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    Solo Cello - Place your wishes here....

    The ulitmate Solo Cello - What features would you ike to see and hear?

    Arf, arf, arf...

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    Re: Solo Cello - Place your wishes here....

    Ok - here are a few notes - no idea how to acheive it but here is what I would like to see:

    I want to be able to hear the grit of the strings - if possible either crossfaded or and have the string noise random (so E3 does not have the same grit every time)... Also you know how some guitar libraries have random squeeks - something like that when you hit another note.

    Sustains must sound alive, and human...

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    Re: Solo Cello - Place your wishes here....

    Quote Originally Posted by Worra
    The ulitmate Solo Cello - What features would you ike to see and hear?
    Hmmm, this will be interesting. The cello, as one of the most expressive instruments capable of so many different textures and voices remains a special part of any orchestra, or ensemble.

    No doubt many will ask for the sweet expressive nature of a cello, so i'll go the other way, and respectfully suggest you record the harsh darkness of a cello. Not only the FF dynamic as an angry, doom laden voice, but the sinister quieter dynamics too, as the player leans into the lower strings with the whisper of intent.
    Then there's the difference between the lower and upper strings. The darker sound of the lower strings should be distinct from the 'pleading' of the more melodic upper strings, and yet still be able to capture that resonant barely heard pp dynamic as the cello sits in unison or octave with the contrabasses.
    And the friction sounds. Of all the strings the cello is closest to the human voice, so as we speak in many different ways, including harsh guttural sounds, so the Cello recording should have the noise of friction, including the strike of the bow on the stings commencing a harsh Fp or accent.
    So many cello samples indulge in rampant OTT vibrato. That sound has its place, but a means of controlling ths would be extremely useful, as a lot of concert music in particular, calls for a less 'powerfully emotional' voice. It's the price Cellos pay for being so versatile!

    Next, good fast attack sustains. So many times i've yearned for a straight sustain, without the inevitable lag, interpreted by those recording as 'correct.' It's not always true, and the cello can be as nimble as any instrument, hence the request.

    The ability to vary the amount of attack, without the synthesised obviousness of manipulation. Take one accented sustain and vary the attack with the mod wheel. Doesn't sound right. Take one Cello player, and ask him to play a climbing or descending run increasing in dynamic and energy, and as the run progresses (towards an increased dynamic) the attack increases and changes with the player's perspective of the end of the phrase in mind.. A means to do this would be useful.
    Crescendo/Decrescendo doesn't alway mean more vibrato, although many players use the added 'expression' to intensify the sound, particularly when building in a mournful or passionate passage. Sometimes Cellos need to play as a member of the harmonic team, and minimise or handle subtly the amount of expression suitable to the music. (Mahler and Shostakovich have both been destroyed by over expressive cello and viola players and soloists, eager to express themselves as obviously and as often as possible, with the greatest amount of 'angst' each time, ignoring any levels between none and maximum. Both these composers of a particular style, and many others, write to elegance and cunning, something so many conductors and musicians seem to fail to grasp. The great russian conductor Svetlanov understood this, and he was strict to the point of obsession with orchestral players and soloists, determined to capture his opinion of the real intent of these fine composers.)

    Of all the instruments in the orchestra, the cello is unique in its ability to laugh, smile, cry, fulminate, and glow. To capture this would be a considerable challenge for any developer, and the resulting instrument would be of considerable size in terms of number of samples, and the mechanism to use them. And history tells us the great composers leaned heavily (in an orchestrative construction) on the cello's unique abilities and thousands of voices to bring so much creative expression to their music.

    My last point has the potential to cause some angst. So please don't take this as the intent to start a nationalistic flame war. It's a matter of culture recognition, and sound from a listening, objective observation.
    American Orchestras in general, employ a tendency to a earlier, greater expressive range than those of European or Slavic orchestras. That is, the point at which strings 'feel' they should push the expressive button starts much earlier in the note, and importantly, the expressive range is greater. EU and Slavic orchestras are a little more conservative by nature and tend to limit this range and moment of occurence to fewer instances.
    Cellos are a big part of this, as a powerful vibrato from this instrument can overpower an orchestration.

    And soloists reflect this most of all, as the isolated nature of their performance displays most clearly the 'expressive determination.'

    It's not the volume, but the earlier expressive swell, and much greater intensity that makes this happen. I am NOT saying American orchestras or soloists are any lesser for this, only different, and maybe a reflection of the difference between the brighter, brasher, more openly emotional american cultural 'soul' and the more conservative, less openly emotional cultural reflection of the EU and Slavic nations.

    When recording a cello i believe it would be useful to remember this, and maybe reflect the differing cultural aspects, with an 'EU expressive legato', and an "American expressive legato.'

    Is this enough to get you started?



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    Re: Solo Cello - Place your wishes here....

    Alex, you clearly have too much time on your hands

    Please give us an open C string without vibrato. Seems like a no brainer, but then, look at VSL.

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    Just listen to this one http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...ght=solo+cello

    If Thomas_J didn´t fool us all by presenting a REAL cello this is all I want to have in my dirty little hands. I think a non-vibrato (or only slight vibrato) patch would be an absolut must. Additionally, LIFE PLAYABILITY by heavily using scripting in Kontakt 2 (forget about the giga owners ) is (my) top priority.

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    Re: Solo Cello - Place your wishes here....

    SUL PONTICELLO(various SP)
    ARTIFICIAL HARMONICS for the full range of the instrument.

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    Re: Solo Cello - Place your wishes here....

    1. Close mics and not so close.

    2. Different bowing positions: near the bridge,the usual position, and slightly higher up the fingerboard.

    2. Different mic positions in terms of mic placement along the strings: near the bridge and up the soundboard closer to the bow.

    3. I for one would like to have this as a vsti, but this is more a personal preference than any objective need. If the memory load isn't too heavy, I'd rather be able to press Ctrl-Tab in Cubase to change simple parameters than to have to gunk my way through Kontakt or Giga to make the changes.

    4. Dry samples.

    5. A strange one, and one that I'm not sure is possible: the ability to pan the placement of each string--just like as in some piano vsti's, one can set the width of the keyboard. No, I would probably never want to pan two strings to the right and two to the left, but I would like to be able to better control the separation of notes when playing double stops and chords.

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    Re: Solo Cello - Place your wishes here....

    evolving and 'controllable' vibrato.

    Rob Elliott Music

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    Re: Solo Cello - Place your wishes here....

    -- natural vibrato
    -- "true" legato or some kind of legatoscript
    -- warm and natural sound

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    Re: Solo Cello - Place your wishes here....

    Exactly what Marcus S said! :- )

    And lots of articulations. Double the number of samples for the short samples!

    Medium marcato vibrato, short marcato vibrato, very short marcato vibrato..

    And effects if possible, please abuse the cellos!


    And round robin notes, and player noises like finger slides and folley sounds of playing.
    Theo Krueger - Composer


    Kontakt 2 Scripts

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