Hi Everyone! I've just made my own Symphonic Orchestra Collection SoundFont for you all to use for composing anything and then export it to any audio format by sending links to me. Warning: NOT a GM or GS Bank. You are going to have to choose the instruments when creating a composition. Although, I need more instruments than this, But you can Download the SoundFont here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2I_8bgGH-Q3TjA5MnpsaVNPUzg Here are the Instruments I used but need some more from all of you. Farfisa Grand Piano: Perfect Piano Samples to use for anything!
VSCO Concert Harp: Beautiful Sound, Even for Solo Passages, But needs more dynamics than that.
Harp Solo: I don't know where that SoundFont came from? Oh well, Still a beautiful Sound for 2nd Harp Parts.
Violin I, II, Violas, Celli, Basses Legato, Pizz, Detatche, and Tremolo, (From SquidFont Orchestral) Beautiful Sound for Slow Passages, But however, the Strings in the Legato Section need more accents for fast passages.
AA Violin Solo: Oh!, My!, Gosh!!! That Violin SoundFont Sounds SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!, It doesn't need to be looped. Perfect to use for Solo Violin Cadenzas, and other stuff in solo parts.
Solo Violin Pizz: More like a small violin section though.
My Violin: Notice that I've recorded these samples. What do you think about that? Since I'm always a 2nd Violinist when I audition for All County and All State Orchestras anyway, This will do for a 2nd Violin Solo, (Less Dramatic than AA Violin).
Viola Solo: Samples from here: https://www.freesound.org/people/Carlos_Vaquero/packs/9520/ and oh, how beautiful they sound. Perfect for Slow Passages, but NOT Fast Passages, Because the samples need more accents, and More Chromatic Samples.
Solo Viola Pizz: More like a small viola section though.
Richard Thomas's Cello: Sample I used for some good notes from an Improvisation here: https://www.freesound.org/people/richtcello/sounds/32437/ (I really hope and wish that some day or months, or a year, That cellist will learn how to record REAL Note Samples than keep on recording Improvisations! Can you please tell me why some people don't record Note Samples when they ONLY do Improvisations like he does?, But however, I really liked All of his Improvisations. But really, He needs to learn how to record NOTE SAMPLES like I commented here, (2nd Comment I've posted on this Sound): https://www.freesound.org/people/richtcello/sounds/32442/)
Solo Cello Pizz: More like a small cello section though.
Contrabass: Somehow from SGM, Really good for solos or small Ensemble Scores.
Solo Contrabass Pizz: More like a small bass section though.
Piccolo: I don't know where that SoundFont came from, Oh well, Still a beautiful Sound for anything.
CFlute: Wow! Best Flute SoundFont I've ever heard, Beautiful and Perfect for Solo passages and sections!
Oboe: I don't know where that SoundFont came from, Oh well, Still a beautiful Sound for anything.
Eddie's English Horn: The Perfect English Horn SoundFont for Solos in Slow, But NOT Fast Passages.
UOI Clarinet: Better than the Bad Clarinet Samples from Fluid. Perfect for Solo passages.
UOI Bassoon: Perfect for Solos, and Much better Sound than Ethan's Bassoon, I mean, Ethan's bassoon still sounds great, but UOI Bassoon Sounds much better.
Solo French Horn: Perfect for Solo parts.
JL Trumpet: A great Trumpet SoundFont for Solo Passages.
Muted Trumpet: Great and Sounds more like an Orchestral Trumpet being muted.
JL Trombone: A great Trombone SoundFont for Solo Passages, Even Bass Trombone parts.
SGM Tuba: Samples are Great!
ProjectSam Timpani: This Timpani is Perfect for it's own articulations! (Warning: This Timpani is in different layers though!)
Harpsichord: Perfect for Continuo Parts, Even the Same Samples for Coupled Harpsichord and Grand Harpsichord when playing even louder!
VSCO Pipe Organ, Loud and Quiet, with Pedal: Amazing Organ I've ever heard, and perfect for the Continuo Part also in Baroque Music! (Warning: You need to create two organ parts, one with the 2 staffs, and the other one with the pedal staff only!) And also, Use the Quiet Stops for Soft Passages in Baroque Music, and the Loud Stops for Louder and Faster Passages in Baroque Music!
GeneralUser GS Celeste, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Marimba, and Xylophone, (Or GS for Short): These instrument samples are a good idea than the regular Fluid Samples!
Crotales: A SoundFont on which ChurchOrganist created.
Timpani from SGM: Normal Timpani just in case.
Tubular Bells: I don't know where that SoundFont came from, Oh well. But it has good samples. Bank 1: Alto Flute SSO
UOI Bass Clarinet
UOI Eb Clarinet
Recorder: From No Budget Instruments. Great Recorder Samples!
SGM Horn Section: Good for Tutti Passages.
Female and Male Choir Separated.
Irina and Pavel Brochin. Good for Solo parts in Choral Music. Bank 128: Orchestral Drum Kit
Mellow Orchestra Kit from SquidFont Orchestral: (Warning! Not like the other one!) Wish List: Harp Dynamics, Better Samples from Richard Thomas, Solo and Sections everything! ALL INSTRUMENTS you can request for better replacements! Let me know what you think about ALL of the Instruments and you can comment about them, the SoundFont itself, and feel-free to Post a LOT of Compositions using the SoundFont for MuseScore!
Not sure if anyone is an Auria Pro IOS app user on this forum, but they just updated the app to include Fabfilter PRO-R as an in app purchase. I haven't used it yet, but from what I've read it is easy to adjust front to back position of the sound. Thought this would be good for any users to follow the articles from Mattias for adding 3-4 aux channels with different reverb insert effects.
Hello everyone, I'd like to start by saying that I'm really excited to find a community like this!
A small excerpt about me (feel free to skip this paragraph): I played guitar in a rock band for about 13 years in which I wrote most of the music. I have always been passionate about video games and video game music, which bled into my rock in the form of chiptune-style synths, strings, and other "easy" orchestration patches. Late last year, I had an epiphany while looking at my beloved dog, Roslyn, that I didn't want to try and tour around and stuff anymore, and that it was time to finally start pursuing my lifelong goal of being a composer for video games and film. I have no formal music education (somewhat typical of young rockers), and in fact never learned any music theory whatsoever until recently (I currently have a very basic foundation established.) I have read a couple of books on MIDI orchestration now (some of the info seemed a tad dated, but helped me understand the world I have only viewed from the outside considerably) and decided to set a goal of releasing one orchestrated piece on the first of every month, starting February 1st.
Okay, now that that's out of the way, maybe we can move to the good part? I'd really like to have my first piece critiqued by people who know what they're doing, and I'd like it to be honest but fair. My mom telling me it "sounds just like hollywood music", while great for my ego, does not help my development :p I'd really like pointers on how to make some of it feel more realistic or natural--any areas that made you think "god, that sounds fake", or maybe it all does that to a seasoned ear! Tips on mixing/mastering would also be greatly appreciated, as until now, my experience with reverb was limited to a rock setting where it was basically on or off--only now am I starting to understand pre-delay and other elements. If it's relevant, I'm currently using mostly Spitfire stuff (Albion and a few others) although I'm going to transition to less generic string/orchestra sections next time; probably Los Angeles Scoring Strings and some 8dio stuff.
Anyway, I've talked enough! Thanks so much for your time.
I'm trying to make my interfaces better and less busy. In the past I've just put a picture in the background. Looking at the VSCO2 and other interfaces, I realize that making the knobs and labels and text really easy to see is important. So I'm trying to be more pleasant but unobtrusive in my backgrounds. I gave the sax a go, but it seems a bit too dull and nondescript to me. Any ideas?
I was looking through Freesound and I found that the fellow who runs it has been putting together a tool that helps musicians judge the quality of their performances by comparing monophonic recordings they make to originals.
"good-sounds.org is a community driven platform for sharing and evaluating musical performances. Musicians upload their playing exercises to the website and the system automatically assesses the quality of their sounds using the Artistry technology. All sounds are shared with a Creative Commons License and the score of each sound, computed using the Artistry technology, is displayed on a radar chart next to the sounds. Users can vote on the perceived quality of the uploaded sounds and the resulting ratings are also displayed together with the automatically generated scores. From the user votes the system tries to match the automatic score to the user ratings, thus the Artistry technology is updated as more user feedback is obtained by the system."
In order to do this, a large quantity of original recordings had to be made of "good" and "bad" tones and scales. This means you could make a sampler that has a script that plays bad notes a percentage of the time controlled by a knob- which would be a lot of fun, hahaha. The scales appear to be played individually, but could be (particularly for the violin with bow-changes nicely sampled) be used to make true legato.
The entire set, several thousand samples, is available under [CC] BY as far as I can tell. Unfortunately many of the notes are rather short (although there are a lot of them), and it is monophonic (one close mic only), so you must use a good professional convolution reverb to "unwrap" the sample into stereo (the same technique used in Eduardo T's "ERA" product, which I am 98% sure is completely mono samples), or use the Haas Effect to create faux stereo and then reverb to reinforce it. There is also no staccato and no sampled vibrato, but the samples are very dry and clean, so synthetic vibrato (such as WIPS with humanization turned up) and playing short notes with a good cutoff length (~80-150 ms) can probably make some good staccato.
If you look later in some of the packs, there are sections called "overall quality of single note" which includes multiple dynamic layers! The REALLY cool part is they're all more or less chromatically sampled, which is ultra rare for free samples.
The biggest problem is that the samples have long pre-roll periods with breaths in them, which is probably good for testing how well you play a note, but is not desired for sampling. One would need to edit every sample to remove the pre-roll and get the attacks consistent.
It has a piccolo- something I know people were asking about a bit ago.
Total list I found is:
I'm going to dry a few runs myself tonight and see what I can come up with (it probably needs someone with the patience to do a lot of looping because they are so short).
On an interesting side-note, the commercial end of this is a product by Korg that integrates the results from this platform and measures pitch and intonation stability- a tool that could be invaluable to sample library developers. One could give this to a performer and say, "let's make every note at least a 4 in pitch stability and it will be good", saving a huge amount of the subjective side of sampling that often leads to stuff getting thrown out later that was thought to be okay in the session. http://www.korg.com/us/products/software/cortosia/
Here's the Doublebass Pizzicato sample set with the pre-rolls standardized to ~7 ms (+/- 3 ms) (originally they were as long as 100-200 ms), slight fade in/out added to remove the chance of pops, and renamed to be compatible with most auto-mappers including the VS SFZ automapper, which I'll be working with shortly to get these mapped up.
It's chromatically sampled, 2 velocity layers, no RR. The samples sound pretty good too! They aren't tuned, so they could be a little funky (anyone working with them will likely need to do some tweaking), but overall not bad at all.
SFZ instrument attached below. Plop it in the samples folder- delete "default_path=\" if you experience missing sample notifications.
I'm working on a science fiction themed project called "Four Visions of the Future". I now have a complete rough draft of the first movement, "Space Opera". It still needs a lot of polishing to fine tune the expression, but it should give a reasonable idea of how it's meant to sound.