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Dave Dexter's Discussions

Live horn & trumpet test recording, + score. At least partially educational!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Dexter on Thursday. 10 Replies

I previously posted regarding some horn and trumpet recording I was planning, but something happened to speed me up a bit - I was studying a score and saw that there was almost no articulation on the…Continue

Tags: score, brass, trumpet, horn

Grapeshot - short test piece for live playing, 4 horns & 2 trumpets

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer Feb 9. 6 Replies

I was going to dump some of this stuff after getting it recorded, but this one's so wee that you'll barely feel it go down. I'm writing a few short pieces that act mainly as test drives for my horn…Continue

Tags: brass, score, trumpet, horn

Let's All Have A New Year's Laugh At My Old Music - Prokofiev Cover!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer Jan 1. 2 Replies

Before I was making money from music, before I could produce to an acceptable standard, before orchestrations and scoring and all the headway I've made after joining this forum, before I moved out of…Continue

Leia's Theme - John Williams

Started this discussion. Last reply by roger stancill Dec 30, 2016. 4 Replies

Carrie Fisher's death provides the perfect excuse to post John Williams' theme for her most famous role, recurring throughout the franchise.…Continue

 

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Dave Dexter replied to Art Lowell's discussion About My Score
"Proximity does give you instructions, but it should be in Library>Audio>Plugins and, in Plugins, VST and Components."
11 hours ago
Dave Dexter replied to Art Lowell's discussion About My Score
"I've downloaded to mess with later, thanks for the link! There's at least one professional (and suitably expensive) plugin which allows to you physically place instruments within a virtual space represented as a 2D plane, and then…"
12 hours ago
Dave Dexter replied to Jason Sioco's discussion Hans Zimmer Teaches Film Scoring Online
"I have absolutely no idea, you will know more than me about how this course is set up, but speaking personally there are better composers to learn from. Orchestration would be more useful, since Zimmer - like any composer really - can't…"
13 hours ago
Dave Dexter replied to Art Lowell's discussion About My Score
"I forgot about bussing, I think my template does have that - grouping each section with a different specific reverb. I can't hear much difference, but when I turn it off it sounds worse. Could be equivalent to your Client Satisfaction Unit or…"
14 hours ago
Dave Dexter replied to Art Lowell's discussion About My Score
"I've tried it and looked at the theory, but couldn't make it sound as good as simply using one overall reverb."
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Art Lowell's discussion About My Score
"I avoid stereo imaging for orchestral work, likewise compression, as it robs the sound of some nuance. Good natural direction mixing covers a lot of ground there. I've stuck with logic 9 for 4/5 years. Really don't want to screw things up…"
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Art Lowell's discussion About My Score
"I should have said - "Esc" brings up that mini-menu and then it's the pencil tool. You can also use the one above to draw straight lines, which is quicker but less charming :)"
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Art Lowell's discussion About My Score
"Keep looking, I'm in version 9. The difference between panning and direction mixing is apparently that panning simply lowers the volume in the channel you're panning away from, but direction mixing shifts the entire sound image without…"
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Art Lowell's discussion About My Score
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Art Lowell's discussion About My Score
"Not nearly enough by my tastes! An orchestral hall might have a decay tail of several seconds. A highly resonant, reflective space would be bad - like a subway - but that lush decay sound is much sought after. The trick is to use a longish reverb…"
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Ray's discussion Are there any folks interested in discussing with examples Midi Controller use with samples?
"I have my methods. They may be of use to people. I got fooled by one of your brass pieces into thinking it was real, so you know your beans.I don't use a midi controller - I draw automation with the mouse into the midi window or box or whatever…"
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Art Lowell's discussion About My Score
"I attached a screen recording of me drawing some modulation - as you'll see, it's not difficult (though easy to miss your target). A straight line rising from 1-127 would have a similar effect. I prefer this method because it adds a level…"
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Art Lowell's discussion About My Score
"Oh, speaking of reverb - you can use it pretty elaborately to place instruments in their own virtual space, further or closer, etc, but I just use one large room reverb applied to everything in post. Using too much gets muddy, but reverb isn't…"
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Art Lowell's discussion About My Score
"Ok, it sounds like you know most of the concepts I would explain but don't have the patience. I get that, it takes me ten times longer to create a good production than it does to simply write the notes. I hate doing it, and the sooner I'm…"
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Art Lowell's discussion About My Score
""Higher functions": for example, a horn whose timbral character changes as it gets louder, as in real life. Keyswitching (essentially one sample containing many different articulations that can be switched between in real time - a flute…"
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Art Lowell's discussion About My Score
"Yes. Nothing to do with EQ, but a basic level of midi automation that - assuming your samples support it - will add some naturalism to your sounds. Fortunately you use Logic, which I know my way round to some extent. At the very least, you can add…"
Sunday

Profile Information

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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