Re: Ski's "Adding Realis...
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Rounik very kindly asked about a talk I gave at the NAMM H.O.T. Zone on realism in MIDI mockups. (The H.O.T. Zone is an educational component of NAMM, started this year, where various people were invited to discuss a wide variety of topics related to music and music production).
The talk went well, thanks! I demonstrated various techniques for imparting dynamics and emotion in parts played with sampled instruments. I used Logic and EXS-24, playing some nice-sounding but "lower end" sample libraries which don't offer control of dynamics -- and how to add that control. And even though I showed this on Logic, the techniques I showed are "platform agnostic", meaning that other sample libraries and platforms are likely to offer these kinds of control.
I played some live clarinet to demonstrate how timbre and volume change over time, especially on single notes that are played with crescendi and diminuendi, making the point that velocity information can't be used to make that kind of expressive action.
I also showed how to "roll your own" harp glissandi so as not to be tied to the tempo, emotion, or starting/ending notes of pre-fab harp glissando samples.
Stuff like that... :-)