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OT: Best Orchestral library for approx $1K


Bobadohshe

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I recently came into some $ from licensing and want to invest it back into my production. One area which I am sorely lacking in is a good orchestral library. So far I've skated by with the orchestral instruments that ship with Kontakt in Komplete, and I've gotten a lot of mileage out of these over the years. I think I'm ready for a more expanded palate of articulations and groupings however.

 

Does anyone have any recommendations for something that has been working well for them and is good value at around $1K?

 

In a somewhat different category, I am thinking I will also spend the $450 for Omnisphere (this wouldn't subtract from the $1K budgeted for Orch stuff). I know 2.0 is around the corner and if I buy now I'll be able to upgrade to 2.0 for free. Every time I hear it I am inspired.

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I have the EastWest Symphonic Orchestra (Gold) and love it. It's a couple of years old. I looked at the Hollywood series, but could not bear the price at this time. I got the SO on a 50% deal I recall. I am quite happy at this level for now. The Hollywood series, maybe in the future.

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I've got the EastWest Symphony Orch Platinum Plus. You can hear some examples on my website (link in signature). It's pretty sweet & complete, but it's a pretty wet sound... even the close mics have a lot of room in them.

 

I'd encourage you to take a hard look at the Composer's Collection 3 Gold from East West. It has the Hollywood Gold Orch in it within your budget.

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Project Sam..Symphobia, Symphobia 2, Smp 3 Lumina, True Strike 1 & 2 Cinematic perc...they also have a new thing coming out called Swing..Big Band. Ive been using Project Sam products for over 6 years now. I also own the EW stuff. Not knokin EW, but since I started w/PS, I very rarely open EW. Pretty amazing products. Symphobia has been out awhile, think there r some good prices around, or go straight to their website. Think they have samples u can listen to.
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Not what you asked but a used Kurz PC361 would be in that price range and is pretty impressive.

 

It's definitely worth looking into. I've been using the Kurz orchestral sounds more and more as I find them an order of magnitude quicker to work with than for example VSL. The sound quality is comparable if not better.

 

Here's a short suite of pieces I made recently using only Kurzweil PC3 factory sounds.

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Also, don't forget that East West now has the 'rental option' like Adobe Creative Cloud. It might make your money go further and give you more options.

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