Is it only me .... ?
I have been playing around with GOS for more than two months now, and I have to say that pretty much like anybody else I guess, I have been blown away by the incredible quality of this library, all the thought that has been put behind it etc...
But I would like to share some of my struggles with y\'all in order to see if there could be some tricks that I haven\'t tried yet that could help me to achieve the results that I was expecting when I originally purchased GOS.
My biggest problem is with the 1st violins Long Bow instruments, but this could apply with a few others as well...
Does anyone hear some sort of \"phasey\" almost \"synth-y\" quality to the violins or is it just my ears ? Go ahead: Load 1st Violins SUS V EXP LEG, don\'t EQ or add anything to it, pan it dead center and hit F# above C above middle C (F#3 by most standards) Even if you play with the MOD wheel there is a certain \" deadness \" and \" thiness \" to that note that I just can\'t really describe but that is nonetheless very present to my ears. It is almost like the woody quality of the instruments is not projecting or something....
I have heard students violin players sound more \"live\" and vibrant than that sometimes, just playing that same F#, I am afraid to say.
Somehow there is a richness and a fulness that I can\'t seem to be able to get with specially the held notes on SUS patches.
I have spend quite a number of hours trying to EQ, pan, double, slide, and more tricks in the MIDI book, and I have been able to somwhat \"get away \" with some of it, but still, I was under the impression that sampling several hundred of thousands of dollars of instruments with all the bells and whistles in recording gear would somehow yield to a more lively sound or more natural if you will.
I can already guess that some of you will say:
Go hire the London Phil\' ( or your favorite city if you are not from London [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] ) if you want a live orchestra. I cannot agree more.
But until the day I\'ll have that kind of budget, I am trying to get the best out of my sampler.
So I was just curious: has anyone tried to recreate a piece from the repertoire with GOS for instance and get the same kind of tone than the original ? I am sort of hearing the London Mozart Players for instance on the symphony Nº40 if that can help the description of what I am trying to convey here....
I am not talking about performance and phrasing. I am talking about richness, woody-ness in the sound.
I believe that a library such as GOS requires a lot of time to get to be able to use its full potential. So to make my long story short:
What are you guys doing to squeeze some life out of those samples ?
(or again is it just me [img]images/icons/confused.gif[/img] )