cello-piano mixing advice needed

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  1. Ognen

    Ognen Active Member

    Mar 1, 2008
    Hello, I need some advice on mixing cello and piano duo. I am using sampled technology, but the problem is that I can't find any settings for cello or piano positioning, mixing etc. How loud to be the piano, which position to be simulated for it, the same goes for the cello. I need also resources, if any off course, for other classical and orchestral music settings (duos, trios, quartets, quintets etc).
    Thank you very much for any possible answer! :)
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    You mean you are not actually recording these performers?

    Piano occupies the space from left of centre to centre. Cello more centre but could be localised a bit right.

    Look on record company promotional literature and CD or LP sleeves for photos of the ensembles performing, and carefully study the instrument layout.

    As for relative mixing levels, well, I'm sorry to say that you have to use your ears.
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Picture this: you have a piano and cello onstage. Think carefully now, where you suppose they're positioned to onstage?

    Now to position them electronically.

    Step 1: adjust stereo sampled piano for a nice stereo spread.

    Step 2: add a judicious amount of short, hall style reverb to the piano.

    Step 3: Adjust cello sample to be mostly centered.

    Step 4: add a small amount of short reverb.

    Step 5: voila'

    Step 6: go watch a concert so you can visualize for the next time in your blind ignorance.

    I've never seen a concert nor heard a concert since I'm blind and deaf and would like to know how to make recording that sounds like George Massenburg did it??

    Give me a break.
    As Remy Ann David

    You really weren't serious weren't you?
  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    How do you position the viola?
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Bob, pi is 22 divided by 7 not 7 divided by 22.

    Maybe you're thinking about a lefthanded viola??


    Step 5: voila' (arms raised above head flailing about)

    Sorry didn't mean to leave that out.

    Sincerely yours
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