A little help, please.

Hello, I have been trying to understand how to manipulate the sounds that I use (especially the soloist VSTs) to make it sound more realistic. In this piece, I have a solo viola, but it sounds like it's holding it's nose and I would like to improve the sound. Any suggestions? Anyone? https://soundcloud.com/ngyd/legend-larry-bird

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  • With all due respect, I don't understand your reply. Would you care to elaborate, I do not want to jump to conclusions. Thank you for your reply. 

  • Thank you. 

  • You may get away with the percussion written as is, if you put it way back in the background.

    As of now ,it seems to be more prominent then the strings.

    Also add verb to the strings and EQ it alittle more.

  • thank you all for your help. 

  • well, the responses that I received were very different from the other, but neither had much to do with my question; I just figured that was the best I was going to get. Anyway, I am using LASS via Cubase and I don't really know much mixing but I try. The piece in questions is not mixed, I didn't think that it was important seeing as how my focus is trying to get the solo viola to sound "acceptable" to my ears. I just wanted to know if anyone had any ideas on how to approach that or if I am stuck with what the program offers. 

    Side note* The percussion rhythm has nothing to do with any Irish rhythm, I was not trying to mimic it. The rhythm you heard is just how it came to me and by exposure, probably has more to do with the Italian Pizzica. Just thought I would throw that out there, but I do appreciate being shown the video, I liked it very much.  

  • There's plenty of weird strong attacks that slice the phrasing completely. It can happen every now and then but you need a deep understanding of the instrument to make it work convincingly. Heck, understanding won't cover it, you need to play the viola yourself.

  • I have 8 musicians that play all of my music live, 2 of them are violists. I love the sound of the instrument, so I practice it with one of them from time to time. I understand it and am learning it, which is why I want to improve the sound. I know that in the end the best route to take is actually recording the music with live instruments, but that's a pretty penny. In the meantime, this is what I have and if I'm stuck with it, then I'm stuck with it. I do appreciate the attempts at helping me resolve the issue though. 

  • What does it mean, "There's plenty of weird strong attacks that slice the phrasing completely"?

    Greg Brus said:

    There's plenty of weird strong attacks that slice the phrasing completely. It can happen every now and then but you need a deep understanding of the instrument to make it work convincingly. Heck, understanding won't cover it, you need to play the viola yourself.

  • I understand what you're saying and while I totally agree, I can't honestly  fathom being signed by an organization. It isn't that I'm disinterested in the idea, but I've been told that my sound isn't very marketable so we do everything on our own (e.g. concerts, film projects, educational projects), everything but recording...yet. I imagine that there is one label rep out there they may want to take us on and pay for the recording, but until that day comes, we'll just keep moving forward. 

  • Man, could you just spit it out and tell me what you have in mind, please? Pretty please? 

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