Joshua Bell Library First Impressions
So I'm playing with the sampled version of the Joshua Bell violin. I decided to use it in a very simple minimal Celtic composition along with harp called " Voices From The Past".
My first impressions of it are Wow!
For those Irish musicians who say there is no such thing as Celtic music I'm going to disagree with you. This is some of it :) Celtic music was played by Celts. It was simple back before the violin, banjo or bouzouki. Enya revived a modern form of it. Irish traditional- Usually fast and intended for dance. Celtic- Often slower and intended for relaxation and meditation.Has old world medieval qualities.
What electric are you playing?
I have no idea how this work. Can someone enlighten me?
It's a sample library. Pre-recorded bits and pieces (by Joshua Bell).
But are you actually playing a violin, with maybe MIDI, and producing the results like that?
Is it correct that one uses a keyboard to produce a piece of music? I understand that this might improve the quality of synthesizer music often used in pop music. But why would I prefer to do that as a violinist?!
You can use it however you want. I'd imagine Tim is using notation software.
You can use a keyboard if thats the kowt convenient way to do the data entry into the DAW, but I would think notation software would be easier.
The reason I asked what electric violin you had, is that the violin in the clip reminded me a bit of the piezo buzz I get out of mine.
As a violinist you have an advantage using this in compositions because you know how the violin is supposed to sound, although as David Ford mentioned there are still small articulation things I am working on.This is a new program to me so I'm still getting the hang of it.
Can you control the vibrato of each violin? And can you desync them so you can have a whole section of Joshua Bell's playing together?
Not all violin sample libraries have vibrato. The Joshua Bell violin has vibrato in real time using the mod wheel of a midi controller.The mod wheel also controls the intensity. The character of the tone may be selected as well from darker to brighter.You could have a Joshua Bell sectional playing together, however I would recommend the average user who builds larger sections use a library dedicated for this since the JB violin is mainly intended for solo work and is taxing on most computers if multiple versions of it play at the same time.Thousands of samples are streaming from an SSD in real time. There are several very nice programs out there using multi samples that capture the differences between instruments for sectional work.
They always say samplers will never replace a real violinist but they certainly do replace a good number of jobs!
I assume it does double stops? Can it do any impractical or impossible double stops? That would be a neat use of the technology, to write an impossible piece and run it through the machine.
@Christopher Payne- The ironic thing about this is real players are used to create the libraries which are then used to a great extent for film and video game music. These have replaced many of the jobs that once went to musicians on site.