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Last post Tue, Nov 01 2016 by mh-7635, 15 replies.
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Posted on Sat, Sep 10 2016 11:35
by mh-7635
Joined on Wed, Aug 04 2004, Posts 199

 

Hi All,

As I've been listening to a lot of user music here and enjoying it, I thought I'd try and draw some attention to my website.

The music may not be for everyone as some of it is rather serious, but of interest may be the live commercial work and some of the  scores. Some of the concert  pieces are rendered using VSL and other VI libraries and some are live.

Hope some of you enjoy it.......

Mike.

Posted on Mon, Sep 12 2016 16:25
by mh-7635
Joined on Wed, Aug 04 2004, Posts 199

website now down because I chose a terrible hosting company...will be back up next week.

Cheers.

Posted on Thu, Oct 13 2016 14:44
by mh-7635
Joined on Wed, Aug 04 2004, Posts 199

Hi All,

Website now up for anyone interested..

Best,

Mike

mikehewer.com

Posted on Sat, Oct 15 2016 20:18
by icecubeman
Joined on Fri, Nov 09 2012, Nitra, Posts 201

Nice to hear serious orchestral writings. These days it is quite unique. Your skills are of very high quality. I recommend only to look more on execution of your compositions with virtual orchestra. There can be more reality achieved, of course if you have time to play with it. All the best to you.

Posted on Sun, Oct 16 2016 07:20
by mh-7635
Joined on Wed, Aug 04 2004, Posts 199

Hi Pavel,

Thanks for listening and the nice compliment.

Always room for imporovement, I'd be curious to know what you thought was lacking...

Best

Mike.

Posted on Sun, Oct 16 2016 08:50
by icecubeman
Joined on Fri, Nov 09 2012, Nitra, Posts 201

I think some articulations sounds very basic as you probably use for example one for legato one for stacatto etc. Did you use Sibelius for auralisations or some DAW software? There is definitely more power in combining multiple VSL articulations to achieve one that will be realistic, but this is very time consuming. But if you have all VSL samples as your signature says, I will go for it... 

Posted on Sun, Oct 16 2016 09:05
by mh-7635
Joined on Wed, Aug 04 2004, Posts 199

I think you maybe being mis lead by the fact that these are not VSL.

They are mainly Spitfire Mural and Sable as well as some live stuff. You are correct in that the legato options are not as varied with Spitfire as they are with VSL. I decided to programme with Spitfire to get used to them and see what they could do. I did inevitably add VSL here and there for the extra detail. 

As far as staccato goes, Spitfire have round robins that are pretty decent and over all, I liked the live feel the samples impart. VSL still wins hands down for choice of articulation, but there is something in Spitfire too that's worth exploring. I am well versed in using VSL professionally for many years, but mostly, my stuff went live, still all said, I wouldn't dream of using Sibelius to present work in a pro context.

Mike.

Posted on Sun, Oct 16 2016 18:41
by icecubeman
Joined on Fri, Nov 09 2012, Nitra, Posts 201

thanx for clarification

Posted on Mon, Oct 17 2016 15:06
by mh-7635
Joined on Wed, Aug 04 2004, Posts 199

anyone know how my name got added to the title of this thread????

Posted on Tue, Oct 18 2016 08:00
by littlewierdo
Joined on Sun, Apr 24 2016, Posts 243

Originally Posted by: mh-7635 Go to Quoted Post
I wouldn't dream of using Sibelius to present work in a pro context.

So, what would / do you use? Im just starting to purchase software and soundfonts and as far as I knew, Sibelius was considered the industry standard... Is it not?

I know Sibelius is quite clunky, as just about every notation program Ive looked at quite frankly (Im very curious about Cinesamples Cinescore program, just havent had time to look at it much, I just stumbled across it)...

Posted on Tue, Oct 18 2016 09:18
by mh-7635
Joined on Wed, Aug 04 2004, Posts 199

Hi Littlewierdo,

I use Sibelius for score presentation and it's brilliant. I've never used Finale, but I gather that's pretty good too. I just meant that for a demo sent to a client, soundwise, you have to present mock-ups from a DAW, using VSL etc, because the realism and sound quality comes from extensive programming which is something Sibelius is not made for. Also, everyone else who demo's against you will be using advanced (as far as Sibelius goes!) programming skills, along with the best sounds they have. 

Sorry if my last post sounded snobbish, it wasn't meant to denigrate Sibelius (and incidentally wasn't meant to publicise Spitfire, I was just responding to a post- so apologies to Paul et al)....horses for courses as they say.

Best,

 

Mike.

Posted on Thu, Oct 20 2016 20:11
by Errikos
Joined on Tue, Jun 12 2007, Posts 1115

This is one of the very top composers on this forum. No drones, pads, arpeggiators, or meaningless choirs... Real music instead, mesmerizing, bristling with invention, technique, and some passages/pages worthy of the best of them in the 20-21st ceturies. Fine exponent of the British school.

Congratulations to you and your chamber performers!

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 Fri, Oct 21 2016 07:16
by mh-7635
Joined on Wed, Aug 04 2004, Posts 199

Hi Errikos,

Oh boy, first I was embarrassed by the insertion of my name into this thread title, no doubt done by the administrators to aviod any confusion re. the VSL website. Fair enough I guess. 

Now I'm embarrassed in the real nice way thanks to your kind comments. Everything that means music to me has been seen and heard by you and I'm delighted that the music spoke to you. Your comments have given me so much joy.

Mike.

Posted on Mon, Oct 31 2016 22:50
by Jerry Gerber
Joined on Thu, Jan 19 2006, San Francisco, CA USA, Posts 401

Originally Posted by: mh-7635 Go to Quoted Post

 

Hi All,

As I've been listening to a lot of user music here and enjoying it, I thought I'd try and draw some attention to my website.

The music may not be for everyone as some of it is rather serious, but of interest may be the live commercial work and some of the  scores. Some of the concert  pieces are rendered using VSL and other VI libraries and some are live.

Hope some of you enjoy it.......

Mike.

Hi Mike,

Listening now to the second movement of your violin sonata (toccata).  Refreshing to hear, very fine composition!   I too went from a soundtrack career to giving it up for writing music for its own sake.   I'd be interested in chatting sometime to share experiences.

Best,

Jerry

Posted on Tue, Nov 01 2016 13:43
by mh-7635
Joined on Wed, Aug 04 2004, Posts 199

Thanks Jerry, I'll get in touch.

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