I've finally purchased GOP4 and fiddled with it in Reaper a bit, and although being a newbie to both tools, here's my first result coming out of it:
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As the file name suggests it's the main theme to the Trevor Jones scored Stallone-flick "Cliffhanger", and based on a MIDI file which I've sequenced over 10 years ago. As Intrada recently released the complete score to the movie, I kinda felt an itch to dig it up and give it a facelift... or "earlift". The perfect first task for my new GPO4!
Being used to utilizing soundfonts, the approach was similar here. I've simply added an ARIA-VSTi to each MIDI track in Reaper, assembling string-, horn- and brass-ensembles from GPO. Stuff like cymbal- and timpani-rolls are pre-recorded samples, as I have yet to figure out, how to do them properly myself (I think I saw some tutorials on this on these boards). Gladly reaper makes it easy to program the mod-wheel for each track, probably the most important controller for GPO, and it really shows with the wonderfully blaring french horns! On top of it all I've added some Stereo Expansion, Reverb, Equalizing and Compression, although being rather new to audio-editing, I still have to find out how to apply these properly (the crescending notes, for example, seem to get some phasing effect at the end... not sure, which filter is causing that).
Being a film score buff, I've sequenced a lot of (exisiting) soundtrack cues in my teenage-years and early 20s, but haven't done so in a couple of years, focusing on other hobbies (and work life). I'm no musician... besides minimal guitar "skills" I don't play an instrument (especially no keyboard or piano, which probably would make sequencing music much easier), so I'm used to sequencing with the mouse, note by note. Also I didn't use sheet music, as I can't read notation, so everything I sequenced - just like the Cliffhanger theme above - was done entirely by ear. I guess I'll refurbish some of my other MIDIs as well and maybe I'll sequence some new stuff, now that I've found a new sound with GPO