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    VSL Sordino Chamber Strings II demo + VSL Military Wind Band demo

    2 completely different VSL VI demos.

    The first piece is Holst's 1st Suite for Military Band - March. It uses nearly every woodwind and brass instrument known to man!

    http://vsl.co.at/Player2.aspx?Lang=1&DemoID=5259

    The second is an excerpt from Tchaikovsky's String Serenade op 48 / Elegie. This uses the new Con Sordino Chamber Strings II. There is only a small amount of Altiverb's Todd AO IR. The only other instruments used in this piece were the Chamber Strings I for the harmonics at the very end of the piece.

    http://vsl.co.at/Player2.aspx?Lang=1&DemoID=5256

    All comments and reactions are eagerly encouraged.

    Best,
    Jay

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    Re: VSL Sordino Chamber Strings II demo + VSL Military Wind Band demo

    Jay,

    you know that I told you that I will never comment to a new piece you did, if it is not your own composition...!

    Ok, I will tell you my enthusiasm in only one word: BRAVO!

    My best,

    Gunther
    "Music is the shorthand of emotion." Leo Tolstoy

    Listen to me, tuning my triangle http://www.box.net/shared/ae822u6r3i

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    Re: VSL Sordino Chamber Strings II demo + VSL Military Wind Band demo

    Bravo on both!

    Although my personal tempo choice on the Holst is MUCH slower. A kind of jolly English stroll through the town.

    The Tchaik is great- a pleasure to listen to!!!

    Thanks for all the great work J!

    -Alex

    EDIT- I don't know if I have EVER heard the VSL winds better represented than in your interpretation of the Holst. Really, really fantastic!!

    I wonder... In general, when you were sequencing the Holst, did you find yourself using the EXTENDED content 1) Extremely often, 2) Sometimes or 3) only occasionally.

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    Re: VSL Sordino Chamber Strings II demo + VSL Military Wind Band demo

    Man these new strings are exactly what I've been wanting for a very long time. Too bad i have no cash right now! They are perfect for a few pieces I've been wanting to do. But i really do mean perfect.

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    Re: VSL Sordino Chamber Strings II demo + VSL Military Wind Band demo

    Awesome and inspiring, Jay!

    What a joy to listen to your work!

    Thanks!

    Peter

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    Re: VSL Sordino Chamber Strings II demo + VSL Military Wind Band demo

    Thanks for sharing this! Those midi files are very useful for me!
    K3 / GPO / Leopard Intel iMac 2nd GEN / Logic Express

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    Re: VSL Sordino Chamber Strings II demo + VSL Military Wind Band demo

    Thanks Gunther, Alex, Geronimo001, Peter & lintweaker!

    Alex-- since I am fortunate to have both the standard and extended I am not usually aware of which content is which. But I am guessing that I used many of the extended articulations.

    Best,
    Jay

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    Re: VSL Sordino Chamber Strings II demo + VSL Military Wind Band demo

    Hey Jay, question...

    What was the most challenging aspect of programming the Holst??

    -Alex

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    Re: VSL Sordino Chamber Strings II demo + VSL Military Wind Band demo

    beautiful pieces both.
    best
    Steffen

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    Re: VSL Sordino Chamber Strings II demo + VSL Military Wind Band demo

    Thanks Steffen.

    Alex-- There were a number of challenges for me with the Holst march:

    1) balancing everything in the mix-- There are many instruments that I spent a good deal of time programming but that I needed to find the discipline to mix to barely audible levels for the sake of the ensemble sound (the alto, tenor and baritone saxes are a good example of this).

    2) avoiding phasing sounds with the brass (especially the cornets and trumpets). I found that layering only 1 solo instrument with ensemble sounds yielded much better results than layering multiple pitch-shifted solo instruments. I think this the best ensemble brass sound that I've achieved to date.

    3) finishing the piece-- there are just so many $%^& instruments!

    Best,
    Jay

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