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  1. mikeh-375

    Your favorite MIDI orchestration tip

    Amen. Eg. it's too easy to play that harmony just with string spiccato chords, so why not try a slur here and there to create rhythm with variation....unless the deadline is rapidly approaching.
  2. mikeh-375

    Your favorite modulation tricks and tips?

    Enharmonic modulation can be fun. Turn any notes function into another one by re-spelling it and resolving accordingly. A quick and easy way to get anywhere within a move or two.
  3. mikeh-375

    Virtuosity versus vitality-free legato

    The pressure in formative years at a top institution is not for everyone. I've witnessed first hand what it can do to people and in one case with the most tragic of events that impacted me personally. One first encounters peers who are as good if not better than oneself at an early age at these...
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    Virtuosity versus vitality-free legato

    So to the OP again. Having re-read your initial post, I can infer one or two things which may be your point (or not. Ambiguity is not needed here). Is it a tirade against the ubiquity of similar articulations within sets of samples that then dictate what is possible when creating DAW music? Does...
  5. mikeh-375

    Virtuosity versus vitality-free legato

    sigh, Arditti doesn't need marketing he's acknowledged by all in the know and the knowledgable listener to be one of the most outstanding of our time. You obviously can't see that because it doesn't chime with your obsession with the cult of personality and marketing in music....and because of...
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    Virtuosity versus vitality-free legato

    oh you've done it now @synkrotron ...;):whistling:
  7. mikeh-375

    Virtuosity versus vitality-free legato

    errrrm yes. Britten nor Arditti play (or played in Britten's case) the romantic / classical masters standard repertoire but that does not negate them in any way from being as virtuosic and perhaps even more so in the case of Arditti, given the complexity of the music he plays.
  8. mikeh-375

    Virtuosity versus vitality-free legato

    You are missing it. Britten was acknowledged as one of the finest pianist....oh whatever. Get yourself an education. Your comments are equally ridiculous and entertaining....I mean have you seen the stuff Arditti plays? Don't bother answering because I already know.
  9. mikeh-375

    Virtuosity versus vitality-free legato

    good point @synkrotron...perhaps it's a sample of madness....Drama Zone?
  10. mikeh-375

    Virtuosity versus vitality-free legato

    are you seriously saying that Arditti and Britten are a standard default virtuosity? That tells me all I need to know. My friend you need to educate yourself before making such pronouncements. I wonder how you came to the conclusion that my examples where of a standard virtuosity when you...
  11. mikeh-375

    Virtuosity versus vitality-free legato

    again I say Irvine Arditti....google him and do yourself a favour.
  12. mikeh-375

    Virtuosity versus vitality-free legato

    for 'big' read outstanding and great virtuoso. I thought that would've been implicit. There isn't much point to a discussion on this if you don't even know the people I've mentioned. Perhaps your OP needs some revision. British virtuosos in classical music are in good health and a plenty.
  13. mikeh-375

    Virtuosity versus vitality-free legato

    @Mattia, we always go for the underdog (not a bad thing though) and perhaps we do not celebrate success as much as they do in say the USA. I wouldn't go as far as the OP though on this, because clearly there is as much success in Britain as anywhere else.
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    Virtuosity versus vitality-free legato

    well ok then...here's some random names, all world famous. Ades, Britten, McCabe and Watkins on piano for starters. Michael Collins and Thea King on clarinet. Galway on flute. Isserlis and Kaneh Mason on cello. Irvine Arditti on violin....etc. All recording and concert hall stars. Some maybe...
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    Virtuosity versus vitality-free legato

    Britten? Tippet? Birtwistle? Ades? Watkins? McCabe?...that's just a few composers for starters, 4 of whom where or are, acknowledged as among the finest pianists in their generation (Britten was one of the finest in the world). If you are talking about performers, England in particular has some...
  16. mikeh-375

    Virtuosity versus vitality-free legato

    There might be some truth in the British malaise and attitude to excellence (btw it was either Beecham or Henry Wood's quote I think). There are also undoubtedly some casualties in the higher echelons of British music schools (I went to the RAM and found it fine however, but I did witness some...
  17. mikeh-375

    Spitfire Audio “This is London Calling” - BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Listening to the Menuet, the lines are unclear and the dynamics are too far apart and that's in the first minute or so - at least that is how it sounds to my ears. I am genuinely interested in whether or not this is simply music that's too much for the product or if it could have been programmed...
  18. mikeh-375

    Spitfire Audio “This is London Calling” - BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Having played the Debussy Suite Bergamasque myself on piano, I found the sound unconvincing in the demo a few pages back. There where issues of clarity in some of the lines for me and the balance was off a lot of the time - hopelessly so in places to the extent that the music was jarring and to...
  19. mikeh-375

    Best Solo Cello?

    Putting them all in the right space went a long way to unifying them. The differing sounds/articulations where chosen for specific musical purposes and sections and one could justify the changing timbre if chosen wisely on that basis alone (with half closed ears of course). Mainly though, I...
  20. mikeh-375

    Best Solo Cello?

    Hi Dave, Hope all is well. Sorry but I have nothing to give you on this. I didn't bother matching at all, even mid phrase. If one couldn't do something well, I tried others until I got something reasonable. It wasn't as bad as you might think, there where large parts on one sample set alone...
  21. mikeh-375

    Spitfire Audio “This is London Calling” - BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Kontakt with a large knob....?...:laugh:...
  22. mikeh-375

    Huge Woodwind Ensembles?

    it'd sound bloody awful.
  23. mikeh-375

    Mediterranean Jazz Waltz

    The art of Mancini is in good hands....nice
  24. mikeh-375

    Spitfire Audio “This is London Calling” - BBC Symphony Orchestra

    @Michel Simons we as musicians should feel sorry for them.....;)...just joking percussion fellas, I can't resist muso jokes.
  25. mikeh-375

    Is MIR still a useful tool with so many "reverbed" libraries out there?

    @re-peat I'd love to see those videos and would certainly appreciate a link. I've been a MIR user for many years, but ever since the trend for baked-in ambience started I've been a little unsteady about combining it with MIR. I do get results, but the whole process feels a little flawed. As you...
  26. mikeh-375

    Spitfire Audio “This is London Calling” - BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Shakespeare wrote Macbeth with Apple.......:P and the fella Ernst worked out the speed of sound on a Mach.....oh dear...I blame @Zedcars
  27. mikeh-375

    Music Theory - is there ever a point where you have everything in your composition under control?

    Well said @vagar . This is exactly my view and practice. There is no point in finding a good theme or motif and then not being able to dress it up properly for listening to. It would also be a terrible waste if the composer didn't have the tools to search for and exploit the musics' nascent...
  28. mikeh-375

    Spitfire Audio “This is London Calling” - BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Compression of expression! I do hope that's just sarcasm above @staypuft ;)
  29. mikeh-375

    Your Favorite Reverb?

    I wish I'd have looked into Spat when it was available as just reverb, it looked pretty neat for placement. I can't justify buying the full package re-vamped as I'd only use the reverb.
  30. mikeh-375

    Spitfire Audio “This is London Calling” - BBC Symphony Orchestra

    do you mean my wife......(awful I know, sorry, do I get any Quality St?)
  31. mikeh-375

    Spitfire Audio “This is London Calling” - BBC Symphony Orchestra

    well Patrick, I'm no slouch when it comes to scoring and imv, a lack of dynamic breadth is a bar to effective and less restrictive composing and scoring. I don't expect ff for 50 bars anywhere in an orchestra, but I should be able to achieve ff when I need it. Likewise, high d's and e's on...
  32. mikeh-375

    BBC Fever and the Reality of Existing Libraries

    Jake, I was one of those earning and doing live recordings. It didn't stop me from getting new sounds at all. Using the same old sounds day in and day for many months and often under pressure enervated me at times, especially when I was at it 24/7. But new sound refreshed me and did so...
  33. mikeh-375

    Spitfire Audio “This is London Calling” - BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Only SA can answer this. I for one am hoping for clarity on this. I just wish I didn't think Simon has a point here. I'd like to be able to buy this, but not as it stands
  34. mikeh-375

    BBC Fever and the Reality of Existing Libraries

    But Jimmy, here's another reason in defence of new sound (even if it's only slightly different) and that is about keeping fresh within an industry that knows no clock and an inspiration that needs to be on tap. Using the same sound day in day out for long periods can be tiring, boring and might...
  35. mikeh-375

    VSL Synchron Strings I Announced (Nov. Release)

    I just went and listened to some demos and was put off again!!! The Albonini didn't do it for me..
  36. mikeh-375

    VSL Synchron Strings I Announced (Nov. Release)

    Nice cue @Sovereign...making me think twice about the product....
  37. mikeh-375

    Embertone's Popelka Bassoon - WALKTHROUGH VIDEO posted!

    @Embertone, Guys you must, must do more wind. I'm sure I'm not the only one here who would like to have double wind and all auxiliaries, complete with the equivalent guts and character of this bassoon. Then you can do the brass, then the percu........get the picture? I have most wind available...
  38. mikeh-375

    [no longer] Attempting a Quartet piece...

    i Amen to that @ism. The less you know about orchestral composing, the more you are in the hands of the samples themselves and in this regard, the companies have way too much influence on technique and compositional outlook imv. One can obviously attempt a symphony of course, but as you will...
  39. mikeh-375

    [no longer] Attempting a Quartet piece...

    I can't agree with that @ism. What you say might be fine for media work, but if you are serious about composing to a high level of competence (as some media composers do for that matter), it's best imv not to conflate sample based production and writing techniques with actual composing skills...
  40. mikeh-375

    Embertone's Popelka Bassoon - WALKTHROUGH VIDEO posted!

    fantastic...Embertone will have to do all winds ..
  41. mikeh-375

    At last, a bassoon...

    I'd have happily split $10 with you @X-Bassist ...you've just ruined it all now.....;)
  42. mikeh-375

    At last, a bassoon...

    Finally something that captures a beautiful instrument.....for $39!!!!!..one week only https://www.embertone.com/instruments/popelkabassoon.php
  43. mikeh-375

    Spitfire Audio “This is London Calling” - BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Oh dear, I'm feeling for you guys atm, SFA have got some work to do.
  44. mikeh-375

    'Concert hall' sample libraries - do they exist?

    @JohnG....John, I've never really listened to EWQLSO as I went the VSL route, do you have any good examples that in your view show off the qualities mentioned?...I'm genuinely interested and acknowledge your association with them.
  45. mikeh-375

    'Concert hall' sample libraries - do they exist?

    It's a shame VSL doesn't get into this, especially after Synchron which was a disappointment for me. I still like their self - build matrix approach on my iPad for easy switching and performing and their initial approach to articulation is at present still the best imv. More dynamic layers and...
  46. mikeh-375

    Spitfire Audio “This is London Calling” - BBC Symphony Orchestra

    even though the smell of it was something quite......
  47. mikeh-375

    Spitfire Audio “This is London Calling” - BBC Symphony Orchestra

    :crying::crying::crying::crying::crying::crying:...I dun wanna be miked.
  48. mikeh-375

    Spitfire Audio “This is London Calling” - BBC Symphony Orchestra

    No, my runs are played in and are often not just a simple scale ascending or descending. (I did practise my scales... ;) )