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    To Ben H. Yellow Tools Soprano Demo

    Hi Ben,

    Since you asked about the Candy - Yellow Tools Library

    I did a short Soprano Sax Demo For Yellow Tools a few weeks ago.
    Here's my comment and experience with this particular sample.

    ""The Soprano Sax sample with all of its keying facilities was a pleasure to work with in producing an upcoming demo for Yellow Tools. The Soprano sound as sampled is as sweet as sugar having been a sax player for over 35 years professionally. It responded beautifully to my Motif 8 weighted controller keyboard and it handled double time tempos with ease. Christian and his crew have done a marvelous job with this sample (and Sax library) and the wait for it was well worth it!"

    "From a Cliffside" @2005 Alan Russell Music

    http://www.yellowtools.com/cp21/cms/..._Cliffside.MP3

    Alan Russell
    Please Visit My New & Revised Official Website Below

    http://AlanRussell-Music.com

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    Re: To Ben H. Yellow Tools Soprano Demo

    Thanks Alan,

    I had heard the demo already and think that it's probably the best of the bunch.

    I am also curious about the other saxes, I know that the soprano is probably one of your faves (thinking back to the VSL and John Revekis demos that you did), but are the other saxes as good / usable? Especially in a solo context.

    How does it compare with the VSL and John Revekis stuff? (which I also have).

    Also, have you tried any sectional stuff with them yet?

    Your thoughts are greatly appreciated because you are one of the only people that actually have the library, rather than just someone that is commenting on the demos.

    Ben H

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    Re: To Ben H. Yellow Tools Soprano Demo

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben H
    Thanks Alan,

    I had heard the demo already and think that it's probably the best of the bunch.

    I am also curious about the other saxes, I know that the soprano is probably one of your faves (thinking back to the VSL and John Revekis demos that you did), but are the other saxes as good / usable? Especially in a solo context.

    How does it compare with the VSL and John Revekis stuff? (which I also have).

    Also, have you tried any sectional stuff with them yet?

    Your thoughts are greatly appreciated because you are one of the only people that actually have the library, rather than just someone that is commenting on the demos.

    Ben H
    Hi Ben,

    Since I did 3 demos for these sound developers, I do want to be positive in my comments as well as being honest. The views expressed are mine alone.


    Currently I just started my 10 week vacation period. I plan to take a good look at the Candy Alto Sax sample next.

    As far as a sectional, (5 saxes) I have not scored anything yet due to the fact that I am focussed on one instrument at a time. Maybe a few bars of "Misty" or "Satin Doll" might be brewing down the road.

    The 3 Soprano Saxes mentioned above (in your post) are in a class of their own. In my view they have to be scored and performed in certain pop-jazz arrangements. They are NOT interchangeable in every score I've composed as a demo or for a client.

    The John Rekevics Soprano Sax has a very unique and natural tone. (there is no Soprano Sax sound in a sample such as this one) This is one sample I would not pass up. It's sound and articulations place well in medium Bossas and Swing tempos IMHO. (110 bpm)

    Here's "Sweet Soprano" @2003 Alan Russell Music

    http://alanrussell-music.com/Sweet%20Soprano.MP3

    The VSL Soprano having the Legato Performance Tools offers the smoothness yet there is a performance breathing attribute to consider. It offers a very sweet sound. As far as using it in real time, one is better off scoring the patches separately. There is no keying on the fly.
    Craig Sharmat (Sharmy) did a demo that VSL posted) They didn't post my demo because it was probably done in real time with no other patches employed. I was able to submit it to a director for an upcoming documentary.

    "On 46th Street" http://www.performing-arts-hs.com/JohnSteinmetz.htm


    It is called:

    "A Leaf's Journey" @2004 Alan Russell Music"

    http://alanrussell-music.com/A%20Leafs%20Journey.MP3

    The Candy Soprano offers it's unique sound and it is quite smooth to play.
    It can handle tempos up to 140 bpm.

    "From A Cliffside" @2005 Alan Russell Music

    http://alanrussell-music.com/Candy%20Demo-A.MP3

    Finally, the John Rekevics library and the Candy Soprano Sax sample offer keying which is what I am attracted too being a real time player. It is too difficult to state which is the best one because as arrangers and composers certain Soprano Sax sounds fit the mood and the performance just right. Each of them nicely responds to ones fingers in a unique way inspiring the perfomer to choose the one that fits best. Having ALL 3 of these samples makes that possible.

    More to come..

    Alan Russell
    Please Visit My New & Revised Official Website Below

    http://AlanRussell-Music.com

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    Re: To Ben H. Yellow Tools Soprano Demo

    Hi Alan,

    Thanks for such a thorough response.

    Enjoy your break.

    Ben H

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    Re: To Ben H. Yellow Tools Soprano Demo

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben H
    Hi Alan,

    Thanks for such a thorough response.

    Enjoy your break.

    Ben H

    Ben,

    always a pleasure communciating with you in cyber space..

    Alan Russell
    Please Visit My New & Revised Official Website Below

    http://AlanRussell-Music.com

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    Re: To Ben H. Yellow Tools Soprano Demo

    Sharmy,

    Have you tried Candy? There are many keying facilities that can be triggered as one rerecords (applies the triggers) the original track intended. BTW, I did use 4 key triggers in that demo. I do agree that patches employed will offer a greater variety to the listener hopefully coinvincing one that it might be a real player.

    As noted you created a more convincing demo for the purpose of marketing the VSL product compared to mine which was never posted. I undestand where VSL is coming from and why they chose not to post it.


    The bottom line for me is that if a client or director digs the sound, so be it.

    regards,

    Alan Russell
    Please Visit My New & Revised Official Website Below

    http://AlanRussell-Music.com

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