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Battle Hymn of the Republic #2

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Uploaded by: CHRIS_037 (09/02/12)
Composer: by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
Sample Producer: Etcetera Consulting
Sample Set: Major I
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Hymn - Patriotic
Description:
This is the Major I dry sample set recorded with microphones and multiple speakers.
The recording is from a "live-to-midi" piece that was found on the internet years ago.

3:15 minutes and about 5.3 MB (.mp3 file).

The hymn repeats four times using various registrations on the Major I to demo the sounds.

The point of recording the same tune again was to compare the sound of the HW-direct-to-file recording to the microphone and speakers sound. What I think I notice is that this sound is fuller and the stereo feel is definitely better.

(See my comments in the previous posting of this tune:
http://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/music/7996 )

At this point, my conclusion is that the "pseudo stereo" sample sets (which are made to be stereo by panning the pipes with the HW editing) are not as realistic with headphones. But, I would expect that this 2-D stereo sound would be less a problem with two stereo speakers or a near-field set-up. I feel that multiple speakers can give a "real stereo" sound when recording a dry sample set because the sound is spread out quite a lot and the room interacts to give a 3-D sound through a pair of mikes.

However, the "pseudo stereo" dry set gives a clearer sound, I think. Also, it is simpler to voice since the room interactions are not involved. The room acoustics and speaker placement do lead to lots of irregularities in both tone and volume.

The Lexicon reverb settings are: decay time 2.50 seconds, and 50% wet.

The registrations used are similar to those in the previous posting. Some changes needed to be made, since the two locations don't quite allow for the sounds to be the same. After all, if you move a pipe organ from one environment to a very different one, what works in the first location, may not work in the new one.
Performance: MIDI
Recorded in: Stereo
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