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12-20-2002, 02:14 AM
I have cakewalk 8.01 and a sequencer box. My trumpets and Trombones sound kinda ******. Is there anywhere I can go to upgrade or install something to make the trumpets sound almost real?
I need help
12-20-2002, 07:10 AM
What do you mean when you say "sequencer box?" Do you mean a sound module?
What are the actual components of your setup?
I'm a newbie here myself, so I can't answer your question directly, but I do know that at least with keyboards (and therefore, I assume, with a decent sound module), you should be able to modify a preset sound according to your tastes and save it as a new file.
Alternatively, you should be able to download or buy sound cards of instrumentation already modified, or of higher quality.
Then again, I could be wrong. . . very, very wrong. :p
12-21-2002, 06:12 AM
Depending on how good you want, you could use the newest Cakewalk - SONAR - along with either a sound font synth or something like Halion that (I think) will play GigaSamples or Akai sample CDs. I can't comment on just how real you'll get, though.
If you have a legal copy of Cakewalk you can upgrade to Cakewalk Home Studio 20002 for $39 (i'ts on sale now-save $10).
Cakewalk Home studio 2002 comes with several "plugins" that are synths.
1. "Virtual Sound Canvas" - which is like a super-GM synth.
2. "Dreamstation" - an analog-style synth; kind of like a mini-moog and other similar analog synths.
3. DR-008 Drum sampler.
All of these plugin synths include sounds or sound-generating capabilities.
Additionally, Cakewalk Home Studio comes with a full CD of Acid-type loops. These could be drum loops, bass/synth loops, etc.
i Robot Drone
12-23-2002, 09:43 AM
Historically, the sequencer wasn't suppose to make any noise, pleasant sounding or otherwise. Although the dawn of the virtual synthesizer and sampler is upon us, and more and more software sequencer packages come with a software synth of some kind. These virtual instruments can sound very good, but keep in mind they still require certain prerequisites to be met in terms of computer performance and audio hardware. This in addition the resources your software sequencer is already using of your computer.
Since this is the MIDI forum, I offer you the "old fashion" solution as an alternative: Buy a MIDI keyboard or MIDI sound module that has the sounds you are looking for, a small MIDI interface for the computer, and two MIDI cables. Typically these MIDI instruments are capable of at least 16 part of multitimbral performance, so you can ask this device to be your entire "band", and monitor the much better sounding output from a headphone jack on the keyboard or module itself.
Bottom line is your asking for better sounding trumpets and trombones, so buy a better sounding instrument, from the likes of Kurzweil, Korg, Roland, EMU, Alesis, etc... If you chose to go with a virtual instrument, make sure your computer and audio interface are up to the task.
I love it! First it was the trumpet and trombone players worried about losing the gig to the synthesizer. Now the synthesizer is going to lose the gig to the computer! I guess the "Old Old Fashion" way to do this is to hire the trumpet and trombone players again. At least the computer or synthesizer don't have a spit valve to worry about.
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