Five Arias from the Magnificat by J. S. Bach.
Transcribed for two flutes by Norman J. Nelson
I chose this project because I really like the music and I needed to learn and/or improve my MIDI and audio skills. Also, all the movements are short and with only two instruments the detail work would not be overwhelming.
The skills I especially wanted to learn or improve were:
1. tasteful, but effective, use of the Aria Player's controllers for portamento, random pitch variation, and random timbre variation. (I used information from Tom’s flute tutorial as well as some information on GPO controllers buried deep in the Finale User’s manual. I found that I preferred to add only 5% to 10% of these and mostly in the kinds of places mentioned in Tom’s tutorial. At significantly higher levels I found that they call too much attention to themselves.)
2. better use of Logic Pro’s reverb capabilities. (I used LP’s pan controls and the Platinum-verb plugin independently on each track to try to simulate having the first flute to the listener’s left with the flute angled toward the audience and the second flute to the right with the flute angled toward the back of the stage. These were kept quite dry as if the listener were only a few feet in front of them. Then I used LP’s Space Designer plugin on the combined output to simulate a medium sized recital hall with the listener in the middle of the hall.)
3. output each movement at an appropriate level so that the listener could set a volume level for the first movement and not have to adjust it for the following movements.
I would greatly appreciate comments on any aspect of this project but especially the three items above.
Thanks for listening,