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    upgrade options

    First things first, hello everybody I'm new here. I hope yr all having a lovely summer evening, at least I am here in the uk.

    Here goes.

    I have been writing, performing and generally dabling with music, both computer based and live, for years. Now that I am a film student, I'm finding that more and more people are asking me for music requests. You know: something emotional eh.. with strings. duh. Anyways people seem to like what i do, even managed to get paid a couple of times. I don't want to be a composer, however I do really really enjoy it. BUT my complete hotchpotch of a synthesiser/sample/music creation system is simply not up to scratch.

    So I here ae some questions related to my proposed upgrades. Oh and please remember I am a student - poor, unemployable, poor, for gods sakes I'm on a gigastudio forum and I don't even own the damn thing, poor.

    The computer itself is fine: 2.8 p4, 1 gig ram, 80x2 hdd.
    My main sequencer is cubase

    Oh the type of music i make covers pretty much everything, but treat this post as mainy related to orchestral stuff as i have the other bases covered.

    Question 1.
    For orchestral music, do i go for a sampler, or a sample based vsti. Stupid question i know: get yerself GS3 and VSL. Nope cant afford it. So here are my options. GS 2.5 32 or 96 voices plus whatevers left of my budget for a sample library. Or a good vsti such as garritan or edirol orchestral.
    My main concern about vsti is the poorer sound quality and the fact that it is not very upgradeable or expandable. My main concern with GS is that 32 or 96 voices aren't that many, also the useability of it.

    Question 2.
    If I get a vsti. which one? I know this is a very broad, subjective question. The main options as far as I know, are Edirol, Garritan and the one from East West. Garritan is the cheapest, but something about the whole 'you can do articulations with your controller' sounds a bit dodgy to me. I'm leaning towards East-West as they have some very good reviews.

    Question 3.
    If I go the sampler route is there a sampler out there that has more voices than GS 32 for the same cheap as chips price.

    Question 4.
    Are there any better options out there.

    If you got to the end of this give yourself a pat on the back for patience.

    any replies will be seriously welcome, and much appreciated.

    Cheers

    P.s. I've posted in vst forum as well because I wasn't sure where it belongs so apologies if you've sen this before.

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    Re: upgrade options

    May I suggest that you go to the Garritan website and listen to a large selection of the GPO demos. Also there is a new version in the wings which apparently has some surprises.

    If you're short of money, and probably if you're not, GPO will fit the bill and that's all you'll need to buy. The quality of many of the demos belies the low price....and after listening to hundreds of demos from all the libraries (whilst waiting for GS3!) I would say that it competes well with the upmarket stuff IMHO. At the very least it's the law of diminishing returns....big time!

    I think that even the cheaper libraries, like GPO, have reached the point where the user's compositional skill and intimate knowledge of his software will likely be the limiting factor on the quest to realism.

    This link will take you to the demos of users.. http://www.garritan.com/GPO-mp3-Classical.html For your own education you need to check the other genres too on the 'wheel'!

    Of course you need to listen to the Silver Demos as well.....I'm sure they're good too. Only you can decide in the end.

    Yes it's a gorgeous evening here tonight.....what the hell are we doing here?

    Frank

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    Re: upgrade options

    jeez that was quick.
    thanks for the reply and link.

    just a stupid question, do you know if i can download the mp3's instead of streaming them. I'm on a [nss][nss][nss][nss]ty dial up connection here, so its almost impossible, and it has even [nss][nss][nss][nss]tier aol as a browser.

    ta

  4. #4

    Re: upgrade options

    ok sorry just figured it out.

    i should really start to think more. Mum was right.

    oh and stop swearing


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    Re: upgrade options

    Quote Originally Posted by sinphonic
    ok sorry just figured it out.

    i should really start to think more. Mum was right.

    oh and stop swearing

    Don't apologise, Swearing's my language!

    Also....I've just checked that if you 'right click' on 'play' and then choose 'save target as' it seems to work. You must listen to 'Thus spake Zarathustra' Oh, I don't know...it's hard to choose.

    Frank

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