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Orchestral Composition -- All Spitfire (and a few Berlin woods.)

Discussion in 'Member's Compositions' started by Ben E, Aug 13, 2017.

  1. Ben E

    Ben E Active Member

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  2. Paul T McGraw

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    Beautiful midi-performance. I love how you used Spitfire in a more traditional classical manner. Interesting that the OT Berlin flute and clarinet blend extremely well with the Spitfire. I am guessing you used tree only for the Spitfire, but for the OT flute and clarinet tree and ambient? Please share how you got them to play nice together. Very nice track.
     
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    Ben E Active Member

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    Thank you, Paul.

    For Spitfire I used Tree (at 100%) and Close (at about 25%). Except for Brass (Tree 100, Ambient 25).

    For Berlin there is no tree etc. I use the pre-Capsule version of OT which just has close, room and “mix.” To get Berlin to sit right with Spitfire I use the “close” setting and then bus each track of Berlin to two aux channels, each with an instance of Valhalla Room reverb. One reverb is a “large ambience” for early reflection and the second reverb is a hall setting for a tail. I’ve gone through a dozen different combos in the last couple years trying to find the right reverb settings for this blending, and this is the one I’m using now. I also put an EQ on each track of Berlin (no busses for EQ) and roll off the high end to reduce the instruments’ presence.
     
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  5. Paul T McGraw

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    @Ben E that was amazing that you managed to come up with a technique that obviously works well, but required a number of steps to achieve. I look forward to hearing more of your work.
     
  6. Quasar

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    Lovely. I echo the thoughts about using Spitfire in a more traditional, "classical" sort of way.
     
  7. OleJoergensen

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    It is a beautiful composition and lovely with the classical approach.
    Maybe the strings could have some more bite, it is very soft.
    Thank you for sharing.
     
  8. markleake

    markleake Recovering from BF Sales

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    I'm halfway through, and loving it Ben. Spitfire in this context sounds wonderful.
     
  9. JPQ

    JPQ Senior Member

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    Strings sound really nice. also is music nice hear non massive side stuff which is side where i feel i itself belong.
     
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    Thank you all so much for listening and for your comments.
     
  11. AlexanderSchiborr

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    Hej Ben,
    It is really a nice piece with nice harmonies and melodies. I could nitpick but I leave it this time because overall there are just really minor things for me.
    I like that you keep the dynamics quite and remind people that good music needs not to be loud to tell a story. Did you compose a sketch for piano prior you orchestrated it or did wrote directly with the orchestra samples?
    Technically when I judge your mockup and programming you are on a good way. Sometimes I feel your track sounds a bit midi-ish. But again: Writing lyrical music with samples was never that easy. So Just keep on practising and thank you for sharing your track.:2thumbs:
     
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    Ben E Active Member

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    Thank you, Alex.
    I didn't write a sketch on piano. I wrote it with the samples, orchestrating it as I went along.
     
  13. AlexanderSchiborr

    AlexanderSchiborr Senior Member

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    Yes it feels a bit like that. Cool thank you :)
     
  14. Kony

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    I enjoyed this - thanks for sharing :)
     

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