I was just thinking that it might be beneficial to all those interested in attempting to realistically emulate a full orchestra with GigaStudio that is may be productive for forum members to occasionally provide mp3\'s of mockups from the available literature for others to audition. It seems to me that this should be a very relevant topic on a GigaStudio Sample Library Discussion forum, since in directly involves the use of the currently available libraries as well as the other elements involved in using them (sequencers, applied reverb, midi control, etc.)
I\'m not advocating a competition as to who does it best (although this would become quickly apparent), because the results would obviously be a reflection of your studio gear and sample libraries. But the capacity of the current libraries to perform in this regard, and the development of the next phase in symphonic articulations, should be extremely relevant topics in this particular forum, shouldn\'t they, or is my thinking in need of massive recalibration?
Shouldn\'t many GigaStudio forum members want a chance to test their approach and equipment in emulating symphonic works, given the time and money they have invested. If forum members were interested in partaking in a few small projects, it would then allow them to directly see what the state of the art in virtual orchestra actually is, and how their own setup and approach currently compares. Is this not the essence of what many involved in movie scores and classical orchestrations and compositions are visiting this type of forum for, acquiring the knowledge and latest tools to create the most convincing orchestral realization possible?
So, I decided to use myself as a guinea pig, and subject myself to the scathing wrath of the barbarian horde that inhabit this forum. But if you read between the lines accurately, you will correctly conclude that it would actually please me much more to hear somebody else clobber my rendering (outlined below), as this would obviously give me the necessary insights into what I must do to improve things, cause I\'m not going to stop trying.
It is unfortunate that other forum user projects seem to fade away without actual results, but I can\'t believe that this type of activity is not an ongoing event on a GigaStudio forum. Let me put it this way. I have tried to create a setup where I have a permanent virtual orchestra set up in Giga stations awaiting instructions from my sequencer (in my case I usually use my \"modified version\" of Sibelius) and controller keyboards. There is a substantial investment involved (Garritan, Vitous, Dean, etc, etc.) and one could easily apply the metaphor that I have a bunch of virtual musicians sitting around inside a pc box waiting for the next gig (pun intended) when the conductor (sequencer) decides to give them a workout/practice session. As such, it\'s no big deal for me to take on a few bars from the classical literature (or movie scores if one can get them) and do a work up. It\'s supposed to be fun and satisfying to do this. It is the essence of what my studio should be able to easily do. If you have things set up optimally, don\'t you agree that this type of activity should not represent a bothersome challenge, but instead only a quick little workout that should yield important information about the state of your virtual orchestra\'s adequacy, as well as prompt discussions on topics such as the current practical deficiencies in both sequencers and sample libraries, etc.
Because I feel that extended string passages are particularly difficult to emulate, I decided first to sequence a good old fashioned romantic piece (Brahms Third Symphony, Third movement) that features long string lines. You may not like Brahms ,etc. but should this really matter, you want to give your virtual orchestra musicians a workout and I assure you, they do like Brahms. Next time, forum members may want something by Shostakovich, Bruckner, John Williams, Ravel, Peter Vasks, who cares, it\'s the results that matter.
So, should anyone be interested, I would gladly send an mp3 of this mockup by email, as well as a midi/Scorch/Sibelius file should you need it, or a few bars of the sheet music if necessary. I\'m unfortunately not currently set up for posting mp3 on the net, but if someone would volunteer a temporary residence on their site, it would be great because it would be easier for forum members to audition the files. I also could send along a mp3 of a small part of an actually recording of the piece for comparison purposes, if this is ok in regards to copyright, etc. (could someone advise? thanks).
I\'m certainly not suggesting this is a particularly well-done rendering of this music. It does provide however, a reasonable template for discussion and how one might approach making improvements to get extremely realistic results. As I suggested, I felt this particular piece was a bit more ambitious because it didn\'t rely so much on attacks, but instead sustains and phrasing dynamics. (Also I wanted to demonstrate to those skeptics who believe Sibelius cannot function as an effective sequencer that they may be approaching things the right way, it is lightning fast and you never have to leave it classy environment, but that\'s a whole other story).
If GigaStudio sample library forum members feel that this approach is not worth the effort, well that\'s valuable information also. There may be much more practical ideas for involvement in the development of our common goal of realizing convincing symphonic orchestrations and movie scores. But a lack of interest in pivoting your own virtual orchestra investment against the real thing to allow objective comparison on a site dedicated to Giga sample libraries will, in itself, also reveal much about the actual state of the art in symphonic realizations. But that\'s also another whole topic.
Happy arpeggios and sorry for the extended length of this post.