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This morning I decided to attempt realistic cellos. So I drew up this thing in Linux Multimedia Studio (LMMS) and played a lot with volume changes and a bit with pitch bending. Three hours later and there is this. Not perfect but not horrible. :)

The cello is from the Fluid R3 soundfont. The Fluid R3 cello has some weird ringing sounds in some of the notes, which you might notice. Any reverb settings I tried brought out the ringing even more.

Every time I listen to the track I see more ways to improve it, but I have to stop somewhere.

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If you want to deal with the ringing, try using an equalizer to lower the volume of that frequency. It's takes a lot of practice, and I'm quite bad at it myself, but learning to EQ can really help you sculpt sounds the way you want.

If you want to go even further in realism, play with tempo changes. Slow down slightly toward the end of phrases. Try decaying the volume toward the end of sustained notes. I think you did that around :30 and it sounded nice.

Nice job! :)

Krichotomy responds:

Yes, I actually did all of those things, but not very effectively. The whole reason I made this is to practice creating emotional impact with tempo changes, volume changes, choice of note lengths, and pitch bending. I love practicing these things on my violin, where it is more intuitive, but the violin is about a thousand miles away right now.

Thanks. :)

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Oct 19, 2013
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