If I were to classify the style Im going for. I would call it a sort of psuedo orchestral. I dont really stick to the rigid rules of orchestration, but I enjoy mixing orchestral instruments with acoustic guitar ideas I come up with.
Im going to stop trying to explain.. here\'s a couple of examples.
Between KH and Garritan, the question is \"solo or ensemble?\". KH is a very wonderful solo library, which can be used for string quartets, gypsy music, irish jigs, folk music, solo rock violin, etc. Garritan sampled string sections and is best for an orchestral or cinematic sound. As written above, they can be layered to give the orchestral sound with extra definition from the solo instrument.
I own the KHSS lib, and recommend it highly - but not if you want the sound of a full string section. In that case, get Garritan (first).
nice tunes. Interesting. If they were in my sequencer and I wanted to add strings to those particular comps I would reach for KH. They would sing quite nicely against those arrangements. But your decision is sound. GOS will make you happy.
Well, if I had to choose, and if I had $450, I would definately get Sonic Implants Strings Mini. I absolutely LOVE the sound, especially those nice and deep sounding celli marcatos. Mmmmmmm. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
You\'re missing some. First, I\'d decide whether it should be solo instruments or ensembles (sections). For solo there are the Dan Dean Solo Strings, the Kirk Hunter Solo Strings and X-sample, realsmples (didn\'t see an opinion on this yet). For ensemble types there are the GOS Lite, the Sonic Implants Mini, the Ultimate Strings, HALion Strings Edition (afaik equal to the Claudius Bruese String collection), Roland Strings Volume, MyStrings, Advanced Orchestra (also coming as \"Extended\" soon, meant as reprogrammed version of the previous availible), perhaps Symphonic Fields or Downtown Strings (more pop-orientated licks) types and some others I wouldn\'t buy or I didn\'t think of.
Like Falcon said, it depends what you are planning on doing with them. Overall, GOS lite would be the more versitile of the two for creating orchestral themes. KH on the other hand sounds fantastic and layers great with GOS, but on it\'s own, it is a very specific sound. I haven\'t tried but I suppose you could layer the bejesus out of them and achieve a smaller chamber type orchestra.
Do take a look at the others polarbear mentioned. One that I think he forgot is the new string sections hosted at \"Primesounds\" (sorry can\'t remember the name right now) which can be downloaded or purchased on cd. Lots of sampler choices if you are not a giga man.
Im must agree with SISS mini (or full) it is smaller ensemble but sounds great in full orchestra pieces. I don´t ĺike garritan because it sounds synthy to me and needs more \"preparations\" than SISS. SISS are more out of the box and sounds sweet.