Real strings add emotion to a music track – how’s it done?
Realstrings.com is a remote recording service. You can send a score, or midi or a track that needs an arrangement and we return stems of violins 1, violins 2, violas, cellos (or whatever you need) for you to slot into your project. See who’s using this way of getting real strings on recordings on the credits page.
This online mixer, separates out the 2 for comparison. It’s a 1 minute composition by Aaron Sapp, who has kindly allowed me to stream his music here. Click on the image to open the mixer and play with the levels.
This video explores how I came to put strings on Letter by Rhymefest.
If you need orchestrations or score preparation for sessions, please check the ‘scores’ page.
Here’s a short video about how I approach one aspect of string arranging – making pads more interesting and emotional.
And here’s another about disco strings.
String Arranging – Part 2
What do strings do well?
A string section has the sound of flesh and blood; many people making big effort. It handles dynamics well and it has many uses in an arrangement because of the versatility and expressive qualities of string instruments.
melodic lines/counter melodies
effects – trills, slides, runs, trem.
harmony and unison
Please check my blog post – Arranging – how I do it