Hi Sean, Thanks for taking a listen and the great comments.
I don't restrict myself to 'just' the GPO: when I have stuff that fits with the sound that's not GPO I usually throw it in there. I did do an arrangement of Eye Level (on the website) which *was* just GPO, but that was my first production with the GPO and I wanted to restrict myself in order to find all the corners in the library (actually there aren't many!).
Yeah, the guitar, percussion and piano aren't GPO. The percussion comes from a library whose name escapes me (I'm not in the studio right now). The GPO pianos (even the 'lite' ones) are really nice but with 50-odd channels of GPO I needed to offload as much as I could to other hardware, - so the piano went to the A90-VERD1 (it's patch 12 - I think it's a stereo baby grand). Compared to the GPO piano and the Giga piano, it's not up to much but it doesn't get any solos in A Soul Alone - mostly just harmonic fill and ostinato - so I left it as was.
The guitars are from Yellow Tools' "Pure Guitars" library, which is really great set of accoustic guitars. They're very playable.
Now the bad news - there's no score. I sequenced it directly into Cubase. You're welcome to have a copy of the sequence, it might be possible to retro-generate a score but without a lot of manual labour it wouldn't be very good!
It sounds very interesting and unusual - habanera in major. B-dur at 02:11 is fresh and following d-moll serves as a good, soft contrast to the reprise of 01:20 (I'd use the same A - B progression in 02:43 to bring the last culmination to B-dur, not D-dur, but this is just my opinion). If you're interested, I used the similar bass patern in Quasi una flamenco on http://stage.vitaminic.com/slava_fiks/singles
Are the cymbals GPO? I’ve been having very similar problems coming up with a realistic cymbal roll [with or without ending crash] without getting a very harsh effect. (Of course part of this could be MP3 – but for me the harshness exists in my attempts in the 44.1K WAV as well.)
While I like (and applaud) the dynamic of the overall piece, I think the “quiet” moments are way too quiet. It almost seems like the orchestra is in the next room. And the reverb is just a tiny bit too much (imho).
So which is it? Habanero or Tango? Doing neither, I could go with either. Nice work!
All the percussion is from another library (LOP) which has a variety of matches cymbal rolls (including an even roll without a bloom) and crashes. The GPO percussion is okay, as far as it goes, but like you said, some things are a little thin.
God knows what the piece is, tango or habanera, I've had enough of it now... I may go back and bring up the dynamics on the quiet sections but I will probably just move on. The peice isn't earmarked for anything.