noiseboyuk wrote:Yes, I'd advise against jumping into the full world of orchestral VSTs which is expensive and requires a huge learning curve and skill. "orchestral" stuff used in genres like Trance doesn't really require it. I was struck when reading that Lana Del Rey's Video Games used a very low end patch for the strings, either SampleTank or Miroslav or something. But even that pretty subtle case (obviously not trance) it worked great in context. Unless you're looking to genuinely sound like a full symphonic orchestra but more looking for orchestral flavours, there are these much cheaper options. IMO genre work like this in general its about creating an orchestral flavour more than shooting for the stars with it - absolute realism isn't the aim or point. Hip Hop does this all the time too.
So yeah, the Nexus Hollywood expansions, Miroslav etc would fit the bill very nicely as long as there's no expectation of sounding like John Williams with them.
Great advice! I still have not outgrown the original Miroslav, which I still think is greater than the sum of it's parts. And I genuinely think that Omnisphere's strings and voices are a great adjunct to help things sound more 'slick'.
Also, depending on which daw the op uses, it would be worth exploring the included sounds. Certainly, if he/she is using Logic, they're are off to a great start!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR96tQk ... gs=pl%2Cwn
And if the ends up buying Kontakt, then the included library will go a long way https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SnAj4s ... gs=pl%2Cwn