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  1. jeremiahpena

    MUSIC: What are you listening to ? ?

    He's one of my favorites. Check out his guitar concerto "Pegasus Effect" and his saxophone concerto "Cyber Bird" (my favorite recording is with the Tokyo Philharmonic which isn't on Youtube but is on streaming services. The finale is exhilarating.), and Threnody to Toki.
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    Audio Imperia Photosynthesis I-IV Bundle - $80 - Worth it?

    I haven't done any sampling in quite a while. The biggest reasons being that I've been focused on writing music more, and that I moved into a new apartment which is directly next to a noisy road and train tracks. It's rarely quiet enough to record stuff without getting studio time. There's also...
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    Audio Imperia Photosynthesis I-IV Bundle - $80 - Worth it?

    I don't really talk about these much on here, but I guess this is a good opportunity. I think Vol 2 is the highlight of the series. It's certainly the one I use most often, with the unprocessed cello articulations, and granular patches (which are kind of like an ensemble of ghost cellos). I'm...
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    Race to the Limitless Expanse - Orchestral Action

    Thanks. There's not a lot of EQ. I took out some low mids in CSS and made the whole track a bit brighter, but that's it. Is there anything in particular you're noticing?
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    Race to the Limitless Expanse - Orchestral Action

    Here's another big action track, which I love writing. Featuring Cinematic Studio Brass doing some heavy lifting! I've had L&S Chamber Strings for a while and haven't used them much, so this was my first go at layering them in with CSS to add in some sparkle, and I'm quite happy with it...
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    Bright Pianos

    Thanks everyone! Putting an exciter on the piano pretty much does it for the brightness. :) The repeated note thing doesn't sound right, but looking for that in a sample library is probably a lost cause.
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    Bright Pianos

    It may not be so much the actual intensity of the dynamics (The Giant with some EQ and compression is as punchy as the piano in the video on the individual high octaves, and other pianos get quite loud and bright), but rather the repeated note effect, where the hammer hits an already excited...
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    Bright Pianos

    That's what prompted me to ask, when I saw Nils Frahm was involved I remembered I had been looking for a piano that can get violently loud for a few months. If it can do that, it doesn't show in any of the demo material unfortunately. The closest I have is Wavesfactory Mercury, which goes a...
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    Bright Pianos

    Just watched the walkthrough (I checked it out when it first released but wasn't looking for more pianos at the time), and it sounds quite promising. It's a bit of shame none of the demos on the product page show off that dynamic layer.
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    Bright Pianos

    Does anyone know of any piano libraries that have the highest dynamics get as bright as this track? I've tried EQing numerous piano libraries, but it's not enough. The actual dynamic level of the samples aren't high enough. I've been able to get that sound with a number of real pianos...
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    Reverb Settings / Send Levels

    I use a single reverb (QL Spaces), and set the send level of everything that is relatively dry (CSS, Berlin Woodwinds (Legacy), Hollywood) to 0db, and everything that is wetter (Berlin Brass, Met Ark, Spitfire) to -6db. I've tried using different impulses and levels for different groups of the...
  12. jeremiahpena

    The Lightning Chase

    aka embracing polychords, aka what is up with the rhythms, aka this went entirely off the rails. Thought I'd share this track I've been working on in-between other stuff, as I'm personally happy with it but don't know if that would translate to it being enjoyable to anyone else. I decided to...
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    City of the Sword - big orchestral piece (featuring CSB)

    I mostly just go with what feels right. Dorico has a feature where you can write in free time without any time signatures, and then divide it up into bars after the fact. The main motif is generally 9 beats long, but 9/4 seems unwieldy to me. It could be split as 5/4+4/4, or 4/4+5/4, but the...
  14. jeremiahpena

    Jurassic World Evolution soundtrack released

    CSS is the backbone of the strings in the score, with Soaring Strings layered in for more presence when needed. There's occasional moments of Ark 2, Albion V, Hollywood Strings, and others, but it's probably 70-80% CSS. A track like "A Careful Step into the World" wouldn't have really worked...
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    Hello From Arizona USA

    And welcome from northernish Utah!
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    Jurassic World Evolution soundtrack released

    Thanks! I knew going in that trying to mimic JW would be a failure. I tried to write the way I do normally while keeping the nebulous Jurassic Park "feel" in the back of my mind. A.I. is my favorite John Williams score (and one of my favorite scores in general) so it's inevitable some influence...
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    Jurassic World Evolution soundtrack released

    I can finally post what I spent 2018 working on. My score to the game Jurassic World Evolution is now out there! And on iTunes/Apple Music.
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    In Aeternum - Epic Emotional Choral Orchestral Track

    I had a couple of listens and there's a few things that could be improved. First, the low strings that come in at 0:25 are too dry in comparison to the rest of the track. Same with the percussion in the big section later, the dryness makes it feel rather small. I also think the rhythmic drive...
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    City of the Sword - big orchestral piece (featuring CSB)

    CSB was out of the box. No EQ, no compression, mixed mic. Just some added reverb.
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    City of the Sword - big orchestral piece (featuring CSB)

    The first mockup I did split it across Berlin's different players (although with layering from HWB and MetArk it makes it less clear), but with the CSB mockup I used the Solo Horn/Trumpet/Trombone patches for chords. At 0:20 I split them up into separate instances so they could all have legato...
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    City of the Sword - big orchestral piece (featuring CSB)

    Here's the original mockup. Keep in mind there's a lot of layering with 3 different brass libraries to get it to the sound here: https://clyp.it/amtrixbz And for fun, here's the Noteperformer version, which is what I heard while writing: https://clyp.it/2csmfwq4
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    City of the Sword - big orchestral piece (featuring CSB)

    All of the strings lines are done with CSS, then I go back through and layer in other libraries if I need something more to it, mostly to add some brightness and looseness. Soaring Strings does a good job of adding some shimmer to CSS legato while retaining CSS's body (Hollywood Strings legatos...
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    City of the Sword - big orchestral piece (featuring CSB)

    HZ Perc (Timpani, Low Boom, Piatti), and Hollywood perc for the cymbal rolls. Oh, and L&S Concert Grand.
  24. jeremiahpena

    City of the Sword - big orchestral piece (featuring CSB)

    I wrote this track last week in Dorico, then mocked it up in Cubase. Originally I used Berlin Brass+Metropolis Ark+Hollywood Brass for the brass sections, but I just re-worked it to now be solely Cinematic Studio Brass. And here's a score if you want to see it...
  25. jeremiahpena

    Cinematic Studio Brass?

    I've been going back and forth comparing it with Hollywood Brass and Berlin Brass. The low dynamics are quite musical, definitely softer than Hollywood Brass and about equal to Berlin Brass. However, the advantage of the huge dynamic range is also a bit of a problem here, in that there's not...
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    Cinematic Studio Brass?

    That's the repetition articulation, which is shorter than staccatissimo. I think they were probably sampled in phrases for realism, so the tails cut off, but when you use them in context with the other shorts (it usually sounds best to end a phrase with a longer note), and in a mix with reverb...
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    Cinematic Studio Brass?

    There's no stretch function unfortunately. I agree it would be nice to have, but the shorts cover a range that means I probably would rarely reach for it. Here's the shorts in order (and marcatos), first single notes, then a phrase.
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    Cinematic Studio Brass?

    The marcato patch is a looped sustain (using marcato as an articulation rather than a length), with an optional stac overlay. There's 4 lengths of shorts with a good range from extremely tight to moderate Sfz, and the marcato covers any length more than that nicely. I was lazy and almost...
  29. jeremiahpena

    Cinematic Studio Brass?

    Here's my quick go at the Raiders March with a bit of added reverb from Spaces. Played it in live with just a little bit of editing to fix timing issues and add some keyswitches. It's mostly the marcato patch with some standard short notes in a few spots. First two times are the 2 Trumpets...
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    Reducing Berlin Series Instruments Memory Usage

    It's cool to see someone else who worked on Planet Coaster on here, albeit in a different field. (Speaking of which, there's a great deal of OT libraries in the music I wrote for it). I might try this with a couple of OT libraries. I never use the AB mics on anything except strings.
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    Dorico 2.2 released

    That isn't happening for me in Dorico. There's no latency when recording alongside other instruments.
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    Dorico 2.2 released

    I recorded a quick video showing how it works for me (apologies for the audio only on the right side):
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    Spitfire Studio Brass

    Yeah. Regardless of semantics, this is the kind of sound a lot of people are expecting when sample libraries refer to horn legato. Not that it isn't there in the SSB example, but nowhere near as pronounced.
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    Spitfire Studio Brass

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    Save up to 63% on orchestral tools

    Same here. The harp is my go-to, it sounds wonderful in a mix. All of the strings also have a "trill short" patch that is really good for chromatic string runs (you have to shorten the release on the settings page). Tremolo harmonics and sul pont are great too. The more standard string...
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    Dorico 2.2 released

    I'm not sure how much lag there is in Sibelius. There's maybe 50 or so ms of lag with realtime recording in Dorico, similar to sample libraries like CSS (not the legatos, just the shorts and such), but it's totally playable. Dorico's rhythmic interpretation is quite strict which sometimes causes...
  37. jeremiahpena

    Dorico 2.2 released

    I decided to jump in now that realtime MIDI recording is in. Got Noteperformer too (which works great with live MIDI input) and while I'm still learning the program, I'm surprised just how quickly I'm getting accustomed to writing with it. It's nice to go back to notation after years using only...
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    Considering Berlin Strings

    Quick note for if you find a "bad" round robin that's messing with consistency in any Orchestral Tools library, if you go to edit that articulation, there's a display on the bottom right that shows the RR layers. Play the note until you see which layer it's in, then click on that layer to...
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    EastWest Hollywood Orchestra on sale at $372! What's the rub?

    I don't use Hollywood Orchestra as much as I used to due to some newer libraries (CSS, Berlin Brass/Woodwinds), but for the price on sale I don't think anything else comes close (Actually I still use the percussion heavily now that I think about it). Here's some of my older tracks that are on...
  40. jeremiahpena

    Cubase De-Select all Tracks

    You can select a single track, then Ctrl+Click it to deselect it.
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    Hollywood Strings patch suggestions for template

    It's worth noting I've since added in the Detache and Playable Run patches to my template, since I found myself loading them up quite often. I also switched the sus patch to "Sus 9 RR 4th Pos" because I decided to set up the Input Transformer to convert the mod wheel to CC11 for the patches that...
  42. jeremiahpena

    Cubase Show enabled tracks in PLE possible ?

    Show enabled tracks is pretty similar, just with two values switched:
  43. jeremiahpena

    Orchestral Tools New Library: TIME MACRO

    While we're on the topic of John Adams, another fantastic piece: There was some stuff in the demos that reminded me a bit of this. I'm looking forward to the walkthrough to see how in-depth it gets.
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    OT Berlin expansion question

    Don't move the samples or merge the folders. I did this and it messed up Capsule and I had to re-organize everything. Just copy the expansion .nki's to the main library's instruments folders, then batch resave and when prompted, point it to the expansion's samples folder.
  45. jeremiahpena

    Top 5 scores from the last 10 years

    5 isn't nearly enough but here's some I like a lot. Norwegian Wood The Miners' Hymns It Follows Swiss Army Man Remember Me (2013 game)
  46. jeremiahpena

    Kontakt 6!

    Quite anticlimactic, but Replika being added to the built in effects is super exciting. Kontakt will finally have a good delay, and Replika's Diffusion is my favorite tool for ambient pads/synths.
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    Uncanny Radiance (17 EDO)

    It looks like it uses the closest sample to the target pitch and pitch shifts it accordingly. It breaks a lot of Kontakt scripts. Anything with legato is a no-go, as are Spitfire libraries and most piano libraries (Ivy Audio's Piano in 162 is the only one I've tried that does work), but works...
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    Uncanny Radiance (17 EDO)

    After listening to a bunch of microtonal music, I found out that Kontakt has a script called "Notes per octave" that works very well with Capsule. So here's my first microtonal piece, written in 17 tone equal temperament, using Metropolis Ark 2 choirs and strings, Berlin Strings expansions, the...
  49. jeremiahpena

    Kontakt Konfessional - What's in yer Player?

    1. Cinematic Studio Strings 2. Cinematic Studio Solo Strings 3. Metropolis Ark 1 4. Metropolis Ark 2 5. Berlin Brass 6. Berlin Woodwinds 7. Hans Zimmer Percussion (old version, haven't upgraded) 8. Symphonic Sphere 9. Wavesfactory Mercury 10. Evolution Strawberry 11. Evolution Steel Strings 12...
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