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Patrick Smith
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I received John's email this morning  about Jeremy's unification of the patches and was interested to checkout GForce Virtual String Machine.  After browsing a few reviews, I liked what I saw and bought the instrument.  The instrument has been developed over a long period of time which has made the installation process complicated (at least for PCs, I do not have a Mac so unable to comment).  Anyway, I thought I would detail the files and the order in which they need to be installed for tonight's livestream and future reference.

1. VSM_Setup_v3_x64.exe
2. VSM_Setup_v3_Library.exe
3. VSM_Setup_v3_LibraryExtras.exe
4. VSM_Setup_v3_VSM_Expansion.exe
5. VSM_Setup_v3_VSM_Expansion2.exe
6. Unified - GF Virtual String Machine.guru

Additional Patch Libraries (Not currently included in guru file).

Copy into your String Machine Library folder which is located in your chosen installation drive  :\ProgramData\GForce\String Machine
Library

7. Philicorda.cpt2
8. M-Streicher.cpt2

The guru file that I downloaded goes as far as the end of the Chris M patches so I would guess that there will be an updated file soon.

Incidentally, you can tell this is a company with a sense of humour.  Just try saving a patch in the program and you will see that they all have the suffix of *.arse.  Very droll!


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@patrick-smith 

Thanks for the information.

I did actually notice the Philicorda in the readme file that came with VSM but I couldn't see it in my list of presets or when John showed it in last weekend's livestream, so I assumed that the readme screenshot was out of date. They certainly make it hard to find those extra presets and I didn't see mention of them in the readme. I will add them in due course.

By the way, where are you finding these? (I can't find them on my system)...

7. Philicorda.cpt2
8. M-Streicher.cpt2

I haven't yet checked the GForce VSM guru in the PG email (although I did check the Warlock one and there was an issue with it; I've notified John).

The GForce VSM guru I sent to John contained 1458 patches starting with ARP Omni and ending with Yamaha SY-2, so that's what should be in the download.

UPDATE: It looks like the GForce VSM Unified download in today's email from PG contains a link to the incomplete test version I sent to John earlier in the week to check for compatibility issues. I will let him know.

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Hi Jeremy,

I bought the download direct from GForce where it is also on sale for £40 including VAT.  Philicorda and M-Streicher are listed in the downloads section for VSM.  Thanks for the updated guru file which looks great.  Let me know if you cannot find them on the GForce website. 

I think it must have been very awkward to convert as there are so many subdivisions in the patch list.  Very well done.


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John has updated the .guru files for VSM and also Tone2 Warlock, but the download links in his most mass email still point to the earlier incomplete ones. Use the links on the main Unify product page, which have just been updated.


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Posted by: @patrick-smith

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Hi Jeremy,

I bought the download direct from GForce where it is also on sale for £40 including VAT.  Philicorda and M-Streicher are listed in the downloads section for VSM.  Thanks for the updated guru file which looks great.  Let me know if you cannot find them on the GForce website. 

I think it must have been very awkward to convert as there are so many subdivisions in the patch list.  Very well done.

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Thank you Patrick. I'm glad that you got the updated library. John had already fixed the links on the Unify web page but I think the email goes out the night before (morning for us in the UK) so clearly they will still be incorrect.

I just checked back in my GForce account and found the missing instruments, so thank you. I can see why I missed the download; you have to scroll past all the other instruments, expansions and VST content and then there's a separate section right at the bottom of the page which says FREE Sound Libraries Streicher Sounds and Philicorda! Anyway, I have them now and will update the library and pass it on to John for the GuruNation in due course. Hopefully the other 67 banks should keep people occupied until I get around to it! 😀

It was an awkward one to Unify as nothing of use in the Unifying process is stored on disk. I'm a bit of a perfectionist at making sure the details are right, so I came up with a multi-stage process. I used OCR to capture the bank names from the screen menu and stored these in a file. Then I manually counted each one of the 67 bank patch menus and stored these in an array in the AHK script. The patch names were obtained by making AHK pretend to save every patch, copy the patch name text from the dialog box, and remove the .arse ending. Yes the GForce author definitely has a sense of humour and check out some of those patch names which fully take advantage of the .arse filetype 🤣 

By the way, there is also a Standalone GForce VSM instrument but you have to install the 32 bit version to get it. 

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Great.  Love to see the Unifying process at some stage.  See you in the Livestream!


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Slightly tangential, but does anyone know if it is possible to move the library from it's default location?  It wants to go on the system drive, but it would be easier to have it on a sample drive as it's 11GB.  Is it simply a matter of moving it, and then telling the plugin where to find it, or is there more to it than that?  You'd think it would be on the Gforce FAQ page, but it isn't.


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On another topic, I think it's a shame that John has put Vol A and B in the third layer of knobs - these would be the ones I would want first, as I think it makes a big difference to be able to control the volume to shape phrases with strings.  I guess at least they are consistent, so once linked up to a midi controller they should stay put when changing patches?


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My suggestion is to assign CC11 to the vol A and B knobs - this works well as long as you don't want to control the two layers independently. 


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Posted by: @robertpeveler

Slightly tangential, but does anyone know if it is possible to move the library from it's default location?  It wants to go on the system drive, but it would be easier to have it on a sample drive as it's 11GB.  Is it simply a matter of moving it, and then telling the plugin where to find it, or is there more to it than that?  You'd think it would be on the Gforce FAQ page, but it isn't.

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My expansions are installed on a non-system SSD which I use for such things. I can't recall whether I installed in the default location and then moved it afterwards or installed in the new location from the start. You could always copy it to wherever you want and then rename the original folder so that the plugin can't find it and then see if it lets you point it to the new folder. If that works you can then delete the original folder. If not then you can just rename the original folder back to it's original name.

 

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@patrick-smith

I had a look at those free Philicorda and M.Streicher expansions and unlike the other 67 expansion banks both of them have 2 levels of nested menus so I'll have a think about the naming of patches. Also, they don't look much but when I started counting the items on the sub-menus I estimate  there to be another approximately 200 patches in just those 2 banks!


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Posted by: @robertpeveler

Slightly tangential, but does anyone know if it is possible to move the library from it's default location?  It wants to go on the system drive, but it would be easier to have it on a sample drive as it's 11GB.  Is it simply a matter of moving it, and then telling the plugin where to find it, or is there more to it than that?  You'd think it would be on the Gforce FAQ page, but it isn't.

Just move the VSM content folder wherever you want, then run a new instance of the plug-in, and it will pop up a message, then present a standard dialog where you can select the folder in its new location.


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Thanks Shane. 


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