Would very much appreciate comments on attempts at string legato! I just posted the third try of a very short snippet from the opening of a piece (my opus 80, a work in progress). Three mp3 files at a web page :
The first snippet sounded slightly synthy but expectable. The second had more attack, which eliminated the sense of synth sound. The third was downright outright cool and not synthy at all. Pretty cool all in all!
Some of you may remember this -- have kept at it. Had some setbacks from unwanted phase effects that came from using duplicated lines for the same instruments. Newest mix, just 20 seconds, uses three string sample packages together, and is the richest I've ever gotten in similar efforts.
Just three lines in the music (at the beginning): timpani, double bass in unison/octaves and a passionate melodic line in the 'celli.
The 'principal' cello line uses VSL Horizon solo strings, the main cello part is GOS, several articulations (Cellos SusV LET, Grand Detache UpDn, Portato, Martele, and SusRich LEG), and the third cello part doubles using AO celli section. The double bass is GOS and AO sections, and the timpani is from a Kurzweil 2600 Orchestral Rom.
Comments welcome; this mix also benefited from finally buying good studio monitors and learning a little more about eq.
Should have also pointed out something in the nature of a 'tip': one can get phase issues easily when duplicating lines using the same samples at the same time, so mixing sample packages avoids that problem which had been very common in my efforts.