Hello everyone. Just thought I would let everyone know that I am flying down to Memphis this week so Sean and I can do the recording of our next few projects. We will be recording for the \"Harpsichord and Celeste\" cd, the \"Medieval Instruments\" cd and the \"Marimba, Vibes, and Crotales\" cd. If anyone has any last minute ideas of what they would like to see in these cd\'s or if you have any other ideas please let us know. I give allot of the credit to the people on this forum for making the first library so succesfull.
That sounds great - especially the \'Medieval\' part. Well I already mentioned this to you, but... generally some metallic \'clangs and clonks\'?? And if you fall over a metal chain that you can shake a bit, I\'d really love that. What will medieval instruments contain? Only percussion or also recorders and string-instruments from the time?
Here is a partial list of the instruments that we are planning to record:
Pipe and Tabor
We definately realize the need for quality libraries other than percussion and we are planning other \"non percussion\" libraries. We\'ll keep you posted and hopefully have some demos up soon.
[This message has been edited by donnie (edited 07-09-2000).]
Also here is the info for the marimba, vibes, and crotales cd. If there is anything missing that you would like to see performance wise PLEASE let us know.
Vibes: 4 mallets (from very soft to very hard), all at 2 velocities, sustained, pedal up (muted), and 2 motor speeds. We will also include bowed vibes, glisses/ethereal sounds, and reasonator scrapes.
Marimba: (my own 5 octave rosewood marimba) 6 mallets (from very soft to very hard), all at 4 velocities, dead strokes (2 mallets), Rolls (all mallets 2 velocities), Rattan and birch shaft hits, reasonator scrapes, and finger nail hits.
Crotales: (a full two octave set!) 3 mallets (soft rubber, med. hard plastic, and brass mallets), 2 velocities.
Again, if there is anything else you would like to see please let us know.
That sounds amazing Donnie. Bagpipes is something I\'ve never been able to find (anything that sounds better that terrible that is). I can see you\'re not just doing perc. libraries now then Good. What about medieval percussion. I\'m not familiar with the names but Irish/Scottish folk music has some very familiar drums that I\'d really like to get my hands on.
And how about real penny-whistles? (the \'Titanic\' kind).
Donnie - I\'m sure iT meant with and without vibrato.
I\'d certainly like to have a choice of having real vibrato, rather than have to fake it. But I can understand that sometimes you need plain samples as well.
If you are recording these instruments, I\'m sure the target market is very specific, and to that end, accuracy is important. Vibrato is a recent convention (around the beginning of 20th century to my knowledge). So recording these instruments with vibrato seems self defeating.
Actually, vibrato as an expressive device has been around since the baroque, if not earlier, but it is generally agreed (if I remember my music history correctly) that medieval instruments were played with very little or no vibrato. If these instruments are being performed by specialists in medieval music for Donnie\'s recordings, the musicians should have a good idea of what is appropriate. In general (this goes for modern orchestral instruments as well) vibrato can be added to a sample, but it can\'t be taken away. And the term \"expressive device\" is important, because it means that vibrato is not constant; even modern classical players will vary the amount and intensity of vibrato according to the context. Of course, the greater the variety of samples, the better!