Wasn't there someone on here complaining that you can't draw pitch directly onto SynthV's piano roll? Because I just found out that you can do that by selecting "Freehand (overlay)". And I'm glad I found that because I really needed it.
I have finally completed all three movements of my concerto for double bass. Now I can resume work on my vocal synth projects with a clear mind.
There are four SynthV originals in the pipeline, all at various stages of completion. Two are a collaboration between myself and my usual lyric writer; one is a solo project; and one is a triple collaboration between myself, my usual lyric writer, and a double bass player. Yup, that double bass player is the same person for whom I wrote the aforementioned concerto. And it turns out they are an excellent sound engineer who likes messing with analog (modeled) synths. Stay tuned!
And in case anyone is interested, here is the double bass concerto:
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I realize this has nothing to do with vocal synth stuff, but I finally finished the second movement to my double bass concerto:
The other two movements are still awaiting final revisions, as well a cadenzas.
Writing a concerto for double bass was tricky not only because it's a low-pitched instrument, but also because it doesn't have a lot of overtones. This means it's easily drowned out by other instruments, which makes orchestration an interesting challenge.
As for vocal synth stuff, I have three songs at various stages of completion. One should be done soon...
Holy coolness, Batman! I was having difficulty in getting the snare to cut through my mix. So I decided to try TDR Nova's sidechain feature and use the snare track to trigger a narrow dynamic EQ cut in the guitars at 217 HZ (the snare's main attack area). Wow, It worked wonderfully!
Now to use the same technique to make the bass guitar and kick drum play nicely together.
I've tried sidechain compression in the past for similar reasons, but always felt it was too intrusive. However, sidechained dynamic EQ is awesome!
Yay! I finally finished my last paper for the school year—21 pages of pure fun!
Honestly, this particular paper really was fun: analysis of six first-movements from six different symphonies by Carl Friedrich Abel. Hopefully the knowledge gained will improve my (non-voice synth) compositions.
Hmm... Still needs work. (And lyrics, of course.) Not happy about the clean guitar. And something about the mix sounds kinda cheap. At least Renri sounds fine. (Until lyrics are added and then I've got bazillions of plosives and sibilants to tame.)
I had to make a video presentation for school this weekend. To level out my voice, I tried using the free TDR Kotelnikov compressor, and it worked fantastically. So if anybody else on this site is making a video presentation, give Kotelnikov a go! (To keep things easy, I used the "warm vocal" preset.)
Classes cancelled due to COVID-19, but homework continues on as usual. (The cancellation might only be for today because the Provincial Government's recommendation is to avoid gatherings of 250+ people, and all my classes are tiny graduate seminars. Monday might be business as usual.)
Here is the intro for a Yamine Renri WIP song. Mix levels, EQ, and effects are all preliminary, except the voice where I barely even tried. There's no point in doing vocal processing until I have actual lyrics to enter, because plosives and other nasties can really affect what sort of plugins and/or settings are needed.
This won't be finished for at least a month (or more) because I have papers to write. All I can get done is an hour here and an hour there.
Here are the drums and bass for my next song. Missing are the guitars (four!) and voice, but with one paper due this March and three research papers due in April, this won't be completed for a while. Also: 100% made in Reaper, which I only began using a few days ago. Way better than FL Studio. https://drive.google.com/open?id=19zqB02KNsvck38AxPV7tsMtYiJSVDweN