Development Tracker - Bohemian Cello EXP1 - Violin EXP2 & Viola+EXP1 UPDATED 2nd February

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2nd February 2018

Dear Supporters,

 

The Cello Expansion 1 is being rolled out as I type this message ;) - those of you who own the library will receive an email notifying you that the Expansion 1 is ready for download once the links have been deposited into your account. To keep our servers running we are doing a 2 day roll out to all existing users. If you do not get an email from us letting you know that the library is ready for download you are probably not subscribed (we can not contact you via email regarding updates), but don't worry, by Sunday all accounts will have the Expansion 1 deposited, so just check your account on Sunday and you will be able to begin your download. If you wish to be kept up to date with our expansion programme please subscribe to our newsletter - we send emails no more then necessary, so don't worry about tens of emails from us each month and we always try to make sure that we have important info to share if we are doing a newsletter.

 

Thank You for your continued support and we hope you enjoy all the crazy improvements we have made to the Cello. Overview Video and other tutorials will follow after the weekend and please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance.

 

Warm Regards

 

Virharmonic Team

 

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19th January 2018

Dear Supporters,

 

We are finally here, the day we can show off the Cello and what we have been up to all this time. As usual with us, this is a live improvisation without any force keys/keyswitches or mood changes. Of course as with the EXP1 for the violin, we have moods in this version of the Cello too as well as a completely new GUI (which will make it's way to EXP2 of the violin and we will show it off more in the Overview at some point next week if beta goes well.

 

As you have probably noticed a lot has changed since version one. This expansion contains over 35 thousand new samples and effectively replaces the old Cello. In the end we have decided to change the Cellist to improve the library beyond it's original potential. This meant starting from scratch, but it delivers an instrument that fits our vision. Of course this expansion is free for all existing users ;). This technically means that you will now have 2 different cellos - the original base and the new Expanded version. 

 

We are now off to prepare the Beta (which will start Tomorrow) and we will be contacting all beta testers on the beta team during Tomorrow. If you are on the Beta Team and you do not receive an email from us by the end of Tomorrow, please do not hesitate to drop us an email.

 

Thank you all for your patience and support and we look forward to hearing your thoughts :)

 

Warm Regards

 

Ondrej & the Team@Virharmonic

 

 

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So the Year of 2018 is here and we have first exciting news - Release Candidate has been uploaded to UVI for encoding yesterday. Once we get the Encoded version we will set up the Beta as fast as possible to get the cello into testers hands and as soon as it meets their approval we will go into release. We will be contacting Beta Testers via email, so if you don't receive an email from us before the end of Monday next week and you are on the Beta Team please drop us an email to get you sorted. More to follow every day now ;) The updates will get very regular until release.

 

Thank you for your support and we will keep you posted :) 

 

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Dear Supporters,

 

VirHarmonic End of year Update 2017

So the time of the year has come, the time for looking back and reviewing what the year has brought. This year (2017) was the busiest year yet. It has brought about many innovations for our future development and also uncovered interesting facts about our development process. One of such was Ondrej’s first grey hair, which clearly proves that excessive time spent processing legatos is much worse for the body and the mind then excessive consumption of coffee, and nothing is worse then combining both. 

This year we have managed to record a total of 412 hours of material in our studios (which is roughly equal to 1.13 hours of recording every day of the year) and shows that our musicians (violinist, cellist, violist and a secret one) are crazy for working with us. We have also cut in excess of 130 thousand samples (most of these were cut and processed by Ondrej) which for those who are not initiated into the world of sampling, is roughly the amount of legatos that are required for early onset of madness. Not all of this has been released of course, but it won’t be long now, until we start seeing the fruits of this years labour.

The Cello has been taking longer than we have hoped, even though it was our main priority, but as the above numbers show, we have worked tirelessly on the Bohemian Series (Violin EXP2, Cello EXP1, Viola including EXP1+ and a secret project). Considering the time ahead of us, before the year ends, we wouldn’t be able to run the Cello beta in an effective manner through the holiday season, as it would not be fair on the beta testers or our poor server guys and our programmer, but we will internally work through the days in between to make sure that the beta coming in early January, is polished and ready to be classed as a Release version within days of the Beta release. We understand the frustration of waiting (we feel the same way about delaying it as you feel about hearing of the delays), but thanks to your patience we are able to go beyond the original scope of the Bohemian Series and make sure that each individual release are fully fledged products with features that are unique to our series. 

The original plans set in 2015 have been nothing short of blown out of the water and the new scope of Bohemian Series is tens of thousands of samples larger than originally planned, with predictive scripting far more complex than the original concept, with new smart sample handling, to allow our libraries to have 50000+ samples in one loaded patch for a single instrument, which will make its appearance in EXP2 soon. This new scope also makes the series that much more awesome and realistic, while still incredibly easy to use. 

2018 will be a crazy year for us. We plan to release the Cello EXP1 in January. This will be followed by release of EXP2 for the Violin and Viola including EXP 1 in Q1 and Q2. These are preliminary schedules, but considering how much we have reworked our work-flow, we believe these to be highly possible and we will aim to pleasantly surprise you. We also have some freebies planned, one of which will be exclusive to our customers and is part of the secret project and we also plan to release EXP3 for the Violin and EXP2 for cello in the same year. This will finally conclude the initial expansion plan for the Violin, but it will by no means be the end of the development cycle, if people still feel that we can go further. 

As a whole team, myself (Alex), Ondrej and Jordi, would like to thank you for your continued support, kind words, suggestions, ideas and we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas, Great Holiday season and a Happy New Year. We hope that 2018 brings you great things, good health and amazing, inspired music.

Warm Regards

The VirHarmonic Team

 

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We are in the final stage of the developement now. At this point we are primarily looking at the behaviour of the Virtual performer and tweaking it to make sure that it plays with you regardless what you play or how skilled you are at the piano. The main issue at this stage is that behaviour tweaking is one of the most crucial parts (right after our painstaking sampling) to the feeling of the Bohemian Series, but easily the most likely part where we can get bogged down and have unpredictable delays. From the beginning we are trying to be as open as possible, but predicting schedules (exact dates) at this stage is very difficult. Internal schedules had us set for releasing Beta Candidate Today, but the latest build was not approved by Ondrej, as some parts of the behaviour are still not sitting perfectly with what we would expect, thus moving to beta of the Release candidate would be counter intuitive, as we want the Beta to test if the behaviour is perfect and if so, we can move to release, therefore Beta Candidate will come a bit later. This is the one part where saying "measure twice to tweak once" is the best description of what we do every day for 12 hours a day. On the bright side we believe that the Cello will come this year into full release and we are working around the clock to make sure that it matches to the quality and high expectations set by the Bohemian Violin.

 

 

We expect this to be our last update before beta is released.

 

 

Thank you for your continues patience and support as it helps us to spend the time required to make Bohemian Soul Capture Series.

 

 

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We have completed the re-recordings for the Cello and will be moving onto Beta shortly (Shortly means any of the upcoming weeks. We are currently aiming to get it into Release candidate testing this month). We are processing all the retakes and then we will spend few days just making sure that the Beta Candidate is bug free and hopefully can become Release Candidate very shortly as we really can not wait to get the Cello Expanded out and move on to the next items on our long lists :D

 

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We are currently hard at work finishing the Cello Expansion 1. We are making sure that the Cello is working as well (if not better ;) ) then the Bohemian Violin and we hope to move to beta release candidate any week now. We had hoped to go to beta this week, but we have identified a few samples in some areas of the Cello sample pool that we would like to retake before moving to the Release Candidate. We are now waiting on the retakes with the Cellist and once that is completed, all we do is process the samples and drop them into the program. Thanks to all the work we have done on the streamlining of the process this can done reasonably fast and still allow for final realease to happen in November.

 

We expect that the full release will take place in November as stated above with Beta beginning in the first half of November. Dates for recapture of the items in question are set and we can not wait to finally showcase what we have been cooking up for you this whole time.

 

Thank you for your patience and we are very confident that you will like the changes coming to the Bohemian Cello Expansion 1.

 

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We have created a visual Dev Tracker this time on all 3 Libraries, to give more of an insight into our progress. The top of the tracker shows the most time intensive "Samples Captured" ,also the most complicated to manage as our talented musicians schedules can be a nightmare to arrange :) , we will be updating the infographic as we get closer to completion.

 

We wanted to bring all three libraries up to the same capabilities and start updating them closer together, so the Bohemian Viola will launch with Expansion 1 already included. We understand that our pricing model for the Violin and Cello would also be expected on the Viola, so to remain predictable and fair with our pricing, the Bohemian Viola will be available to existing customers at the base version price instead of the expansion 1 price for a limited time period. (more info on this will be sent out in our Newsletter, closer to release).

 

Now comes the time when we will be keeping you more up to date with the final stages of development and our future plans as we reach the quartet stage of the Soul Capture Series of Solo Strings.

 

Warm Regards

The VirHarmonic Team

 

 

 

Latest update: 24/05/2018