After purchasing the SE1 bundle and parts of the SE2, I set up the "Special Edition Vol 1 Demo" (v3) resources in REAPER and looked into how it was made (I replaced 2 or 3 string patches which used the SE Appassionats, I think). And of course, many questions raised since this it the first time I put my hands on VSL stuff.
It's going to be rather wide-spread, but since it is all about this specific demo piece, I think it is fine to have them in one thread...
Here we go:
1) In all MIDI tracks there is data in the CC "channel pressure", but I didn't figure out yet what it does in the VI?
2) I'm somewhat unsure about CC11 (Expression). I know that it varies the volume (and only that) of the sound from ~zero to a maximum of the current CC7 (Master Volume) value. In the demo, it is mostly at CC11=127 and just sometimes used for "extreme" diminuendos on long lasting notes. Is this it's general use case?
3) I assume that for short articulations I would normally want to use "pure" velocity control whereas the velocity x-fade comes in handy for sustained notes. Is there a special reason why the vel-x-fade of the clarinets is actived just after the first notes of the phrase at about 0:22?
4) The cellos in the first bars...is this just a divisi?
5) When playing around with the Bösendorfer pedal-up and -down samples, I do not hear the expected long sustain of hit notes with the pedal-down samples, although the higher sonority is obvious. So my question is: Do I have to control the "length" of a pedalled note via the length of the MIDI event? Because I just blindly assumed that "pedal-down" would just mean that the played notes simple had a long release trail...
Now a bit more technical:
6.1) The demo has set different values about ~100 for CC7 for every instrument. Additionally it has set different levels of volume in the mixer tabs of VE. What are the thoughts behind that? Am I correct that this is about the general balance of the orchestra?
6.2) Is there a tutorial/etc. about how to set up a balanced orchestra template? Some tips about how to assign the proper initial values of CC7 or the mixer volume sliders?
7) VI features an algorithmic reverb. In REAPER, I have also a reverb plug-in. Now, the VE setup that comes with the demo uses a reverb plug-in inside the VE, which I am lacking (reverb bus exists, but no plug-in). Is there a way of using the algo reverb of the VI inside the VE or do I have to assign it in every single VI instance?
And now string questions which came to my mind while fiddling around:
8.1) The orchestral strings have a slow attack. Apart from blending in a solo instrument or blending in a short articulation - is there something essential about those samples that I am missing? Currently, I feel unable to play a quick theme without making it sound harsh by using short articulations...
8.2) ...but without them, it's just mush (at least at the beginnging). To my untrained it seems that the legatos always use new bow... imagine the players just putting their fingers down on a string one after each other (attack is the same since it's on one bow)... Can I achieve this by layering with the sustain sound?
8.3) In one thread I read that the repetition perfomance patches should be used for 3 or more repetitions on one note. Is that so? And how would I put e.g. the beginning of Schubert's "Unfinished" into practice?
Please bear with me. :D
I know that, above all, experience will show most of the stuff and that there is a huge "it depends" about most of the aspects, but I am sure there are some basic rules from where to start exploring and I would be really glad, if you could help me out getting to know them. :)