The Performance patch's default setting is the full four-piece section, in polyphonic mode, i.e. all notes played will each sound all four instruments playing a sustained articulation in unison. This has four velocity-switched dynamic layers, the highest layer being a forte/piano/crescendo articulation, 'FoPiCre', a strongly accented note that subsides very quickly and swells back to a zippy crescendo. This can also be effective for playing very short, accented notes. When held a fraction longer and released just before the crescendo begins, it provides a natural-sounding timbral decay for non-marcato short notes. A number of alternative highest-velocity articulations are selectable from a drop-down menu, with a choice of rips (flurried slurs up to a sustained note); grace notes (short, semitone upward slurs); shakes (energetic, 'jazz hand' trills); staccatissimo (very short stabs); marcato (emphatic notes of around one beat in length); and 'FoPiCre Time', a variation of FoPiCre that syncs the sample length to the host DAW's tempo. These alternative articulations can be disabled, in which case the sustained articulation plays an additional double-forte sustained layer at the highest velocities. However, only one of the high-velocity articulations can be active at a time, since none of SH's drop-down menu choices can be selected via MIDI control. There are plenty of unused keys at the low end of the keyboard layout, so the decision not to make them selectable via keyswitches is an odd one. Doits and falls are also possible, but these are accessed by a different method, discussed later.
Ancient Greek Winds is a collection of nine carefully-sampled traditional Greek woodwind instruments capturing the essence of the classical Hellenistic period. This group of restored artifacts includes single and double-reeded aulos flutes from bass to alto, as well as conch shell horns, brass salpinx horn, pan flute and plagiaulos. Each instrument is fully playable, with sustains, staccatos, true legato, dynamic expressions and effects tailored to its specific characteristics. Ancient Greek Winds is the perfect melodic complement to our Ancient Greek Strings and Ancient Greek Percussion libraries. Each instrument was hand-crafted using period-accurate methods, building materials, and tools by the Athens-based historical research group LyrΑvlos, led by Panagiotis Stefos. Fashioned from wood, reeds, conch shells, and bronze, these musical treasures faithfully explore the distant musical past and would be right at home in the hands of bronze age musicians over 2,500 years ago. 2b1af7f3a8