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  • Flat samples

    Most VSL instruments, say clarinet, have several patches ... but all of them seem to be beyond basics (example, staccatto, sustain, pianoforte,...)... but, how to use a "flat" sample (meaning no dynamics at all in the sample), to use, for instance, as a background.... ???

    And how can I know the meaning of every filename (sus should be sustain, ok, but, LT, MT,...???)


  • If you have a look at the manual for your Instruments .. it should tell you what the patch names are. Took me a while to get used to HS .. and GS and all that too .. but once you've figured them out it's not so bad. And yeah .. Sustain is the 'flat' sample .. so to speak. On the other hand .. is their really a flat sample .. if you play a real instrument .. what do you consider to be flat .. or normal :P

  • All the abbreviations are listed in the manual.

    If you don't understand what an articualtion means or what it sounds like
    you can of course just play it or look at the VSL Instruments web pages:

    All the playing techniques for the instruments in an orchestra are layed out
    with sound examples of all the articualtions.

    Its a great source.

    Lastly you can buy an Orchestration book like the Samuel Adler's which has
    CD's of all the examples in the book from standard orchestral reportoire.

    Good luck!