I think I finished the piece.
I dedicated this piece to my beloved wife at the occasion of our 40th wedding anniversary, next Sunday.
Romance for Violin and [small] Orchestra in G
This is my first Stradivari piece. You've already heard a small piece of it under "Unfinished pieces" . It was hard to evolve the theme into a reasonable build composition, with some dramatic elements. I also changed the instrumentation at some points.. Nevertheless it gave me much pleasure to do it.
I didn't use the Strad in a "performance mode" with a keyboard. All controls are drawn in Sonar using CC#11 for expression, CC#1 for vibrato and AfterTouch for vibrato speed. For the legato notes, I had to adjust the velocities, to my surprise. All settings work together, once you've expression and vibrato, it demands also amending the velocities and vice versa.
I spent a whole week [on a small section] to get the grasp of it.
Still the vibrato isn't quite what I wanted, but sometimes you have to learn what you really want... so this piece is subject for experimentation.
2 English horns
2 Clarinets in Bb
Solo violin = Stradivari with convolution 2.02
Violins I, II
Sonar tracks and samples from GPO:
- for every woodwind I used short duration samples for fast notes and long duration samples for longer phrases;
- the strings [except the solo] are divided into:
- long notes sample duration 100% (KS sample)
- shorter notes sample duration 50%
- tremolo like notes sample duration 20%
The Solo violin has a special reverb PsP Piano Verb, to get the resonance of the other strings at a very modest level. You know, when a string is bowed all other strings also have some resonance, thus sound. I used this very carefully and listened and listened "thousand" times to get it right.
For the final mix the stereo buses [not wave files] are:
All those buses have PerfectSpace as reverb tool with IR NoiseVault 350seat OMNIRow1Center, of course with different reverbs (dB's) and delays.
- bus woodwinds for all woodwind tracks
- bus solo for just the Strad
- bus strings for all other strings
Equalizing (before entering PerfectSpace)
All output stereo - combined - tracks have their own equalizer to get rid of some harsh sound or to eliminate (very slightly) the weak points (frequency wise) of the Stradivari. I aimed at maintaining the character of this wonderful instrument, don't worry.
End of all blabla.......
My powerful new system gave me the opportunity to have more than three convolution reverbs at the same time, so there was no need for exporting things to wave files first. The only wave file that was made is the final rendering. So after all this technical blabla... listen to the piece and give your comments.
[and now I don't want to listen to Violin Concertos for at least two weeks!!!]