(free) xfaded brass for Virtual Playing Orchestra

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(free) xfaded brass for Virtual Playing Orchestra

Postby Paul Battersby » Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:29 pm

NOTE: unfortunately it has been determined that the dynamic cross faded brass patches (-DXF patches) will not work with LinuxSampler, but as far as I know, the rest of the sample library works fine.

Version 2.3 of Virtual Playing Orchestra is now available. It's mostly about adding dynamic cross faded patches for trumpet, french horn, trombone with a few other small improvements such as some of the tremolo section patches.

Virtual Playing Orchestra

The download page also has a link to a page that explains the cross fade patches and provides a comparison to patches without dynamic cross fade.
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Postby Lyberta » Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:28 pm

So it's just SFZ changes right? Somehow I thought about additional samples.

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Postby Paul Battersby » Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:59 am

Lyberta wrote:So it's just SFZ changes right?


That's right. Everything in the latest version was possible with the existing samples. So if you have at least version 2.0, just an sfz upgrade is needed to have version 2.3
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Re: (free) xfaded brass for Virtual Playing Orchestra

Postby Lyberta » Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:05 pm

Btw why is it so quiet? I've loaded them in LinuxSampler and at 100% volume I get -21dB compared to -4db from Sonatina.

Still, great job, I'm looking to switch from Sonatina to your orchestra in the future.

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Postby Paul Battersby » Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:24 pm

Lyberta wrote:Btw why is it so quiet? I've loaded them in LinuxSampler and at 100% volume I get -21dB compared to -4db from Sonatina.


The samples shouldn't be that quiet. Name an exact .sfz file and I'll take a look. So far, no one else has noticed the samples being too quiet. I'm wondering if it could be something specific to LinuxSampler?

Can you find a .sfz file that is not too quiet? I'd like to compare the two and look for differences.

Also, have you used a previous version of Virtual Playing Orchestra? If so, did it have the same volume issue?
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Re: (free) xfaded brass for Virtual Playing Orchestra

Postby Michael Willis » Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:39 pm

Paul Battersby wrote:Also, have you used a previous version of Virtual Playing Orchestra? If so, did it have the same volume issue?


I'm using Linux sampler, and haven't noticed volume issues with any versions of VPO. Admittedly I'm not mixing it with any other sample libraries except for the Maestro Grand Piano (which is actually a bit more quiet than VPO).

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Postby wjl » Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:58 pm

Very good work, as always, Paul! So bravo and thanks!

(And I think I'm qualified to say this - our daughter (12) plays the French Horn)

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Postby Lyberta » Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:08 am

Paul Battersby wrote:The samples shouldn't be that quiet. Name an exact .sfz file and I'll take a look. So far, no one else has noticed the samples being too quiet. I'm wondering if it could be something specific to LinuxSampler?


I'm pretty sure it was Brass/french-horn-SEC-normal-DXF.sfz. I don't have my keyboard right now so i can't recheck.

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Postby Paul Battersby » Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:38 am

Michael Willis wrote:I'm using Linux sampler, and haven't noticed volume issues with any versions of VPO.


Thanks Michael, I appreciate the confirmation that it's not a Linux sampler specific issue.
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Postby Paul Battersby » Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:40 am

wjl wrote:Very good work, as always, Paul! So bravo and thanks!

(And I think I'm qualified to say this - our daughter (12) plays the French Horn)


Thanks Wolfgang. I appreciate that.

p.s. Your daughter plays a fine instrument. You might be interested to know my dad played French Horn professionally.
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Postby Paul Battersby » Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:45 am

Lyberta wrote:I'm pretty sure it was Brass/french-horn-SEC-normal-DXF.sfz. I don't have my keyboard right now so i can't recheck.


Ah. So it's not all the samples that are too quiet. This makes sense now. For the -DXF patches, the Mod wheel adjusts the volume and cross fade. The default setting for -DXF files is about half volume. Those require the use of the Mod wheel.

This link from the download page on my web site:

http://virtualplaying.com/dynamic-cross-faded-brass/

... explains the -DXF patches.
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Postby Lyberta » Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:53 pm

I've tried a mod wheel but the effect is the same.

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Postby Paul Battersby » Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:54 am

Lyberta wrote:I've tried a mod wheel but the effect is the same.


By default, I'd expect the mod wheel to send CC01 messages. If your mod wheel doesn't do that for some reason, then it won't work.
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Re: (free) xfaded brass for Virtual Playing Orchestra

Postby Lyberta » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:11 pm

No, it did. I could hear that samples crossfaded, they just didn't become louder when I pushed mod wheel to the max.

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Re: (free) xfaded brass for Virtual Playing Orchestra

Postby Paul Battersby » Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:40 pm

My next guess is that linuxsampler doesn't permit the mod wheel to control more than one thing at a time. If these commands from the .sfz file don't work together:

xfin_locc1=64
xfin_hicc1=127
gain_cc1=24

... or simply this

gain_cc1=24

... doesn't work, then you'd get the result you're hearing.
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