Again a very good morning,
Maybe you've read my other message about my findings using Sonar 8 and the rest of the new things I recently purchased. Then you know that I struggle a lot with PerfectSpaces - in Sonar 5, I never noticed this, didn't have to worry about.
In the score, the cello parts, some notes are played CC#1 driven and some notes are played pure Velocity driven - those are when using keyswitches D1, D#1, E1, F1. Or their counterparts as separate instruments. Only when it comes to a certain degree of "aggressiveness" I move the notes involved from the "main-track-cello KS" to a separate track: Short-bows KS or Short Bows KS AG.
This setup leads to setting in Sonar a send-effect to PerfectSpaces with a certain amount of "going to that effect". This works fine, but not for the velocity driven notes (Vel Vol). For those the amount is far too high and leads to an ugly echo, while the sustained notes just have a neat reverb, dying out smoothly.
The notes on the Short Bows track, can't have the same amount going to that Send effect as the sustained notes, again because of that echo. So lowering that until no echo is heard anymore, can be the solution. There is a drawback. Suddenly those notes sound as if "right in the face". This is one rule of reverbs - dry/wet - when the amount of reverbed info is very small, it give the impression as if that instrument is right in front of you.
To give you any figures. My celli info is sent to PerfectSpace - amount -5 on the knob, the delay in PerfectSpace is set to 0,020, dry not activated, wet +3.0. For AG/Pizzicato I have to set the Send to PerfectSpace to -13, to avoid echoing. I am puzzled about the why's.
Why do I have to do that? Why is a short note - sustain - different from a aggressive staccato or pizzicato? To be sure that it not a question of perception, I played some CD's with pizzicati and never got the impression that those notes were right in my face. I reckon that there is only one mic placed above the celli-group and not two (one for sustain and one for the rest - that would be silly).
Or..... and here it is finally, should I buy Altiverb. If so, do I have to set all those send-levels, delays, etc.... when I can place the instrument where it belongs in a certain given space (like the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam). I once had a demo of Altiverb, where I could place things in space. After all it didn't work because my system wasn't good enough (in the old days). I just want to make my life a bit easier and only concerning the dry/wet; other things will be established when I put my celli at the spot I had in mind. Is this silly thinking?