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Everything posted by Ken320

  1. In a word, no. But, if you have a particular philosophy of your own that you believe in, please describe it and then maybe people can compare it to their own working methods.
  2. Hi JM - I have trouble with this site too from time to time. By ambience I meant more reverb, that's all. In the Play interface they actually call it ambience. But they are impulse reverbs of actual rooms and halls. I'm not an engineer either, but reverb is one way of locating an instrument in your mix, front and back, left and right, etc. Of course I realize that there is a style element to it, so maybe it's a question of degree. Like salt and pepper. I think that even though there is a natural room sound for ESQL samples (the sound stage), more is needed, otherwise it can sound sterlle. Some people leave the indivdual tracks dry, then put a single reverb, in relative amounts, to the stereo mixdown. This is the most common way. But I've had good results using the same reverb on individual tracks. It depends on the music.
  3. Hello Jean-Michel, we may be in similar place. I have also recently bought the same EWQL libs that you have. My reason was because of fire! my old synths went up in flames. Now everything is on the Mac, and I can write for an orchestra to my heart's content. I have sampled a few of your works and you have a good range of styles that suit you well, and I have always admired the French and their whimsical attitudes regarding art. you may or may not consider yourself French. I don't presuppose. May I offer a suggestion to you? You need more ambience, especially in the orchestral pieces, the first link I clicked. This is absolutely necessary. And why stop there. Use it for the pop music too. I have enjoyed your music. Do you know Juliette Greco? Beautiful arrangements. Here are some links to my youtube channel, with examples of EWQL samples: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDDXydjPsv8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPQRdi6GUcw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZyaEEKy3-8
  4. Thank you, I must have installed it incorrectly the first time. The second time went better!
  5. I had a really cool horror story about a weird little light house that came alive and destroyed a seasicde town and then broadened its focus over north and south America and sizzled everyting there before blasting its light into space, blowing up the moon and other celestial orbs and stars and whatnot. But this is about music. so , pratice practice practice.
  6. No, it is not in your best interest to learn by yourself. All of my best experiences in music learning came from musicians better than me, regardless of their "style." Any piano teacher, or theory teacher worth their salt will teach you things you need to know about composition. And what they don't teach you, the repetoire will. For example, I was in the high school orchestra as a percussionist. But I was already writing crude things on paper with piano. When I graduated, I found a drum teacher who saw that I liked to write and he asked me to write something for his ensemble. Which I did. It is crucial that you learn (but maybe never master) an instrument. The composing will come naturally. If piano is your instrument, you are a step ahead. If you know a comp teacher, go for it.
  7. Hi, I'm fairly new to Sibelius 7, and I'm going through the tuorials. In both project 1 and 2, I cannot hear the string section. All the other instruments are audible. The strings are listed in the add/remove instruments so I don't get it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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