8Dio Adagietto Review

8Dio Adagietto ReviewOver the last few years, I’ve had the chance to play around with a wide range of string libraries over the past few years including LASS, Cinematic Strings 2, Hollywood Strings, Symphobia 1 + 2 etc. I currently own and often use LASS and Cinematic Strings 2, and very occassionally use Hollywood Strings as its just so damn big and clunky (although it does sound beautiful). This week I tried out the new library by 8Dio called Adagietto – based upon the Adagio series which is four separate libraries for Violins, Violas, Basses and Cellos.

Adagietto offers a combination of the Adagio libraries in one “ensemble” library providing a quick and “easy to use” ensemble library, when you need it – offering both the option to play four part strings in one patch, or each section separately using individual patches. The library weighs in at just under 13GB and was recorded with 11 Violins, 8 Violas, 6 Cellos and 4 Double Basses. It contains two microphone selections to choose from – far and close – allowing you to mix both selections also.

Downloading the library was simple – you get an email with the download link, stick your code into the 8Dio downloader, and away you go. Simple process, and didn’t take too long. I loaded up the library in Kontakt and the first thing I noticed was its not a “Kontakt Library” (ie. doesn’t show up in your library list along the left hand side), but just a normal library that you have to load each patch from the file browser area. This generally irks me a little bit, but fair enough – I understand that Native Instruments charges developers more to make it a Kontakt library that shows up in your library list, so not all developers will make their libraries this way.

The Patches

Looking at the patches, we have the following folders:

  • Ensemble
  • Individual Sections
  • Legatos

Ensemble is split into two folders – Longs and Shorts.

Longs has the following patches:

  • dynamic bowing
  • dynamic bowing sordino
  • sustains
  • sustains sordino
  • tremolo
  • trills maj
  • trills min

Shorts has the following patches:

  • Bartok
  • Marcato
  • Pizzicato
  • Spiccato
  • Staccato

Individual Sections is split into one folder for each string type – violins, violas, cellos, basses

Each instrument then has the following articulations to choose from:

  • Bartok
  • Dynamic bowing sordino
  • Marcato
  • Pizzicato
  • Spiccato
  • Staccato
  • Sustains
  • Sustains Sordino
  • Tremolo
  • Trills Maj
  • Trills Min

The Legatos folder has one legato patch for each string section.

The Sound

The first patch I tried was the Ensemble Dynamic Bowing patch (ie. four part strings in one patch).  Each dynamic bowing patch is basically a normal note being played with a crescendo or “musical breath/arc” – “It is an emotional expression you can never achieve crossfading sustains”. There are two to choose from – dynamic bowing 1 offering a softer gesture and dynamic bowing 2 offering a stronger gesture. I enjoyed the dynamic bowing patches as they sounded very natural and even when just playing around with them, you can create some beautiful and lush sounds.

8Dio Adagietto

I often find myself in need of sordino strings my compositions, so I was happy to see that Adagietto included a nice range of them. The ensemble patches have Sordino Dynamic Bowing 1 and Sordino Dynamic Bowing 2 (as do each individual instrument section) along with Sordino Sustains also. I really loved the far mic sordinos and when coupled with the dynamic bowing, they really sounded beautiful – very emotional and lush.

The Ensemble Sustains patch is probably going to be one of the most used ones for most people who own this library. Its full 4 part strings in one patch allowing you to write for string ensemble easily. I thought it sounded beautiful – better than  Cinematic Strings 2 actually – and when combined with the super simple interface, it made using it really enjoyable. Of course, having such a simple interface, does mean you’re not getting as many tweakable options as some other competing libraries, but to be honest, I think its a fair trade off in this case. The Ensemble Tremolo and Ensemble Trills patches both sound incredible also – a large and resonant sound.

Onto the Ensemble Shorts patches, these again all sounded great. The pizzicato patch was one of my favourite string pizzicato patches I’ve heard so far as it just sounded very natural and realistic. The spiccato and staccato patches were perfect and the “bartok” patch was a nice unusual articulation that might come in handy at some point.

Each patch in the individual section sounded as expected – the same as it sounded in the ensemble patch, just by itself. All instruments in here sounded great,

The Legato folder offers 4 patches – one legato patch for each string section. These patches were absolutely gorgeous, my favourite being the Violins Legato patch. They sound very lyrical and emotional and are perfect for so many types of writing.

Conclusion

I see Adagietto as a quick and easy to use string ensemble writing tool that sounds great and gets the job done quickly. For this reason, its perfect for composers who work on very tight deadlines and are looking for something that can speed up their string writing. It sounds gorgeous (I used it with EWQL Spaces and it was amazing) and offers the majority of articulations you’d normally use in most of your writing.  Its not very RAM intensive meaning its great for low-end computers and its a good amount cheaper than the majority of its competitors in the same area (Cinematic Strings 2 – $499, Cinestrings Core – $499, Hollywood Strings Gold – $399).

Although it might not offer same level of built in flexibilty in the interface as some of its competitors and uses separate patches rather than keyswitches, the sound of Adagietto more than makes up for these minor flaws.

8Dio Adagietto is available at http://8dio.com/instrument/adagietto for $349

 

Over the last few years, I’ve had the chance to play around with a wide range of string libraries over the past few years including LASS, Cinematic Strings 2, Hollywood Strings, Symphobia 1 + 2 etc. I currently own and often use LASS and Cinematic Strings 2, and very occassionally use Hollywood Strings as its just so damn big and clunky (although it does sound beautiful). This week I tried out the new library by 8Dio called Adagietto – based upon the Adagio series which is four separate libraries for Violins, Violas, Basses and Cellos. Adagietto offers a combination of the Adagio libraries in one “ensemble” library providing a quick and “easy to use” ensemble library, when you need it – offering both the option to play four part strings in one patch, or each section separately using individual patches. The library weighs in at just under 13GB and was recorded with 11 Violins, 8 Violas, 6 Cellos and 4 Double Basses. It contains two microphone selections to choose from – far and close – allowing you to mix both selections also. Downloading the library was simple – you get an email with the download link, stick your code into the 8Dio downloader, and away you go. Simple process, and didn’t take too long. I loaded up the library in Kontakt and the first thing I noticed was its not a “Kontakt Library” (ie. doesn’t show up in your library list along the left hand side), but just a normal library that you have to load each patch from the file browser area. This generally irks me a little bit, but fair enough – I understand that Native Instruments charges developers more to make it a Kontakt library that shows up in your library list, so not all developers will make their libraries this way. The Patches Looking at the patches, we have the following folders: Ensemble Individual Sections Legatos Ensemble is split into two folders – Longs and Shorts. Longs has the following patches: dynamic bowing dynamic bowing sordino sustains sustains sordino tremolo trills maj trills min Shorts has the following patches: Bartok Marcato Pizzicato Spiccato Staccato Individual Sections is split into one folder for each string type – violins, violas, cellos, basses Each instrument then has the following articulations to choose from: Bartok Dynamic bowing sordino Marcato Pizzicato Spiccato Staccato Sustains Sustains Sordino Tremolo Trills Maj Trills Min The Legatos folder has one legato patch for each string section. The Sound The first patch I tried was the Ensemble Dynamic Bowing patch (ie. four part strings in one patch).  Each dynamic bowing patch is basically a normal note being played with a crescendo or “musical breath/arc” – “It is an emotional expression you can never achieve crossfading sustains”. There are two to choose from – dynamic bowing 1 offering a softer gesture and dynamic bowing 2 offering a stronger gesture. I enjoyed the dynamic bowing patches as they sounded very natural and even when just playing around with them, you can create some beautiful and…

8Dio Adagietto


INSTALLATION – 100%


PATCHES – 80%


INTERFACE – 80%


SOUND – 95%


VALUE – 90%



89%

89/100

What Adagietto lacks in its simple interface and lack of keyswitches, it makes up for in its beautiful sound and quick and easy-to-use ensemble patches.

89

Written by: Emmett Cooke

Emmett Cooke is an Irish composer for film, tv and video games. His music has been used around the world by high profile companies including Sony Playstation, Ralph Lauren, ABC, CBS, NBC, Lockheed Martin and many more.

  • Terry Jones

    Cool, I’ll keep an eye on this one for future purchase I think. :)

  • Jon

    Dammit! Another library that sounds great. Do you think there’s any chance the industry could stop releasing stuff until I saved up a bit more cash? :)

  • Randy Calligan

    I too found 8DIo to sound incredible… but I think it’s only fair to say that the s/w itself is about as dysfunctional as any I’ve ever come across. I purchased Adagio ($1000 bucks) several months ago and to date have not used it. Keys stick down, buttons don’t work, corrupted files when you open it. I’ve downloaded it 3 times now and it takes 3-4 days to download. Their tech support says, that this is not their problem and they blame Kontakt for some of the problems. Last time I checked, software had to function, not just sound great.

  • Jasmine

    I’m afraid i have to agree with Mr Calligan. This library is a disappointment – not as far as the sound of it goes, but as far as functionality goes. Keys are routed completely incorrectly, samples of certain patches are downright *missing* and as a result of it…well, i’m sticking to LASS scoring strings.

    • EmmettCooke

      Weird, I’ve never experienced those problems myself to be honest. I use it in conjunction with LASS and Cinematic Strings 2 and it sounds great :)

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