Articulations with an instrument is the core of it. Articulations for a digital instrument is even more so.
There are countless ways to affect how your instrument sounds in the real world. But most of those nuances get lost in the digital translation.
Creating an easy and realistic digital sample library is the holy grail of the digital sampling world. In the last couple years, I've heard many brilliant plugins that almost grabbed the grail. To get there, digital instrument creators record and connect bazillions of articulation samples in cleverest ways.
With a digital instrument, you need to send a message to the plugin about switching to another playing style, or add an ornament like a glissando. Digital plugins often receive in various ways, and trigger the correct sub-system.
But each plugin does this in it's own way, and there's no universal messaging system that's been agreed on. So, using many digital instrument libraries also means you need to learn about how they handle articulations each time.
To fix this chaos, Steinberg (Cubase, Nuendo, Dorico) and Logic DAWs had their clever "Articulation Manager" tools where users can organize these articulation triggers into easy-to-use interfaces.
In my favorite DAW, Reaper, there's no built-in articulation manager at all. But recently, I saw an old user-made extension, Reaticulate has grown tall and almost got to the point where it can compete with Cubase/Logic workflow. After I got used to it over a weekend, I decided it's an invaluable tool for digital composing, and in some ways, better than it's commercial counterparts.
Reaticulate not only sped up my composing process, enabled me to see what options do I really have. Here you can see the Reaper Blog's video on that matter.
But, there's one last "but", none of these solutions came with built-in magical articulation mappers. With all, you still need to do some leg work to map your articulations to the plugin's system. In Reaticulate, these mappings held in a ".reabank" format, and the good thing is it's easy to share these ReaBanks. That's what I'll do now.
Over the weekend, I prepared ReaBanks for some of the Best Service / Eduardo Tarilonte's amazing sample libraries for my personal use. And then I thought, it would be nicer to share these Reaticulate Banks to spare other composers from preparing maps for all 78 instruments.
I have included all instruments in Era series (which have articulation switches) according to product manuals and manual testing. Below, you can find separate and merged files to add to your collection. Please refer to Jason's guide for adding custom libraries to your arsenal.
Here are the Download links:
Best Service Era II (33 Instruments)
Best Service Dark Era (16 Instruments)
Best Service Celtic Era (12 Instruments)
Best Service Ancient Era (17 Instruments)
Best Service Era Series Unified (Includes all 4 above)