Free symphony shootout

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j_e_g
KVRist
61 posts since 4 Mar, 2010

Post Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:24 am

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
KVRian
1343 posts since 30 Jul, 2013

Re: Free symphony shootout

Post Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:47 am

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
KVRist
30 posts since 7 Aug, 2013 from Connecticut, USA

Re: Free symphony shootout

Post Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:05 am

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

j_e_g
KVRist
61 posts since 4 Mar, 2010

Re: Free symphony shootout

Post Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:28 am

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
KVRian
1366 posts since 20 Sep, 2013 from Poland

Re: Free symphony shootout

Post Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:50 am

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
KVRian
1343 posts since 30 Jul, 2013

Re: Free symphony shootout

Post Sat Jul 09, 2016 3:27 am

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
KVRist
61 posts since 4 Mar, 2010

Re: Free symphony shootout

Post Sat Jul 09, 2016 9:45 am

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

brainzistor
KVRist
286 posts since 9 Jun, 2015

Re: Free symphony shootout

Post Fri Jul 15, 2016 1:22 am

Edirol Orchestra is free too because it's been discontinued like 2 years ago.

j_e_g
KVRist
61 posts since 4 Mar, 2010

Re: Free symphony shootout

Post Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:52 pm

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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