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Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who get Sonar X2 ?

Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who upgrade to Sonar X2?
Or is this only for those who order today thru end of month?
What about those who recently upgraded from Sonar 8.5.3 to Sonar X1 Producer with the offer to get Sonar X2 Producer Free - Do those customers get the free expansion pack too?
 
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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 16:16:29 (permalink)
    For early adopters
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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 16:18:48 (permalink)
    I'm gonna post this here too... "Special Offer: Download a Free Symphonic Strings expansion pack for Dimension Pro ($149 value) when you buy SONAR X2 Producer today. DSF Symphonic Strings HD is a collection of string ensembles with 1.7 GB of HD samples and 100 programs. Includes Basses/Celli/Violas/Violins arranged in Large Ensembles, Small Ensembles, Individual Sections, Cinematic, and Effects." It says TODAY... I'd like to know if they mean TODAY today or before the release.
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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 16:27:13 (permalink)
    The offer is good through the end of the month for upgrades. If you order it today as part of the pre-sale, you will get it immediately. And you will also get SONAR X2 Producer first, before it goes on sales to the general public. 

    Also, to be clear, the DSF Symphonic Strings is only being offered for SONAR X2 Producer upgrades.
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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 16:30:18 (permalink)
    Oh good. Thank you, Andrew. I was about to go into full on money shuffle freak out mode but I'll snag it later this week. I don't suppose you guys have an idea of how long until the Webinar is available for us who missed it? Yeah I'm a dummy... I totally forget it was today. :-(
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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 16:31:50 (permalink)
    Full version of TH2 is in the store for $99 Dollars. I can't wait for that to go on sale (lower!).



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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 16:33:01 (permalink)
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    The offer is good through the end of the month for upgrades. If you order it today as part of the pre-sale, you will get it immediately. And you will also get SONAR X2 Producer first, before it goes on sales to the general public. 

    Also, to be clear, the DSF Symphonic Strings is only being offered for SONAR X2 Producer upgrades.
    Thank you for clarifying this! :)
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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 16:36:35 (permalink)
    LANEY


    Full version of TH2 is in the store for $99 Dollars. I can't wait for that to go on sale (lower!).
    That won't be going on sale. It's a special price between us and Overloud for SONAR X2 customers. 

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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 16:39:29 (permalink)
    Andrew, if you're still reading this, myself and 1 or 2 other overseas customers are in a bit of a quandary as to which route to adopt.

    I'd like to take advantage of the pre-order and get the Symphonic Strings freebie - but this ties me into only having the download version, and I always like to have the DVD version, because I'm totally paranoid  


    Ordinarily, I wait until the DVD version is available here in the UK (I buy from Digital Village) but they make no reference (yet) to any upgrade deals - only the full X2 @ £385


    Any thoughts on a possible solution?


    I suppose I could wait a couple of weeks and see if it goes up on the DV website - but is that a guarantee I'll get the SS pack?


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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 16:46:33 (permalink)
    It looks like you can preorder the box as well. Not sure if you can get it shipped to the UK (I hope they'll ship to Canada). However you could just burn the exes to some DVDs. Maybe that isn't legal but if it's paid for and you aren't sharing them I wouldn't see why having a hardcopy back up would be a problem.
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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 16:52:38 (permalink)
    So Andrew,
      If I order it(TH2) this week, do I get it now? Or do I have to wait until X2 comes out?
    Just wondering.
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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 16:57:21 (permalink)
    hmm... just listened to the demo. Sounds kind of "synthy" to me. Maybe it was just how the demo was programmed but that's not really what I envisioned.
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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 17:00:35 (permalink)
    LANEY - The top sticky by Andrew says you'll get the TH2 upgrade imedeately when you order it;)

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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 17:02:41 (permalink)
    Beepster


    hmm... just listened to the demo. Sounds kind of "synthy" to me. Maybe it was just how the demo was programmed but that's not really what I envisioned.

    Do you mean the string sounds? I agree. DSF has its use, I have a couple of their expansions and they are good but they're not $500 so to speak. I can't get enough strings so I'm keen to check them out. But don't expect EWQLSO or Vienna Quality to them. Still a pretty cool bonus IMO. 

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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 17:06:51 (permalink)
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    LANEY - The top sticky by Andrew says you'll get the TH2 upgrade imedeately when you order it;)

    Thanks! - Must have overlooked that at the bottom.


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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 17:07:19 (permalink)
    @ProjectM... Yeah, I was reminded of the string banks on my DX7. I mean I could still use them I guess and free is always good but wow, people pay $149 for that? Maybe it sounds better once it's installed.
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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 17:10:30 (permalink)
    Just another thing I'd like to clarify. Would those who recently upgraded (in August ) to X1 production suite ( from expanded in my case) still be eligible for the strings bonus, and would they get x2 early?

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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 17:27:11 (permalink)
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    @ProjectM... Yeah, I was reminded of the string banks on my DX7. I mean I could still use them I guess and free is always good but wow, people pay $149 for that? Maybe it sounds better once it's installed.

    That's good comparisment from what I remember of the DX7 - although, I would think these are actually more realistic but not quite as realistic as some of the biger packages. What will be interesting is to see how it stacks up to the Garritan Pocket Orchestra in Dim Pro, which IMO is pretty good. Either way, I use strings in pretty much everything I do and have many libraries which has their own use, be it realistic, fake, emulated or what have you. I love layering different strings to get new sounds and for mix purposes. Love strings - I'm an addict!

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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 17:35:25 (permalink)
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    Just another thing I'd like to clarify. Would those who recently upgraded (in August ) to X1 production suite ( from expanded in my case) still be eligible for the strings bonus, and would they get x2 early?

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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 17:40:39 (permalink)
    @ProjectM... It does sound more nuanced than the DX7 but definitely has that digital stabbing type quality as opposed to the smooth warm acoustic tone I was expecting seeing as how they are supposed to be actual samples. It could be that effect is being created by multiple instances of the same instrument being triggered by a single MIDI note. Maybe using the single instruments and layering them with their own tracks will create something more true to life. It sounds like the intro to Game of Thrones or other fantasy type musical scores which seem to be a popular sound these days... but to me that's all too mechanical. Oh well. Free is free and maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised once I get my hands on it.
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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 17:50:36 (permalink)
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    @ProjectM... Yeah, I was reminded of the string banks on my DX7. I mean I could still use them I guess and free is always good but wow, people pay $149 for that? Maybe it sounds better once it's installed.

    Really?  It sounded to you like the sounds on your DX7?
     
    Are we talking about the Yamaha DX7?  If so, I'm flabbergasted..

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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 17:57:18 (permalink)
    I just downloaded the strings and played with them a bit, and I can officially say that they fill a niche in my Dim Pro toolbox.  I'm quite impressed, though I know they're not Vienna Symphony quality, they offer something I didn't have before.  It just makes X2 all the better.

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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 18:02:25 (permalink)
    @jb101... Yeah, the demo does. I'm sure it could do far more than that but the DX7 really was my first thought listening to it. And there ain't nothin' wrong with the DX7. I plan on using it quite often once I'm set up a little better but I know I'm not gonna get an authentic symphony or chamber music tone out of it. I was just hoping this package might come close to that level of realism. We'll see. If they truly are pure samples then layering the single string versions should do what I am describing. I'll have it soon enough and I'm certainly not complaining... just stating what my ears are telling me from the demo. Cheers.
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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 18:03:37 (permalink)
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    I just downloaded the strings and played with them a bit, and I can officially say that they fill a niche in my Dim Pro toolbox.  I'm quite impressed, though I know they're not Vienna Symphony quality, they offer something I didn't have before.  It just makes X2 all the better.
    Had a listen on the demo.  How would you say they compare to Garritan, for example.? I understand that they're not up to Vienna Symphony, but to compare them to F.M. strings from the eighties ?!?..  Incomprehensible
     
    They sounded okay to me.  For free, they sounded great.
     
     

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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 18:06:38 (permalink)
    @Lynn... Definitely happy about a nice bonus like that and even if it isn't exactly what I envisioned I will certainly make use of it. Just wasn't exactly what I thought it was which is more my ignorance on various soft syths than a statement on the software. As I said that is an extremely popular tone these days so it is by no means a bad tool. Not complaining ya'll... not complaining.
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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 18:09:57 (permalink)
    I also said they sounded more nuanced than the DX7. I do not think it sounds exactly like the DX7... it just is very reminiscent of it to my ears. Please don't take offense to my ramblings. :-/
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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 18:38:09 (permalink)
    It does sound more nuanced than the DX7 but definitely has that digital stabbing type quality as opposed to the smooth warm acoustic tone I was expecting seeing as how they are supposed to be actual samples.



    I'm pretty sure you'll find you can eq and sweeten them to more of your liking Beep... especially if you don't put them too up front in a mix.

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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 18:43:23 (permalink)
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    I also said they sounded more nuanced than the DX7. I do not think it sounds exactly like the DX7... it just is very reminiscent of it to my ears. Please don't take offense to my ramblings. :-/
    I didn't take offence, and none was meant.
     
    But how one can compare FM strings to a reasonably sampled string section, I don't understand..
     
    I remember using the Roland Jupiter 8, Juno 60 etc. for strings, back in the day.. When I first got to use Korg M1s and Roland D50, and Kawai K1 and  K4, I couldn't believe how realistic they sounded in comparison.  Things just seem to get better.  I still used the analog gear for warmth, but the digital stuff just beats it for realism.  I used to layer the S & S with analog sounds to get some warmth.....
     
    I just found it odd to hear the DSF stuff compared to the FM stings that I hated at the time.  Thin, was a word bandied about at the time.
     
    FM did lots of great sounds, bells, that Elec Piano sound at the time, etc.  But to say FM strings sounded better than the DSF collection makes me think that you have never heard a real string section..
     
    Horses for courses, though.  Sometimes I prefer that Melotron sound to accurate strings or voices, but that's my age..
     
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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 18:52:25 (permalink)
    @Randy... Good to know. Do you have this package? As I said I'm sure it can do far more than the demo suggests. Sounds like someone just set their controller to trigger the 10 string versions and had at 'er.
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    Re:Is the DSF Symphonic Strings - HD Expansion For Dimension Free for all who gets Sonar X 2012/09/05 18:58:46 (permalink)
    @jb101... I guess you have this package or at least experience with similar DSF stuff. Your thoughts on the single instrument layering I mentioned would be appreciated. My uses for it would probably be different than most. I was kind of hoping for a more resonant "bow" kind of sound. And seriously if you haven't listened to the demo I'm referring to it is on this page... http://www.store.cakewalk...ductid=10-DSSS1.00-20E
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