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    Best blend of libraries?

    Hi Everyone,


    I’ve enjoyed reading these forums and would appreciate some advice on the right mix of libraries and sampler.

    I use Cubase SX 3 and was planning on Gigastudio 3
    I am building 2 additional PCs that I plan on loading orchestral samples to.

    I cannot decide what libraries to get because not sure which would mix together best.
    I own GPO, AO and The Ultimate Strings. The latter 2 being too old.

    My style is background romantic strings/ scoring stuff with a new age feel from time to time.

    I’m NOT good at editing, although haven’t put the time into learning but am willing.
    Willing to switch to K2 if need be
    Due to style want something a little wet sounding, very warm too
    My budget is only about $1500

    What I like so far is-

    KHSO Emerald
    EWQL Gold
    Vienna Horizon Opus 1 and 2
    OR the VI Orchestral Strings 1
    Symphonic String Collection OR Mini.

    Some type of mixture of these is what I’m leaning toward.

    Any ideas or feedback? Thanks so much

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    Re: Best blend of libraries?

    I originally bought Gold and then bought Emerald as a replacement for gold's strings. Gold and Emerald blend well. I'm beginning to switch over to Emerald wood winds now also for the same reason. They're more articulate and more playable in my opinion, same as the strings.

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    Re: Best blend of libraries?

    Consider : Halion Symphonic Orchestra 27 GB 24 bit ,includes Halion Strings 2
    9 GB. The price is very good ,and You need only ONE computer. Why to complicate things ?? It is not so difficult to make it easier and better and cheaper !!!!????
    Look at www.steinberg.net

    This way you can save a lot of troubles ,time and money because you need
    no Giga ,no K2 no new computers , with one word no new toys !!!!????

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    Re: Best blend of libraries?

    It's weird! Everybody seems to like Emerald so much. For me it's interesting as well, but as I have Opus 1 it won't blend very well.

    Here is a german Emerald test with samples of the instruments:

    http://www.neotrax.de/modules/smarts....php?itemid=18

    In my opinion these aren't too good examples, are they?
    I hope it sounds better played together as a whole orchestra.
    Some day I might purchase it.
    BTW: I love the Solo Trumpet (see link)

    Regards,
    Justus

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    Re: Best blend of libraries?

    Justus: I totally agree with you. When I was to buy my first orchestral library, the two options which I´ve read alot about and that was within my budget was KH Emerald and Opus 1. After listening to some demos, I decided to go for Opus 1. There is something about the KH Emeralds brass that I dont like.

    I realize Emerald is alot cheaper and that Mr Hunter seems to be a really nice guy who keeps improving his library. Still, I´m a little bit surprised that everyone seems to love the sound of Emerald. Maybe there´s something I´ve missed?
    /Johnny

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    Re: Best blend of libraries?

    The thing with the KH brass is, you have to really try out all the patches till you find one that sounds good in all situations... I know that there are a couple, but there are a lot have a certain bite to them, or the attack is kind of strange... But the ones that sound good, sound very good and I"m pleased with them... There are solo brass which sound great as well, particularly the trumpet...

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    Talking Re: Best blend of libraries?

    Thanks for all the input.

    Zebu, the Halion Symphonic Orchestra is worth looking into, thanks.
    Just not sure if I want to go with an instrument or not though.
    I've really been leaning more toward samples and using Giga or K2.

    The demos of HSO are quite good, it's early for me here so will listen again later.

    Steve: Thought those 2 might go together well, thanks for that.
    Justus: Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.
    Thought those 2 wouldn't fit also.

    Thanks again

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    Re: Best blend of libraries?

    [quote=I realize Emerald is alot cheaper and that Mr Hunter seems to be a really nice guy who keeps improving his library. Still, I´m a little bit surprised that everyone seems to love the sound of Emerald. Maybe there´s something I´ve missed?
    /Johnny[/quote]

    I thought the demos sounded rich and realistic, it's only a demo though.
    Perhaps I'm missing something, who knows.
    Ultimately ya gotta go with what you like I guess.

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    Re: Best blend of libraries?

    Listen to the demo "Follow me" here:
    http://www.kirkhunterstudios.com/v2demos.html

    It's so beautiful! I can't believe it's all Emerald.

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    Re: Best blend of libraries?

    Quote Originally Posted by Justus
    Listen to the demo "Follow me" here:
    http://www.kirkhunterstudios.com/v2demos.html

    It's so beautiful! I can't believe it's all Emerald.
    WOW! that's a really nice demos.

    What i really like about emerald is that is has that ''sound stage'' sound that i really like, kind of what you would find in older movies...I cant exactly put my finger on it but i really like it. + the price is .

    It's just a mather of time before i get it.

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