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  1. markleake

    Irish flute for exposed parts?

    Yes, Irish flute may not mean a tin whistle. It's usually a term used for a transverse flute, not tin whistles. But the OP does say they are looking for both tin and otherwise. I'd saying anything at the Bb range and below is going to sound a fair bit easier on the ears. Personally I find the...
  2. markleake

    Irish flute for exposed parts?

    This is an example of the Generation Bb and F whistles I have. They were something like AU$14 and $10 respectively. Much cheaper than buying a VI. Sound much better too! Recorded in amazing full stereo via two cheap-ass Behringer C-2 pencil mics, in my living room. :eek:
  3. markleake

    Irish flute for exposed parts?

    Tin whistles are very cheap (like ~$10 each) and easy to record yourself. Not hard to learn to play either. Most good music shops will have a stash of them in different ranges. Real ones usually sound quite different to a VI. This is because the way they're typically played is difficult to...
  4. markleake

    Be Thou My Vision - Irish Hymn

    Can I ask what the intention was to mock it up? I know you say you wanted to keep it simple, but I tend to think you could do a lot more with it. It seems unfinished. Also, just a note on speed. People have a tendency to play hymns too fast, and I think that's the case here. It's often sung...
  5. markleake

    ASTRA (epic ma non troppo...CSS and more)

    I just love how expressive CSS can be. The track is nice too. :grin:
  6. markleake

    An odd waltz I just finished

    I like it. The woodwinds are great, and it has a very nice dark-ish tune, but not too dark. I think it is mixed fine.
  7. markleake

    Help me choose the next library

    Yep, CSS is a pretty easy choice. Not to say there aren't other good options out there also, but CSS is the most recommended here on this forum, and for good reason. It's very consistent, easy to use, sounds great, flexible to most use scenarios, wonderfully expressive (the legatos are to die...
  8. markleake

    Help me choose the next library

    If you already have an ensemble library, then I'd say a good quality string library is a better bet than another ensemble type library. ARK 1 is good, but you are correct, it is very focused on the louder stuff. With few exceptions, it isn't gonna work for less bombastic styles. ARK 2 is much...
  9. markleake

    Spitfire Symphonic Woodwinds vs. Berlin Woodwinds

    The Soloist libraries (EXP B and EXP C) are recorded very differently to the main library. They are recorded in a dry recording booth, and have no recorded dynamic layers. They're designed for exposed solo playing, and have built in expression. The main library is recorded in the Teldex scoring...
  10. markleake

    Guitar Solo Prelude Composition

    Why delete it? It's good to listen to.
  11. markleake

    [REMAKE] We Shall Not Die Now

    Link is broken.
  12. markleake

    Guitar Solo Prelude Composition

    Not fully sure I understand the context, but to me it sounds too fast and showy for this kind of thing.
  13. markleake

    Request for theme music

    Like the others have said, it sounds well produced, but I don't identify any theme either. There are some nice syncopated rythms which I like, but overall the track sounds fairly random. Rythms like that aren't going to make a big impact unless they are very emphasised somehow, or the notes and...
  14. markleake

    Ascendit - Orchestral Piece

    A beautiful track, very nice. I liked your use of the woodwinds and brass accompanying the strings. I was distracted a bit by the abruptness of the strings sometimes -- when not playing legato, the strings cut in and out a bit oddly. The dynamics need work maybe? Also at 0:59 that chord could do...
  15. markleake

    Bohemian Series Expansions Thread, Violin Expansion 2 Improv Video

    Awesome. So looking forward to this. :thumbsup:
  16. markleake

    Orchestral Tools Completion Days -30%

    Not to rub it in, well... maybe a little... those were the best deals ever from OT. And the libraries themselves are simply great, especially Ark 2. I'm so glad I jumped. Years ago if you had asked me, I never thought I would have many OT libraries, but now I'm a big fan and have a few already...
  17. markleake

    Orchestral Tools Completion Days -30%

    Cool. I did exactly the same and have really enjoyed their percussion so far (although still plenty more for me to explore in there, there's so much content). I'm going to seriously consider getting the Timpany now. That along with brass expansion A, I think. After getting Arks 1, 2 and 3 in...
  18. markleake

    Does this work?

    Erm... they sound like two different cues to me. What is supposed to connect them?
  19. markleake

    Thoughts on Venice Modern Strings?

    @paoling. The library sounds great to me. And fitting in between CSS and SCS in terms of section size and sound I think is a very good spot to be. I'm wondering why there isn't more noise about the library here, it really does sound very good. Personally, I have too many string libraries...
  20. markleake

    A concert piece

    I wish I could like this a second time. I've listed to it a few times now in the last day or so, and it's wonderful.
  21. markleake

    Need help composing/orchestrating

    It sounds very hymn like to me - the meter, the chord switching, and the repeating structure. If that is what you are going for, then fine, but I think you are going for more? If you are, then I think you need to keep working on it. Play with other melodies that work with the same chords, and...
  22. markleake

    A concert piece

    Sounds very good. Actually, better than good! :thumbsup: Nothing in there seemed too hard to play, it was nice and varied between the sections, and has some good themes without getting boring. It's very listenable stuff, but I'm a sucker for long form orchestral mockups like this. Can I just...
  23. markleake

    Venice Modern Strings - Intro offer ends in 24h

    @gpax. Thanks for your review, much apprected. It's a bit hard to follow you in places, but it sounds like you are giving it a thumbs up on sound and scripting overall?
  24. markleake

    Soundtracks that hit you in the feels, but you can't explain why.

    One of my favourites too. That horn melody is just amazing. The only problem is I can't get it out out of my head for days after listening to it. Much of this soundtrack by Goldsmith I found annoying - discordant and too focused on non-orchestral and percussive elements. Not so nice to listen...
  25. markleake

    Thoughts on Venice Modern Strings?

    Yes, not all the articulations were shown yet. And nothing about the mic positions either.
  26. markleake

    Thoughts on Venice Modern Strings?

    LOL. I watched that and was distracted by my cat, so didn't realise THAT was the morphing engine. :shocked: Thanks. Edit: It does automation too. Cool.
  27. markleake

    Thoughts on Venice Modern Strings?

    I have their Clarinet and Dominus. The clarinet is wonderful; Dominus I haven't used enough yet, but it's good so far. So I'm not too concerned about Fluffy Audio skimping on the quality. I really liked their Kontakt interfaces in the past - very flexible, but still simple if all you want to do...
  28. markleake

    Thoughts on Venice Modern Strings?

    I know it's just been released, so maybe not many opinions yet, but I'm wondering what people's thoughts are? https://fluffyaudio.com/shop/venice-modern-strings/ To me it sounds quite similar to CSS (a good thing), but without the dark tone. From the walk-throughs it seems to favour a softer...
  29. markleake

    Seeking views on NI Symphony Series & Brass

    If you can get the brass cheap, they can be worth a look. But don't expect anything as good as their competition. They have a very washy sound that even with all the mics you can't get rid of. The short articulations are actually pretty good I find. The rest is pretty ordinary, unless maybe you...
  30. markleake

    Low-end mics you really like/use(d)?

    Behringer C-2 pencil pair. Great little units... until your cat knocks over the mic stand. Lucky they're only $89 aussie.
  31. markleake

    POLL: An idea for VI-Control sponsored sample library reviews

    +1 to this. There are some bad reviewers out there. I'm often suprised that they don't get called out here more. Even with some of the reviewers who know what they are doing, they make vague conclusions so as to not to commit themselves, and not offend the vendor. They know very well where that...
  32. markleake

    John Williams - Leia's Theme - Mockup

    Still simply wonderful! :thumbsup:
  33. markleake

    Bohemian Series Expansions Thread, Violin Expansion 2 Improv Video

    A wonderful explanation. Thankyou, and thankyou for your passion on this project. I've always been a believer. :thumbsup: Some of those slurs did stop me from using it sometimes, yes. But I probably exagerate the issue, given I've tended to push it beyond its purpose (orchestral work better...
  34. markleake

    MSB or CSB? Please vote.

    I don't have either library. This is one of THE questions for me currently. I was really hoping that MSB would be great and an easy choice, but I've been dissapointed. In everything I've heard so far it seems the overall tone (way too clean), the dynamics (not enough layers, no P dynamic), the...
  35. markleake

    Bohemian Series Expansions Thread, Violin Expansion 2 Improv Video

    This stopped me using it also. I ran into issues where with a lot of the legato note changes, the player took a half second to get in tune. It was an issue introduced in EXP1 I think. It was OK by itself, even desirable in a way, but when other instruments were in the mix, I just couldn't get it...
  36. markleake

    John Williams - Leia's Theme - Mockup

    Wow. This was great. Doesn't matter how close it was to the original, it just sounded right and had the right feels. Congrats on such a nice rendering of what I'm sure is a favourite of many.
  37. markleake

    Native Instruments Symphony Series?

    I really like NI Symphony Strings personally. I have the full version, and I think you need the full version to fully appreciate the library due to the mics -- the mics make a huge difference. One way to work with them is to just use mainly the close mic with a bit of far mic to taste (maybe...
  38. markleake

    Started writing a series of pieces based on Critical Role

    Wonderful as always. :thumbsup:
  39. markleake

    Eating my words - Spitfire.

    It's the "trailer legato" and "super duper short staccato" articulations on the flutes a9 patch that I'm desperate for.
  40. markleake

    Eating my words - Spitfire.

    People who download Spitfire libraries in Montreal automatically get the ultra secret "Two Steps From Hell" version of the library, not the standard guff the rest of us get. I want those versions!! :cool:
  41. markleake

    Eating my words - Spitfire.

    SF have always been a fantastic developer. Good on you Daniel for saying this. I'm just surprised you don't have SCS already! What?! ;)
  42. markleake

    Esperluette - A little fun with Sptifire Audio Mandolin's

    Cheers, thanks LA. The SF wish list sale is over now, but I've been interested in the swarms for a long time and held off... maybe next time. I think I'm most interested in the mandolin one, so is good you say that is your favourite.
  43. markleake

    Spitfire Spring Wish List Announced ;)

    Well then, not much to think about then really... ;) I do find the interface a bit harder than NI sometimes, but that's my only complaint.
  44. markleake

    Spitfire Spring Wish List Announced ;)

    They are quite different in tone. The NI percussion is good, particularly the timpany and snares, etc. but the room has a very different tone, and the instruments themselves can sound quite different, so I use them for different things. Especially SF is good for a more classical sound, and works...
  45. markleake

    Esperluette - A little fun with Sptifire Audio Mandolin's

    It's a wonderful little piece. Lots to like about it. Very easy to listen to. :) It does remind me to check out the SF swarms. Of the swarms, which do you think is the most useful for general and orchestral style use?
  46. markleake

    Spitfire Symphonic Strings

    SSS is my favourite string library. The sound is just so wonderful, I always tend to use it as my first stop for symphonic strings. I find it isn't hard to get other non Spitfire stuff to blend with it. The shorts are a bit limiting compared to say CSS, but if you have some of the Albions, you...
  47. markleake

    Venice Modern Strings - Intro offer ends in 24h

    Looks great, and the section size seems good. 4 dynamic layers too! Is there vibrato control on the longs?
  48. markleake

    On the Fence About Spitfire Studio Woodwinds

    Depends, Close 2 is what I'd choose I think. But I also recall the alternative Tree mics sounded good on something I listened to a while ago. It had far less room tone, which was a big plus... I don't like the boxy room sound that I hear in the main Tree mics. It's an academic exercise, but it...
  49. markleake

    On the Fence About Spitfire Studio Woodwinds

    Very much appreciated. Close 2 and Outrigger mics sound much better than the Tree mic examples you put up before. I know the library is going to be a little limited, but these sound plenty good enough for me to consider getting the library. The quandary is all those mics and all that hard drive...
  50. markleake

    Spitfire Spring Wish List Announced ;)

    The NI Symphony Series is good as a low cost/entry library (ie. at 1/2 price only, I'd say). To varying degrees that is -- the strings and percussion are actually pretty good even ignoring price, the brass and woods are just OK if you want something cheap. None of them are going to hold up...
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