument, created by an Italian team in collaboration with Garritan, expands the company's solo instrument series following the release of the Stradivari Solo Violin.

The Gofriller Solo Cello represents a major step forward in software musical instrument technology and provides a level of realism and expression in the industry. �Following the success of the Stradivari Solo Violin, there has been great interest in other instruments using the Sonic Morphing Technology�, says Gary Garritan. �And more solo instruments are in development and will be available soon.�

This new instrument integrates the Native Instruments Kontakt 2 sample player and can be used as a standalone instrument, as a VST, DXi, RTAS or Audio Units plug-in, and can be used with supported notation programs like Finale 2007.

Gofriller Cellos (made nearly three hundred years ago) are among the finest cellos ever made and are known for the rich and beautiful tone. Thanks to the exclusive "Sonic Morphing" technology, this sampled Gofriller Cello lets you seamlessly crossfade among dynamics ( pp to ff ), continuously control the onset, rate and speed of the vibrato, and shape articulations in real time. The result of these technologies is extraordinary levels of realism, expressiveness and virtuosic performance capabilities in a way that preserves the natural characteristics of the Gofriller Cello. This instrument leaps to life beneath your fingertips!

Just as real Gofriller Cellos are so well made that they are considered the best of their type, we wanted to produce a sample instrument library that would be the best cello library ever made. The finest instruments are the ones that will allow musicians to express themselves best, whether they are three hundred years old or in the form of today's software instruments.

Demos will be posted shortly after the NAMM show.

Paradigm Shift: A A Software Instrument You Play In Real-Time

The Gofriller Solo Cello is a true musical instrument designed to be played expressively, in real time. This instrument allows the user to play beautifully expressive and believable sound that can be PLAYED and PERFORMED as music, in real-time, rather than put together like a jigsaw puzzle or tweaked after the fact.

"Sonic Morphing" technologies make this possible. Morphing describes what can be seen in motion pictures where there is a gradual transformation from one image into another. First used in the Stradivari Solo Violin, rhis basic concept has been applied to sound samples allowing sound samples to morph into each other seamlessly and hear authentic timbre changes as notes become louder or softer. Sophisticated modal resonance technology uses instrument body impulses and allows you to control the onset, intensity and rate of vibrato, impart portamento and much more. In addition, with the powerful AI midi processor you can change or create articulations in real time, change the type of attack or bow direction, impart legato, play trills & tremolo and have an infinite variety of playing possibilities at your fingertips. All this in real time!

The result of these technologies is extraordinary levels of realism, expressiveness and virtusosic performance capabilities in a way that preserves the natural characteristics of the Gofriller Cello. This instrument leaps to life beneath your fingertips!

Harmonic Aligned (Morphing) Samples vs. Traditional Sampling

Harmonic Alignment provides unprecedented control over the dynamic flow of a musical passage

Traditional sample libraries use discontinuous samples and transitioning between different dynamic levels (pp, mp, mf, ff) or different vibrato levels cause the listener to hear two distinct instruments (doubling) during transitions with disjointed tones and phasing issues. It simply was not possible to have smooth transitions applied to solo instruments samples. The diagram below illustrates what a user hears during traditional sampling transitions.

By aligning the sound samples...

The samples morph into each other seamlessly with no doubling, phasing or sonic discontinuity. The result is extraordinary levels of realism, playability and expressiveness while preserving the natural characteristics of the instrument.

Harmonic alignment is a major step in the development of sampling. An upcoming complete series of solo strings intruments, for which Garritan Libraries has exclusive use of this groundbreaking technology, is currently underway.

Hybrid Instrument using Impulse Responses

The Gofriller Cello is based upon specially devised convolution impulses for the body of the violin, using a patent-pending technique developed by Giorgio Tommasini & Stefano Lucato. This process allows for new levels of real-time expression never before possible with a sample-based instrument.

System Requirements:

The entire Gofriller Cello instrument, is packed into a single Kontakt 2 instrument, and as such, works on PC & Mac platforms, and works with all sequencers that support VST, DXi, TRAS and Audio Units. It works in real time on a P4 2.6+ GHz (or a comparable Mac), with a CPU load of about 20-25% (convolution included). A faster computer will yield more efficiency and also Kontakt 2 purging will significantly decrease the CPU load. A keyboard with a six octave range, Pitch Wheel, Mod Wheel, Sustain Pedal, Channel Aftertouch and Expression Pedal or similar controllers are required to get full use of the product.

About the Development Team
The Gofriller Cello has been developed by an Italian team in collaboration with Gary Garritan, who also provided the Gofriller Cello samples. Collaboration began in 2001 with the aim of developing expressive ways of playing this rare and exquisite instrument. There was extensive research, experimenting, trial and error in order to have better sound quality while maintaining the advantages of the new approach to expressive sampling. The founders of this team were:

Giorgio Tommasini, holds a medical degree "magna cum laude" from Milano University, and had an illustrious career as a clinical cardiologist, researcher, and head of the Cardiovascular Division of a 400-bed Hospital. His pioneering research, mainly oriented on applications of computers in cardiology, and witnessed by more than 150 scientific papers, patents and presentations at internationational Meetings, led to new methods for quantification and treatment of myocardial infarction, new techniques for detection of silent ischemia and automatic quantification of coronary narrowings by intelligent image processing, and the invention of a revolutionary, 3D approach to coronary angiography, that has been subsequently adopted by several important Medical X-ray groups.

He became interested in samplers as accompaniment for his music in the mid 1980's. Very unsatisfied by the lack of expressiveness of all available sample-based instruments, he began to think of methods capable to overcome this limitation. The "phase alignment technique", now patent-pending, was the first result of this new research in an entirely different field. For the first time it was possible to crossfade different dynamics with no phase artifact. The development of a controlled vibrato technique was the next step. New research on "determination of modal resonances and the impulse response of an instrument by analysis of pitched sounds, and application to the sysnthesis of portamento & vibrato with samplers", now patent-pending eventually resulted in a drastic refinement of the method.

Stefano Lucato, a true professional musician and sound engineer, greatly contributed to the very innovative programming which characterizes the Gofriller Cello. Stefano Lucato was born in Gornate Olona, in a quiet Italian country landscape in 1968. To discover his predisposition to music was the priest of the nearby church who, hearing the boy playing organ at 7, provided him a teacher in exchange for the agreement to play at Sunday Masses. Play became passion. The encounter with the music world brought him across a long path including several successful records and an active collaboration with the National Broadcasting Corporation. Stefano presently works mainly as a composer and arranger, and is an acknowledged master in audio aditing, mastering and development of new techniques of sound synthesis.

Gary Garritan is an award-winning developer of high-quality and innovative soundware. Garritan sample libraries have won accolades from celebrity musicians and music press alike. The libraries have been used in a variety of applications: from popular TV shows, film and attractions to video games, live concerts and ballets. In addition, hundreds of schools and universities have chosen Garritan Libraries for use with their music curriculums.

Price: $199