Music Technology for Creatives
Over the course of my music career, I’ve had the pleasure of working with both live orchestras and samples orchestras. I received ASCAP’s “Most Performed Television Background Score” five years running, and my list of credits includes more than 20 feature films and more than 2000 TV scores.
In the early 2000s, my frustration with the state of sample libraries and their inability to accurately reproduce the sound of a live orchestra reached its peak – I decided to do something about it and started the music technology company, Audio Impressions.
Over the next few years, I created, developed, and patented several ground-breaking processes for the music and audio industry. I'd like to introduce them to you.
Composers often overdub vocals and other solo instruments in their home studios. Recording discrete instruments in a small recording room often results in an unnatural “overdub” sound. I created the audio plug-in, “The Room”, for composers, musicians, and engineers eager to break free of the sonic confines of their recording environment.
What makes live orchestras sound “live,” is that they are all recorded together at the same time, in a room large enough to accommodate all the players. When live ensembles’ spot and room mics are mixed together, it produces the familiar big studio sound associated with expensive live recordings. Audio Impressions' patented “Spot and Room Mic Processes” are blended in the same fashion, resulting in the same familiar big studio sound.
Audio Impressions' The Room allows you to place your overdubbed musicians in any position in the virtual room, ranging in size from an intimate jazz club to a large concert hall. Our “Spot and Room Mic Processes” blend in the same fashion as those in a live recording studio, resulting in the same familiar big studio sound. You can also change the distance between the room mics in order to refine the stereo spread.
We’ve modified the Divisi processes used in our first product, 70 DVZ Strings, to create our Divisi Switchblade plug-in and stand alone application. Divisi Switchblade is a plug-in host that allows you, for the first time, to Divisi your favorite virtual instrument plug-ins. No need to be limited by Divisi within dedicated sample libraries, Divisi Switchblade allows you to combine any of your favorite AAX, AU, and VST3 sample library or synth plug-ins.
Divisi is commonly used among live string players when a string section has two or more notes to play at the same time. String instruments typically play single notes at a time, as do wind and brass instruments. When chords are written, these players must divisi (divide) with the first section taking the upper note, the second section taking the middle note, and the third section taking the bottom note, and so on.
Our patented Divisi processes recreate the precise methods by which live instrument sections divisi. Divisi Switchblade is our latest improvement on this process. It includes many new features based on our patented Divisi processes, including our built-in pattern generator/arpeggiator that allows you to load patterns for standard midi files, or create your own. When you have separate pattern generators for each divisi split, it opens a world of possibilities.