Here is another song of the same soundtrack. This is kind of a transition from lighter adventure to a darker story. This one has a bit more pace and constantly moving forward throughout most of the song. There are also some themes that are present throughout most of the songs in various forms if anyone has noticed
Very nice work. I like to restate themes as well, using existing material to make new. You have a real gift for making music full and rich, lots of depth and feeling throughout. Your scoring and renderings are excellent.
I use GPO quite extensively in almost all my orchestral stuff actually. The strings in every song are always GPO, as of all the samples I have heard or tried, nothing even comes close and I just love the garritan strings. Also, the harp and glass harmonica, as well as timpanis and woodwinds are all GPO.
I use the tremolo strings a lot and layer with the individual ensemble sections. I actually have no other string libraries other than some of the dynamics and effects stuff from VSL. The brass is really the only totally non-GPO samples I use, but often the GPO brass is layered with other foreground brass samples.
And of course effects like ambient shakers and some synth pads which I use are from elsewhere, but GPO instruments really comprise of about 50-75% of every orchestral song I make. Every instrument track is recorded and mixed separately though, so depending on the mixing/reverb/eq, it might distort the sound of the GPO instruments. Generally, I find that the GPO sounds are too 'close' which is why I do a lot of editing to get the sound I want. And the Brass is really the only instruments which I am not too fond of in GPO, but I will still use them with other brass samples to give a more rich feel.
So even though it may not sound like it, if you hear strings, harp, woodwinds, almost everything but brass, in my songs it is almost always GPO or GPO mixed with other stuff