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OSAM February 2014 - Don't Blame The Blades

 
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metallo
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:06 pm    Post subject: OSAM February 2014 - Don't Blame The Blades Reply with quote

Here my try for February, just finished to record now:

https://soundcloud.com/metallo/dont-blame-the-blades

It's an orchestral tune made with some VTSs and the Korg Kronos.

I also put it on a scene of the movie The Gladiator:
http://youtu.be/9ZZZo638jH0

Hope you like it Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's cool.

Sounds like you used NI's Action Strings? Or something else? It's one of my favourite libraries so far but I haven't really used it yet.


As for the composition, sounds are good but a lot of the orchestral parts are very 'blocky' in terms of chord movements.

A good (but admittedly rather time consuming) trick for more realistic orchestral parts is to record your block chords as a guide, but then to build up many layers of monophonic string instrument - each revolving around a different note in each chord. So you take the 1st, then the 3rd, then the 5th, maybe a bass, bass+5th, etc.

It's similar to how people might record polyphonic tracks using a monophonic instrument like the monotron.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot for your comment X-Trade.
Yep, it's Action Strings and I believe it's amazing.

Thank you also for the suggestion about the strings, I actually worked a lot on velocity and expression to give more realism to them, the presets coming from EWQL Symphonic Orchestra are good but not great and they need to be tuned.

Cheers Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah.

Well the suggestion is more about the way you write for strings on keyboards. Avoiding block chords in preference for more individual expression in each part of the string section. Giving more realistic string parts.

The technique I've recommended is just an easy way to bring that about.

Just something to think about Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

X-Trade wrote:
Oh yeah.

Well the suggestion is more about the way you write for strings on keyboards. Avoiding block chords in preference for more individual expression in each part of the string section. Giving more realistic string parts.

The technique I've recommended is just an easy way to bring that about.

Just something to think about Wink


And it is a really good suggestion that I will follow in future Smile
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