Suggestions for Future Versions of Virtual Drumline

To make it easier whenever the time may come, I've decided to add a sticky here for any suggestions for future updates/development of Virtual Drumline.

Currently on the wishlist:

[b][i]Instruments[/i][/b]
Coming soon...

[b][i]Features[/i][/b]
Coming Soon...
[quote author=Bryan Harmsen link=topic=3133.msg19034#msg19034 date=1271906704]
I'd like some of the typical color guard sounds that find their way into the show and normally add to the musical effect in a way. Equipment sounds such as flags moving through the air as they spin at various speeds, flag catches, rifle and saber catches, and perhaps rifle drop spins.
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I'll only be needing the sounds of these implements hitting the ground. And possibly something to emulate embarrassment and shrieking while running away from said implements.

";Band Director/Colorguard Instructor Facepalm"; would be a nice touch with this multi, as well.
[quote author=erath link=topic=3133.msg20169#msg20169 date=1285135182]
I'll only be needing the sounds of these implements hitting the ground. And possibly something to emulate embarrassment and shrieking while running away from said implements.

";Band Director/Colorguard Instructor Facepalm"; would be a nice touch with this multi, as well.
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Ha, funny!

Sounds like you might be able to help procure the samples for the library.
Count me in for 9 basses...  I remedied it through a pitch shift, but you can only pitch up, of course.  :)

Also, I think the snare ";shot"; needs to be updated.  I've never felt that it sounded realistic.

That said, with all the samples I hear on TV anymore, it's hard to criticize.  Those tenors are absolutely golden and should never, ever be dropped.  Jim if you ever update the tenors, leave ";classic"; tenors behind!

And a +1 for top snare.  A really good Scot would be divine.
It would be nice if the concert tom instrument included rim sounds, at least for the stick implement (if not the mallet shaft as well).
Real Rope Drums. I noticed Field Drum, but does that mean it's a rope drum? Sounds similar. Also multiples as in a Rope Snareline. Also Rope Bass Drums, similarily in single and multiples. And throw in a fife or two (or 5) for good measure.
Bowed Cymbals. 

this is the only instrument I have needed that is not in VDL

Thanks
Rob
Some things I would like:

This is a pretty long list.

More world percussion instruments, including:
tablas
udu drum
surdo
tamborim
pandeiro
a smaller taiko
cajon
doumbek (although I did see the thread on recreating doumbek sounds with the djembe)
frame drum
talking drum
cuica
at least 1 octave of tuned gongs

It'd also be cool to have more articulations on the concert snare (mainly different rim sounds), plus 1 or 2 other concert snares. I have seen instrument lists for libraries which have at least 5 different concert snares.

Similarly, more concert and roto toms, plus rim sounds on the concert toms. It'd also be cool to have the glissando effects like the ones for congas, but on concert toms too, at least I've heard it done before a few times. And rubbing fingers across the tom heads too.

More suspended cymbals! There are only three of them and while they're great many pieces call for more than three cymbals. I'm not talking about marching band shows where each mallet player has a cymbal and they play unison hits, I mean different cymbal parts. Plus it'd be nice to have a wider number of choices, like with the chinas. Speaking of the china cymbals, more articulations on them as well as the splashes (stick tips, shorter chokes, bell hits, brushes). I'd also like if the cymbals had hits and different scrapes with a triangle beater, and some bowed cymbals would be pretty cool too. Maybe some other effect cymbals, like the Sabian Ozone Crash, Zildjian Spiral Trash etc. There are lots of cool cymbals out there. Also it'd be nice to have at least one other ride for variety...

Lastly, effect instruments...
large singing bowl
water chimes (they sound a lot like classic chimes, but they're dipped in water)
at least one more brake drum (or anvil)
wind machine
spring drum
water gong
sandpaper blocks
lion's roar
bowed flexatone
Treeworks Zen Chimes
metal spring

Also I don't know if this is possible, but what about a bowed opera gong? That might produce a cool sound...
[quote author=Warren Barnett link=topic=3133.msg17821#msg17821 date=1257065834]

Speaking of cymbals, how about some larger ones in the CymbalLine. 22s and 24s are not unrealistic, and the ocassional corps goes for 30s for ocassional or fulltime effect (Conneticut Hurricanes as an example).




Warren Barnett
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Always good to hear reference of the CT Hurricanes in a post being a member myself
As mentioned a couple of years ago, and excuse me if it has been mentioned in this topic already, but how about a Virtual Hornline.... I know.. a long stretch.... ;-)
Anvils. Different sizes.

Warren
I saw the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood last night, and they played selections from Carmen. On the last sustained note the tambourine player hit two tambourines together head-to-head, wrist-rolled them both (one in each hand), and then hit them together to end the piece. I would deem this the loudest possible tambourine roll. :)

Simulating this sound is possible currently in VDL with multiple staves and different tunings, but it might be nice to have easy-to-notate double tambourine strikes and rolls.
How about re-balancing the levels of the various instruments?

For example, I find that I typically have to turn the level of my tenor parts a few notches up, and the snares a couple down, to get a more accurate balance for my battery parts. Also, my sus. cym., concert bass, and gong dynamics all end up being written one dynamic louder than the rest of the group.

Admittedly, this may be something with my PC, audio balancing, headphones, personal taste, or something other than the library... but I thought it might be worth a mention.

- Drumline: ";On metal"; for tenors; Offworld Invader v3 (just for fun)
- World percussion: Doumbek/Darbuka; Surdo
[quote author=dsleath link=topic=3133.msg20944#msg20944 date=1301788231]
As mentioned a couple of years ago, and excuse me if it has been mentioned in this topic already, but how about a Virtual Hornline.... I know.. a long stretch.... ;-)
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Check out Fanfare. It's the blue devs hornline.
This is going to sound boring compared to much of the above, but I think it would also be very practical from the user standpoint.  instead of having separate instruments for the different keyboard/mallet type combination, how about keyswitching the keyboard instruments so you can switch mallet type along a given staff.  It would greatly increase the flexibility with respect to both arranging and playback.

I have tried assigning the different mallet types of a keyboard instrument to different layers of a staff.  Its a reasonable workaround until you try to have two soft synth marimbas (for example) playing at different dynamic levels.

Sincerely hope this makes ";the list"; but I will continue to be a huge VDL fan no matter what.

Todd       
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