I just started writing a "Guide to Guerrilla Sampling" (not Gorilla Sampling), based on my experiences creating VSCO 2. I managed to throw together the first 10,000 words tonight (now I need to SLEEP), but I hope to finish tomorrow with the rest of the section on 'flying solo'.
I'm open to any suggestions or feedback! Let me know.
After hearing over and over that people would like .sfz versions of my instruments (Alpine Project Stuff), I've given in and am considering it.
The things is that my instruments use a lot of special Kontakt features (legato, automated filters, etc), that I don't think can be ported to .sfz. But I figured I could resample the Kontakt instruments, and put them in Sam's .sfz auto mapper.
I figured that I should resample them completely dry, but I have other questions, like how many velocity layers to sample (I can theoretically do 127, because the filters are on a CC). Other than that, what else should I know?
I also want to create a soundfont out the .sfzs at some point to work with musescore, so I don't know exactly how different things will be in sfz vs sf2.
About the SoundFont: The Name, Four Seasons, was actually taken from a famous piece composed by Antonio Vivaldi for Violin and String Orchestra + Continuo. I have given the name to the soundfont, "The Four Seasons Ensemble", which is a silly name for a created SoundFont, but still, it's very good. It kind of sounds and reminds me of that Italian String Ensemble, "I Musici", which has 6 Violins, 2 Violas, 2 Cellos, Double Bass, and sometimes a Harpsichord or an Organ. Speaking of that, I've decided to use 2 variations of the VSCO Organ, instead of a Harpsichord Preset, because I want this SoundFont to almost sound like I Musici.
Note: ONLY use THIS SOUNDFONT for compositions of Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons and other pieces which uses THESE INSTRUMENTS ONLY, and do NOT use other soundfonts for these pieces, because they will NOT sound the same to this one.
How the SoundFont was created: Created by using other SoundFonts such as aaviolin, Squidfont Orchestra, VSCO Organ Samples, Solo Viola.sf2, Virtual Playing Orchestra Samples, and Solo Cello from Muysng Kite.
Licence: Creative Commons 0. (Which means you can use this SoundFont for anything, and you can adjust, or edit these instruments and samples however you want them to be).
Notice: I'm NOT sure who recorded these Original SoundFont Samples. Maybe all of you will guess.
About the .mscz Files for the SoundFont: The .mscz files are converted from midi files that are from mutopiaproject.org.
I edited and adjusted all of the instrument parts and added a Double Bass and Organ Part to these .mscz’s. These are just examples of the Complete Four Seasons. (Some Movements, and NOT All of the movements from each season).
I’ve converted the .mscz files to .wav and used the Media Human Audio Converter app to convert the .wav files into .mp3 files.
(About the Converted .mp3s) Notice: You will hear a lot of styles and versions of these .mp3 files. The SoundFont sounds a little bit to me, like the Italian String Ensemble “I Musici” thats playing these movements.
Note: There’s a Harpsichord playing in the 1st Movement of Winter. Don’t forget., Even if my Four Seasons SoundFont doesn’t have a harpsichord.
I don’t know when this film was released. I think it’s released in the, 30s?, 40s?, 50s?, 60s?, 70s?, 80s?, 90s?, 2000s?, I don’t know.
As I was saying, the different styles of these seasons are everywhere in each season, Some styles like part I Musici, part Julia Fischer and the Academy of St. Martin in the fields’s version, Part Janine Jansen’s Version, etc.
Let me know what you think about this article. Enjoy the .mp3s.
License: If you don’t know about the license, Feel-free to look back to the Original Review about the SoundFont.
BTW, The Four Seasons SoundFont is a Creative Commons 0 licensed SoundFont I made, so you can use it for anything, including other compositions and arrangement pieces for THESE INSTRUMENTS ONLY!!! You can also create your own Compositions and Arrangement pieces by using the attached .mscz file of a blank Score of the Ensemble. The instruments are panned and have somereverb just like the Italian String Ensemble, “I Musici”, so you don’t have to make panning adjustments. You can Edit, or Adjust the Instrument Parts and the Score and make up your own Concerto or Orchestral Piece and turn these composition pieces and arrangements into .wav or .mp3 format.
(There's an Updated Version of that SoundFont out there, that I created. I have made an updated version of my own "Four Seasons Ensemble SoundFont!!!"
Just in case you don't know what the differences between the Original and the Updated Version is, Download the Original Here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0...FZDelZUOFk
Then here is the UPDATED VERSION!!!: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0...jNoWlJRcHc
Please feel-free and comment below if one of these versions of the SoundFont sound better or not.
And you can send me a lot of compositions or arrangements of anything by using the SOUNDFONT ONLY!!!!! (Both Versions of the SoundFont for the Audio Formats from the Score!)
Linked below is a short sample of a few flute notes followed by a few clarinet notes. These have been described to me as follows:
For the flutes (first sample) "Every note except the last is followed by a squeak"
For the clarinets: (second sample): It's a harsh sound, and there's a buzzing or rattling that gets louder as it moves up the scale. It sounds to me like something metallic [...] you can hear the levers rattling"
Is that what you hear? (I've provided both .mp3 and .ogg versions)
Update 2: Third preview. Now it has a sound that you simply cannot get with a convo plugin. It's fully non-repetitive, sounds smooth across all frequencies, and doesn't use too much resources (and the fidelity is adjustable anyway).
Because there aren't enough free orchestral things out now! Anyway I started messing about with the Philharmonia samples and started with the easiest one. So here is a 74 sample, 2 velocity layer banjo because every orchestra needs a good banjo. I did three versions, WIPs for the fake round robins, CC1 Xfade and Ensemble. Of course it uses the latest version of Kontakt so absolutely no one here will be able to try it!
I did hand edit each sample and they are in wave format so that might help someone?
WIPs: Robert D. Villwock
X-Fade: Nils Liberg using Robert D. Villwock's math library
Ensemble Maker: Jay Bacal
I forgot I did use some of the samples for my DIY Philharmonic which was just shells. Here's the whole shebang of that complete with samples, since I can do that... These will play with older Kontakt 5. A bit sporadic in volumes and start points.
I am a noob to the DAW / soft instrument world mostly play keys on actual pianos, a Korg TR and Yamaha MM8. I recently purchased a 61key MIDI controller and am immersing myself in the world of software instruments and DAW recording software.
I am using an iPad only and would like to start trying my hand at virtual orchestra composition. My DAW is Auria Pro by Wavemachine Labs (http://www.auriaapp.com/Products/auria). I got it for $25 on sale. The DAW itself is very good and has access to PSP and Fabfilter plugins, which, from what I read, are fantastic.
It has a sampler called Lyra that reads SF2, SFZ and EXS24 formats and utilizes disk streaming to keep memory usage down, as it's usually limited on iPads (I am using an iPad Air 2 128GB which has 2GB of memory). It come pre-loaded with instruments, but not a full orchestra. It even has some SSO SFZ instrument included with Lyra.
I downloaded SSO and loaded it into Lyra. I had to remove the Low pass filter on the brass instruments as, for some reason, the samples would play very soft until MIDI velocity 120, and then they would completely open up and sound crazy loud. But the sample library is very good, but I got frustrated having to try to learn SFZ code on the fly to get them to work in Lyra.
So my questions
1. Has anyone tried using free sample libraries with Lyra in Auria Pro? I would like to try SSO, VSCO CE and Virtual Playing Orchestra as I have heard demos and read about them on this forum (and they sound really good!)
2. Should I give up and buy a Windows 10 PC? Don't want to spend money until I figure out if I like doing this soft instrument thing, and I already had the iPad, so just needed to buy software. But if I'm just going to get too frustrated with the iPad, then maybe I just bite the bullet and spend money on a nice Dual Core i7 Laptop...
I'm curious what kind of composition workflows other people practice. I know this is a really general question, but I really mean the start-to-finish mechanics of coming up with musical ideas, capturing them in some kind of draft, recording, and producing a finished audio file.
For example, lately my habit is to start by playing the piano without a DAW open, only pencil and blank music notation paper available. I'll explore chord progressions and melodies, and if something strikes me as interesting, I'll write just enough of it on paper that I can remember it later. I usually don't even start using a DAW until I have a number of ideas written down that fit together in some way, because historically I've found that if I open up the DAW first, I end up looking at a blank project on the screen for some amount of time before I admit that it killed my creativity.
I traditionally have done step-entry in a midi sequences, but I'm trying to practice live recording more. This morning I was considering that it might be a good experiment to force myself to live-record EVERYTHING, even harmonic parts consisting of simple whole notes. It could certainly be more spontaneous, and the idea kind of terrifies me, but that's probably an indication that it's a good idea.
Something that I'd like to try is writing a harmonic part, then having the DAW loop over the harmony multiple times while recording improvised melody, and then keeping recorded phrases that I like.
How much do people quantize parts after recording them? Do you find that some styles of play are better left not quantized? Sometimes I'll play a flowing piano melody with parts that subtly slow down and speed up for expression, but I haven't ever tried capturing anything like this in a DAW; I have this irrational idea that I would have to some how line up the DAW's concept of tempo with the flowing tempo that I played on the piano... surely there is an elegant way to capture such melodies with flowing tempos, and admittedly it probably doesn't require the DAW to know about such things.
I've found it easier to keep the momentum going if I don't endlessly go back and edit existing material. If I listen to something too many times, it gets boring and I quickly lose interest in the project. With that said, I understand that finishing music requires several iterations, so I'm wondering how other people push through that? Do you have several projects that you work on at one time, so that you can switch context after listening and editing the same thing too many times? Or do you find some way to discipline yourself and finish one thing before starting the next?
It seems that there are many good sources of free samples out in the world, except when it comes to the far limits of the woodwind family.
Does anyone know of good sources of Contrabassoon and Piccolo Samples?
Any leads (soundfonts, sfz, raw samples, etc.) would be most appreciated.