Lately I\'ve been working on the Brahms second piano concerto and have finished the first movement:
post grandioso + dd solo strings ww + brass
(also on the ddean site)
I\'ve been trying to putting as much expression as I can manage into midi performances and I\'d like to know what people feel are the most significant points of a traditional performance. People on this site often focus on how convincing or believable mockups are, although ultimately I\'m interested in how effective the performances are, regardless of how true the sounds are to the original instruments. I\'d be interested in any impressions of where the above simulation falls short of a live performance by a decent orchestra. To my ears some of the critical problems seem to be high strings, fast runs and repeated notes(i.e violin trememlo). I\'ve tried alternating different samples on alternate notes, but the effect is still somewhat like a motor reving. It could be also that part of my problem is release times.. these should probably be much shorter for fast repeating notes and runs to avoid overlap. Then again, I wonder.. if a fast run sounds synthetic does that make it bad? Is part of the problem that our ears have expectations of a certain sound and are distressed by differences?