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jonathanr says

I’m looking to buy a pluging to create soundtracks, what I been looking so far is “Miroslav philharmonik” and “East west Symphonic Orchestra”, what do you think will be a the best choice?

thanks!

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Fabo says

Both East West Symphonic Orchestra (unless you go for the Platinum Edition, which is quite expensive) and Miroslav are dated by now. From these two I would suggest you buy the East West stuff. East West’s libraries are very playable and sound good. But there are better sounding libraries out there.

I don’t know what your budget is and how experienced you are in writing orchestral tracks, but I guess if you don’t want to spend a fortune and you are a beginner you could also check out Kirk Hunter’s Orchestral Libraries, they sound really good for the price.

Not that great sounding, but also available at a good price and very playable is Garritan Personal Orchestra.

If you have more money available you could also go for high end libraries like Vienna Symphonic Library, Symphobia, L.A. Scoring Strings, Hollywood Strings…

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jonathanr says

thanks a lot for the advice!

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Mihai_Sorohan says

1-Try to learn as much as you can about theory, terms, working with DAWs… etc, BEFORE you start to invest money in it
Also, pluging = plugin. “A plug-in (or plugin) is a set of software components that adds specific abilities to a larger software application.”-Wikipedia

2-Get the demo of whatever you can get and try before you make up your mind.

3-If you search enough, you might find cheaper or even free versions of whatever you need ;).
Here on AJ forum there are two threads that you might find useful Freebies – Free Synths and Freebies – Samplers and Sample Libraries, also there is a good deal on Cakewalk website Cakewalk Dimension LE with Garritan Pocket Orchestra Download – €5.00 .
I was about to totally forget about “Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra”, which is free under CC license. You should contact the it’s creator if you plan to upload your music made with it here, but I think it will be ok. http://sso.mattiaswestlund.net/

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ThomasVoMusic says

Being a film composer, I’ve worked with several directors and some of them have different tastes in terms of the tone of the violin or the cello that they hear. So it’s really up to your own taste as to which sample library produce the best sounds.

A list of string samples you should consider are:

L.A. Scoring Strings Vienna Symphonic Library (Strings portion) East West Quantum Leap Hollywood Strings Diamond East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Gold/Platinum projectSAM Symphobia 1 projectSAM Symphobia 2

As for brass, there are:

projectSAM Orchestral Brass Classic Vienna Symphonic Library (Brass portion) CineSamples CineBrass (coming soon) East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Gold/Platinum

For drums, there are:

CineSamples Drums of War 1 & 2 Tonehammer Epic Dohl Tonehammer Epic Toms Tonehammer Marching Band East West Quantum Leap StormDrums 1 & 2

Those are the only things that came up in my head right now. Hope that helps you! :)

Cheers,

Thomas

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ThomasVoMusic says
Whoops, sorry, the list is unorganized. Here’s the corrected version:

A list of string samples you should consider are:

L.A. Scoring Strings
Vienna Symphonic Library (Strings portion)
East West Quantum Leap Hollywood Strings Diamond
East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Gold/Platinum
projectSAM Symphobia 1
projectSAM Symphobia 2

As for brass, there are:

projectSAM Orchestral Brass Classic
Vienna Symphonic Library (Brass portion)
CineSamples CineBrass (coming soon)
East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Gold/Platinum

For drums, there are:

CineSamples Drums of War 1 & 2
Tonehammer Epic Dohl
Tonehammer Epic Toms
Tonehammer Marching Band
East West Quantum Leap StormDrums 1 & 2

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tomh says

I use Eastwest QLSO Gold, and love it. It’s very hollywood sounding, so great for epic-scale film scores, but maybe the reverb on the samples is a bit too much for smaller pieces where you don’t want a big dramatic sound. I’d give it 9.5/10!

If you’re starting out, you may want to consider Kontakt 4 – it’s a sampler which comes with 43GB instruments including orchestral stuff from Vienna Symphonic Library (very versatile – probably not as ‘grand’ as QLSO but would blend in with a lot of other styles of music) and also some great grand pianos, jazz brass, a choir, guitars…

I own kontakt 2 and love it – 4 is even better. Almost every track I write features some instruments from this library! If I were starting out from scratch, I’d pick Kontakt as my first purchase.

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Fabo says

I agree with the Tom. If you don’t already have a sampler like Kontakt 4 that should be your first purchase. You need Kontakt for most of the above mentioned libraries anyway. It has a very versatile library, even though I tend to go to other libraries for my orchestral sounds.

If you are interested in East West products, you could also check out the Complete Composers Collection. http://www.soundsonline.com/Complete-Composers-Collection

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Appo_Productions says

this is interesting, thanks for your suggestions. i’m looking into getting better string brass sounds (the brass sounds in Pro Tools 9’s XPand!2 SUCK ). this thread is fantastic, please throw us more virtual orchestra instrument suggestions!

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ThomasVoMusic says

this is interesting, thanks for your suggestions. i’m looking into getting better string brass sounds (the brass sounds in Pro Tools 9’s XPand!2 SUCK ). this thread is fantastic, please throw us more virtual orchestra instrument suggestions!

I’m assuming you meant a strings brass ensemble/combo? If you are seeking for those, try a search for ProjectSam Symphobia 1. I hear awesome stuff about it! :)

And CineSamples is currently working on their new brass library called CineBrass. Do look up that too if you haven’t heard about it.

Cheers,

Thomas

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