Ingo Lee replied to Christopher John Ulrich Burke's discussion New Age pad sounds - SFZs or SF2s welcome - or affordable VSTs wanted....
"Well Chris like I said I'm no expert but I'm happy to talk about my approach to this stuff. Doing this work is more of what they call sound design than composition and I'm more into composition but there is common ground between the two.
There are…"
Nov 9, 2020
Christopher John Ulrich Burke replied to Christopher John Ulrich Burke's discussion New Age pad sounds - SFZs or SF2s welcome - or affordable VSTs wanted....
"Dear Ingo Lee.I'd dearly love you to explain how you did it!  The problem I usually have is that all these YouTube tutorials - not saying your explanation, just the YouTube tutorials - only seem to work on the VST they're designed to work on.  I get…"
Nov 8, 2020
Ingo Lee replied to Christopher John Ulrich Burke's discussion New Age pad sounds - SFZs or SF2s welcome - or affordable VSTs wanted....
"HI Chris -
I don't do much ambient and I'm certainly no expert but here's a clip of a piece that I did. If this is anywhere close to what you want to do I can explain how I did it.
Ambient%20sample1.mp3"
Nov 7, 2020
Christopher John Ulrich Burke left a comment for Mikolaj Holowko
"Dear Mikolaj.Sorry for this second message - just noticed you live in Brighton same as me. Small world!!Do you ever give lessons? Could sure do with some in using softsynths/sound sourcing/mixing!!Yours respectfully (again) Chris."
Jun 1, 2018
Christopher John Ulrich Burke left a comment for Mikolaj Holowko
"Dear Mikolaj.Here are 2 links, one to a Mike Rowland piece, one to a piece by Medwyn Goodall. You only have to listen to the first few seconds of either to answer the following questions! Re. the Medwyn Goodall piece - where's he getting his…"
Jun 1, 2018
Chris Carman replied to Christopher John Ulrich Burke's discussion Best softsynth for New Age backing pad presets? See bodytext for details.
"Forgot to mention, if you Google around there are other presets available.

For example:
http://bedroomproducersblog.com/2013/04/25/bpb-zebralette-freepack/

I don't know if there's anything actually useful in that freepack, but it was on the first…"
Jun 17, 2015
Christopher John Ulrich Burke replied to Christopher John Ulrich Burke's discussion Best softsynth for New Age backing pad presets? See bodytext for details.
"Thanks, Chris - another synth. firm I've never heard of  (and I thought I'd Googled pretty well!)

I'm over there right when I finishe typing this.

Thanks again - I'll write a toon using them every bit as bad as the one I uploaded here (AARGH!!)…"
Jun 16, 2015
Chris Carman replied to Christopher John Ulrich Burke's discussion Best softsynth for New Age backing pad presets? See bodytext for details.
"I'm a fan of the U-he soft synths.  I really like the sounds from Zebra and Diva.  You can download Zebralette for free from their site and it has a bunch of presets that are quite usable rite out of the gate.  I don't claim to be an expert when it…"
Jun 16, 2015
Christopher John Ulrich Burke replied to Christopher John Ulrich Burke's discussion Best softsynth for New Age backing pad presets? See bodytext for details.
"Dear Spiros. 

I DO know what I want them to sound like,  that' swhy I put the links in the O.P..,  because they're composers who's sounds I've loved for ages.  They're all blends of sounds, or seem to be, gentle mixes of voices and drones,…"
Jun 16, 2015
Spiros Makris replied to Christopher John Ulrich Burke's discussion Best softsynth for New Age backing pad presets? See bodytext for details.
"My main point is, instead of buying presets (ie, a synth whose factory sounds sound good), it's much better (and cheaper) to utilise what you already have. Any DAW has a simple softsynth you can use, start reading the manual.
Making a sound "good"…"
Jun 15, 2015
Christopher John Ulrich Burke replied to Christopher John Ulrich Burke's discussion Best softsynth for New Age backing pad presets? See bodytext for details.
"Dear Spiros.
UGH - I know you're right in theory but I've been batting my head against LFOs/sine waves/square/triangle/saw waves for literally ages and I've never gotten anything out of a synth anywhere near as beautiful as the sounds I hear on…"
Jun 15, 2015
Spiros Makris replied to Christopher John Ulrich Burke's discussion Best softsynth for New Age backing pad presets? See bodytext for details.
"I'm not sure what "immune to EQ" means in practice. 
But the truth is, you don't need complicated tools or techniques to get those sounds-in fact, more complex stuff won't really do it. You want something that works on the background, ie, not that…"
Jun 14, 2015
Greg Brus replied to Christopher John Ulrich Burke's discussion Best softsynth for New Age backing pad presets? See bodytext for details.
"I just opened up Colossus and picked up some pads at random until I found something passably similar (it's called "Meditation Pad", duh :P), then tweaked it with EQ and added delay to fatten it up. The result is basically a clone of what you have in…"
Jun 14, 2015
Spiros Makris replied to Christopher John Ulrich Burke's discussion Best softsynth for New Age backing pad presets? See bodytext for details.
"it didn't post the file because it was too big. there you go.pad comparison1.mp3"
Jun 14, 2015
Spiros Makris replied to Christopher John Ulrich Burke's discussion Best softsynth for New Age backing pad presets? See bodytext for details.
"I made a small comparison for you. A simple chord progression, on 3 different plugins, using a stock preset on each one. on the first three I have tweaked nothing- just loaded the preset and played the same midi file. By order of appearance, Blade…"
Jun 14, 2015
Christopher John Ulrich Burke replied to Christopher John Ulrich Burke's discussion Best softsynth for New Age backing pad presets? See bodytext for details.
"Dear Spiros et al.

Doesn't have  to be EXACTLY those, but that kinda thing, that does the same kinda job, sounds nice behind lead sounds (like piano/flute etc.) filling out the mix a little, maybe just adding thickness to instruments that sound a…"
Jun 14, 2015
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  • Hello John, Have not been on the site much....been working a lot on my new website and making more videos.  Just wanted to say a quick hello to you and hope that you are well.  Will try to check in more next week and take a listen to some of your work.  Hope you have good weekend.  Bye now, Martha Maria
  • I'll try my best to help. If you can try your best to explain your goals and problems you'll get the best results ;D Enjoy the site!

     

  • I'm listening, for the second time, to 'One for MarMelodian.'  What a delightful surprise to find this ONE!  It's lovely.  It reminds me so much of piano music from the Civil War Era in the states.  Did you see the Ken Burns film series on PBS about the American Civil War, by chance?  Your piano piece would sound right at home on that sound track. I like that little surprise three fourths of the way through, the lowered half tone.  This piece seems kind of a cross between Scarlatti (especially the part after the lowered half tone phrase, reminds me of a Scarlatti Sonata, one of the popular ones, but of course, I can't remember the number...it starts out sounding almost like a hunt....a short phrase, with three trilled notes and then an echo...do you know the one I mean?) and 19th century American piano music.  But, on the other hand, since you're in East Sussex, I'm supposing you probably were not influenced by American piano music....so, I'm wondering about the traditional music you were raised on. Do you think traditional local music influences you?  As for myself, the Appalachian mountain music is absolutely in my bones, no matter what I'm playing. When I was young, I tried to get away from it....now I embrace it .  Thanks for posting this wonderful little piece.  Martha  
  • Listening to Sunshine Scene right now. I like your instrumentation, and the clarity of the parts.  Very sweet melody.  Is that lead instruments something like an ocarina? 
  • Funny, I guess I just focused on your middle name, for some reason....don't know why.  Didn't think about it, just typed.  I shall investigate your suggestions about piano music submissions.  Thanks for the tip!
  • That's a wonderful idea for someone on this site who has the technical know how, the time and the inclination to do exactly that....Composers' Forum radio.  Actually, it could double as a Composers' Forum Music Library as well, a site for music supervisors to browse the members' music.  Do you know how to do that, John?  If the administrators here do not want this site's name on an internet radio station, there's nothing stopping you from starting it yourself, under another name....There would be many people here who would probably like to submit.  Would a radio station just be a website with audio?  That shouldn't be too hard to set up. 
  • Hi John, Wow, thanks for your nice comments.  To tell you the truth, I don't know the radio stations to which you are referring.  Are they internet stations?  To tell you the truth, what I don't do is market....I'm lazy and remiss about that.  I diddle around in my little studio in the woods and leave it pretty much as a hobby.  About mixing on the computer, I wish I could help you, but I'm a technophobe myself.  I use a very old fashioned system, the Roland Boss recorders and a Roland keyboard, mostly.  I don't know how to record on a computer, though I bought a Mac last spring, thinking that I WOULD learn, but so far, I haven't. 

    Thank you for the nice comments about the piano pieces.  I'll load more new ones in the next few days. I'm working on a new suite right now that I like.  Also finished up another piano suite a couple of months ago....A Week in the Life, a piano piece for each day of the week. 

    I wish you luck finding help with your computer.  James Semple is a member here, in fact, I believe he's a site administrator.  He also lives in the UK, though I'm not sure where...maybe no where close to you.  At any rate, I have found him to be VERY generous with his knowledge and advice on here.  Have you made his acquaintance yet?

     

    Bye, Martha

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