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Free symphony shootout

j_e_g
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61 posts since 4 Mar, 2010

Postby j_e_g; Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:24 am Free symphony shootout

Here's a comparison of 3 free sampled orchestras playing excerpts of the same midi file, Holst's "Mars".

Versilian Studio Community edition
Sonatina Symphony
The No Budget Orchestra

https://soundcloud.com/j_e_f_f_g/mars-shootout

I would have done bigcat's iowa symphony, but I can't find an sfz for it, and I don't use Kontakt.
bigcat1969
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1255 posts since 30 Jul, 2013

Postby bigcat1969; Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:47 am Re: Free symphony shootout

Nice job and midi file there. I'm impressed as much as anything that there are three free alternatives that sound pretty good.

I've done some Iowa ones for Maize sampler, but unless you use the Kontakt ensemble script ones they are all solo instruments anyway and not really a full orchestra.
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Samulis
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28 posts since 7 Aug, 2013, from Connecticut, USA

Postby Samulis; Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:05 am Re: Free symphony shootout

What an awesome shootout! Really shows you the strengths and weaknesses of each of the sets. I'm not sure if you used the staccato/spiccato samples with VSCO 2: CE, however, but I could be wrong.

Next up: let's see what happens when we combine the three, muahaha. :D
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j_e_g
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Postby j_e_g; Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:28 am Re: Free symphony shootout

The next comparison MIDI file is Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies".

https://soundcloud.com/j_e_f_f_g/spf-shootout
DSmolken
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1207 posts since 20 Sep, 2013, from Poland

Postby DSmolken; Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:50 am Re: Free symphony shootout

Thanks for these, they are really helpful.

I think I can seriously recommend No Budget Orchestra to trap producers (the hip-hop kind, not the EDM kind) - it does a lot of sounds they need very well. Which I suspect wasn't a consideration for you when working on it, but...
bigcat1969
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1255 posts since 30 Jul, 2013

Postby bigcat1969; Sat Jul 09, 2016 3:27 am Re: Free symphony shootout

I've been watching the mini-series Centennial and for a moment I though you were suggesting them for beaver trap producers. I thought you Europeans put us Colorado trappers out of business when you guys stopped wearing fur hats. Hum I hate inadvertently waking up at 5am...

Also thanks for the demos.
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j_e_g
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61 posts since 4 Mar, 2010

Postby j_e_g; Sat Jul 09, 2016 9:45 am Re: Free symphony shootout

This time we have a Debussy string quartet to audition the solo violin, viola, and cello.

https://soundcloud.com/j_e_f_f_g/quartet-shootout
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Postby brainzistor; Fri Jul 15, 2016 1:22 am Re: Free symphony shootout

Edirol Orchestra is free too because it's been discontinued like 2 years ago.
j_e_g
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Postby j_e_g; Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:52 pm Re: Free symphony shootout

This time I compare the solo violins.

https://soundcloud.com/j_e_f_f_g/violin-compare

The no budget violin heard here is a new one that I'll be releasing in an upcoming update.

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