Hi folks, 

Awhile back, someone here asked if I could compose a classical score. At the time, I didn't have the proper synths for it.

Yesterday I discovered VST plugins and that pretty much changes everything. 

This is the kind of sound I wanted to show you before:

First, I started out a little goofy...

https://soundcloud.com/prammaven/alien-big-top

...and added a more natural sounding drum kit.

https://soundcloud.com/prammaven/alien-night-court

Then, after playing with it a bit and swapping some plugins, I got more of a movie sound on the next attempt! :)

https://soundcloud.com/prammaven/sad-score-sample

I'm pretty happy with this.

It's only the second day working with these new sounds, but only yesterday I was still playing with 8 bit PCM General Midi samples, so it's a huge step up for me as a composer. Amazingly, all of these soundbanks are being accessed with a 10 dollar RockBand3 Keytar. Best thing I ever purchased.

Anyway, hope you like it. 

-Pram

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Wonderful Don!!

cc

That's sounding really good! 

I'm curious what the usual BPM's are of orchestral music. What is it that makes a movie score sound so exciting, other than the constantly changing tempo? Been listening to a lot of Elmer Bernstein, and hearing his tracks is almost as fun as watching the movies they're written for.

Here's another one...

https://soundcloud.com/prammaven/once-upon-a-time

First time playing a software saxophone :)

I've got a bit of a "machine gun" problem with the cymbal crashes, though. Anyone here familiar with MIDI VST drum kits that don't do that? It basically sounds like "Kshh kshh kshhh kshhkshhhkshhh" so you can hear the individual hits. Only thing I can think of to do is copy and paste the crashes so that they overlap and the volume is reduced. That's what I did at the end of this track.

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