Thanks Kevin, I actually just started the piece as something to play around with and learn how the choir program works and it kinda just developed from there. And yeah Joe Hisashi rocks too! Although, I’ve got quite some way to go until I could match them, very flattered by your kind words though ^^
Thanks Will, I’m on Cubase Artist 6.5 so the 32 track limit is a bit of a nightmare for a full orchestra section plus percussion and choir. I pretty much have to just have legato/sustain and staccato for string+brass, and a keyswitch for the woodwind for sustain/stacc. (Keyswitch patches do not sound anywhere near as good as individual on these libraries.) I’d have liked trills, tremolo and fast woodwind scale runs, but I can add them in when I upgrade to full Cubase with no track limit. This is how the choir program works; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im4bEP75q98&list=UUWak19IgXroekdlM4v834_w
As for the ‘bite’ in the string section, that really comes from mixing in some close and/or mid mics in addition to the main mics where you can really hear the bow digging into the strings for the staccato and the vibrato for sustain. I wanted that, but I have 7200rpm drives which can’t handle such an intense string library at two mic positions, nevermind mixing in all 4. So I’m not happy with the mix as it is due to the above mentioned.
Thanks Early, this video shows the woodwind library (which I don’t own yet) but all the libraries by EWQL use the same interface/stuff; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeBHHgqnq2Y&list=UUWak19IgXroekdlM4v834_w&index=2 And thanks for your kind words, I’ve recently started enjoying jazz a lot, so I’d quite like to do some jazz stuff using these orchestral templates one day, especially with choir it could be interesting. Got some learning to do first though, I find jazz very fascinating. I’ve never been interested in classical composers. I like some stuff from the romantic era, Mahler, but mainly I like video game/movie music (although not so much trailer music.)
Thanks Jos, I had to Google and then Youtube him when you mentioned Orff because I’d never heard of him, although I recall the O Fortuna part from some kind of advertisement or something and I see what you mean. Yeah, 2:06 to 2:08 isn’t perfect, I wanted a harp glissando, which I feel would make it right but perhaps not. The entire brass and woodwinds section both drop out after 2:08 actually The french horn enters again for the last repeat and trumpet for the swell but the trombone and tuba aren’t heard again. And the flute and oboe aren’t heard after 2:08. The bassoon and clarinet finish the piece. I don’t really like the woodwinds with EWQL Symphonic Orchestra Gold though, so I don’t use woodwinds as much as I’d like to, or as much as I used to before I had a DAW and sample libraries and had to notate my compositions.
Thanks again to your kind words to all the above,