Three days after getting my hands on it, I didn't realize it was so aggressive. Here's approx 2 minutes worth of the violin solo from one of my orchestral pieces called "Caoidh" (Scottish gaelic for "Lament") as I said, its a lot more aggresive than it sounded in my head.
It's a bit rough - more work needs to be done on getting it sounding right, but hey, ya godda start somewhere!
Here it is, comments greatly appreciated (click on the @music link/lo-fi):
Welcome to the forum! You bravely solicited comments, so here goes...
Maybe you should spend some quality time with the excellent Strad manual, in particular the chapters on real-time expressive controls. And why not give a listen to some of the amazingly convincing demos on the Garritan website, including the videos?
Frankly, to my admittedly untrained ear, your solo sounds like a convincing emulation of – a sequenced Casio keyboard sample. Did you actually move the MW at all during performance, or did you just park it at some intermediate position?
With such a, shall we say, simplistic melodic theme, performance has to top-notch.
Sorry to sound a bit negative but frankly, as a violin, it sucks. You asked for it, Maestro-D...
I'd suggest you listen to a lot of violin recordings, and keep working at the dynamics!
Hi Spitfire. Trust me, my ego isn't so sensitive that I can't handle criticism. Thanx for your comments. you're right of course, performance is everything but you gotta stop listening and start writing - eventually. I reassigned one of the pedals on my piano to send mod data - in retrospect not a good idea but I thought I'd try it - I was running out of hands & feet!
The only solution is to keep hacking it until I get it right. If I get the controllers & performance right the melody will look after itself. Thanks for your thoughts.