In the same style as the previous post "Violin Mockup Techniques" i also made this today :
Generally when midi-ing Cello i use only downward Pitch Bends and only a few cents upwards because bending a sample upwards makes it sound Brighter and harsher/Faster vibrating etc.
When you bend something downwards, it just gets warmer but the vibrato does not sound unnatural, just a bit slower.
Sometimes if you believe your samples vibrato is a bit too fast or you want a different sound, you can -Bend- ( not transpose) the whole track down 1/2 semitones and enjoy your new Warmer and Slower vibrato instrument. You can even do it for one note which you prefer to be played with a slight different sample ( Bend down 2 , use sample 2 keys up ) .
Cello is a very " breathing" instrument, so i tried to replicate that by using some overlapping notes in transitions, you get a small " Hhs" with that. Anywyay , here are the pics and Mp3 :
Expression Controls :
Expression Part A ( low notes )
Expression Part B ( high notes )
As you can see in A , there are a few overlapping notes ( more than normal length ) that makes it breath a little bit when it changes notes.
Pitch Bend Controls :
Pitch Bend Part A ( low notes )
Pitch Bend Part B ( high notes )
To make the cello more passionate, it really helps inserting a little bit of Pitch Bend that moves towards the next Note . As you can see i have only bended towards notes that are lower than the initial , for higher notes it doesn't seem to work that well.
The red vertical lines show that the Pitch Bend must be set to 0 or that the new bend starts exactly at the beggining of the next note. To do that accurately , simply place your " Play Cursor" where the next note starts before drawing.
( Again you will have to scroll to the bottom of the page, sorry for that , i have no where else to upload mp3's )
In the mp3 file, the first part is the Bended, reverbed and Expressive recording. After the pause , on the second part there is the same midi recording without -any- Pitch or Expression controllers or reverb ; Sounds Terrible.
Cello was freeware K2K kurzweil soundfont cello . 851kb
Timpani was SAM Freebie Timpani .
Strings were a combo of Jv-1080 ans some freeware stuff.