I\'m going to get the following at the end of this week (probably Fri.)
Garritan Strings Giga Bundle
Sam Horns and Bones
This I\'ll combine with Sam free trumpets and Timpani, and use other percussion samples I already own (Proteus 2 sounds and other\'s I\'ve collected over the years, mostly as SF2s.)
Of course, when Sam trumpets (commercial) comes out I\'ll get that as well.
That should give me pretty much the full orchestra for a reasonable starting price.
Then, in 3 or 4 months, when I have more money, I\'ll upgrade my percussion with London Orchestral Percussion, and I\'ll get VOTA for voice stuff.
Ultimately, I decided that VSL was just WAY out of my price range...although that would be my first choice were money not an option (supplemented, of course, with Sam Horns.) And I\'d still love to get VSL in the future.
But I think the way I\'ve chosen will give me what I need in the most cost efficient way.
Now, as far as hardware goes, I\'ll upgrade the RAM a bit for my PC at home. But I won\'t be at home much. My new school schedule will keep me away from 6:00 in the morning to 7:00 at night on a few days. So I\'ve decided to go for a portable option. Here\'s what I\'m getting:
Dell P4 2.6 Ghz w/ 512ram. External HD w/ firewire and the Echo Indigo sound card. I may spring for the 3Ghz but it\'ll cost me a few hundred extra.
Anyhow, I\'ve pretty much dug into this idea. But please feel free to let me know if anyone thinks I\'m making a perilous mistake in any regard. And then we can argue about it some. And who knows, maybe I\'ll change my mind. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Needless to say, whatever I decide, I\'m just about crapping my pants with excitement to get into it all. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]