So far I have only used Garritan since this last Christmas, and I am having a blast. I am now working on a piece that is for orchestra. The strings, woods, brass, and timpani are now completed and mixed exactly how I want them. Now comes the nervous part, I want to add some new sounds from IO such as earth drums, the choir patches, and other percussion sounds and effects. I composed the earth drum parts, mixed them in with the timpani, and was quite happy with the result. It sounded like tom toms on monster energy drink, but when I played it back with the entire mix, I could not really "hear" the drums, but I "felt" them instead. When it played with just the timpani it was wonderful, but got lost with the entire mix. In the entire mix, you can hear the timpani quite well. Just wondering if you have any advice. I know the first thing to do is to turn everything down, of course but I'm so happy with the mix as of right now. Randy, what earth drums did you use for your demo?
Also, has anyone tried to use the Garrian choir samples for anything fast? My tempo is quarter=160, or are the choirs just simply used for slower, more "beautiful" or "peaceful" sustained works?
So I just finished the double bass and contra bassoon parts. What I have left is the percussion, sound effects, and maybe choir (maybe even the horrid choir.) Whatcha think?