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Preparing for orchestral sequencing...

Today, I went through my orchestral samples and setup an orchestral template, for the purpose of composing for orchestra, using Sonar. I previewed each sample type, choosing those that sounded acceptable. I wasn't using a sample library, instead I was using samples in a Roland orchestral sound expansion module, the M-OC1, and also some samples in my Alesis Quadrasynth Plus. I've created a template in Sonar that lists all of the 'OK' patches for orchestra. I have them arranged vertically as MIDI tracks, in the same order as an orchestral score. I've got multiple choices for most instruments. I'm excited about working with orchestral instruments. I have very little familiarity with instruments like the oboe, clarinet, and bassoon, to name a few, and I'm looking forward to this learning experience. I'll compose in basically two stages- 1st stage will use the M-OC1 and Quadrasynth. When I'm happy with that arrangement, I'll transfer over to Kontakt 3's Vienna Symphonic library, ...and do a lot of tweaking. Presently, I am getting too much latency with K3 for real-time playing. I could use a faster PC.

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Comment by Doug Lauber on February 20, 2009 at 10:38pm
Thanks gang. I need to get a score for following Bolero. I'll try to remember to do the overlapping
'hand-off' of phrases transferred to various instruments. The great thing about MIDI sequencing is that I can experiment with drawing 'tempo maps'. In the past, I've recorded and composed short compositions that were one continuous speed, ie 138 bpm. Changing tempo is a bit more complicated than dealing with other issues, like dynamics.
Comment by Doug Lauber on February 17, 2009 at 12:08pm
Thanks for the encouragement, guys. I've got Kennan's 'The Technique of Orchestration'. Yes- I'll definitely consider the necessary pauses for breaths. ...What's a good net source for scores? I've got the Bolero CD and I'd like to see the score for LVB's 9th, which I also have on CD. ...Another odd consideration, is the way orchestral samples have
'sweet spots' along the keyboard. James, when I get to that point, I'll try the multiple articulations technique. Thanks.
Comment by James Semple on February 17, 2009 at 4:39am
Sounds good Doug. I think you are taking the right step here. Incidentally, one trick I often do is put multiple articulations of the same instrument into Instrument Banks in K3. You might want to try that.

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