Lawrence Aurich replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"But opera is unique, ostentatious, and mostly over the top.  Almost any recitative will be rendered with great panache yet be as mundane as "my love doth open the window."  Most of opera is great ado about nothing.  That's why we love it.  But…"
Dec 28, 2016
DriscollMusick replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"To those who mistakenly believe that the poetry has to match the quality of a composer's music, I can reference about a hundred well-known operas where the quality of the libretto pales next to the music.
To cite just one famous example (courtesy of…"
Dec 27, 2016
Lawrence Aurich replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"     Beautiful work.  I say forget about making an acceptable recording and just have it performed.  I wouldn't waste time on tweaking artificial words.  The technology isn't advanced enough to monkey with it, but then I'm not a techno person. 
    …"
Dec 27, 2016
Ingo Lee replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"Lots of possibilities for setting up the space. Also look for a setting for "pre-delay" on the reverb; adjusting this has the effect of moving a sound source closer to the mic. In general longer pre-delay settings move the sound source in closer.…"
Dec 26, 2016
David Lilly replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"What are you using exactly for play back? 
I'm not sure if I understand correctly, but... 
If the Choir patch is running as a standalone program, that could complicate things. But I assume it works as a library within a player of sorts in your DAW…"
Dec 26, 2016
Nicholas Kelly replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"Driscoll - Thanks for your comments re: mixing... totally agree with your feedback. I uploaded yet another version where I tried to reconcile the piano and choir's distance (not too easy, because they each use different playback engines with their…"
Dec 26, 2016
DriscollMusick replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"Lovely. Measure 53 was particularly striking. Agree too with your points that lesser poetry makes for the greater musical setting.
Re: the mixing, I think I listened to your revised version (on headphones). What struck me was that the reverb/miking…"
Dec 22, 2016
Nicholas Kelly replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"Mike and Dave,
Thanks very much for your feedback... both very helpful. I replaced the original file with one with more reverb, as per Mike's suggestion... the Soloists of Prague are really a solo (not choir) library and only has a close mic…"
Dec 22, 2016
Mike Hewer replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"Hi Nicholas,
The balance between piano and choir seems fine to me. 
The reverb might help the choir sound if it had a bigger pre-delay and maybe a longer tail. The choir sounded a little too close for me, but this is subjective as I don't think…"
Dec 22, 2016
Nicholas Kelly replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"Yes... that's why I'm asking for advice on the mixing, etc. Wesley Lawrence Curry II said:
Plainly.....as soon as I heard the "artificial" choir....I turned it off.....Not enough time in the day for me to listen to artificial sounds......This…"
Dec 22, 2016
roger stancill replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"Hi Nick, I enjoyed listening to this. I liked the balance/counter balance between
the vocals and the piano parts. Very nice.      RS"
May 21, 2016
Gavin Brown replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"This seems lovely to me. I cannot comment on any technical aspects of it as I myself am a self-taught composer, but I greatly appreciate this work"
May 15, 2016
Nicholas Kelly replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"Hi everyone - Thanks for all the comments on this! I updated the original post with a new audio file--in it, I responded to people's feedback by making the piano substantially quieter and reducing the piano's reverb. I only reduced the choir's…"
May 15, 2016
Nicholas Kelly replied to Tyler Hughes's discussion Wessobrunner Gebet for Choir and Piano
"This is very nice. The language is "conservative," as you say, but still recognizably modern, and very colorful (more colorful and interesting, really, than most contemporary choral pieces. A lot of choral music is harmonically conservative just…"
May 3, 2016
Ingo Lee replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"Very nice piece Nicholas, I feel that your melodies and accompaniment hold our attention despite the obvious problem with the lyrics, and the issues you mentioned do not bother me at all.  Your moving video score is a clever solution to the problem…"
May 1, 2016
Bruce Pearson replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"Ok...I listened...and I am disappointed! Disappointed that I can't hear the piece through all the reverb. And I really do want to hear it...I can tell that something really good is happening.

Please repost with a much drier hall sound. It will…"
Apr 30, 2016
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