EDIT TWO: 5/21/07 - Today Daniele asked about the acoustic guitar I used in this piece. I thought it would be fun to answer him (and others interested) even more thoroughly than I already have, by posting the guitar track soloed.
It's the Real Guitar program put out by Music Lab. The track is a combination of me playing it with a keyboard, editing, and using strum patterns from RG's library. The track wouldn't quite make it all on its own, but it seems to work as one of the instruments in the full mix which is backing the Strad.
Daniele's question made me think this would be a fun addition to this thread:
EDIT: 5/18/07 - updating link to a new mix. Excellent feedback on this thread convinced me that the very opening note of the Strad in this piece was too aggressive for the mood. I've changed the dynamics in a new recording--the new link is to the updated file.
Regulars here may know that recently I became the proud owner of the Garritan Stradivari, due to the generosity of Gary Garritan and his delight in spreading good energy and surprising people. (--short version of the story--I've been a constant and enthusiastic visitor in The Listening Room, and Gary decided to reward
me for that. Amazing---)
Here's the first project in which I've used the Strad (link updated as per my above edit):
It is a Song, and from Act Two of my musical, "Dorian-The Remarkable Mr. Gray." To be exact, it's a love song. The title is "We Can Step Into Forever."
This version leaves off the introduction and opening verse and starts with the chorus. The Violin's lead part is based on the vocal line for the song. I've panned the Strad dead center, and moved it up in the mix--treating this recording much the way a vocal mix would be done.
My plans for this project is for it to be the Audience Exit music after the show's curtain call. I'll leave the audience with the strains of one of the show's more hummable songs, re-arranged in this way with the Strad stepping way up front as Concert Master.
(This feels like an initiation--well it is, into the circle of Garritan Strad users--hence, the traditional subject line "My First Strad!")
It is nothing short of thrilling to be finally working with this amazingly constructed instrument. If anyone has any doubt that Gary and his team have taken sampling technology to a new incredibly high level, then they just have been paying enough attention!