I'm having some issues with a short film score I'm working on.. the introduction in particular, which is a heavy action cue with lots of horns, drums, strings with sharp attacks, etc..
I'm learning orchestration from a private orchestration teacher and he taught me not to go below an E on the double bass becuase for anything lower an extension is needed.
Unfortunately I had already written the main title theme in C major.. and when I raise my double bass an octave so it is playing in unison with the cellos as opposed to when I first wrote it and I had it an octave below, the nice big hollywood-ish bass disappears and the piece doesn't have enough power in the bass.
I've tried adding bass trombone, contrabassoon, etc to get a bit more stuff going on low down, but unfortunately, those don't have the nice quick attack that I can get out of the VSL Giga double bass staccato patch, so I end up losing that nice powerful but sharp bass sound I was happy with before.
So do I move the double bass back down an octave or do I leave it where it is?? If I leave it where it is, what else could I put down lower to add some powerful low bass?
The other option would be to transpose the opening titles to some other key but then I'll have to adjust the keys of other tracks to compensate so they are still in related keys to give uniformity..