VL randomness... very cool

Virtual Acoustic physical modeling synthesis mathematically simulates the sound and characteristics of acoustic instruments in real-time. This forum covers the VL1, VL7 and VL-70 as well as the PLG100-VL and PLG150-VL plug in boards.

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VL randomness... very cool

Unread post by 2ManyKeys » Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:41 pm

I spent a good portion of my weekend working on an alto sax solo for my son. What better time to get acquainted with VL! Obviously I didn't have time to play and tweak all the various parameters, but I took the LiteAlto preset and added a bit of negative breath pressure assigned to the mod wheel. The effect was very good and quickly started sounding rather natural as I simultaneously brought in subtle vibrato and backed off the tone of the sax with each mod wheel application.

After recording the MIDI performance I was playing it back and transposing some notes here and there working toward the final solo. What really struck me was how the PLG150-VL's in my MU2000 would respond slightly differently every time I played it back just like a real performer! Sometimes there might be a tiny reed squeak on a given note where other times not. I had not realized that Yamaha had gone to the degree of modeling the tiny random variations that make real playing so easy to spot. Very cool!
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Re: VL randomness... very cool

Unread post by javelin276 » Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:08 pm

Physical modelers like the VL cards have that feature, usually it comes in via the breath controller. My Technics SX-WSA1 also has features like that built into the model, every single note comes out slightly different giving it a human feel.
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