First of all, I would like to point out:
I do not have any means to record real instruments.
I only work with midi, samples and plugins (which includes nice ones like spitfire).
I just have a tablet with a two octave midi app.
I can use other apps to emulate faders, in order to work with some volume dynamics.
I use the Reaper DAW (but you can suggest another one)
The whole context of my creations is cinematic/movie soundtrack music.
The question is written in section 3).
Also I'm trying to emulate the following bagpipe ensemble "sound widths" (specially in (B)):
Well, using the bagpipe as an example (which serves to my purpose), a single bagpipe player playing a single note is, for a far sound detector, a source of plane sound waves; a harmonic oscillator. Many of these oscillators (bagpipe players) forms a ensemble. The tonic of my question is: "How can I create a ensemble out of a single instrument?", i.e., I have two plugins:
- Ilya Efimov Uilleann Pipes
- Nexus 3 - Scottish Champion
None of them can reproduce the atmosphere given in (A) and (B). The answer of my tonic question is simple though: "It won't sound like (A) and (B) because its a massive crowd and real sounds are being recorded; it is a real performance!". Nevertheless, I would like to try to emulate the whole thing.
Now, a class of programs that can emulate width, or at least help on ensemble creation (introducing some width), are plugins like (I listed the ones that I use):
- Halo upMix
2) Trying to construct a bagpipe ensamble
Now, using the plugins in I and II, I reached out a mild and poor ensemble-like atmosphere; it is not even close to (A) and (B). Using the principle that every bagpipe player is a oscillator, my next attempt was, as it is shown in the pictures below, to create a little "ensemble" of plugins with different volume values (I was trying to emulate some distance). First, I recored the drones using a set of 8 bagpipe plugins with different volumes (figure 1)
Then, due to my computer specs, I rendered the drones and recorded the melody using the same setup + the drone .wav:
Unfortunatelly, the attempt in section 2) was frustrated. I mean, I rendered a nice sound but not a ensemble atmosphere. The usage of layers and volume dynamics seems to play almost no role here. Together with the bagpipes, (Nexus plugin), I've use also the StereoSavage plugin, like in figure 3.
Also, I not aware of good plugins that have bagpipe ensemble sounds; in spitfire standards for example.
3) My question
I would like to ask: how can I create a ensemble of bagpipes (or any instrument) that approximate the width and "power" of (A) and (B), using just midi plugins?
I've already tried reverbs too, without significant modifications.