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    Oboe vibrato

    OK, I can't seem to find anything on adding vibrato to the oboe. It's probably PEBKAC, but if anyone can help wiht a quick pointer I'd appreciate it... I've got a piece with a romantic oboe melody, and it sounds rather lifeless without vibrato.

    Thanks,
    Pat
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    Re: Oboe vibrato

    Perhaps use the Oboe 2/3 Modern Solo instruments, they both have a nice vibrato.
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    Re: Oboe vibrato

    Kontakt provides scripting possibilities for vibrato - See Big Bob's SIPs vibrato script. Also see Performer--dependent dimensions of timbre: identifying acoustic cues for oboe tone discrimination by Rosemary Anne Fitzgerald online dissertation of approximately 250 pages. Have fun! Best wishes Earl

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    Re: Oboe vibrato

    I moved over to Oboe 2 and got the vibrato I was looking for. Thanks.
    I'll mark the dissertation as well, though don't know if I'll be able to read the whole thing

    One other question:
    The GPO manual states that you should not use ENS instruments with the solo instruments because of phasing issues. Those phasing issues should only occur if I play a unison line, correct? I never play 2 oboes in unison, so (as I read it) I should be safe, but may want to rework the parts on my other instruments to avoid unison lines mixing solo and ENS instruments.
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    Re: Oboe vibrato

    Quote Originally Posted by Ernstinen View Post
    I'm a woodwind guy, and have the same problem with the bassoon in GPO. The bassoon is a remarkably pliable instrument --- you can even play the blues on it and bend notes!

    But a bassoon without vibrato sounds real weird and lifeless to me. Any ideas?

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    Re: Oboe vibrato

    Quote Originally Posted by Ernstinen View Post
    I'm a woodwind guy, and have the same problem with the bassoon in GPO. The bassoon is a remarkably pliable instrument --- you can even play the blues on it and bend notes!

    But a bassoon without vibrato sounds real weird and lifeless to me. Any ideas?

    Ern
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    Re: Oboe vibrato

    Another ex-oboist here. I agree with Ernstinen about both the oboe and bassoon vibratos.

    When played properly, oboes have a gorgeous, solo violin-like vibrato. Often, the onset of the vibrato is delayed a bit for expressive reasons.

    On the other hand, I would guess that they are toned down in GPO so that they blend nicely in a woodwind choir. You don't want your oboes and bassoons expressing their deepest yearnings over a misspent childhood, when all you want them to do is play a Bb major triad.

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