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Logic Pro X Software Inst. only Orchestral - Advice/Critique

Been working with the built in Studio Strings and oboe for an arrangement of Gabriel's Oboe (from the motion picture The Mission).

I've got it the best I can, so now I need brutal critique from anyone who knows more about mixing and orchestral arrangements than me (so, almost anyone).

Currently I don't like the vibrato on the oboe; it's too constant. I like the sound of the Oboe Solo Legato on the EXS24 for what I'm doing, but while I can't seem to modify the vibrato or tie it to any type of controller, so it just keeps on at its constant pace. The other oboe sounds in EXS24 seem way too reedy to me - not sure why the legato one sounds fuller, but it does.

Anyway, all feedback is appreciated!

I would have uploaded the file directly, but says it's too large (even as mp3)

Anyway here it is on SoundCloud. It seems to have chopped off the starting second or so, but for critique I doubt it matters.



TadGhostal Sun, 11/03/2019 - 05:45

paulears, post: 462541, member: 47782 wrote: I've actually had the same problem! I've started again and just finished playing in the parts and while the spitfire strings do a nice job, I thought I'd try the strings in the Kontakt factory section, and they don't respond to dynamic with controller 11, which is a pain, but I had to create a VCA track in cubase, and then I could use that fader instead of the fader on my master keyboard - which seemed to work ok.

Yeah I wish it would work out of the box for me - it would save some time. That's why I used the legato oboe in the first place. I got some expression without having to sculpt it. Now, because I cut corners, I have a beautiful door with nice, smooth, rounded corners... seems I needed those corners!