Stringy bits ‘n bobs

I’ve a whole backlog of String-y compositions that I’ve always avoided mocking up in virtual software instruments because I’ve never been able to get the Strings patches to sound right. Well I’ve been making friends with Logic Pro and the EXS24 instruments. I think it’s definitely getting there and would really appreciate some feedback from additional ears. I’ve been tweaking knobs and buttons for what seems like days now that I’m not sure I’m the most objective person when it comes to reviewing the results.

Anyway, here’s a little medley featuring bits of three compositions titled: The Story Begins; Arise, Sir and This Is Me.

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I write contrapuntally for parts so no block chords and most of the resulting harmony is a consequence of individual part-writing for the orchestra.

As an orchestral player I’ve really tried to use my experience of real orchestras to physically lay out my orchestra in sonic space. So if you were sitting in the audience listening to an orchestra in front of you, I’ve actually arranged the strings (from left to right):

Violins I (front left)
Violins II (mid left)
Cello (mid off-centre/right)
Violas (front right) and
Double Basses (far right, behind cellos and violas)

Physically this is a very common orchestra layout because you achieve the maximum sonorous and darker-tones of violas.

As usual. Comments, please.

  1. Stevie says:

    Hey Leslie!

    I’m impressed, love the sound. WAY better than Garritan.
    Great orchestration, as usual :)
    Keep up the good work.



  2. Kali says:

    Sounds amazing leslie, really beautiful – love the way you’ve created the sonic space the same way an orchestra would be set up. This piece make me want to play in an orchestra again.

    The only bit that jumped out at me was the flute was a touch too loud in the mix at the 27 sec mark, but other that this was incredible. Keep making beautiful things.

    Glad to see you’re enjoying logic :)


  3. leslieq says:

    Hey KK, thank you… I am in need off that Logic training session. Hope you are well.

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