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    Q. What gear and software do I need for sample-based soundtracks?

    I'm looking for advice as to what I should be considering as my next move, to give me the 'oomph' for creating music that uses the best sample libraries for orchestra...

    Sound Advice Aug 2020
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    What Sampling The Acoustic Guitar Taught Us

    Recording A Sample Library

    Recording a library of acoustic guitar samples highlighted the importance of repeatability, blind testing, small lasers and double‑sided sticky tape.

    Techniques May 2018
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 3

    Essential String Playing Styles

    Familiarity with a few common articulations is the key to successful MIDI string arranging.

    Techniques Sep 2017
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 2

    Basic String Writing

    Adding strings to an arrangement is a great way to inject motion into your music.

    Techniques Aug 2017
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    Media Content - June 2016

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    A directory of all media pages that hold the associated media files for June 2016 audio examples.

    Techniques Jun 2016
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    Media Content - April 2016

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    A directory of all media pages that hold the associated media files for April 2016 audio examples.

    Techniques Apr 2016
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    Media Content - November 2015

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    This page contains a directory of all media pages that hold the associated media for November 2015.


    Techniques Nov 2015
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    Doug Rogers

    EASTWEST: The Man Behind The Brand

    Doug Rogers of EastWest celebrates 25 years at the top

    Founded in 1988, Doug Rogers’ EASTWEST company pioneered the creation of realistic, playable sample-based instruments — 25 years on they remain the undisputed market leader.

    Music Business Nov 2013
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    Q. Where can I find a software GM sound module?

    It should be simple, but nowhere can I find a General MIDI (XG/GS) software sound module for VST. Can you help? A freeware...

    Sound Advice Jun 2006
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    Q. What are 'construction-kit' sample libraries?

    Could you please explain what construction kits are? I've come across them on sample CDs but don't know how they differ from normal loops...

    Sound Advice Apr 2006
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    Q. Will my PC run Garritan Personal Orchestra?

    I am very interested in purchasing Garritan Personal Orchestra as reviewed in the October 2004 edition of ...

    Sound Advice May 2005
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    Convolution Processing With Impulse Responses

    How It Works

    Although convolution is often associated with high-end reverb processing, this technology makes many other new sounds available to you once you understand how it works.

    Techniques Apr 2005
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    Q & A April 2002

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Why is phase important? What orchestral sample libraries are available for HALion? Where can I get Windows-based ASIO drivers for an Audiomedia III card? Are there really reverb and synth plug-ins supplied with Mac OS X? How can I isolate the vocals from a stereo mix?

    Sound Advice Apr 2002
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