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What is the difference between a slur and portamento?
A slur is sloppier and has indeterminate time when moving from note to note
A slur is slower than portamento
A slur has a shorter duration between the first and second pitch, giving it a different curve than the linear portamento
A slur is used to tie a legato instrument’s passage together, and portamento is used to smoothly transition pitch
What controller should you always try with East West libraries?
What are the different mic positions in the EWQLSO?
Mid, Side, and ambient
Close, Stage, and Surround
Mid, close, and far
Top, Bottom, and room
What are the 3 languages of WordBuilder?
English, Phonetics, and votox
Russian, Latin, and German
Russian, Latin, and Greek
German, Italian, and Russian
How many mic positions were used to create the Stormdrum 3 library?
2: Decca tree stereo and close mic
5: Close, Mid, HiFi, Main, and Vintage
4: Close, Stage, Hall, and Surround
3: Close, Mid, and Far
How do the timpani libraries make rolls easier?
The roll can be saved as a MIDI file to be used in a DAW
The left hand and right hand strike of the same pitch are placed an octave apart
The rolls’ speed is dedicated to the Mod Wheel
The rolls are time-stretched to match the session tempo
What does ‘SUS 6’ mean in a string ensemble?
It means there are 6 stages to the SUS instrument to pass through via the volume envelope
It means there is a chord being played with a suspended chord with a 6 in it
There are 6 voices playing at the same time for the attack of the sound
It means there are 6 articulations loaded
Which controllers does the EWHS like to see the most?
CC13, Aftertouch, pitch bend, and CC70
CC3, CC4, CC5, CC6
Mod Wheel, CC11, CC7, and velocity
CC20, CC21, CC70, CC71
What is ‘microtuning’?
Microtuning is a way of manipulating the formant shift of an instrument
Microtuning is a way of emulating the tuning tables of other cultures by altering the scale to include deviant tunings that are off by a couple cents here and there, as well as leaving out notes altogether for pentatonic scales
Microtuning is a way of setting Play to several different concert pitches like 432 Hz and 415 Hz
Microtuning is a way to change the entire instrument’s pitch by a matter of cents to get it in tune with an out of tune arrangement
What is a waterphone?
The waterphone is a cylindrical instrument that has a ports membrane at the top that you pour water through to get interesting, ghostly tones
The waterphone is an underwater microphone that was used to capture how transients travel underwater
A waterphone is an instrument that has a metal water jug with spikes coming off of it. It is played by bowing or striking the spikes
A waterphone is an instrument that is a blend of an alpine horn and a trombone that is meant to be played into a small vessel of water
Why would you create a separate lane for key switches?
To help use those keyswitches for other sections and instruments
To convert the keyswitches to other kinds of MIDI data
To use the keys with data to create new melodies
To make exporting MIDI files without the keyswitch notes for a scoring program easier.
In Stormdrum 3, how do you turn on the SSL channel strip?
In the player, choose the ‘FX’ power button and route whatever articulations you like there
Turn on the ‘FX” button on the Play mixer, then turn the power button on for the input of the channel strip. There are power buttons for the transient designer, the reverb, and the compressor as well
In the Mixer, simply route any articulations and instruments through the master bus, and then in the Player window assign the SSL modules individually based on the bussing system
In the browser, choose the ‘FX’ folder and load a preset there. The SSL section will pop up in the Player shortly after
Why would you use a script sim?
The script sim is used to keep track of the articulation setting and can be used as a controller map as well.
If you are using an instrument that does not have a script built in, like Round Robin samples, these scripts provide a facsimile by using different tuning, timing, and sample selection techniques.
The script sim can only be used with libraries that are programmed to take advantage of the sims.
The script sim is used to get more dynamic layers out of an instrument where they previously did not exist.
What kind of palette is the Dark Side working with?
The Dark Side is a collection of vocal samples taken from mental institutions
The Dark Side is all orchestral phrases reminiscent of John Williams’ magnificent Star Wars score
The Dark Side is an industrial library made up primarily of recordings of welding shops and metal work
The Dark Side is a collection of dirty, aggressive instruments that are meant to add grit and menace to a recording
How are MIDI performances used with the SD2 library?
MIDI files may be downloaded to the player, and they are retuned and retimed to match the performance of the SD2 sound library’s live performance patches
MIDI files may be played within SD2, but the note data only determine a timing and tuning guide for the performance loops in SD2
MIDI files may be dragged into the sequencer in the Player and separate channels can be played back on separate instruments in SD2
Multi-channel MIDI files play within a DAW to control Multi-channel Play instruments. They are multiple SD2 instruments that are on different channels, to create a great thunderous performance loop
What is WordBuilder?
WordBuilder allows the composer to create phrases for the symphonic choir to sing.
Wordbuilder uses spectral synthesis to playback speech patterns.
Wordbuilder uses a combination of physical modeling and granular synthesis to generate speech.
Wordbuilder is a synthesizer built on formant synthesis.
In Hollywood Strings, what does NV NV VB MV mean?
It means there is a different dynamic per channel: No Vibrato, Vibrato, and Molto Vibrato
Using the Mod Wheel from 0-127 passes through 4 dynamic changes: No Vibrato, Vibrato, and Molto Vibrato
It means that the instrument can have No Vibrato, Vibrato, and Molto Vibrato played via velocity
It means that the articulations for No Vibrato, Vibrato, and Molto Vibrato are loaded and ready to play with CC11
What was the name of the producer that Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix teamed up with on the Hollywood Strings library?
What are the main singers of Symphonic Choir?
Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, Basses, and Boys Choir
Rock, Country, EDM, and Pop
Rock, Pop, Jazz, and Soul
Bulgarian, Indian, Chinese, American
What purpose do the Goliath instruments primarily serve?
Goliath is a gigantic library of drum kits that were recorded in very unique spaces around the globe, from decommissioned nuclear reactors to old churches. It is a very unique drum library
Goliath is a great way for new users to have a wide, general palette of East West sounds for all genres
Goliath is a multi-sampled very large piano that uses a combination of physical modeling and spectral synthesis to create tones far outside the range of a normal piano and is used for very unique sound design purposes
Goliath is a gargantuan drum library that is primarily used to create massive cinematic drum patterns
Why does the Powerful System have its own folder?
The powerful system is a series of instruments that are designed specifically for overblown movie productions - like a Michael Bay movie
The powerful system is an algorithm that uses advanced core threading to get more efficiency for the CPU
The powerful system is very CPU heavy and requires more overall system resources than any other articulation in the library
The powerful system is just the system file. It’s the engine that the EWHS is running on
How do accents work in the Hollywood Strings library?
Accents are used in the performance script section to add influence to the beginning of a given sound
There is a staccato or marcato articulation that plays layered at the beginning of the sustained or legato string articulation
Accents get their own articulation and instrument
Accents are a volume spike that is applied at the front end of samples
What category is the Harp under?
The Harp is a Hollywood Solo Instrument
The Hollywood Harp is in the vintage items libraries
The Hollywood Harp is actually in the EWQLSO
The Hollywood harp is in the ‘odds and ends’ library
What is the advantage of using the FX version of the Dark Side instruments?
The effect version of the instrument is usually lower in memory usage
The FX versions of the instruments are used to create interesting cinematic sound design for film
Switching back and forth can create an interesting zippering effect, and that can be bounced to disk for effect
When switching between the FX processed and unprocessed instruments, the samples are common amongst the instruments, so the load time is very fast
In Stormdrum 3, what is the difference between Tune ‘A’ and ‘B’?
Tuning ‘A’ and ‘B are separate presets tat you can toggle between to figure out what kind of tuning you would like
Tuning ‘A’ is simple tuning that also speeds up or slows down the sample. Tuning ‘B’ is using time stretching to adjust tuning while retaining timing
Tuning ‘A’ is microtuning, and Tuning ‘B’ is traditional western tuning
Tuning ‘A’ is based on just intonation, and Tuning ‘B’ is based on Indonesian tunings
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