as I had mentioned a few weeks back, I have prepared a little demo piece using Sibelius with the new Edirol HQ-OR Orchestral Synth.. given the recent discussions on using notation programs with sequencers, etc. this seems even more relevant now (I hope it is at least a bit relevant [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] ).
Anyway, for those interested, the demo piece is a Symphonic Dance (a sort of a tango) for full orchestra, written purely for fun and giggles. It is scored for 3333 4331 Timp 4 Harp Strings, and it is about 15 min. in length.
The piece is played back by Sibelius by means of three separate instances of the Edirol HQ-OR VSTi hosted by Cubase SX, one of each dedicated to Winds, Brass, Percussion + Harp. All of the strings are from a Roland SRX-04 \"Symphonic Strings\" board in a Roland XV5080.
The HQ-OR built-in effects are used, as well as the XV5080\'s, all of them setup and controlled directly from the Sibelius score. The mixed result is then fed to a Lexicon PCM91 running a subtle hall reverb to place the orchestra in a common space. The result is then slightly compressed and recorded back into Cubase.
After a relatively \"mild\" introduction, theme and development a much more intense section begins at about 8 min., in fact, for the next 7 min. or so the orchestra is playing \"tutti\" almost continuously. In other words, you hear the Edirol VSTi and Roland board being given a serious workout, and you get to evaluate how well these sounds blend even in \"wall of sound\" type of passages.
The Sibelius score is pretty much clean, meaning that no \"~\" commands appear anywhere, other than the usual patch and tempo changes. This setup is as easy to use (if not easier) than any GM module would be. This is a completely \"point and shoot\" system: write the music in Sibelius, press P to play it back.
No MIDI manipulation of any kind was performed, and you should know NOT to expect an expressive or human-like performance (quite the opposite..). Those who have used Sibelius in the past know what I mean.. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] Needless to say, this is not even close to where one can go using Giga and the fantastic libraries available these days, but for quick sketching (and, well, for _composing_ I would say) I find this to be a respectable environment.. I\'d be most interested in knowing what the most biased and discriminating crowd of sample-dwellers on the planet thinks of this. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
The mp3 file can be downloaded (or streamed) here: http://www.mp3.com/apessino
You can see the score here: http://www.sibeliusmusic.com/cgi-bin/showscore.pl?scoreid=31237
Unfortunately, mp3.com only allows for 128 kBit/s encoding (!), and of course it sounds like crap. If your mailbox is big enough (about 20Mb needed) drop me a line and I can send you a version of the file encoded at 192 kBit/s. Also, if you have Sibelius and would like to see the full score actually used for playback (as opposed to the GM version available on the SibeliusMusic site) I can send that as well.
Andrea G. Pessino (not female, just Italian)