Hey gang! WOW!! What a blast I've been having for the last 4 hours or so.
I decided I simply HAD to re-master Lo! How a Rose E're Blooming (I recorded it on a previous album "An Orchestral Christmas" using a cello Soundfont I found on the 'Net).
First, before I forget, this is NOT an attempt to compete with the Lo! that was produced by Mistahamma for the Christmas CD. It's just that I've always loved this particular song and I knew sooner or later I just had to test out GPO with the cello going against the Steinway, so for whatever reason, tonight the time came. In fact, this is more of a comparison between Soundfont technology and GPO.
I'll warn you about the minimalism first: Similar to "Away in a Manger" where I produced it using solo GPO Steinway, this arrangement of Lo! is also fairly minimalist. My purpose here was to not only see if I could get the Cello to "talk" (or weep actually) more so than I did with my trusty Cello soundfont of yesteryear, but to also see how it mixed with the GPO Steinway. Also, I wanted to see how well these instruments stand alone without a lot of other stuff going on. That, to me, has the potential to really show the power of an orchestral library.
I must say that once again I'm very happy with how GPO works "with itself" so to speak.
GPO Cello 3 Solo
GPO Ambience reverb - Church setting - stock settings. Running through a Send bus and the Steinway has -10 Post and the Cello has -9 Post. This is in Cakewalk 3.1.1 Producer Edition.
Laptop has 512 Mb of RAM and even though I got warnings, it still worked. DFD turned OFF. M-Audio Firewire 410 external soundcard (but I'm eyeing that cute little Audigy PCMCIA card that just came out...hmmmm).
The Cello starts out with the piano at the intro (sort of as a teaser), but then the piano goes solo for awhile until 1:30 when the Cello comes back in playing melody. Then at 2:37, the Cello plays counterpoint to the piano melody which I love to do because it's fun to try and find a harmony part for an instrument like Cello to play.
Finally they both come back together (sort of) and end the piece.
Please listen to the Soundfont version first (and again, as I've mentioned before, it's not a bad Soundfont, it's just that as a musician, you have no control over its dynamics or vibrato, or legato or anything unless you want to go through a LOT of trouble - whereas the GPO Cello let's you articulate it to your heart's content)....and then listen to the GPO version.
I've also posted the Sonar file as well as a MIDI file.