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Vivaldi, L'Estate
Last post Tue, Jan 21 2020 by William, 6 replies.
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Posted on Thu, Jan 16 2020 15:37
by PaoloT
Joined on Tue, Dec 27 2016, Posts 520


The interesting work of another musician on Vivaldi's Summer concerto convinced me to reopen an old project on the same music, and complete my own version. My project was started with an older library, and is now converted to the VSL full library (non-Synchron).

I wanted to test realism and variety of articulations. So, I worked as carefully as possible on each single note and phrase arc. The solo Violin and Violoncello are the seconds, with a gentler sound than the firsts. The orchestra is made up of Chamber Strings (working so well, in my opinion, that I've not yet felt the need to switch to the Dimension Strings for this project).

I used mostly short notes controlled by velocity. Reverb is MIR, with an added hint of Miracle and Logic's Compressor at the end.

I plan to work on the full concerto, but had to start from the final Presto. The Adagio will be as challenging, even if on the opposite scale of speed and loudness.

This is one of those pieces that need continual reworking, since there are so many different ways of playing it. At the moment, I wonder how realistic this first version can be perceived by listeners with ears fresher than mines.


Vivaldi, L'Estate, III Presto (in MP3)

Vivaldi, L'Estate, III Presto (in AIFF)

Posted on Sat, Jan 18 2020 18:06
by PaoloT
Joined on Tue, Dec 27 2016, Posts 520

Then, I added the Adagio. Here, the storm is approaching, but still not there. And the solo violin can sing melancholically, while the violins remind a sound of flies in the summer heat.

Lot of work on the attacks and the vibrato recorded in each dynamic layer.


Vivaldi, L'Estate, II Adagio (in MP3)

Vivaldi, L'Estate, II Adagio (in AIFF)

Posted on Mon, Jan 20 2020 11:35
by PaoloT
Joined on Tue, Dec 27 2016, Posts 520
I don't know if I did something lecit, but I added a bit of compression in the Adagio. What the compressor does is, on the positive side, making the feeble violin come out without losing too much subtleness. On the negative side, it makes the sound a bit harsher, and lose some naturalness.
Posted on Mon, Jan 20 2020 15:16
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5428

Paolo your performance sounds great, extremely espressivo and beautifully done!  But on the audio there is something wrong in the EQ, it sounds like an old transistor radio!  What is going on there?  Something happened because it is not just MIR - did you use some extreme EQ?  It sounds like all frequencies are gone in certain areas of the spectrum.

Posted on Mon, Jan 20 2020 15:54
by PaoloT
Joined on Tue, Dec 27 2016, Posts 520

William, thank you for listening!

Maybe it's the compression? It is very light, but it will for sure color the sound. Do you think it is too bass- or high-heavy?

EDIT: Since you are referring to a transistor radio, I guess it sounds too high-heavy. I wonder if the problem is, more than the audio in general, in the particular sound I chose for the accompanying violins in the Adagio.

EDIT 2: Do you find the problem in the MP3 file only? I hear the MP3 converter in Logic didn't do a good work with the Adagio, and really removed all the subtleties. If it's also in the AIFF, then I messed up with the mix or the sound choice.


Posted on Tue, Jan 21 2020 02:16
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5428

Paolo I don't know but maybe try MIR with no other effect and compare them.    

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