Been away from home and my main rig, been working on GEN MIDI on my mobile studio (erm, my laptop plugged into a hi-fi). Listening on another setup and speakers, it's all sounding more familiar now rarther than too different. The sound of the brass and strings has recently drastically changed again for the better, as has the synth reverb settings. Huge orchestral sound without lingering echo chamber effect, punchy (like compression). So it will take a bit longer again to test and ballance, but it's pretty much now where I always wanted it to be, extra specially given it's all free stuff.
Someone has also very kindly agreed to host GEN MIDI on their website! So I'll be working on that soon when the latest tweaks are done.
Staccato samples tuned, added to String Section, makes a world of difference. Plenty of alterations. I had been using temporary small speakers for too long, too much high end. Replaced with full range high-fi speakers. Just requires more previewing on another better sound setup in house, then could be ready for release.
Some optimisation has occured, but the size has crept back up to 1.79 Gb as I've added some better quality saxophones. Currently trying to tune a couple of instruments which will make the strings sound so much better. Tedious, but it will pay off.
Everytime I think I'm nearly ready to release, something else comes up. I found I was using some soundfonts that were from a commercial release, so I've worked hard to remove those and find similar sounding free samples (something not everyone bothers to do, I've noticed). Now it's sounding better than ever! More instruments, and now slightly smaller at around 1.7Gb in size.
String Ensemble really sounds great, but I may have to optimise it somewhat as there are so many active voices at times I get crackling or slow down (only on one or two high polyphonic tracks, none game based), and although I've not got the most modern PC rig, there may be plenty of older machine owners out there whom could appreciate the optimisation.
Again I find myself revisiting the synth reverb settings. Listening to midi on my PC sounds great, but on an even better home cinema system it sounds like it could still do with even more reverb (primarily orchestral instruments I'm talking about h read more...