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  1. thesteelydane

    Bunker Strings Vol. 1 - summer sale 30% off!

    Just a heads up that Bunker Strings is currently on sale for $ 39. Ends July 21. A couple of new reviews are also online: - Sample Library Review - Professional Composers
  2. thesteelydane

    New from Bunker Samples: "Gongster's Paradise" (FREE) and summer sale!

    You’re all welcome. Spread the word, also about the sale on Bunker Strings! And if anyone writes something cool with the gongs, there’s always the possibility of getting the demo featured on my site.
  3. thesteelydane

    New from Bunker Samples: "Gongster's Paradise" (FREE) and summer sale!

    Thanks everyone! Credit for the name goes to @sleepy hollow!
  4. thesteelydane

    New from Bunker Samples: "Gongster's Paradise" (FREE) and summer sale!

    A new freebie from Bunker Samples is out: Gongster's Paradise - tuned Vietnamese gongs. It features an articulation slider that let's you morph seamlessly from mallet to stick hits (7 round robins), or anywhere in between. A powerful set of sound design tools let's you mangle the sound even...
  5. thesteelydane

    Bunker Strings Vol. 1 - summer sale 30% off!

    A couple of new reviews by Sample Library Review and Chris Siu are up. https://www.samplelibraryreview.com/the-reviews/review-bunker-strings-vol-i-by-bunker-samples/ And Chris Siu has done an excellent video review:
  6. thesteelydane

    Stop voice after sample has been released?

    No, getting to end of release should kill the voice. Are you doing this on the instruments GUI, or in the edit view? If the latter, make sure you have the edit flag set for a all the groups you want the envelope to apply to, otherwise it will only apply to whatever group you have selected...
  7. thesteelydane

    Bunker Strings Vol. 2 - what would you like to see?

    That is very cool, but it was already done by Spitfire in LCO strings - it's what they call spectral scrubs, minus the glissando of course. Garth Knox calls it circular bowing, and I'm not sure I can improve upon what Spitfire has already done. Worth thinking about though, thanks!
  8. thesteelydane

    Bunker Strings Vol. 2 - what would you like to see?

    I actually did sample something like this already, because I use it in my own live looping viola stuff all the time. The thing is, it only really works as double stops on violin, viola, and cello, whereas on bass it sounds awesome on a single string. I might release the bass samples of that as...
  9. thesteelydane

    Bunker Strings Vol. 2 - what would you like to see?

    Thanks all, some great suggestions here! Can't do measured anything really, it's outside the scope of this session and budget, and it's already been done by Spitfire in their EVO 3. Same goes for playable runs, I'm not particularly interested in "realistic" sampling, but rather in creating...
  10. thesteelydane

    Bunker Strings Vol. 2 - what would you like to see?

    That’s pretty much the entire ethos of Bunker Strings. I leave realism to other developers, I’m more interested in creating virtual instruments from real sources that are instruments in their own right. All the sounds in Bunker Strings are real - the way you can perform with them however, would...
  11. thesteelydane

    Chernobyl ?? - Pianos ??

    I can see why some people would think that, and I did think about the implications of it, but in reality it simply came from the fact that my old studio where I recorded the strings was built inside a bunker. It was my creative space for a long time, and my first "proper" studio. I loved that...
  12. thesteelydane

    Bunker Strings Vol. 2 - what would you like to see?

    Sorry, but I think I took that idea as far as I could with the drumsticks;) There will be more “Jonny Greenwood-ish” shorts though. Still experimenting on that....
  13. thesteelydane

    Bunker Strings Vol. 2 - what would you like to see?

    If all goes well, I will be recording the next installment of Bunker Strings soon, and thought I’d ask if there is anything specific the community would be interested in? I have a bunch of ideas of course, and the principle will be the same - varying the texture by changing the ensemble size...
  14. thesteelydane

    Logic: Fixed notation style per instrument?

    Unfortunately custom staff styles don’t get saved globally, but you can make an empty template and save your staff styles in that. And I think if you save instrument tracks as patches, they load up with the staff styles you have set in the inspector.
  15. thesteelydane

    Sustain - release trigger problem

    Never mind, figured it out. A couple of if statements was all it took. I feel so stupid now....
  16. thesteelydane

    Sustain - release trigger problem

    Hi guys I've been trying to wrap my head around how to do this seemingly simple thing for days, and I'm just not smart enough. I have an organ instrument with two sets of releases, one for the sustained notes, and one for the key noise. I want the key noise to trigger every time a key is...
  17. thesteelydane

    Bunker Samples: Bunker Strings Vol. 1 (Reviewed)

    Thanks for a great review! And if anyone has any questions about Bunker Strings, just ask away!
  18. thesteelydane

    Spitfire Audio - Kepler Orchestra - Available NOW

    I don’t have the library, but keep in mind that for long articulations it’s normal to have the entire sample of each dynamic layer covering the whole velocity range of 0-127, otherwise you can’t cross fade between them. You have to look at the groups to see how many dynamic layers there are.
  19. thesteelydane

    Kontakt Rookie - Need To Finally Scratch The Surface

    The Macprovideo courses are a good place to start.
  20. thesteelydane

    KSP: Most efficient way of programming user selectable FX?

    In this case the user essentially selects an FX for a given “slot”. Changing the FX replaces whatever FX was previously residing in that slot. So I guess I’m going with B...
  21. thesteelydane

    KSP: Most efficient way of programming user selectable FX?

    Hello KSP wizards....still a newbie scripted, but getting better every day. I'm at the beginning of a new project that requires user selectable FX - which is easy enough to do with a menu. What I'm wondering is best practice for the controls for said FX. A: Is it better to declare a ui control...
  22. thesteelydane

    Orchestral Sample Libraries from Asian Developers

    A private studio inside a bunker. More in this thread: https://vi-control.net/community/threads/bunker-strings-vol-1-playable-modern-string-textures.79438/
  23. thesteelydane

    Orchestral Sample Libraries from Asian Developers

    Well, I live in Hanoi, does that count? While I'm not Asian, I do at least operate out of here most of the time. That said my (for now...) only product was recorded in Copenhagen, but I am now recording a bunch of traditional Việt instruments in ways they were never meant to be played. Nothing...
  24. thesteelydane

    Bunker Strings Vol. 1 - summer sale 30% off!

    That is indeed a lovely and very creative demo @BackelundMusic! In other news I stumbled upon this the other day...don't know who made it, but I think owners of Bunker Strings will appreciate it. It certainly reminds me of how the drumstick col legnos were sampled...* *) No instruments...
  25. thesteelydane

    Sample Library Depreciation thread

    The elephant in the room with regards to comparing sample libraries to physical goods, and re-selling, is that there is no wear and tear on a library. You're getting exactly the same product as if bought "new" from the developer. A used car....not so much. In that sense, as someone else pointed...
  26. thesteelydane

    Sample Developers Appreciation Thread

    Agree with pretty much everything that’s been listed so far. For realistic stuff Spitfire is in everything I do, as is the Cinematic Studio Series. Two smaller devs that continue to impress me are Waverunner Audio, for the amazing quality of sampling and programming in the 2 French horn...
  27. thesteelydane

    Notating changing string textures (Bunker Strings)

    Hi all I hope some of the orchestration experts here can help me with this. I'm working on an update of Bunker Strings, which involves notating the long textures in the library in a clear and concise way. It's all tremolo textures, but unusual ones like pizzicato, bouncing col legno (with a...
  28. thesteelydane

    Understanding Synths for a classical musician

    Some excellent advice in this thread! Following along from the sideline.
  29. thesteelydane

    Dealing with uneven number of articulations/round robins/groups in loops?

    Thanks guys, I get it now. Even managed to write a k script function that lets me address all sets with a single function, which is what I was trying to do from the start!
  30. thesteelydane

    Dealing with uneven number of articulations/round robins/groups in loops?

    Hi guys and gals So I've been going through @d.healey 's excellent KSP tutorials - just one thing left, that still has me scratching my head. Say I have a bunch of groups that are divided into sets, for round robins for example, and I have the same number of groups in each set - then something...
  31. thesteelydane

    Shure Sm7B microphone: is it possible to get close to its quality by using good post production ?

    Ah, misunderstanding...the Aston Origin is a condenser. I just mentioned the Golden Age as an example of an excellent cheap mic. Another one that's a steal is the Line Audio CM3, a small diaphragm condenser that sounds very close to a Schoeps - very quiet though, and a bit noisy, so again, I...
  32. thesteelydane

    Shure Sm7B microphone: is it possible to get close to its quality by using good post production ?

    For sure. My personal cheap gem is the R1 active Mk III from Golden Age Project. Luscious creamy ribbon sound for around 200 bucks (at least when I bought mine). And the Aston Origin looks to be of a quality that shouldn't be possible at its price point - and it will be more versatile than a...
  33. thesteelydane

    Shure Sm7B microphone: is it possible to get close to its quality by using good post production ?

    No it's a normal condenser, you don't need a cloud lifter, but of course phantom power is a must. All my audio engineer friends are raving about it as the ultimate workhorse mic at an unbelievable price. I have a ton of cheap mics, and have learned the hard way that it's just not worth it - it's...
  34. thesteelydane

    Shure Sm7B microphone: is it possible to get close to its quality by using good post production ?

    You could get an Aston Origin for way less than an sm7b and you'd have a much more versatile (condenser) mic. Don't own it myself, but it's on the next-to-buy-list and the reviews are stellar. Also, in this test the sm58 actually beat the sm7b for voice over work (but they both got spanked by...
  35. thesteelydane

    Just HOW Important are Extra Microphones?

    Or even better: col legno battuto bacchetta del tamburo. But who would be crazy enough to sample that? :whistling:
  36. thesteelydane

    Help ! : Dotted Quarter = 64 in Logic Pro X

    It's silly yes, but it's because of the MIDI standard. MIDI can only understand tempo in quarter notes - it's from the "olden" days when MIDI was primarily a protocol for sending musical information between hardware units. It would be no good if one synth was clocked to a quarter note value and...
  37. thesteelydane

    Workflow of A-List Composers

    I can only speak for myself, but the highlights for me that I still remember, stand out because they managed to make musical magic - not because they made my job easier. They reminded me of why I became a musician in the first place. There just wasn't enough conductors of that caliber, so when...
  38. thesteelydane

    Library Spotlight - Bunker Strings

    Thank you, so pleased to hear this!
  39. thesteelydane

    Workflow of A-List Composers

    On the topic of conducting can I just add that it is much, much, MUCH more difficult than it looks. I worked as an orchestral musician for 10 years, and I can safely say that 95 % of professional conductors range from shitty to mediocre - the highlights were few and far between. It also takes a...
  40. thesteelydane

    Sublime Text 3 auto complete broken...

    But it used too, at least with the mouse. It would bring up a list as I typed and clicking on the one I wanted would insert it. Now it just deletes what I have typed:(
  41. thesteelydane

    Sublime Text 3 auto complete broken...

    Hey guys and gals I'm probably stupid, but I seem to have broken the auto complete in Sublime Text 3. It still works for commands, but not for my variables. It used to be that it would give me a list of those when I started typing, and I could mouse click to auto insert the one I wanted...
  42. thesteelydane

    Yep, that’s a new ad on the right side

    Well I, as a new (and decidedly small) developer, would love a marketing masterclass from you. Just sayin’...
  43. thesteelydane

    Scoreclub Essential Composer Training Foundation - is it right for me?

    I was hoping it would be available as a PDF somewhere, since it's in public domain now. I live in Hanoi and it's impossible to get anything shipped in because of the corrupt postal service (a friend was asked to pay 50 $ just to receive a christmas card from his mom), but especially books. If...
  44. thesteelydane

    Scoreclub Essential Composer Training Foundation - is it right for me?

    I have been looking for an english version of the Rimsky Korsakov online for ages, but I have found nothing. Do you have any leads? I have found French and Russian (on IMSLP) but I speak neither (my high school Russian teacher will no doubt be sad to hear the latter, but that's what happens when...
  45. thesteelydane

    The end of Albion 2 Loegria?

    Albion II was the second sample library I bought, and this was the first piece I wrote with it a few years back: All strings from Loegria, except the cluster rise at the end, which is from the original Albion. There's a passage towards the end that it couldn't really pull off, or my...
  46. thesteelydane

    The end of Albion 2 Loegria?

    Actually those two became Glass and Steel - it's the same samples. https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/glass-and-steel/
  47. thesteelydane

    Bunker Strings Vol. 1 - summer sale 30% off!

    @Cory Pelizzari have done a great review of Bunker Strings!
  48. thesteelydane

    Library Spotlight - Bunker Strings

    Fantastic overview of my little library and as always a very well done video! Thanks Cory!
  49. thesteelydane

    Notation of Spitfire's LCO articulations

    I agree, I added that in an edit.
  50. thesteelydane

    Notation of Spitfire's LCO articulations

    There's nothing wrong with using plain english words to describe what you want, after all, the Mahler and Strauss used German, and a lot of the French composers used French. Keep in mind though, that the LCO library very much uses sampling to create playable patches out of something that could...
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