My first attempt at sequencing a composition...lemme know what you guys think. I played around with it quite a bit in Logic Express.
The major complaint I have is the 'tick' or 'void' sound between EVERY high woodwind note! Calling it 'legato' is a joke! I am fairly convinced that my legato/auto-legato features just aren't working at all, because there is -no- difference in when i hold the pedal and when I overlap notes. Any ideas?
To obtain legato, you should have the sustain controller high (cc64 with value 64 or higher) and the notes should overlap (a little bit will do). You can also try the auto-legato, which you only need to switch on in the player itself, and will kick in when the notes overlap.
Did you know that the note velocity determines the attack? So the click you hear might very well be a sharp attack from the next note with a high velocity. I'm using Logic too, so perhaps I can help to make a passage a bit smoother.
I like the piece. It's fresh, consistent, and has a natural flow, even where it introduces changes. The orchestration is nice. Well done.
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Thanks for the reply, FLWrd. I am aware of what auto-legato is (and its CC #, 102) and how it works, as well as the sustain pedal's function in creating legato passages, but my problem is--it just doesn't work. Maybe it's because I'm using the Finale version (Instruments for Finale)? My Aria player is severely limited, but I figured I could still access all of the CCs with my MIDI controller's knobs...everything does work, except for auto-legato. Turning my cc 1-2 all the way to 127 and everywhere in between does nothing, does not create monophony either.
The 'voids' between notes are indeed new, quick attacks, because the legato wasn't working and all of the fast notes were creating new, sluggish attacks when I wasn't doing this fake legato technique (all hard attacks).
Very frustrating, this is! I am happy with Garritan, but of all things, the legato feature isn't working!
And thanks for the tip on 2shared...I'll stick to your recommendations now.
If you will increase the polyphony (number of voices) for instruments like flute, bassoon and others, you will get a much smoother sound. The flute, for instance, should have a polyphony of about six and at least twenty-four if you do any trills.
Regardless of what others may say concerning increasing polyphony, that's the way I do it and my legato is talked about as far away as Zanzibar, Brooklyn and my neighbor down the street.