I am new to Gigsstudio. I have the software,
(still waiting on the soundcard). I want to make beautiful classical music. I have been lurking for a while here and was going to get AO as my starter set, but lately I have not seen it recommended very much.
I am curious, if you were just starting out and had only ~$1000 to spend would you choose AO or some other combination ?
For strings, AO is not your best bet. For 1000 bucks wait till Gigastrings comes out (www.gigastrings.com for demos). It is a 16 CD set entirely made up of strings. It will sell for $1399.00, but if you pre-order now, you can get it for $999.00.
There are decent brass and good woodwinds on AO however.
Unfortunately, if you want good orchestral sounds you have to buy the seperate libraries for acheiving the best results.
2. Quantum Leap Brass or Dan Dean Solo Brass
3. Dan Dean Woodwinds, AO woodwinds, or Miroslav woodwinds
4. Ultimate Orchestral Percussion
5. Malmsjo Acoustic Grand Piano
It\'s a whooooole lot of dough, but these are the best libraries available at the moment for orchestral stuff.
AO is a good all-in-one orchestral package but after a while you will not be satisfied with the strings.
Just my 2 cents. Hope that helps.
Hi, Dan. I\'m also a new Giga owner and am working on building my library. If I were you and I had $1000 now, what I would do is get the Gigastrings with that and then hold out for seeing what the demos and reactions are for the Orch samples that Donnie is working on. (See the thread \"Great all round orch. lib for great price,\" last post 8-23).
Personally I\'m a little irritated at the Gigastrings supposed \"post release price\" of $1400 - way out of my league for any library, so the only way I\'ll be able to afford it is if it\'s delayed until I get my Christmas bonus (but I\'d hate to wish that on those who are already waiting for their copies ;-) Anyway, you are in a much better position right now to \"have it all,\" if you time your purchases correctly.
But if Donnie is going to have a better full orchestra library in two months or so at a third of the AO price, then Dan could have a full orchestra library AND Gigastrings and only have to pay a couple hundred more for it all. Of course, it remains to be seen if Donnie\'s library is indeed going to kick AO\'s butt, but I think it\'s worth waiting a bit to find out.