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Grainger - Children's March VSL
Last post Sat, Aug 20 2016 by Tensivity, 4 replies.
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Posted on Sun, Jul 17 2016 17:47
by Tensivity
Joined on Sun, Dec 16 2012, San Francisco California USA, Posts 273

Recorded using all VSL instruments, with MIRx and Hybrid Reverb.

https://soundcloud.com/tensivity/childrens-march-vsl/s-HlKa4

Posted on Wed, Jul 27 2016 11:33
by brunodegazio
Joined on Thu, May 20 2010, Toronto, Posts 15

Beautifully done. Well balanced orchestra. Very convincing perfronace. The only part that gave away it's digital roots is the 32nd WW runs at 4:15, which sound just too perfect. Maybe a bit of humanzation, esp. on the timing, would help? Funny, interesting and rather peculiar composition, typical of Grainger. Thanks for posting. 

Bruno Degazio
Posted on Wed, Jul 27 2016 15:18
by Tensivity
Joined on Sun, Dec 16 2012, San Francisco California USA, Posts 273

Bruno, thanks for listening and for the comments!  

That run is tricky, I think you're right.  I did try some randomization effects and it sounded like a total mess...  So I relied on VSL Humanization delays to do the trick and took the randomization off the MIDI notes.  But I think I'll go back and see if I can find a middle ground, maybe randomizing only select instruments and not all of them.  Maybe that in combination with the VSL humanize will do it...

After many listenings I'm also rethinking some of the balance, but I'll tread lightly since you thought it was sitting nicely.  The saxaphones especially are always tricky in Grainger military band pieces.  He uses them much like other woodwinds or a clarinet choir, and most samples are meant for jazz or big band playing where they're "To the Fore" as he would say.  It takes a careful hand to get them just right...

Posted on Sat, Aug 20 2016 04:56
by Tensivity
Joined on Sun, Dec 16 2012, San Francisco California USA, Posts 273

Bruno, reworked that run, and reposted.  You were spot on, sounds much better now.

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