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    La Vivacité (1780)

    Hi everybody,
    Here is a little joyful piece taken from the Flemish archives. It's a late anonymous 18the century air that only existed in the form of 2 small single themes (A and B). I've arranged it as a small string ensemble.
    La Vivacité was realised with the VSL Dimension Strings in Studio One 3 Pro (no notation program involved).
    - first violins (2 x 2)
    - second violins (2 x 2)
    - one cello
    - one double bass
    - one piccolo flute

    La Vivacité

    Max

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    Re: La Vivacité (1780)

    Max!
    I was just wondering about the reason why we were short on news about you!
    Here's the answer: you were leaping back and forth from 18th century Flanders!
    And what about working with Studio One now?

    (Great mix - Great ambience - I wish to feel more the sound of the bow in the double bass)
    Fabio
    Arrigo Beyle / Milanese / Lived, wrote, loved -- Stendhal
    Being Italian is a full-time job -- B. Severgnini

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    Re: La Vivacité (1780)

    Max!

    As always, I am just floored by the crisp, beautiful handling of this little delight!
    ( Sorry, I forget which strings you are using, but I think it is Vienna?)

    And a Hello to you

    Ted

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    Hi Ted and Fabio, dear friends,

    Thank you for listening and commenting.

    Ted, indeed I work with VSL, here the Dimension Strings (can be separated in all kinds of sections, from solo to 8-group, 2-4). For that kind of work, they ar very valuable, because the violins should be in divisi (2 by 2).

    Fabio: Yes, I've left Logic Pro for now. It's a very interesting and complete DAW, but too difficult for me. As a DAW-user, I could get a crossgrade version of the very last version of Studio One (Pro, version 3) for an interesting price. It's a lot easier, very intuitive and visual. It works perfectly together with my Presonus Faderport, without programming ado (as I had to do in Logic). That makes the automation soooo much easier! Of course every program requires a certain time to learn and that's why I decided to do this arrangement in Studio One. The overal string sound could be better (warmer) and perhaps be embellished with some high wind instrument...

    Kindly,
    Max

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Hamburg View Post
    The overal string sound could be better (warmer)
    and perhaps be embellished with some high wind instrument...
    Dear Max,
    I have read the interesting hints from the PB and BK at the Österreicher forum.
    While I can't speak about ringing noises — at least, not from a Tannoy R5 point of listen —,
    Eq tricks nor the addition of high winds to it, to me this is your best sounding mix until now.
    Looking forward to further improvements.
    Fabio
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    Being Italian is a full-time job -- B. Severgnini

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    Re: La Vivacité (1780)

    I do not wish to overdo it, Max, but I played it two more times and I like it more and more... Thanks

    Ted

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabiolcati View Post
    Dear Max,
    I have read the interesting hints from the PB and BK at the Österreicher forum.
    While I can't speak about ringing noises — at least, not from a Tannoy R5 point of listen —,
    Eq tricks nor the addition of high winds to it, to me this is your best sounding mix until now.
    Looking forward to further improvements.

    I don't hear it either on my Roland speaker system. But he is the master/specialist - studio engineer and he always listens with a very critical ear. The ringing sounds he hears are produced by accentuated first notes which ar played with sfz as articulation. I softened them with a sustain with diminuendo and gone is the sharpness of that tone. (But it loses some punch, some dancing rhythm...) I also added a piccolo in some of the choruses for some variation.
    At this moment (and for a couple of days already) it is terribly hot here (up to 38° C) My working space is a sauna for me and my computer. I leave the dance aside for some days. Anyway, tomorrow we move to the south of France for 2 weeks. Let the music rest...
    Max

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedvanya View Post
    I do not wish to overdo it, Max, but I played it two more times and I like it more and more... Thanks

    Ted
    Hi Ted,

    Thanks for listening and liking the little piece. But I wish to mention another interesting project that I posted earlier on this forum. "Bude Večer" a Slovak song arranged for mixed choir and symphony orchestra. It will be performed with the other Czech/Slovak song "Running Waters" next November. The rhythm I used in Bede Večer is very East European (every measure another meter such as ¾- 5/4 - 7/4 - 9/4 ...) I'm sure you will like it too.

    All the best,
    Max

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    Re: La Vivacité (1780)

    Hi everybody,

    After the inspiring journey in the South of France (where I met the famous conductor Bernard Haitink), I reworked the little piece a bit and added a piccolo flute, some more room and a bit of 'air'. I hope you like it as much as the first version. (link has been changed to the newer version).

    Kindly,
    Max

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    Re: La Vivacité (1780)

    Max,

    Thank you for introducing me to this delightful piece of music and for the wonderfully satisfying rendition in sampled form. There are subtleties within subtleties of your craftsmanship that are simply amazing; phrasing, tempo - detail after detail. I have got to take a look at Studio 3 Pro. I do not hear the suggested problems you mentioned. On my system it comes through crisp and clean.

    Tom

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