Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Sharing a brief orchestrated composition... utilizes free VST instruments (listed)

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Ohio, USA
    Posts
    36

    Sharing a brief orchestrated composition... utilizes free VST instruments (listed)

    I've had this acoustic guitar composition for a while, and decided to orchestrate it with free VSTs I found. All of them can be found on www.vst4free.com

    Sonatina: Flute (flute, alto flute, piccolo), Bassoon, Double Bass
    RedTron SE - mellotron

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWg62gGGyno&t=22s
    Genuine prog album from back in the day! - *free download* : masquepremiere.bandcamp.com

  2. #2
    Unless someone has since created something better, the Redtron SE is the best free VST Mellotron emulation out there. I’m surprised how good it sounds for free! Accept no substitutes!
    Confirmed Bachelors: the dramedy hit of 1883...

  3. #3
    Man of repute progmatist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Mesa, Arizona
    Posts
    670
    I use Redtron on the cheap Windows tablet I use as a VSTi synth module. Works very well for live gigs.
    "Well my son, life is like a beanstalk, isn't it?"--Dalai Lama

  4. #4
    I'd be curious to know which VST host are you using on that Windows tablet for live gigs.
    Mahtrak Progressive Jazz Rock - www.mahtrak.com

  5. #5
    Nice little tune! I like when the bass kicks in especially
    Ephemeral Sun - because I gotta do something about these boxes of CDs in the basement: http://www.ephemeralsun.com

  6. #6

  7. #7
    Man of repute progmatist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Mesa, Arizona
    Posts
    670
    Quote Originally Posted by pmrviana View Post
    I'd be curious to know which VST host are you using on that Windows tablet for live gigs.
    I use an older version of Sonar, which doesn't require as many resources as newer versions. I then create projects with VSTi synth setups for each song. Open one project for one song, then close it and open another for the next song. Within each project, I'll assign a VSTi to a track with a particular MIDI channel, another synth to another track/channel. Sonar saves all pertinent synth patches and settings for each project. Sonar also uses all 4 cores of the Intel Atom processor, very important for performance.
    "Well my son, life is like a beanstalk, isn't it?"--Dalai Lama

  8. #8

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by progmatist View Post
    I use an older version of Sonar, which doesn't require as many resources as newer versions. I then create projects with VSTi synth setups for each song. Open one project for one song, then close it and open another for the next song. Within each project, I'll assign a VSTi to a track with a particular MIDI channel, another synth to another track/channel. Sonar saves all pertinent synth patches and settings for each project. Sonar also uses all 4 cores of the Intel Atom processor, very important for performance.
    Thanks for that, I'm interested because I also use a Windows tablet as a live VSTi sound module, but I never came across an ideal solution for live gigs. Similar to you, I started using an old version of Cubase, but I thought it was not very friendly for live gigs, especially since all buttons and menus are not easily accessible from the touch interface. I also found it to be quite heavy, taking a very long time to load the projects. Searching for a more lightweight and touch friendly solution, I came across the Usine Hollyhock software, which is perfect for this kind of use. It is very light, and you can customize your own interface with faders, buttons, knobs, etc to control any parameters of your VSTi, and it's all optimized for touch interface. The only problem there is that I found some compatibility issues with a few VSTis. Some of them do not produce sound at all, others keep asking for license activation even though it is activated. Other than that, it would have been the perfect solution. More recently I was looking into Reaper, and I saw some people are using it for live VSTi triggering. Since Reaper is very customizable, it seems there are some templates especific for live use. Haven't tried that yet, but looks promising.
    Mahtrak Progressive Jazz Rock - www.mahtrak.com

  10. #10
    Man of repute progmatist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Mesa, Arizona
    Posts
    670
    ^^ I control the VSTis mostly through my keyboards and hardware controllers. One such controller is an old first generation Korg Nano Kontrol. It has exactly 9 faders, which I set up to control the 9 drawbars in Organized Trio. I use other buttons to control things like key percussion, and bank/patch up down in this and other VSTis. This works so much better than trying to manipulate things through the tablet's touch screen, especially on the fly during a performance.
    "Well my son, life is like a beanstalk, isn't it?"--Dalai Lama

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •