I'm composing an hour of all original media music to be performed by a live ensemble for my senior recital concert at Cal State Northridge. (it will be sometime in spring 06, and if your interested pm me) In the mean time I am composing my works with samples, to which I am currently using VSL Opus 1. I absolutely LOVE this library and its functionality in Logic with EXS, but I am a bit disappointed in the brass sounds, particularly the lack of mutes. Thus I'm looking for a nice brass lib complement for OPUS 1.
The logical choice would be the new OPUS 2 library, which does contain new brass mutes and articulations. However, it also contains samples I will not use often: string runs, staccato reps, performance legato for low winds, timpani glissandi, etc, so why spend $500 for instruments I will not frequently use? Especially when most stand-alone brass libs like Project Sam and Sonic Implants are roughly the same price? (I qualify for SI's student discounts). However OPUS 2 is still an option, though I have yet to find any demos online. Anyone here have any experience with the OPUS 2 lib? Is it worth the price overall? Is it a good companion to the OPUS 1 lib (I know they are designed to be, but I'd like to know if they succeeded.)
If OPUS 2 is not the answer, what other brass options would you recommend? The two I have found of interest are Sonic Implants and Project Sam. If you had to pick one, which would you go with and why? Also, if I'm correct, SI only has straight mutes while project sam uses both straight and cup? Will the 3 mic positions of project sam balance ok with the dry VSL samples and space designer? Will the fact that SI is not in native EXS form be a problem with someone not experienced in transferring and editing samples? Basically, why choose one over the other.
I've read on these boards the possibility of synthetically creating the mute brass sound, though since my pieces are ultimately going to be played live, I dont want to focus too much manipulating sounds, rather on composing music. However, I would like to hear these textures while composing, and do so quickly, so I can hear it in context with the rest of the piece/ensemble. Thus I'm thinking a new lib might be the best answer, though I am open to suggestions. I dont want to have to spend money if its not needed; I am a poor college student after all
Sorry for the long post, but this is a very important decision I have to make rather quickly, and I want to get the most information as possible. I thank you all in advance for your help! I truly do appreciate it, and as payment, I will treat you to a wonderful FREE concert at CSUN next year!