I did this with AO + AO97 update and my old trustworthy Kurzweil K2000 (with built-in orchestral expansion board; many sounds on this board are still very usable). Sampling was done on the AKAI S3000XL and the Kurzweil´s sampling board, since I don´t (yet?) own GS; editing, multitracking and mixing in Studio Vision Pro (in the meantime I have switched to Digital Performer which is a great app!).
I have checked the mp3 again and it sounds OK, I didn´t get those breakups you were talking about.
all you hear is AO and AO97 respectively (and a little EQ polishing). From the Kurzweil orchestral board comes: some orchestral percussion (bass drum), harp, celesta, and the pizzicato strings (I didn´t like the pizz in AO or maybe I did something wrong).
I used my Lexicon MPX-500 for reverb. I think I have to tweak a little bit more with it, because when you hear the music with headphones it´s way too much of reverb. Anyway...reverb...one of the most difficult things to emulate. I tried the Altiverb Demo and was blown away by it. I think it´s the best reverb you can get as a plug-in at the moment. And it´s rather cheap (although I don´t have the money for now...).
Wow you\'re sure getting a lot out of AO! Especially the brass. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Reverb certainly is very difficult to emulate as you say and Altiverb is the best but only for dry samples. If they\'re wet you need something with a nice smooth tail like...the MPX-500 isn\'t bad. Considering you use AO which is (almost) all dry then you will certainly benefit a lot from Altiverb!
I just checked out your website again. The first time I visited it your sinfonietta was about 9 MB if I recall correctly. Did you change something or is it just about the mp3-rate? I wasn\'t able to download it that time (not at home...), so do I get the same because now it is only about 7 MB?
I like all your songs!
PS: I see you\'re from Vienna? I wonder if you know something about that outstanding Vienna Symphony Library that is coming soon I hope...? Perhaps you\'ve seen it with your own eyes, and if not, keep an eye on it!!! We all want to know about it... [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
I only changed the mp3 compression ratio, because my webspace at Apple is limited to 20 MB. Don´t worry, you are getting the same for a shorter download time.
About VSL: all I know is that it is a real project and no hoax as some people might think. And it WILL set new standards. But I don´t know any details about it except that a rather large number of instrumentalists are involved.