Ok, some update and commentary on where I am on this, mind you its slow and you all are way ahead of me.......
First off, I found this a very useful summary, and I feel a good place to start for anyone at my stage is this PDF found within the Midi.org site suggested by Tom. It gives a good overview and contains a lot of well presented information!http://www.midi.org/aboutmidi/intromidi.pdf
For me, the first half was mostly full of "yeah, I know that" topics and descriptions but there is some helpful tidbits thrown in that I wasn't aware of. The second half (or so) jumps right into "MEGO" (My eyes glaze over) technical territory, but I studied it and made a mental note that its at minimum, a handy reference to return to!
But I also was thinking as I attempted to digest some of that, maybe good software and GUI's really take the tedium out of some of that?
Also, I found this to have some interesting points.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOaP4OD1sUc
Not so much the use of effects (Though he shares some useful thoughts) but the basic arrangement/composition tips in the beginning. I had seen or heard some of the tips before but it is just well conveyed here.
So back to this thread and some specific thoughts and questions as I try to catch up.
Tom, I meant to point out that the fiddle in your example has a lot of potential for such a simple resource! And the steel guitar came out well too! Had to think about those notes and progressions a bit didn't you! Nice subtle stabs and complementary bits in there. Difficult to think and compose that stuff.
Clyde, the piece on switches and stuff is just too far ahead of me just yet! Sadly, I am so
But I think I am getting the basics pounded in to me, I need to keep gaining experience. What I keep coming back to though is a similar basic problem, so here's my question:
I often find myself working with a string track, (Section or solo) usually backing up another lead track (Say piano for discussion sake) and I desire to get that realistic swell, or ebb and flow that makes it sound nice. Volume/expression variations sound so fake and obviously "MIDI" you know, and modulation just isn't quite it...... I hear some peoples work and know it can be done, and I hear what I want in my head and no matter how much I tweak and fuss over this little subtle touch I cant get satisfactory results! Is this just simply a limitation of not having better sampler's/VSTi's (Or clearly, a lack of experience using them) or am I missing something obvious?
Oh and again, thanks as always. I am surprised more people aren't taking part in this discussion, it feels like you are all helping only me! I hope someone at some point is reading this and getting some benefit from it as well!