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    Smile Question from a Newbie

    Hi everyone, i have been listening to the great demos on the garritan website that people have composed. I have recently bought a copy of Sibelius 4 (which was not cheap) but the sounds on that don't even compare with the sounds i have heard on garritons demo page. My question is this, how do i write a piece which matches the same quality of the ones i have been listening to. If i buy a copy of the garritons orchestral sounds would i be able to play these on sibelius and get the same sound as the garriton demos?

    Your kind assistance would be most welcome, as you can imagine, i am very new to computer composing.

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    Exclamation Re: Question from a Newbie

    Quote Originally Posted by darrenuk1974
    Hi everyone, i have been listening to the great demos on the garritan website that people have composed. I have recently bought a copy of Sibelius 4 (which was not cheap) but the sounds on that don't even compare with the sounds i have heard on garritons demo page. My question is this, how do i write a piece which matches the same quality of the ones i have been listening to. If i buy a copy of the garritons orchestral sounds would i be able to play these on sibelius and get the same sound as the garriton demos?

    Your kind assistance would be most welcome, as you can imagine, i am very new to computer composing.
    Hey darren, i use sibelius 4 and agree the built in sounds are bad.
    I have been using Garritans personal orchestra for about a year now and i am acheiving the sound quality that the demos show.
    GPO works really well with sibelius 4 but there is a GPO sibelius edition which works just a bit better with sibelius but costs a bit more.
    You will need to download the 'Studio' on the main garritan site for GPO to work with sibelius.
    Purchasing this software was the best thing ive done in ages.

    Dan

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    Re: Question from a Newbie

    Hey Darren

    Sibelius 5 was recently released in which you can use Garritan sounds as VST instruments so they work really easily. If you bought Sib 4 recently, you may be entitled to a free upgrade to version 5....

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    Re: Question from a Newbie

    With Sib 4, you can also use GPO Studio, which was designed for use with software that could not handle Vst or DXi. I use it now and then.

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    Richard

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    Smile Re: Question from a Newbie

    I have been working towards improving the quality of the sound output using Sibelius 5 and can add the following to this string;

    1) Sib 5 enables the use of sound samples from a wide array of providers/software including the world reknown Vienna Symphony Ochestra, East/West Gold Pro and the sounds offered through GPO. In fact, you can now use many sources of sound samples in Sib 5.

    2) The learning curve is a bit longer and the forum at Sibelius is very helpful in assisting in getting you up and running. The online reference manual is very useful too.

    3) Computer sytem requirements are high for effective use and playback. Because of the high RAM requirements to run multiple sound generating softwares such as your O/S, Sib 5, Kontakt 2 (built into Sib 5) and your samples, you will need a minimum of 2G of RAM, however, the CPU speed is needed to be above 1.4GHz as well.

    Hope this helps
    Don

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    Re: Question from a Newbie

    Hi All,
    I am a bit of a newbie and was just wondering what libraries besides GPO I can use with Sibelius 4. Can Sib4 use the east west libraries easily? If so, do I need extra software to make this happen? Can Sib4 use the GPO and east west libraries simultaneously? Thinking of purchasing some sample libraries but finding it hard to find information regarding the use of Sib4 with different sound libraries. Thankyou for any help you can give.

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