I've been asked to play the entire cello part in a pit orchestra for a Broadway production this coming year, as the company is having difficulty finding a skilled cellist that can make the two-hour plus drive to all the rehearsals. The cello has a lot of solo parts and exposed sections and is a main instrument. The musical director likes the Motif XF cello sound above the others I have, so that will likely be the base tone. However, there are a ton of different articulations throughout the music, including glisses, bends, spicatto, pizzicato, arco, trills, vibrato, quickly-repeated bow phrases, and assorted sound effects that I can't describe. All played originally by one cello. The job is conditional on replicating as many of those as possible, as if I can't they'll still try and find someone else but it's going to get really expensive quickly for them (nightly rehearsals for a week with the nearest other town with good musicians being two hours away and with winter roads, five-six performances over four days).
If you had the following gear available for live usage in combination or alone, how would you go about replicating the cello as realistically as possible with articulations in a live theater performance situation? Anyone gotten a good result?
Yamaha Motif XF8
Korg Krome 61
Yamaha YS200 FM synth
Yamaha PSR-295 keyboard/YPG-235 (essentially the same board in different sizes)
Yamaha PSS-470 FM keyboard
I don't have a way to do a laptop running a vst like EastWest Symphonic or Hollywood Solo Cello (looks awesome though!) etc for this at all. No suitable laptop or interface and I'm not really planning on shelling out >$150 for a plugin for a one-time gig.
Last edited by Mighty Motif Max; 12/27/19 07:07 AM. Reason: Clarified, thanks Dave