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Kristoff K.

Member Since 04 Jan 2013
Offline Last Active Mar 25 2013 10:32 AM

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In Topic: "You're Not Alone" Cover

29 January 2013 - 09:19 AM

Pretty nice composition.

I agree that the samples sound dry, but aside from that, the fact that there aren't many articulations also give it an artificial feel. Maybe try fiddling more with velocity and modwheel.


When you obtain the EWQL, try experimenting with different articulations, ModXfd and round-robin patches.


If you ask me, I'd save some more money and go for a more advanced library than East West. I know it's bloody expensive, but try Vienna. I think it really is superior to EWQL.


LASS also has much better legato than East West. But be prepared to spend quite a lot of time setting the metadata right.



In Topic: How to choose music and audio software

28 January 2013 - 01:53 PM

The thing I really pay attention to, is how stable the DAW is when handling 3rd party tools.

By 3rd party tools, do you just mean external samples/VSTs/instruments, or are there other tools/plug-ins to be considered? Is in common to need to use external plug-ins, or do some DAWs include all needed functionality out of the box?
I meant VSTs and samples. However now, that you mentioned it, there is also a function in many DAWs called Rewire. What it basically does, is connect other DAWs to your current one. Quite common to see a Reason rewired to some other DAW, like Cubase for instance.

And yes, most of the time, external tools are required for real pro sounds. I know DAWs like Cubase or Logic love to brag about how well supplied are their libraries... but let's be straight - they have their limits. And believe me when I say, you really can hear when some instruments sound artificial.


In Topic: How to choose music and audio software

28 January 2013 - 06:17 AM

I must disagree with the concept, that choosing the right DAW is crucial; it's the external tools that you use within the DAW really matter.
The thing I really pay attention to, is how stable the DAW is when handling 3rd party tools. And this brings me to my second point. Some workstations, like Logic, have big sound libraries. While I agree that those libraries might do the trick in some cases, you shouldn't really rely that much on them. If we're all aiming to be professionals, then our works must sound top notch. That might be just my conservative point of view, but I think, that realistic instruments can't be pulled of with a daw's native libraries. My point is, that you shouldn't look for a DAW that has the biggest library. Instead focus on a DAW that can handle 3rd party instruments with ease.

For instance, I really love Cubase 5, but I often found its lack of stability with some VSTs very troublesome.


In Topic: Sound Programming from Scratch

26 January 2013 - 12:34 PM

This might be totally irrelevant to your interest, but have you considered making your own ensembles in Reaktor 5? I know this isn't quite what you are looking for, but still, it could be helpful to learn about the signal flow in some particular DSPs or synths.

Other than that, there's also Csounds with its multitude of manuals and tutorials.

In Topic: Hello

26 January 2013 - 08:17 AM

Thank you, Dan! Now also I got a clearer vision of what to do next.