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    Introduction and First Recording with GPO

    I bought GPO a little over a month ago but haven’t had time to play with it until just recently. So far any problems are solely with the composer/performer/conductor! I’ve done “orchestrations” with pure synth sounds in the past and find it interesting that the more realistic the instruments sound the less realistic my attempts sound.

    I bought a few pieces of reference materials (such as scores from everyone from Vivaldi to Stravinsky and the book by Rimsky-Korsakov) to study, but I’m most likely going to be bugging people here with questions as I learn. Hopefully I won’t wear out my welcome.

    To show how far I have to go, here is the first little test song I did with GPO. It is a little quartet based on a song I sing to my parrot, Figaro (Figgy) and is very simple. Except for the melody of the main verse and chorus, the whole thing was pretty much improvised. I did a little cutting and pasting, which caused some rough transitions.
    http://trentsworld.com/music/postings/figgy-quartet-take-02.mp3
    I know, not great, but as I said, a first attempt. Comments, rude remarks, etc. welcome.

    Listening to samples people have posted here I am impressed with the talent of this group and with the sound of GPO.

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    Re: Introduction and First Recording with GPO

    Trent

    Welcome to the family. Your parrot must be really happy! What I like most about the piece is that it sounds natural. I feel like I poked my head into the practice room and heard four people getting together for the first time trying to play a piece together. I don\'t mean that in a bad way. It sounds genuine, real.
    Looking forward to hearing more.

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    Re: Introduction and First Recording with GPO

    trentpmcd,

    I tend to agree with kstevege that it does sound like one stumbled into a quartet rehearsal.
    Each instrument part is succinct. This is unique because it is not perfectly quantized as so much music is today.

    Does Figgy sing also? If so, what a duet you could have!

    Gary Garritan

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    Re: Introduction and First Recording with GPO

    Thanks.

    Figgy is only happy if I sing her song to her for about 5 hours on end. She thinks my purpose in life is to entertain her. She talks a little but doesn’t sing, so no duets any time soon.

    I try to avoid quantizing unless the part really calls for it. Unfortunately, I’m not very good at staying on rhythm (I tend to rush) so should use it a little more than I do.

    The feedback from listening to GPO helps me get more natural phrasing. I listen to something I had recently done with another sample library and it sounds exactly like somebody playing samples on a keyboard.

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    Trent,


    Hey, nice work. I don\'t think that your tempos are rushed, maybe just a few eighth notes here and there.

    Jonny

    By the way, Figgy\'s tune is going to be stuck in my head all day!! DOH!!!! [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] Maybe if I knew the words, it would go away!

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    Re: Introduction and First Recording with GPO

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    Re: Introduction and First Recording with GPO

    High Trent,

    I\'m afraid that I have to agree with the others.... this is the most realistic string quartet that I have heard on any site with any library. I don\'t listen to CDs of quartets...not my bag, but yours does sound like the quartets I\'ve encountered, however rarely, in the real world.

    Interesting, for me, is the fact that I think you have accidentally hit on what seems to make a sampled quartet sound like the real thing....and that is timing inaccuracy!

    I think that once you conquer piano roll editing in a sequencer you\'ll be able to make it even more realistic by adding more dynamic subtelty. However you did a great job with a score editor.

    Surprisingly good.....

    Frank

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