Hello everybody! I figured I should at least post one piece for percussion for the summer festival, so here it is!
https://www.box.com/s/2a81edf99c01a0653fdb (primarily GPO redo)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raVjdB1xito (original primarily-VDL with a video of the score)
Layers is a ten player percussion ensemble that I wrote last fall to try out the Virtual Drumline samples that came prepackaged with Finale 2011. As a result, I never posted it here since it only used a few GPO instruments. The mostly GPO conversion I can say with confidence, is the longest I have ever spent exclusively working on the rendering aspect of something I have written. Before I go into details, let me break down which instruments are GPO, which are VDL, and which used to be VDL.
Bells (originally VDL)
Xylophone (originally VDL)
Vibraphone (originally VDL)
Marimba 1 (treble clef, originally VDL)
Marimba 2 (bass clef)
Auxiliary Percussion (I won't go through every instrument, but there are some toms, triangles, and bongos thrown in there)
Like I said, this was a real interesting experiment for me, to see how well I could convert one set of instruments to a different library. Though the end result doesn't sound exactly like the original, I wasn't too displeased with the result
The biggest differences between the samples I used, put quite simply, were mallet selection and sustain. I have the full version of neither library, only what comes with Finale, so my choices are somewhat limited. I typically alternate between library samples based on which mallets I want to use for each instrument. If I want a harder mallet for bells or xylophone, I go with VDL, if I want a harder mallet for Marimba, I go with GPO. (I do actually have a mallet choice as well as more flexibility with vibrato and sustain with GPO Vibraphone, which is why, since this piece, I have stuck with it exclusively).
I had to compensate for some balance issues with the Xylophone and Bells being too soft after making the switch to GPO, but the most tedious task was compensating for the sustain pedal on the Vibraphone. Though both VDL and GPO vibes ring quite nicely, VDL (at least the sub-version that I own) cannot be turned off. However, the ring decays somewhat quickly with VDL, whereas GPO will ring and ring and ring...and some notes will begin to resonate, and before you know it, you've registered something on the Richter scale
Another difference, which I didn't quite get to the level I wanted, was the sustain of the bells. VDL bells are much like the vibes in that they will ring for quite a while, whereas GPO will not. Though honestly, that is a common difference between models of Glockenspiel themselves, not just between samples, so I did not fret it too much.
Thanks for listening!