I would really like your help on deciding which libraries to buy. Most of the samples I've been using are 5 to 10 years old. Finally have some extra cash and would like to upgrade. I haven't really kept up with what's out there now.
I know there have been several libraries for brass and strings over the past couple years. I'm not aware of any new woodwind sets. I'm still using Dan Dean's woodwinds (and some of his brass) which are now 10 years old. I did pick up LASS strings a year ago.
I write mostly concert orchestral music rather than film music, although occasionally I'm called on to write a score for my student-director friend.
I prefer an up-front, more intimate sound...like if you were sitting in the 4th row on main floor for a concert, not the typical Hollywood sound, although I realize much is determined by the brand of reverb one uses and its settings.
Best way to describe my music I guess is to give you an example. I posted "A Musical Incongruity" a couple of years ago here, if you're familiar with that.
If not, I'll post 3 clips from a 35 minute piece called "Ode to Music" which I'm just finishing. (Wouldn't want to bore you with the whole thing) This is an unabashed tonal retro piece I'm writing for fun. Instrumentation , for the most part, is classical period (only timpani in the percussion section, no harps, tuba etc.) [It's just that renegade bass clarinet that screws it up!] I'll post the entire piece with score here when finished.... if your interested.
At any rate, any insight on the new libraries would really be appreciated. Thanks in advance to all willing to chime in.
ODE TO MUSIC CLIPS
A 4-minute Middle section
The 8-minute Ending section
The 4-minute Beginning section