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VSL Solo Strings I - Albinoni Realization
Last post Tue, Aug 04 2015 by Leslie Sanford, 12 replies.
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Posted on Tue, Jul 28 2015 15:37
by Leslie Sanford
Joined on Mon, Jan 06 2014, Posts 48

This is a realiztion of a movement from one of Albinoni's sinfonias done with VSL's Solo Strings I.

Tomaso Albinoni - Sinfonia No. 3, Mvt. 1

P.S. Thanks to the folks over at vi-control for some tips on improving this realization. 

Posted on Tue, Jul 28 2015 16:04
by Popslaw
Joined on Wed, Jun 22 2011, Posts 138

I listened to this the other day from vi-control. You've done a great job with this. I was impressed how you were able to entirely avoid any "machine gun effect" throughout the piece. 

Congratulations!

Posted on Tue, Jul 28 2015 17:58
by agitato
Joined on Mon, Jun 22 2015, Posts 407

Just awesome! It would be tough for someone to tell this from a real performance.

I see you used a lot of detache?

btw the machine gun effect is not there because of repetitions in VSL.

Anand Kumar
Posted on Tue, Jul 28 2015 20:34
by Jos Wylin
Joined on Mon, Dec 03 2012, Belgium, Posts 667

Splenidi job, high quality perfomance and well selected articulations. Nice mix and rendition too!

Congratulations,

Max

Posted on Wed, Jul 29 2015 03:18
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5640

This sounded really good thoughout,  but at the end the slower portato/detache (or whatever you used) attacks were slightly artificial sounding, perhaps because of being too accurate.  The articulation could be repetition legato or something like that as it slows down, and should be humanized more to reflect the lack of perfect timing characteristic of both slower tempi and ritardandos.

Posted on Thu, Jul 30 2015 04:05
by Guy Bacos
Joined on Sun, Jan 16 2005, Quebec, Canada, Posts 1995
Posted on Thu, Jul 30 2015 23:23
by Philippe BAYLAC
Joined on Thu, Sep 01 2011, France, Posts 341

Really, very, very good job Leslie. Congratulations !!!

Best.

Philippe

Posted on Fri, Jul 31 2015 05:03
by Tensivity
Joined on Sun, Dec 16 2012, San Francisco California USA, Posts 273

This is a beautiful rendition, very well done.  

It brings up a question for me, though.  It seems to me to be recorded very loud.  What is everyone's opinion about volume levels of classical music recordings?  Most commercial recordings I have tend to be pretty quiet (average about 12db).  That's generally what I aim for when recording my own work, with peaks at maybe -2 to -4 dbs.  Some recordings I listen to here, on the other hand (such as this one) seem to be pushing peaks of 0 or higher.   I find myself immediately reaching for the volume control.

I'd be interested in thoughts.

Michael

Posted on Tue, Aug 04 2015 02:08
by Leslie Sanford
Joined on Mon, Jan 06 2014, Posts 48

Originally Posted by: agitato Go to Quoted Post
I see you used a lot of detache?

Some, but the ones that got the most action were the staccato and marcato/sustain articulations. I'd start a run of 16th notes off with the staccato articulation and follow them with the marcato/sustain articulation.

Posted on Tue, Aug 04 2015 02:09
by Leslie Sanford
Joined on Mon, Jan 06 2014, Posts 48

Originally Posted by: William Go to Quoted Post
 but at the end the slower portato/detache (or whatever you used) attacks were slightly artificial sounding, perhaps because of being too accurate.

I agree. That slow part was tough, you should have heard the first version. :) But it's still not as good as it could be.

Posted on Tue, Aug 04 2015 02:12
by Leslie Sanford
Joined on Mon, Jan 06 2014, Posts 48

Originally Posted by: mjmyers60 Go to Quoted Post
It seems to me to be recorded very loud.  What is everyone's opinion about volume levels of classical music recordings?  Most commercial recordings I have tend to be pretty quiet (average about 12db).  That's generally what I aim for when recording my own work, with peaks at maybe -2 to -4 dbs.  Some recordings I listen to here, on the other hand (such as this one) seem to be pushing peaks of 0 or higher.   I find myself immediately reaching for the volume control.

That's very interesting. Usually, I normalize to -0. I try to never go above that as you will get instant digital clipping, as you know.

I think what happens for me is that I listen to other styles of music in which the loudness war is raging. So I get used to having the volume of my soundcard set to a certain level. My recordings, even after normalization, sound quiet in comparison. I had never thought about comparing them to actual classical recordings. I'll do so in the future. Thanks for your comment.

Posted on Tue, Aug 04 2015 02:13
by Leslie Sanford
Joined on Mon, Jan 06 2014, Posts 48

Thanks for everyone's response. It means a lot. I really appreciate it.

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