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 on: Today at 07:36 AM 
Started by Dante - Last post by MarshallJMP
Oh my god, this is really terrible, it's also been on the news here for days. Do they have an insurance for this? Here in Belgium you need to have a " fire insurance" if you are the owner of the house.

 on: Today at 07:22 AM 
Started by Dante - Last post by Dante
We got a pic of my parents' house yesterday

 on: Today at 12:19 AM 
Started by Dante - Last post by van Sinn
Indeed, very dramatic events. I'm happy for your family.
I only vaguely remember large fires here in DK back in the seventies, but nothing like the Californian of Australian ones.
BTW, for really big long-running fires, look to the Siberian Taiga - of course, no dense population..

 on: Today at 12:12 AM 
Started by Kim - Last post by van Sinn
...And, if you're putting a mic in front of your guitar cab anyway (which is how I roll), how many speakers are you mic'ing? ONE.

Sorry for going slightly OT, but one mic in front of one driver in a 4x10/12 actually does record all four drivers.
The one with the mic directly on front of it is recorded 'directly', the other ones at lower levels - and slightly delayed; hence we get the comb-filtering effect, with it's filtering of certain frequencies, often resulting in a more crisp sound image.

WRT the split-cab, I would install a perforated wall, clad with rigid glasswool on both sides.
I believe this would allow enough left/right separation, while likewise let all drivers 'see' enough volume for the low-end response.

 on: Today at 12:02 AM 
Started by Zilthy - Last post by van Sinn
Pretty damn tight ;)  [joke]
Yes, it's fairly quick take, and, as you mentioned, lots of details that can be worked on.
I never heard of this library, sounds good to me.
It'll be interesting to hear later what you got out of it.

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Started by Zilthy - Last post by Zilthy
I have been yearning for a good orchestral library for a long time.  But who doesn't want a good selection of strings, woodwinds and even brass available no matter what genre of music?   And the cheaper sample sets just don't cut it. I finally decided to bite the bullet, and waited for a sale, and got the full EastWest Hollywood Orchestra Platinum collection.

I knew it sounded good.  Really good.  But I was still hesitant.  I've heard enough demos to know that.  But how hard was it to use?  It's massive.  I added a second 1TB SSD to handle those samples alone, and they take up 870GB of that drive.  And the patches/presets are not minimal either.  All of the different articulations an instrument do mean you cannot simply just "Pick a patch" and go and expect to get a convincing sound.

Fortunately they narrow down the choices a lot by having some quick start and template patch folders which narrows down the 400+ patch choices down to 20 or so, and you can pretty much accomplish a convincing sound with one or two of those.  Much easier to start with, but the tools are there if you want to actually replace a full orchestra.

I settled on using those and KeySwitch patches for my first foray in to using these patches.   KeySwitch is EastWest's Play engine's manner of changing articulation in a patch.  For example, if I am using a violin patch, I will never be in the low end.  Their patches are true to the instrument, and it will not play a C0 on a violin, nor will it play a C7 on a tuba.  So, they use notes outside of the instrument's range to choose the articulation used.  With violin holding C0 while playing gives me a long sustain, where holing E0 might give me a shorter sampled note.

That's just scratching the surface. The EW Play engine lets you load multiple patches, and depending on your DAW you can create your own articulation settings to switch between them.  And the Play engine does do crossfading so it won't be jarring, but at a cost of CPU horsepower.

I did not jump that far in to it on my first night though.  I decided to keep it simple, and used the bread and butter patches.  But I did decide to push myself a bit musically and went full orchestral rather than just adding a string line to a rock song or horns to a pop song.  I set some simple parameters for myself in that context too.  I limited myself to bowed strings and brass since I have played both of those instrument types,
and have a much better grasp of the articulations and range of those instruments.

From there, I did a simple chord progression and melody line, and worked on orchestrating it.  From start to finish, it took me a little over 2 hours to do.  That included learning the software, setting up a couple of articulation maps by hand, composing, tracking, arranging and mixing the piece.  It seems like a lot for one minute of music, but I learned a lot during the process.

And what pleases me the most, is just how good the samples sound.  The music I wrote and recorded is simplistic, but with just dipping a toe in, I can see just how good this sample set could be.

This is a very capable orchestral sample set.  Strings, Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion (Sorry, no woodwinds or percussion in my example, but they are just as good).  And probably very hard to beat for the price.  I went Platinum, but if you are looking to just add a few parts to existing tracks the Gold version is just as capable and probably more than enough.  Other than bit depth (24 bit vs 16 bit) what Platinum really offers is more mic positions, so with enough effort you could really make it sound like you are sitting front and center.

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Started by Chucky - Last post by Zilthy
That is amazing!!!  Immediately brought a smile to my face!

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Started by Kim - Last post by Zilthy
That sounds awesome Kim!   :banana-rock:

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Started by mrguitar - Last post by rnolan
 :whoohoo!: Glad it's working now  :thumb-up: , my next suggestion was going to be pull the EPROM and reinstall but the battery tray (I'd forgotten you'd done that mod  :facepalm: ) is a more elegant way to do the same/similar thing, if you'd had to desolder the battery then pulling out the EPROM and reinstalling it should/may have done similar  :dunno: , the other option would be (carefully) remove and reinstall the Z80 CPU chip.  I've done that in a MB1 and it causes a total reset and full diagnostic boot clear the decks as it were...Anyway great news.

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Started by Satch - Last post by Hanneman213
Hello all , Which one contains Alex Skolnick for Ada mp2 ?

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