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    Re: Best Orchestral Libraries - The Oscar goes to...

    ok...so since we have a shortage of opinions on this forum I\'ll give my first pass list (as well as runner ups). I don\'t include ones I don\'t own.

    Strings:
    (1) GOS
    (2) Miroslav
    (3) Kirk Hunter
    (4) Advanced Orchestra

    Brass:
    Ens
    (1)QLB
    (1)AO
    QLB is not complete enough so I use them both
    Solo
    (1) DDSB
    They all play pretty nice together.

    Woodwinds:
    Ens
    (1) Miroslav Mini ****
    Sorry it\'s the only one I have.
    Solo
    (1) DDSW
    (2) XSample
    I like XSamples Oboe and English Horn a bit more than DD
    Percussion:
    (1) UOP
    (2) AO
    I know...LOP is better..don\'t own it yet
    Piano
    If I had to choose one...it would be Malmsjo by Hans...very nice

    Choir:
    (1) Symphony of Voices
    (1) Voices of the Apocalypse
    (1) Vocal Planet
    sheesh....I can\'t choose...SoV and Vocal Planet have more breadth...VotA has more depth..if that makes sense.

    FX (in no particular order):
    GOS, AO (comes with the brass disc), Total Piano, SoV, Drone Archeology

    Just my opinion...of course.


    [This message has been edited by jubal (edited 04-10-2002).]

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    Re: Best Orchestral Libraries - The Oscar goes to...

    My vote:

    DDSW
    DDSB + QLB
    LOP
    Ultmarima/Vib
    UltTimp
    Malmsjo PA
    Giga PA
    Total PA (FX)
    GigaHarp
    DDSS
    GOS

    Other:
    Native American
    Ethnic World
    QLGuitar + Bass

    XMAS LIST
    XSample 10 + 11 (solo string FX)
    BardstownAudio PA
    Symphony of Voices
    Heart of Asia
    Distorted Reality 2 - \"Darkness & Light\"



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    Best Orchestral Libraries - The Oscar goes to...

    I would like to know what libraries do you prefer for each section of the orchestra,ie, best library for woodwinds, best library for brass, best library for percussion, best library for strings. If you want to split in solo and ensemble, even better.
    And the Oscar goes to ...

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    Re: Best Orchestral Libraries - The Oscar goes to...

    Woodwind D & X-Sample
    Brass-QLB
    Strings.-GOS & AO

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    Re: Best Orchestral Libraries - The Oscar goes to...

    Hi, nobody likes Ultimate Strings for Ensembles, and Dan Dean Solo Strings, for solos??

    Peace

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    Re: Best Orchestral Libraries - The Oscar goes to...

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size=\"1\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Zelota:
    Hi, nobody likes Ultimate Strings for Ensembles, and Dan Dean Solo Strings, for solos??

    Peace
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    oops...yeah...Dan Dean Solo Strings for the vibrato...XSamples for non-vibrato and fx.

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    Re: Best Orchestral Libraries - The Oscar goes to...

    The one I enjoy most is the Malmsjo piano. It is joy. I cannot stay away from it. It doesn\'t sound \'perfect\' by any means, but I think this is where it really shines, it plays like a real instrument and has the most beautiful rich sound.

    Rare Instruments is also wonderful.

    Both of these libraries are a credit to their creators. I can\'t believe that libraries could get any better than this; different maybe, but not better.

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    Re: Best Orchestral Libraries - The Oscar goes to...

    I agree about the Malmsjo. Its really nce...not perfect...but warm and sensitive

    DDSS is good. the demo doenst do it justice. I don\'t own the Xsamples versions yet, but they should be concidered as supplements.

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    Re: Best Orchestral Libraries - The Oscar goes to...

    ...And Percussion:
    Ultimate Orchestral Percussion.

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    Re: Best Orchestral Libraries - The Oscar goes to...

    Indeed the full library is expensive... I\'m still paying for them, and will be for a long time yet. But if you\'re composing for a living, I would still consider it a wise investment - it\'s not like the sounds will ever go out of date.

    I play my work for people all the time, including heavy-duty orchestra types (including a former conductor for Phantom of the Opera here in Toronto) and they\'re continually blown away.*

    *by the samples, not by my compositions.

    [This message has been edited by EviLjuaN (edited 04-12-2002).]

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