Cinematic Symphonic Demo (BBC SO Discover)

This is a quick demo I had made using BBC Symphony Orchestra: Discover and other libraries. The brass and woodwind patches are really hard to use because of the wide differences in loudness between articulation patches and other instruments. Hopefully, this gets fixed soon.

But, check out the demo and let me know how you like it! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ I really enjoyed working with Discover and the other libraries in this demo to create a cinematic-like piece!


  • Sounds awesome!

  • Yes, I like it. There was one bit that stood out for me and sounded a bit unrealistic, it's the trombones long from around bar 13 to 21. I can't exactly pinpoint what it is, probably going above their usual pitch, or that they sound thin and in the background, or it's the tail of the articulation (is it staccatissimo?) that is a bit unnatural.

  • Hi George-Ciprian, thanks for checking out the demo! I agree, the longs' patch and staccato patches are incredibly hard to work with when trying to achieve the sound I wanted. It does sound a bit thin, but then again this might be due to BBC SO Discover having only one dynamic layer.

    It does sound unnatural, especially with the staccatos that are a bit too bright afterward. I tried balancing this as best I could with the MIDI CC's for Expression and Dynamics, but this was the best I could do for this limitation.

    But, thanks for the feedback! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  • I find it interesting how the sound and space the instruments create have such a beautiful quality to them, but, yes, the staccatos sound brutally mechanical right off the bet and there are only few moments where it feels like the instruments get to do what they really can do and those moments are very pretty.

    It would really be interesting to see how you would translate that to the "real deal" libraries with all articulations. This may shift the focus back again into the musical aspects of it, which are nice, but appear to really just serve as vehicle for your instrument exploration. It currently feels like a bridge of sorts, still hiding the original motive. Feels to me like it's closer to modern pop, which is not a bad thing. I really know what it's like to just explore symphonic possibilities without really aiming at "composing music".

    I'll certainly be happy to hear more from you and where your exploration goes! ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ

  • Thank you for sharing this! Awesome job.

  • You know how to tell a story..๐Ÿ‘