Rhea Hosanny Legato Viola is the world's first deep-sampled ultra-legato solo viola, crafted to perform realistic melodic phrases at all speeds. Every note is infused with Rhea Hosanny's expressive performance style and will imbue your tracks with heartfelt emotion. With bespoke Playing Position, Vibrato Style, and Legato Speed controls, we've created the most realistic solo viola library on the market.
Features in v1.0:
- Deep-sampled round-robin recordings of every note transition on the instrument
- Playing Position control
- Vibrato Style control
- Legato Speed control
- Dynamics control
- Reverb control
- 3.88 GB of content / 2,869 samples (24bit/44.1 kHz NCW)
- Requires full-version Kontakt 5.8.1 or higher
About the Instrument
Choose between 1st Position and Extended for natural and musical connections between adjacent notes. Extended notes will sound muted and darker in tone since they are played higher on the fingerboard than 1st Position. Extended position should be used to replace open strings (C, G, D, A) with fingered vibrated notes. For live performance, use the Sustain Pedal to toggle between positions in real-time (Kontakt keyboard changes to orange color while Extended position is activated).
Choose between Progressive and Full vibrato. While on the default Progressive setting, notes will begin with no vibrato and slowly increase in vibrato intensity over time. While on Full vibrato, notes will begin with the highest intensity vibrato.
Use the Legato Speed wheel to control how quickly slurred notes transition. Higher settings allow for faster playing and lower settings allow for slower playing, revealing more of the recorded legato transition. For live performance, we recommend assigning a MIDI CC to control the Legato Speed (in Kontakt, right-click on a knob to Learn a MIDI CC).
Use the Mod Wheel to control dynamics.
Use the Reverb wheel to control the amount of orchestral hall reverb. If the Reverb wheel is set to 0%, the instrument will revert back to Mono.
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Meet Rhea Hosanny
Rhea Hosanny is a Los Angeles-based viola performer, session musician, and founder of Strings Attached Entertainment. She has performed with legendary artists Earth, Wind & Fire, Beyoncé, Adele, Kanye West, Andrea Bocelli, Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, Evanescence, Cage the Elephant, Ricky Martin, and Solange Knowles. Rhea regularly records for films, television, & albums and has performed on multiple TV and award shows. Rhea performs for the Phoenix Symphony and The Las Vegas Philharmonic.
Sometimes you just need a little something to carry the melody and this viola is a great example of the instrument, be it rapid fire arpeggios or a nice slurred legato.
Where this viola shines at its best is when it's played slowly. The raw recording, the organic vibrato and the legato make this instrument full of character for solo melodic performances. Some samples take a while untill reaching a perfect pitch, so when it's played fast, it may sound little out of tune and I found some annoying click sound in one sample. The sounds take longer than I would like to trigger the release. Again, when played slowly this is not a big deal, but in faster phrases this behaviour make me get lost in the tempo.
Don't get me wrong: it's a good viola and I will probably use with delight, it's just that it's not a workhorse for every situation.
Having quite a collection of strings, I'd been eyeing this viola that not only sounded outstanding based on the demos, but actually is !! Realistic, well recorded .. what else > easy to use and quite convincing with few options. A flaw, nevertheless, > no polyphony, but I would give more consideration to a good monophonic sound like this than to a an average sounding workhorse, and just use two where needed. An honest deal to make it short!
You won't find solo viola libraries too often (as far as I know) while they can be useful to complete your string palette and add harmony with your solo cello or violin. This library will close the gap nicely for all your string legato needs.
For anyone looking for a quality solo viola library, you can’t get much better than this. Rhea’s tone is incredible. I highly recommend!