I have tried a very challenging undertaking: rendering Mahler's symphonic music with electronic means. This is my first recording after a complete upgrade of my recording system, which now uses Sonar 8.5.3, GPO 4, Windows 7/64bit.
One of the problems is that I had to "borrow" a few notes from another synth, as Mahler required notes to be played which are at the very extreme (low tuba, low english horn), and the GPO instruments did not have those. Also I struggled with the string flagolet that is required - I calculated the values in one instance, and of course it is outside of the normal playable range.
Well, have a listen and send me some critical feedback. My own verdict: I have to work on the tempo mapping, is sometimes not as "smooth" as I want it. This also has to do that the attack of some of the lush/sustain strings is a bit late, and I will have to manually correct this.
I also did a first experiment with a 5.1 surround recording: is not realistic, to be an audience in the middle of an orchestra, but who cares about realism anyway? The point is to create an immersive captivating musical experience. This was just to try it out - I will experiment more with this.
Here are the files (right-click and save):
90% quality, VBR, 16 bit, 8.6 MB
5.1 surround (WMA version 10), 90% quality, VBR, 10.3 MB