Originally posted by dnortana:
You didn\'t mention specifically cc1, which is THE key to expressive and realistic performances with GPO. If you haven\'t already tripped to this, the manual should take care of it.
Thanx for the reply, Trond!
I am indeed on top of the CC1 thing--Once I discovered the magic of CC1 for GPO, the first thing I did in Finale was to remap parts of its MIDI expressions from CC7 to CC1 to interface properly with GPO.
As far as mixing goes, EQ and reverb are probably the only two tools/plugins needed to produce a quality orchestral sound from GPO.
Right now I have only the Ambience that came with GPO. You have confirmed my suspicion that it is basic.
A lot of the difference I hear between what I do and what the quality guys do is \"spatial\" in nature--they seem to be able to create an environment in which individual lines can breathe, standing out or receding as the music dictates. It seems to be more than just pan and reverb. My guess is that I may have to draw a lot of controller messages!
The Ambience reverb that comes with GPO is not state of the art, but imminently capable and clean, especially for a freebie - it sounds better than many named plugs you can spend a lot more money on.
Sounds as if I\'m gonna have to move away from the presets and start fiddling with individual parameters on Ambience, especially since I work almost entirely with brass. For me, the piece to aspire to is the Copland Fanfare snippet that Houston Haynes put out.
You probably know this, mixing and mastering are arts that in and of themselves can consume a lifetime of study and learning.
Yes, I\'ve been recorded enough to know what kind of hoops a track has to jump through in order to make it sound on a CD like it sounded on stage, so I\'d imagine that raw MIDI data and the WAVs that result from them need post-production as well.
That brings up another issue: how much processing is done on the MIDI data before sending it to GPO, and how much processing is done on the WAV file that results from the GPO performance.
Back to work now!!