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String quartet mock up with Sibelius remotely controlling Presonus Studio One

Started Jan 4, 2016 0 Replies

Here's the URL to the playlist for a string quartet that I recorded via Sibelius as a scoring editor for Presonus Studio One (its the actual playback). (Three movements are available, and a fourth is…Continue

Tags: Presonus, Studio, One, Sibelius, violin

String Quartet mock up

Started Jan 4, 2016 0 Replies

Here's the URL to the playlist for a string quartet that I recorded via Sibelius as a scoring editor for Presonus Studio One (its the actual playback). (Three movements are available, and a fourth is…Continue

Export stems from Notion 5.1 notation program into Presonus Studio One sequencer for further editing

Started Oct 16, 2015 0 Replies

This looks interesting. With Notion 5.1, one can export instrument tracks, tempo, time signature, rehearsal mark information, etc. (collectively called a "stem") into Presonus Studio One sequencer.…Continue

 

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Larry Elliott left a comment for Al Johnston
"Greetings Al. I like your piano works. They are very sensitive pieces. Thanks for sharing. Very best, Larry Elliott"
Jul 15, 2016
Al Johnston replied to Lennart Östman's discussion It's finished!
"That said, Lennart, the themes are so nice that they are worth repeating. I repeat a lot, as well. It is not a deficit for the mature, you know. I don't think the young understand that most music of which we have a record was written for…"
Jan 10, 2016
Al Johnston replied to Lennart Östman's discussion The second movement
"Thanks again, Lennart. You are being listened to with appreciation."
Jan 9, 2016
Al Johnston replied to Viktor Mastoridis's discussion List of most important musical works - any genre
"Be afraid, however, if you have not educated yourself to make an informed choice though."
Jan 9, 2016
Al Johnston replied to Viktor Mastoridis's discussion List of most important musical works - any genre
"Be careful not to conflate importance with influence. Musical tradition in the West began to value contrast over monotony, ordered chaos over featureless eternity, during the age known as the Enlightenment (roughly, the 18th century). The…"
Jan 9, 2016
Al Johnston replied to Fredrick zinos's discussion Piano Sonata Third Movement
"I'll second that. System or intuition or both?"
Jan 9, 2016
Al Johnston replied to Lennart Östman's discussion It's finished!
"How enjoyable! I just finished writing on another forum that my music stems from an older tradition than that of my young critic. (I'm sure he was surprised to read that his music has a tradition.) How pleased I was to hear then your fine…"
Jan 9, 2016
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Jan 4, 2016
Al Johnston commented on David Unger's blog post New string quartet complete! (with expanded development as of December 7th)
"You can be justly proud to have finished this quartet. It is worth listening to. I would like to see it posted as a video on my Google+ community, "Sheetmusic Playback of Original Music.""
Dec 18, 2015
Daniel Zarb-Cousin left a comment for Al Johnston
"Wow, thank you!  I really appreciate your comment.  What exactly do you mean when you talk about delving into the tonal centers?  I know a decent bit about chords and can play pretty well on a piano (I have one).  What do you…"
Dec 16, 2015
Al Johnston replied to Jake R Tanner's discussion Keyboard Controllers
"I don't use a MIDI controller to enter in notes; therefore, I'm sorry to be the first one to respond to your post. But I just wanted to point out that the reason I sought another approach besides using a MIDI controller is that none of…"
Dec 15, 2015
Al Johnston replied to Lennart Östman's discussion Problems with Sibelius
"Lennart, I have had this problem on my laptop PC. I don't use my entire hard drive as my C drive; rather, I use only a small partition of it for that purpose (because Windows has to be restored so often to maintain integrity). Therefore I point…"
Dec 15, 2015
Al Johnston replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Midi + Audio sequencing
"Have you turned off (unchecked) Exclusive Mode under the Advanced tab in the Speakers Properties control panel of Windows? Apparently one has to do it like that rather than at the program (at least for music software). That's what prevents my…"
Dec 15, 2015
Al Johnston replied to Daniel Zarb-Cousin's discussion Gothic Piano Concerto (just for fun)
"I, too, want to chime in and say that your vision of music is an exciting one. Perhaps this concerto is tongue-in-cheek, but you have the potential to create quite a body of work that will be significant. My advice, keep this score handy as you may…"
Dec 15, 2015
Al Johnston replied to Jacqueline S. Boothe's discussion Critique a Short, Orchestral Piece
"Nice! You're on your way, Jacqueline. My suggestion? Differentiate yourself from the pack and, as Daniel mentioned, start to use additional "tonalities and modes" to heighten the emotion in your music even further. Actually,…"
Dec 15, 2015
Al Johnston replied to Matt Stewart-Evans's discussion New Orchestral Effort (no score) - Feedback appreciated!
"Ahhhhh. OK, at 2'01" there is a brass line that comes in but it is a bit obscured by the string obbligato. Perhaps you might bring down the volume of the string obbligato during the time that that line lasts to bring it out a bit more?…"
Dec 15, 2015

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
classical and related musics
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Virginia
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
The music I write is lovingly dedicated to my wife, Dr. Ann Louise Frisinger, whose character and womanliness is the inspiration I needed. I strive to explore trails blazed by those before, yet in doing so mine the treasures of my own soul. I use a 16-core AMD workstation with 64GB RAM and M-Audio sound card. The musical notation in my videos is slightly non-standard in order to facilitate machine playback. Scores more easily read by humans are available at my imslp.org site. I protect my work under the Creative Commons License, both 3.0 and 4.0.
Website:
https://www.youtube.com/user/NovaClassica?feature=mhee

About my videos

Just to let everyone know, I use a notation program to facilitate bringing my music to (your) life. I make every effort to make the playback as realistic as possible, but the results are limited, of course. Nevertheless, I have had positive response to many pieces. At least one can see the score as the music plays. And so it goes. Gradually, I get better.

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At 9:47am on July 15, 2016, Larry Elliott said…

Greetings Al.

I like your piano works. They are very sensitive pieces. Thanks for sharing.

Very best,

Larry Elliott

At 2:46pm on December 16, 2015, Daniel Zarb-Cousin said…

Wow, thank you!  I really appreciate your comment.  What exactly do you mean when you talk about delving into the tonal centers?  I know a decent bit about chords and can play pretty well on a piano (I have one).  What do you mean by tempered/untempered?  I really would like to dig in to what you have mentioned but some specification could help. 

I will give that ballet a listen.

Thanks again for the comments.

At 8:45pm on January 3, 2015, Anand said…

Thank you Al for the listening and the careful comments.

I somehow have always heard the repetition exactly in the same register, be it string quartets, symphonies or sonatas. But I will listen to the examples otherwise and I am sure it will be effective.

I look forward to listening to your works as well!

Best,

Anand

At 3:41pm on January 3, 2015, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Al! Hope you enjoy the forum!

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Advanced_DAW_Networking tutorials posted

Posted on September 18, 2015 at 6:41pm 0 Comments

Advanced_DAW_Networking



In the 3 videos of this series, we take the concepts explained in the first four videos (of "DAW network: How to network your DAWs together") to another level. Just as in my "32 MIDI Controllers vs. One Sequencer" tutorials, we develop a symphony orchestra template as a song in Presonus Studio One that Sibelius notation program will "play" using sample libraries loaded into Kontakt player. But instead of everything occuring on a single computer, the…

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Custom Dynamics plug-in - essential for realistic Sibelius playback

Posted on September 9, 2015 at 2:30pm 2 Comments

Using custom dynamics is essential to get realistic playback on Sibelius. Here's version 2.0 of my custom dynamics Sibelius plug-in. I put it in: C:\Users\User_Name\AppData\Roaming\Avid\Sibelius 7.5\Plugins\Dynamics. With this version, one can now revert to standard dynamics as well as convert to custom dynamics just by selecting appropriate choices in the dynamics mapping  menu.…



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Sibelius as scoring editor for Studio One using Kontakt

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Hey all,

Sequencers have crappy scoring editors and I'm tired of waiting, so my latest video tutorials show my solution. (This series of videos completes my series on DAW networking.) This method should work for just about every sequencer. Sibelius appears to be multiple keyboards inputting MIDI into the sequencer (one MIDI keyboard per staff of the Sibelius score). The neat thing is that one can control these MIDI performances with exact detail using standard music notation (no…

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