Hi everyone, long time no visit.
I am in search of the right sample libraries for a couple of purposes but I don't really know nearly enough about it to even know what to look for.
We have GS3 which I bought mostly to host The Black Grand, which we use all the time. I got GS3 Solo so it doesn't have the full gigapulse thing going on but anyway... we don't use nearly all of the features of GS3, just basically treat it as a compact and efficient grand piano that we don't have to mic.
OK now to the point.
I think we need some strings, horns and maybe choir library. Here's what we will be using this stuff for (in the immediate and long-term):
- small string ensemble, think "Death and the Maiden" .. but mixed into rock/pop tunes. I'm guessing I need some solo string library and write arrangements just as I would for a regular string quartet.
- orchestral strings - here ranging from film-score-like stuff to pop/rock mixes. This is NEARLY covered adequately with our synth.
- Tower of Power type horn section stuff (blues/rock/R&B/pop horns) .. guessing again here I need some solo horns (trumpet, alto, tenor, trombone) sampled rock/jazz/r&b style (not orchestral .. talking metal mouthpieces & strident trumpet tones).
- choir - what I want to do is record a small choir for real (say 20 voices), and then add some choir sample parts to fill it up and make it sound more like a larger choir (100+ voices). Not classical .. again this will be for rock records.
Does anyone have specific suggestions for stuff I should look at? I have looked at some orchestral & solo strings libraries that sound very good but they are extremely expensive. There's no way we can justify that kind of expense for like one tune here and there... it'd be cheaper to just hire a string quartet or whatever when we needed it. Are there any free/shareware libraries out there that can get us started? This is not our bread and butter work. These are for color parts in rock records but they may end up being quite exposed so I don't want something crappy (we already have that!).