Performing Arts Technology strives to provide the most full-orchestra sounds at a reasonable cost. In order to do this,
our musicians and engineers use the latest in pre-recorded "sampled" sounds whenever possible. The world's best sampled sounds
today come from the Vienna Symphonic Library, and many of the samples are created by musicians from the Vienna Symphony
Orchestra. The sound tracks of many major motion pictures today are created all or in part with the Vienna Symphonic Library.
A Short History of Computerized Music Creation:
◊ You probably remember "computer generated music" to sound like this:
"synthesized" sound is generated by a computer. Sounds are played to a "string" without regard to whether it is a violin
or a cello. Performing Arts Technology never uses synthesizers, unless an actual synthesizer sound is required.
◊ Later came the first generation of samples - actual recorded sounds of real musicians.
Example Samples of Violins were clearly different from samples of Celli - a real breakthrough.
◊ When Vienna Symphonic Library came on the scene, it changed the rules.
Example The clarity of note decisions becomes very minute. No longer do you need to just assigh that note
to a Violin, rather you assign it to a Violin playing a 0.3 second staccato note with an up-bow.
And place it in the sonic space of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
By the way, don't assume just because we use Vienna Symphonic Orchestra it is all easy! For example, here are the
kind of decisions to be made potentially on each note . Which of the 115 different types of Violin sounds to use?
What is the volume? The velocity (bow pressure)? Equalization? Compression?
Attack? What acoustic space? Where is the violin sitting onstage?