Amplesound - Martin D41 Free Lite version

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2013/05/14 08:39:51 (permalink)

Amplesound - Martin D41 Free Lite version

Amplesound - Martin D41 Free Lite version
 
http://www.amplesound.net/en/pro-pd.asp?id=7
 
Looks good, just downloading and will give it a try.
 
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    bitflipper
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    Re:Amplesound - Martin D41 Free Lite version 2013/05/14 09:20:16 (permalink)

    It's roughly 10% of the samples of the full package (up to the 4th fret only, 2 vs. 4 round-robins), 16- versus 24-bit files (not a problem) and no slides or harmonics. Should provide a nice taste of the full package and perhaps even be useful on its own. I'm gonna give it a go too.



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    Re:Amplesound - Martin D41 Free Lite version 2013/05/14 09:59:05 (permalink)
    Worth a try for sure. Looks like there is another free download for the Ample Guitar G. Presumably this is another cut down version, but the download is 1.9 GB none the less.

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    Re:Amplesound - Martin D41 Free Lite version 2013/05/14 10:17:07 (permalink)
    The "G" is an electric guitar, a Les Paul. A subset of the 4GB full instrument. Probably worth a download as well.


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    Re:Amplesound - Martin D41 Free Lite version 2013/05/14 10:43:31 (permalink)
    I've been playing around with this for a little bit, and it's very impressive, especially for a freebie.  Not so good for solos, since you're limited to the 4th fret, but the strumming function for open chords is the highlight -- very natural sounding.  And it doesn't even require Kontakt!  Amazing!
     
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    Re:Amplesound - Martin D41 Free Lite version 2013/05/14 10:53:20 (permalink)
    Got AGML installed. It's a 208MB rar,  728MB decompressed. Installer includes 32- and 64-bit VST plus RTAS and AAX versions, plus a pdf showing the differences between the free and full versions (user documentation is online only). I only installed the 32-bit version, which was 701MB installed. Both a standalone executable and a VSTi plugin are included.

    The installer asked me where I wanted to install it (I put it on my sample drive) but did not ask where to put the DLL, so after installation I dragged the dll into the cakewalk plugin folder and ran the scan.

    I dropped it into an existing project with a finger-picked acoustic guitar and got instant gratification. First observation: it's more CPU-hungry than my other libraries. The project ran at about 69% on the first core before inserting AGML; after adding AGML it jumped to 83% and required bumping up the ASIO buffers to be able to play without dropouts.

    Sound was quite good in solo, but I had to roll off a lot of low end to make it fit into the mix. This is normal and not really a bad thing, because you'll want that fat-bottom sound when featuring the instrument on its own. 

    AGM is not a Kontakt library. It comes with its own integrated player. That's a plus for those who don't own Kontakt. At AGM's price point ($169) it's more expensive than most Kontakt-based instruments such as Pettinhouse Acoustic Guitar at $99. It's competitive with Orange Tree Samples' product, which at $179 requires that you also have Kontakt and Vir2 Acoustic Legends ($200) that uses the free Kontakt player.


    Bottom line after first impressions: if you don't currently have a nice acoustic guitar sample library, grab this freebie at once before they change their minds. If you already have a bunch of AG libraries, this won't add much to your collection (but the full product might).


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    Re:Amplesound - Martin D41 Free Lite version 2013/05/14 12:30:05 (permalink)
    bitflipper


    The "G" is an electric guitar, a Les Paul. A subset of the 4GB full instrument. Probably worth a download as well.

    Probably, but this one seems to take forever to download.  Expect several hours for it to complete, if my experience is any indication. 
     
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    Edit:  I gave up on this one for now.  Was going to take days to download the thing.  Might try again later.
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    Re:Amplesound - Martin D41 Free Lite version 2013/05/14 14:06:27 (permalink)
    After some additional experimentation, my enthusiasm for the product has dimmed a little. Sound quality is good and I like the controls. But this is one seriously resource-hungry VI, on par with Diva (but without the quality settings to mitigate the problem). It makes Omnisphere look miserly by comparison.

    I think I'll stick to Kontakt-based instruments.


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    Re:Amplesound - Martin D41 Free Lite version 2013/05/14 16:58:02 (permalink)
    Anyone thinking of trying this, be aware that the freebie versions require the DAW to have internet connection each time you start it.
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    Re:Amplesound - Martin D41 Free Lite version 2013/05/14 18:36:07 (permalink)
    I found that out the first time I ran it. Then it keeps popping up "BUY NOW" dialogs, stealing focus from whatever plugin you'd been working with. I will probably uninstall it later today.



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