Is there a manual or help file for Orchestral Companion Strings?

This question was previously asked, and marked as answered, over a year ago. I just purchased this product and was looking for the manual, but there does not appear to be one in the zipped installer file, the VST settings, or the Sonivox product page. Can you please help?
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  • Hi John,

    Thanks for posting!

    There is no manual for the Orchestral Companion Strings, but the plugin is very straightforward. The manual would not provide a lot of information.

    Is there anything that I can answer for you?
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  • Hey Corey, thanks for responding!

    Well I presume some documentation was just expected. But I agree that it is mostly straightforward, in that you can load a patch and play. If you are familiar with synth programming you obviously can dive into the filters, envelopes, LFO's etc, to customize the on-board sounds.

    But the product page says "with natural swells available via the modulation wheel. MIDI key switching provides on-the-fly articulation for select patches". This is not intuitive from just looking at the interface. Which are the select patches?

    Speaking of patches, the product page mentions "90+ patches covering string ensembles and sectionals", but I only received 63 patches.
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  • Just been trying this out for myself and think I can answer your questions.

    As far as I can see, only the "basic" patches of each section plus the ensemble have switchable articulations...So Violins, Violas, Cellos, Contra-Bass and Ensemble Strings.

    This makes sense as the other patches are already specific articulations (or lite versions)

    Clicking the articulation buttons will switch them when available as will sending midi with the notes on the buttons

    Regarding the swells, you can assign the mod wheel with the learn button....Try it with the filter frequency....seems more controllable than with the volume

    While searching online for a manual I saw someone else was asking on here a year ago and the answer then was keep checking the site it will be uploaded soon....lol.
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  • Thanks for the tips!

    And it's not too obvious that you need to click on the tiny "learn" button in the lower right corner to activate MIDI learn mode. On most VST's that I've worked with, just right clicking on a control activates the learn mode. LOL!

    I also tried to use my MIDI controller to send the MIDI note articulation switches with C-1 thru E-1 (hard to play and click the mouse at the same time LOL). This is illustrated and implied by the instrument's GUI design.

    But nothing worked. Tried C1 thru E1. Failed again,

    Guess what? C0 thru E0 worked here! I double checked with MIDI-OX and with two different controllers to make sure that was what I was sending, and Yup! It's confirmed, that is what the Windows VST responds to. I did check this with two different Windows DAW hosts too. Anybody else experience this?
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  • I am having issues with Orchestral Companion.

    I am using Mac OSX High Sierra.

    When I click on both download links from my email confirmation of purchase (Zip File and PKG file) they download fine. Once I click on the downloaded zip file, it extracts 4 different bin. files. My computer will not recognize or open these properly. The archive utility "Archives" the bin. file to a cpgz. file. When I try and click on that, it turns the file back to a zip. I have tried multiple apps to open the files.

    When I click the downloaded .pkg file, installer gets stuck on "verifying orchestral companion strings" Never gets further. Any help would be much appreciated

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  • Thank you for the reply John!

    Would there be a logical explanation as to why the .pkg file will not verify via installer?

    It shows a progress window for the verification but never moves. I left for up to an hour and came back. No progress..

    Again, appreciate the response!
    • Sorry, just a Windows guy here. Suggest contacting either the seller, or SONiVOX support.
    • Your comment helped immensely John. Thank you. After a little online due diligence it turns out the installer has to be opened 1st , manually, when .PKG file is stuck on verification.

      For anyone else who has the same problem.....

      This can be done by opening the finder, pressing command + shift +G.

      When prompted enter /System/Library/CoreServices/

      Then select installer, and locate then .pkg file in question

      Problem seems to be solved

      Cheers
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