What is the best way to stay in the loop regarding orchestra libraries?

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CarniverousSock
KVRer
6 posts since 3 Dec, 2019

Post Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:59 am

I suspect this is a question with few easy answers.  I'm looking to expand my tool set for orchestra composition, and am having some trouble orientating myself among all the orchestra libraries out there.  I want to be knowledgeable about what's out there, to know what's good and bad, and to develop a strategy to keep on top of new products as they come out.

What strategies do you guys use to stay on top of virtual orchestra offerings and deals?  I'm happy receiving tips on which libraries are good, but I'm trying to get better at staying on top of this going forward.  How do you guys do it?

FarleyCZ
KVRian
899 posts since 26 Jun, 2008 from Czech Republic

Re: What is the best way to stay in the loop regarding orchestra libraries?

Post Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:28 pm

I simply don't. They are too damn expansive to stay on top of it. Especially when they're hot from the owen. I've bought a big one for epic orchestra sections, few solo strings here or there if I need a violin or celo, and then turned around and went back to making electronic music with synths. Found out, if you get moderately good at sound design, you can do really sweet, warm and emotional music too and it doesn't cost you a kidney. I'd be speaking differently if music was able to pay me for the libraries, but as I am, and probably always will be, a donor to my hobby, I can't justify 350 - 500 euros almost every month. I'd love to, but I can't.

reddrake
KVRer
23 posts since 17 Jan, 2005

Re: What is the best way to stay in the loop regarding orchestra libraries?

Post Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:53 pm

I find the best place for discussions for Sample Libraries is the Vi Control forumshttps://vi-control.net/community/:

CarniverousSock
KVRer
6 posts since 3 Dec, 2019

Re: What is the best way to stay in the loop regarding orchestra libraries?

Post Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:20 pm

reddrake wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:53 pm
I find the best place for discussions for Sample Libraries is the Vi Control forumshttps://vi-control.net/community/:
Thanks for the hot tip, reddrake! I didn't know about this.

vitocorleone123
KVRist
380 posts since 30 Jun, 2014 from Pacific NW

Re: What is the best way to stay in the loop regarding orchestra libraries?

Post Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:26 pm

Yes, VI is a treasure trove and makes it easy to stay up to date should you wish.

Infinite5ths
KVRist
322 posts since 19 Sep, 2005 from Los Angeles, CA

Re: What is the best way to stay in the loop regarding orchestra libraries?

Post Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:43 pm

Loops are no good for writing orchestral music. Even sample libraries aren't all that great. Plus, the developers are always releasing new ones that cost a fortune and become the *NEW HOT THING*. So it's hard to keep up with all of them.

{switching ironic, sarcastic, playing-dumb-for-laughs-tone OFF}

It's a money pit. You don't want to stay in the loop. Just find what works and then stop buying until you have clients who want to PAY for the new libraries and also PAY you to use them. 8-)

CarniverousSock
KVRer
6 posts since 3 Dec, 2019

Re: What is the best way to stay in the loop regarding orchestra libraries?

Post Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:16 pm

Sage advice. Thanks people!

FarleyCZ
KVRian
899 posts since 26 Jun, 2008 from Czech Republic

Re: What is the best way to stay in the loop regarding orchestra libraries?

Post Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:48 am

Also, on that topic, the actual big players in the scoring world use libraries like that only to do mockups to show directors. Then they usually have it transcribed, further developed and recorded by a real orchestra. New ideas, experimentations and ways to record are created at that stage. So no matter how much money you throw into it, you'll never gonna have THE top sound as that particular sound usually haven't been released as a library yet. Once it does get released, all of the early adopters (that sacrifice vast amount of money for it) are already copycats of people who had those ideas in the first place.

So my suggestion is to get just a few nice libs, but engineer your own creative way how to use them, so you have something new and original, not another ostinato arpegio, another Tundra swarm or another Omnisphere lightbulb patch... :)

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