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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

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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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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?
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
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 site. I protect my work under the Creative Commons License, both 3.0 and 4.0.

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!



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


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…


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.…


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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