Hi everyone –
Thanks to all who previously posted replies to my first contribution, Mood and Melody No.1. Here, as suggested, is a follow up piece, not the promised improved production version, but instead a string quintet – “Three Serenades for String Orchestra – No.2”. The MP3 file, which should open a new Quicktime player window, is available here:-
It seems to me that much of the magic in improving realism with GPO is in the performance of the strings, so I decided to concentrate on this aspect of a strings-only piece and see how it went. Primarily, the technique was to “layer” the individual solo player strings and then use Cubase to add variations and humanisation.
(For the original discussion on layering, please see this previous post :-
The string sections have 10/10/6/6/6 (high to low) solo players (Strad, Gag, etc) in which firstly the standard GPO stereo positioning was amended. Thereafter, the note start and duration times, velocity attacks and CC1 volumes were humanised to a normalised curve. Finally, a higher quality reverb – the convolution effect in Kontakt Player 2 – was added.
To me the whole thing sounds much improved and the performance more life-like. Longer could be spent on the balances – especially on the final solo violin – but I was keen to post now for any production comments before proceeding further. Of particular interest is the area of the positioning of the sections in the “soundscape” and the contribution that reverb can make to this.
Once again, thanks for your time in listening and I look forward to learning your views.