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Dimension Horns with Epic and Orchestral Horns
Last post Tue, Feb 15 2011 by William, 7 replies.
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Posted on Wed, Feb 09 2011 17:31
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5512

 I just did some A/B tests of solo horns vs. Dimension horns in a mix of my symphony which I've been working on (for far too long) and  I am convinced that the Dimension horns MUST be used if you want to split up the 8 horn ensemble into any more than two parts.  The 8 horn ensemble splits perfectly into two orchestral ensembles, but if you need more divisi (which is quite normal with the usual four horns) the timbre of the solo horns (though beautiful and  essential for orchestral solo or smaller ensembles, etc.)  does not match the timbre of the Epic/Orchestral horns without extensive tweaking.  However, the Dimension horns are perfect almost instantly for splitting even the massive 8 horn ensemble.  I had some complicated splits of unison 4, 2 on one part with 2 on other parts, all parts split, etc. and since I was already doubling all parts in order to use the Epic horns (which are essential in this large-scale Romantic symphony) it was further complicated.  I wonder if anyone else is trying this and what they think. 

Posted on Thu, Feb 10 2011 03:44
by Fiery Angel
Joined on Mon, Nov 07 2005, Milton ON, Posts 311

I got my Dimension Brass last night but haven't had too much opportunity to play with it yet.  I loaded some of the Matrix patches like autodivisi and they do sound good.  I will need to sit down with this library in order to master this but I can see the brilliance in it from the get go.  Glad to have it.

I compose therefore I am.
Posted on Sat, Feb 12 2011 03:02
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5512

Here is an excerpt of a section using the combo of Dimension Horns, Orchestral Horns and the 8 player Epic Horns -  I am still working on the final mix but this seems close in matching the divisi combination...

www.williamkersten.com/page13.html 

Posted on Sat, Feb 12 2011 05:15
by dpcon
Joined on Sat, Oct 12 2002, Los Angeles, Posts 1646

Excellent William. Really enjoyed that excerpt - everything about it.

Dave Connor
Posted on Sat, Feb 12 2011 10:54
by Errikos
Joined on Tue, Jun 12 2007, Posts 1061

I agree, this is shaping up really meaningful, and - as the clever VSL designation on the product - dimensional!

If you can't notate/MIDI it yourself, it's NOT your music!

In these modern days to be vulgar, illiterate, common and vicious, seems to give a man a marvelous infinity of rights that his honest fathers never dreamed of. - Oscar Wilde
Posted on Tue, Feb 15 2011 04:50
by Fiery Angel
Joined on Mon, Nov 07 2005, Milton ON, Posts 311
dpcon wrote:

Excellent William. Really enjoyed that excerpt - everything about it.

I agree. Wonderful build and chord progressions.  Recalls a bit of Hanson to me more in its feel than anything in its melodic or harmonic content.  Would love to hear the whole thing when its done.

I compose therefore I am.
Posted on Tue, Feb 15 2011 19:00
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5512

 thanks guys!  Hopefully it will be on this site when it is done.  It's about a year of work so far and I need to stop!  

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