You guys really know what you're talking about.
I have a question. I'm doing a film score and I just bought EWSOL gold yesterday. I'm running "Live" as the host program for the pluggin on a PC with Athlon 1.0ghz processor and 768megs of ram. Will this do it? Or am I on the wrong path?
Also, I wanted to add my 2 cents in on the quality of samples discussion. While going to a conservatory in New York I went to hear all the major symphony orchestras at either Carnegie or Avery fisher hall. I've also conducted Vancouver Symphony, Houston Symphony and other pro orchestras.
I did extensive research on all orchestral libraries just recently. I made a judgement on what library to buy based on how real the demos sounded.
Hear's my finding if its worth anything to anybody still looking for a library.
East/West platinum sounds quite possibly better than a real orchestra. Too clean. But who cares. This is the sample library to be beat. I can't imagine anything sounding better.
East/West gold. Sounds most authentic though limited in a mix due to the one mic position.
Vienna sounds great but not realistic. Also, doesn't sound America. The French Horns they use in Vienna are smaller and less powerful than the Conn 8D we bold krass Americans use. The trumpets they use are rotary trumpets and sound quite old fashion to Americans. And the woodwinds are also quite different in timbre. So if you do film scoring work I don't think that these are going to sell well even as demos. The sound is just too foreign. That being said the chamber strings sound totally realistic. But at 7,000 big ones for the full set of samples I'm not rushing out to get these just because of the chamber strings. Though I might buy them seperatly when I'm indepently wealthy.
East west silver edition absoluty won my heart over. These guys really went out of there way to make quality samples affordable for everybody!! Hands down better than anything on the market except for its two big brothers gold and platinum. Not as flexible as VSL, but for $300-- c'mon. And at least you get some stage ambience with silver and the choir and pno too. Whoa!
Lastly, I'm so happy that it's within everybody's reach to make beautiful orchestral music. Now we can get back to improving the overall music scene in America by producing great music at home. We've broken through the big bucks glass ceiling. Gone are the days when you needed a live orchestra at your disposal or 250,000 dollars to build the best studio. Now we can be judged on our tallent, skill and hard work not on the size of our rack (no pun intended of female composers). Composers--Let's soar with these libraries. Let's get productive and send our music to everybody and anybody. Let them hear are hearts and minds and not be limited by our lack of funds or limited engineering skills. Music has new vistas of intellect and beauty to be reached yet. Now all can reach.