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Virtual Soundstage 2 - direction, panning and virtual space plugin

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer Jul 17. 4 Replies

I'd been aware of this some time ago but only just tried it recently: http://www.parallax-audio.com/index.phpEssentially it places your…Continue

My recent recordings with the Brandenburg State Orchestra

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Dexter Jun 12. 15 Replies

(I do like typing that. It's a good name for an orchestra. Brandenburg State Orchestra. Mmmmm) I finally did the thing and got some music recorded with an orchestra (the Brandenburg State Orchestra…Continue

Tags: soundtrack, score, symphony, performance, recording

It's Star Wars Day, so have some John Williams

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Dexter May 19. 15 Replies

Not that I need much excuse, but here's some Williams from Return of the Jedi. It's not one of the ballbusting main or character themes, though Palpatine's leitmotif is present. For those ignorant:…Continue

Tags: luke, BAM, NO, HAND, vader

Query on staff sizes - how are they calculated, what size is a 7mm staff?

Started this discussion. Last reply by DriscollMusick Apr 20. 5 Replies

Hi, a fairly beginner question on a topic I'd never needed to investigate until now. Any help very welcome.I'm finalising scores for orchestral recording and the studio has their guidelines for staff…Continue

Tags: stave, printing, size, staff, orchestration

 

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Dave Dexter replied to Ray's discussion The search for a better sounding Virtual Instrument (the basics)
"MONO CAN EAT A DICK I've got some specific queries about widening and placing VSTs in a virtual space if that's cool. They still pertain to the basics, no unique software."
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Ray's discussion Is it really true? Composers' intentions are more important than the resulting performance!
"I think we're getting into the territory of arrangement and medley rather than rendition. And I say, fill your boots. I recorded a guitar/bouzouki piece that combined House of the Rising Sun with Williams' Force Theme, Main Theme and…"
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Ray's discussion The search for a better sounding Virtual Instrument (the basics)
"Absolutely, speaker type/placement/room treatment is a whole other thing. Just wanted to nip mixing with a sub in the bud."
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Ray's discussion The search for a better sounding Virtual Instrument (the basics)
"Flat-response monitoring speakers are vital. If you mix/master on anything else you'll cut or boost frequencies that your speakers are already cutting or boosting without knowing which, your mix will be inaccurate, and it'll sound too…"
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Bob Porter's discussion Poor, lowly notation
"Bob M, No? If you feel that nothing you said throughout the DAW competition thread and related thereto can be spun or used against you, what's the harm? You have plenty to say normally if I say "fuck" or something. (Socrates said…"
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Mike Hewer's discussion Orchestral work Competition. CANCELLED
"Oh, absolutely. Mastering is as much knowing what to leave alone as knowing what to change. I'm finishing some tracks up and they sound better as pure exports than with any processing I tried. But I left myself a loophole with "be…"
Wednesday
Dave Dexter replied to Ray's discussion Is it really true? Composers' intentions are more important than the resulting performance!
"My general view is: if I'm paying for a recording and I think it's less than what I could expect, there's grounds to be unhappy. That doesn't cover issues arising from poor scoring or real life vs DAW expectations, which have…"
Wednesday
Dave Dexter replied to Mike Hewer's discussion Orchestral work Competition. CANCELLED
"Short answer, no. I'm away from studio this week so I can't demonstrate but I can see you have what's needed and it's not hard to achieve. Ingo: in this case those tracks still needed permanent processing. I've done foley…"
Wednesday
Dave Dexter replied to Mike Hewer's discussion Orchestral work Competition. CANCELLED
"My pleasure. Be judicious, of course. Don't do it like a template. But if you listen to something with a low range and switch a 100~hz cut (you can do it in EQ as well) on and off you should hear a difference. Instruments have their own general…"
Tuesday
Dave Dexter replied to Bob Porter's discussion Poor, lowly notation
"I'm on my iPhone and it's frankly a bother."
Tuesday
Dave Dexter replied to Mike Hewer's discussion Orchestral work Competition. CANCELLED
"I tend to cut everything in a mix below about 70hz-100hz depending on the context, below that the ear can't really decipher detail and you get that rumble mud clogging up the band. (As if you don't obviously know this)"
Tuesday
Dave Dexter replied to Bob Porter's discussion Poor, lowly notation
"I don't think you appreciate this at all, Bob. I think that's a lie. Would you mind summing up Mike's intentions and purpose, as stated, of his competition? A line or paragraph will do. Ta."
Tuesday
Dave Dexter replied to Bob Porter's discussion Poor, lowly notation
"You're wreckage, Bob M. It's pretty much that simple. You helped take a wonderful opportunity and spin it into DAW vs NS and are now accusing others - me - of spinning in turn. You also label curses as incompatible with maturity. Well,…"
Tuesday
Dave Dexter replied to Bob Porter's discussion Poor, lowly notation
"I really don't think you were... I read nothing as inflammatory, even when you were becoming beleaguered and more strident. And such stridency was the result of inflammatory comments by others. It'd be like me offering to record a…"
Tuesday
Dave Dexter replied to Bob Porter's discussion Poor, lowly notation
"Still unclear why you were so affronted by Mike's comparisons and statements. Did you design Sibelius or something? This has all been Classic Internet, well done"
Monday
Dave Dexter replied to Mike Hewer's discussion Orchestral work Competition. CANCELLED
"The cancellation is an enormous shame and loss to some lucky composer, but I get why. Inexplicable low interest and a weird backlash. This is a "do you know who I am?" situation if ever there was one, and I suspect modesty is preventing…"
Monday

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Multimedia, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Orchestral/soundtrack
Is music your main income source?
Yes!
Where do you live?
Liverpool
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
A composer and guitarist in many styles, mainly for video games, but now focused on purely orchestral/symphonic pieces in the hope of film and large-scale game work. Into Williams, Arnold, Powell, Silvestri, Elfman and all that good stuff.
Website:
https://soundcloud.com/davedextermusic

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At 5:34pm on April 8, 2017, Ray said…
Funnily enough it sort of highlights the way I build a cue except I don't bother with the score but rather do it all in the DAW. Chords eventually being split into individual parts.
At 7:48am on April 8, 2017, Ray said…
Dave, I wonder if you've seen this towards your study of JW type scoring
https://youtu.be/4Bhyd8hyF24

Ray
At 5:02pm on August 7, 2015, Tyler Hughes said…
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