I was inspired by Michael_uk's recent thread found here:
We discussed how to control the vibrato of Garritan instruments in both Finale and Sonar.
Michael was using the new JABB Harmonica as an example of an instrument he wanted to add vibrato to, and the subject of playing blues-style "wah wah" on a Harmonica came up. That got me interested in trying some experiments to see if I could simulate something like that using the JABB Harmonica and only the tools that are included in Sonar.
I decided to post the results of my experiment here, even though - IMPORTANT CAVEAT - I don't find the results totally satisfactory. It's only a start. Maybe someone else can get inspired and improve on what I've done here.
On that discussion thread, Steve Winkler posted a video example of blues Harmonica:
Harmonica "wah-wah" demo
Inspired by that, I went about trying to re-create some of the riffs in that video in Aria with the JABB Harmonica.
Recording in Sonar, I used every available Aria control that seemed useful for the task - expression/volume, vibrato depth and speed, breath noise, Var 2, Aria's Ambience reverb set to Parlor, and EQ.
After recording the above data, as well as Pitch Bend, I automated Sonar's EQ, swooping up and down around the 620 Hz frequency to start getting my wah-wah going. I also automated the Sonitus wah-wah effect, set to manual control so it could sweep up and down from zero to full as per the automation data I recorded. I also added a Cakewalk Flanger which seemed to help out.
--The wah-wah isn't as pronounced as it should be. It's as deep as I could manage with the approach I used.
--I tried quite a few mix-downs, and no matter what I did, I couldn't get rid of some unwanted artifacts, primarily some noisy clicking which occurs at the locations of some automation nodes.
I spent about 2 hours on this, plenty for an experiment. Even though it isn't totally acceptable, it could possibly be sufficient in a mix where it isn't
MICHAEL - thanks for inspiring me to do this fun experiment!
If someone reading this thread wants to try out some JABB Harmonica stuff, post the results! This could be helpful for us as a group to figure out
how to get the most out of this new JABB sample set.