Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D major
part 1 - Adagio, Allegro, Poco cantabile, Allegro
part 2 - Andante
part 3 - Vivace
I hope you won't lament and think "oh no, not again!" The last weeks I spent studying/experimenting a lot of papers about mastering, reverbs, tonal balance, orchestration and even frequency characteristics of strings (in particular violins), etc. These varied from pure acoustical stuff to mathematical calculations (I skipped the majority of those formulas) and X-Y grahps. I can recommend those things, it is very easy to find them on the Net, it only cost time to get to the right answer (among millions).
Thanks to Randy, who pointed me into the right direction using Sonar in a particular way, and the "new powerful" computer, I could set it up the way I thought right.
Still not having money for Altiverb, I looked for an alternative. There isn't any, so I dived into my CD collection to listen to older and more recent recordings of piano concertos, violin concertos and in particular listened to the sound of the strings, and the reverb time. On my system I tried to get that "same sound", even by copying parts of scores of those concertos. Finally I've found something that came rather close: the Auri Duculus method.
The story is not ended yet, but you are here in the Listening Room and NOT the Reading Room. To emphasize: I used in one go 6 occurences of Garritan Ambience (concerthall1), equalized the higher strings with three "octave based" different settings and in the final mix (with Audition) I applied another equalizing for enhancing the mid frequencies and to lower that harsh-sound a bit. Very modest compressing(1.5:1 above -10dB), only to get rid of the highest peaks (almost at 0 dB), giving me the possibility to amplify it to the (almost) max.
For those who already are familiar with this work, when you notice that it sounds different than before, you are right. I didn't add notes to the score, except for some corrections (at max. 20 notes). Everything was already there but never heard. Now I used other accents on groups of instruments and finally I can hear things I wrote down last year.
I hope you enjoy listening (again),
(The piano is the Grand2 model1 Steinberg- where a +1-raise in velocity gives you another timbre. Strange!)