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Helpful Orchestral Seating Chart

Personally I love this – to me its one of the most helpful diagrams to assist visualization of orchestral seating arrangements for panning, spatial mixing etc. I also liked that the percussion sits in the very back center and not off to the left side as shown in some traditional charts. Be sure to click the picture itself so you can get a much larger close up. To me its ideal in arrangement.

New cue for American Spirit project

First of two cues for American Spirit Project

Samplicity: new Free Bricasti M7 True Stereo IR library

Many people have attempted to sample the coveted Bricasti Designs M7 in an attempt to yield possibly some of the same benefits as owning the hardware unit itself. Free Bricasti M7 libraries have been with us for awhile. Casey from Bricasti M7 (one of the co-developers of Bricasti who worked at Lexicon earlier in his career) authorized Acousticas to sample the Bricasti M7 for use in IR engines. They created a nice clean library of regular mono-to-stereo files. People started asking for true stereo versions and a couple of developers decided to do this also as a free download. True stereo, depending on the convolution engine used, contains either two mono-to-stereo files usually labeled L & R (for Waves IR-1, Wizoo W2 (now discontinued), Liquidsonics Reverberate, SIR2 etc), or four mono files (as used in Audioease Altiverb). The files combine much like the hardware unit to give a semblance of 5:1 surround.

The difficulty is successfully capturing the non-linearities as well as the linearities inherent within the actual sound of the M7. Any type of chorusing or modulation that also represents the sound of the Bricasti cannot be captured accurately by sine sweeps or gunshot spikes. Some have compensated for this by using convolution engines that can add in the modulation and chorusing after the fact – Liquidsonics Reverberate is one example. The important thing is that the actual IR is free of these elements that can add artifacts to the tail especially in terms of realistic decays of them.

Creating an IR chain in a single instance

The new and free True Stereo Bricasti M7 IRs now available from Samplicity is far more pristine and free of the artifacts that plagued the other attempts to capture this device in True Stereo simulated surround. Even the mono-to-stereo IRs are fantastic – enough to hold their own in the event you would like to experiment with creating an IR chain in a single instance of your favorite IR convolution engine. You can combine IRs to create this chain – one example is to the use the effective “Studio A” in context with “Scoring Stage” rather than having two separate instances which would be fabulous for doing mockups on the quick for approval by the music director you’re reporting to.

Samplicity’s new True Stereo Bricasti M7 IR library is a phenomenal find. Although it won’t replace the actual unit itself, its gotten much closer in quality than previous attempts. Download it today at Samplicity: Bricasti M7 True Stereo. Please note that although this is a free download, extensive work went into creating this library so please consider donating a little to support Samplicity’s production cause and keep these libraries moving – from the blueprint concept all the way into your studio.

Frederick Russ

Re: The Relab LX480 – a powerhouse in a small package

Relab LX480: a powerhouse in a small package. I was stunned as to how great and useful this little plug-in is. Will it replace my Lexi PCM? No. But its cake to dial in settings that make it to the final mix. The Lite version contains Random Hall & Random Hall D – just like the beta version. There is a great intuitive interaction between the delays, modulation and halls. Adjusting settings is a snap – five minutes with it and you’re there. There are presets of course but its best with this particular item to play around with the settings to find out what it can do. There is also a very musical roll-off of higher frequencies that seems nearly analog in nature. Although I love the long-tail halls, I’m warming up in a major way to the smaller rooms which have that perfect early and loose reflection emulation that is neither harsh or fake. I love this plug-in. Its very smooth. At $199 its a no-brainer.

I had originally thought that since I owned the Lexicon PCM Native that I had no further use of reverbs but there is a very different flavor and organic texture with the Relab LX480 that is different than anything else other than the actual hardware unit. Its no wonder that Lexicon 480L’s have been continually sampled in IR format since the dawn of convolution technology. Different IRs of the 480 are nice in their own way but the sad but direct truth is that the Relab LX480 emulation completely and utterly smokes them in every way.

You will need to get up with Tony Belmont from Plug In Discounts to order a copy of the Lite version (which in my opinion isn’t light at all). Apparently when the later version is released, you’ll get credit for this purchase and pay $300 more for the full version. Also be sure to check out this comparison between 480L and Relab LX480. For some online banter regarding the plug-in, be sure to visit the Relab LX480 blind test shoot-out.

On an unrelated but pertinent note, please check here for progress on the new FREE Samplicity IR library of Bricasti Designs M7 in True Stereo.


Two music reels that are mobile device friendly!

Flash doesn’t always work with mobile devices. So if you’re cruising in here on one, here are a couple of reels that don’t utilize it – instead offering direct download:

SCORING STAGE REEL 2 (mobile device friendly)

HIGH IMPACT REEL 1 (mobile device friendly)

General Reel – new stuff

Our favorite site for Virtual Instrument Composers

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Requiem choir test

A new test using Tonehammer Requiem Choir