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Posted 23 May 2016 - 05:38 PM

Yeah I've been looking at Olympus Elements and will grab it if it's on sale. Storm Choir admits that it's for epic soundtracks and that's why there's no fff. It sounds good and would compliment something like Olympus quite well.

I think I'll grab the strings anyway. Bargain at that price and like you say, they'll probably sit on top of other strings quite well.

For the sake of my bank balance I should really unsubscribe from this thread!
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Posted 23 May 2016 - 07:00 PM

Wow those Solo Strings sound way better than in the demos! Glad you convinced me to buy them :)
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Posted 23 May 2016 - 07:27 PM

View PostMornats, on 23 May 2016 - 07:00 PM, said:

Wow those Solo Strings sound way better than in the demos! Glad you convinced me to buy them :)

Yep, they are very good.
I think the deals are on because of a launch of their new website.
Even without the 50% off, still pretty good price.
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Posted 23 May 2016 - 07:56 PM

I think this thread is just you and me encouraging each other to buy more VSTs!

I can't wait to team up Solo Strings with Storm Choir and Session Strings Pro. :)
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Posted 23 May 2016 - 08:23 PM

View PostMornats, on 23 May 2016 - 07:56 PM, said:

I think this thread is just you and me encouraging each other to buy more VSTs!

I can't wait to team up Solo Strings with Storm Choir and Session Strings Pro. :)

... and I'd ask you both to stop it, but have equally often 'busted the bank' on one or other of your recommendations..! I avidly consume the 'freebies', then wonder how the heck I'm ever going to compose even one tenth of what it would take to use 'em all. It certainly entices one into considering going the Lottery route; I could never in another lifetime earn enough to grab all of these beautiful shiny baubles and gadgets. Does that stop me trying, though..? Does it heck..! :lol:

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 07:54 PM

I know this thread is a two man show with the odd groupie hanging on,
But, another $20.00 gem has landed.
Very unique sounds and you can do some very clever tricks with it.
A real Diamond.
http://impactsoundwo...c/sonic-forest/
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Posted 25 May 2016 - 09:02 PM

Thanks for that. B)

No, not the 'odd groupie' bit (am I really that odd..? Hmm... :unsure: ), but for the link. Yes, of course I bought it. No, of course I can't afford it. You really are in league with Mephistopheles, you know, or maybe you've commission from Paypal..? Dunno. Now to try it out. I wonder how I'll be able to slip it into next month's Challenge..? We'll see...

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Posted 28 May 2016 - 02:53 PM

I just bought Sonic Forest and I have to say it would be worth the money at $100. Using the built in arpeggiator you can create some really nice underscores. I've only played with just under half of the presets so far with a little tinkering with the arpeggiator and it sounds great.
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Posted 28 May 2016 - 02:59 PM

View PostMornats, on 28 May 2016 - 02:53 PM, said:

I just bought Sonic Forest...

Another Vst-whore, huh..? B)

I'll never understand this urge to buy on impulse..! :mellow:
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Posted 08 June 2016 - 08:43 PM

I find that a new sound library can give me loads of inspiration. And I'm a VST whore :P

Speaking of which... the latest VSTBuzz deal is this: http://vstbuzz.com/d...act-soundworks/

I'm listening to the video walkthrough now and it reminds me a lot of Evolve. For 30 euros you can't go wrong if you want a bunch of cinematic underscore type things. Where it seems to differ is that it looks like it has less content than Evolve (although that may not prove to be true) and is more of a construction kit with more effects and a step sequencer whereas Evolve has a lot of out-of-the-box sounds and rhythms. The downside of Evolve though is that you can watch any TV show or play any computer game and you'll recognise most of the samples :) I'm quite tempted but I have a lot of similar sounds in Evolve, the two Mutations packs for that, Kinetic Metals and a few others. For the price though...hmmm :)
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Posted 12 June 2016 - 12:29 PM

Sonic Forest and Solo Strings have made an appearance in my entry for June's comp challenge :)
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Posted 13 July 2016 - 04:22 PM

A mixed bag of instruments (free).
Some decent stuff.
http://www.karoryfer...oryfer-samples/
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Posted 01 August 2016 - 05:22 PM

A nice collection of good sounding Kontakt Instruments.
Low prices as well.
http://www.loopsdela...takt-libraries/
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Posted 11 October 2016 - 09:44 PM

Soundiron's Apocalypse Percussion is on sale - all three versions of it: https://soundiron.co...ections/on-sale

I *cough* just got Apocalypse Elements...
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Posted 18 January 2017 - 08:00 PM

A few Ethnic Instruments for Kontakt (and EXS24).
Actually, they are Korean Instruments and sound very good.
The sound quality is very good...And best of all, Free. :D
http://en.catsnu.com.../GugakVSTi.aspx
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Posted 26 January 2017 - 08:05 PM

A couple of libraries from Jasper Blunk. They we originally posted over at VI Forum.
Reuben Cornell from Samplecast has posted up this link.
It's for Kontakt (full version), and there are some very nice strings and orchestral brass.

http://jasperblunk.com/samples.html
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Posted 27 January 2017 - 10:37 AM

I've not watched this week's Samplecast yet but I'll check those out. Been looking at string and brass libraries recently. I got the Rhapsody Colours bundle when it was on offer but I've been debating whether I should just take the plunge on Albion One. Bit pricey though!
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Posted 27 January 2017 - 11:14 AM

View PostMornats, on 27 January 2017 - 10:37 AM, said:

I've not watched this week's Samplecast yet but I'll check those out. Been looking at string and brass libraries recently. I got the Rhapsody Colours bundle when it was on offer but I've been debating whether I should just take the plunge on Albion One. Bit pricey though!

I got Albion One when it was first released. It was on a introductory deal, so was cheaper.
Really is a top library - It has everything. Great for quick writing and has everything from the Four Orchestral sections,
plus some Ethnic Percussion and a load of Hyrid Synth patches.
Spitfire also bundled some of the legacy library as well.
Even at full price, I think it is good value. Top, top sounds.


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 06:55 PM

Your'e not helping :P I've actually got a code for 25% off that I think expires the end of this month. I do have a few orchestral libraries (Miroslav, Kontakt library, Rhapsody Colours, the stuff in KU10 and Apocalypse Elements drums) so I'm thinking I should get my head round orchestration first before I splash £300-400 on Albion One. Less buying, more music-making is in order!
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Posted 27 January 2017 - 07:05 PM

This dropped into my inbox just now: https://soundiron.co...s/mercury-micro for $19. Listen to the video, it sounds very impressive especially for the price.
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Posted 27 January 2017 - 07:06 PM

There is an old legacy VSL Library in Kontakt. You can get some really decent Orchestral sounds together from that.
Worth looking at some of these vids for some tips.


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 07:08 PM

You really can get a lot out of that old VSL library.

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 08:25 PM

Oh man, thanks for those. I didn't realise you could do so much with the Kontakt library and some scripting! That choir morph feature is awesome with the Komplete Kontrol S61 keyboard as the morph function is mapped to one of the knobs by default. I've just had a play with that multi from the first video and there's some nice stuff to play with!
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Posted 21 February 2017 - 01:01 AM

Not cheap or free but I'm looking at this with great interest https://www.spitfire...hestra-strings/

My thinking is that I could get a lot out of the kontakt library, save myself the money that I'd spend on Albion One and get very interesting sounding strings that I reckon I could do more with than the more classic strings from Albion One.
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Posted 21 February 2017 - 07:21 AM

I suppose you have to ask yourself, what you would use each lib for?
Albion One is very much multi purpose and if ones knowledge on Orchestrating is minimal,
it would be a great asset. String sections are highs, mids and lows (Same with Woodwinds & Brass).
All recorded in the same hall along with the Percussion. Makes arranging and mixing that much easier.

With the LCOS (above), you would be mixing and matching Woodwinds and Brass from the Kontakt lib.
Makes mix down that much harder because of the different reverbs and halls etc. Unless you are thinking of
buying SA Woods and Brass as well?

Albion is a Swiss Knife, along with the Synth patches, it makes good for Hybrid Orchestral work as well
and is all self contained.
LCOS is more left field soundwise and specialised, split up into Vlns1, Vlns 2, Violas, Basses & Celli sections.

Must admit, I have my eyes on it. It would make a good companion for Albion One. :)

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Posted 21 February 2017 - 05:14 PM

You've made me think a bit more about this now. My reasoning is as follows...

I did think that I'm a fair way off doing anything with proper orchestration yet so felt that a full Albion library would be too much. Plus I have a few orchestral percussion libraries already, along with Bravura Brass, Rhapsody Orchestral Colours and a few choirs. It's mainly a good strings library I feel that I need. But then I really do need to learn how to combine strings with brass and wood I guess. But as you've said, Albion One is one of the best ways of getting all this to work in an easy way.

So I thought about learning any orchestration using the Kontakt factory library plus the other libraries. So yeah, I'd be mixing Kontakt Factory Library with LCOS.

However, what I liked about LCOS was that I heard the demos and was immediately inspired. When I hear Albion One I'm impressed but also disheartened that any proper orchestral pieces will fall well short of what I hear in those. But I could instantly place LCOS into some tracks in my head. I like the left field sound. I also love the sound of Albion V Tundra which may be more suitable as a first library than LCOS but not as suitable (or as traditional as Albion One).

Also, LCOS is £240 until March 9th and the Albions are £399. I did have a 25% voucher for both Albion One and Albion V as part of their post-Christmas thing but bought my Maschine Jam instead! So, I have until March 9th to decide on whether I want LCOS but the Albions can wait until there's maybe another deal on them.

I guess the question I have to answer for myself is whether I want to work with full orchestral pieces, or go left field with a strings library and my other stuff. And I thought buying basses was hard... :)

Edit: another option is to wait for a half price update from KU10 to KU11 and I get the string, brass and woodwind symphony essentials (and Replika XT which I really want too).
Edit 2: I could always get LCOS now and aim for one of the Albions later when they're next on offer (which could be Black Friday/Christmas). Just listening to the walkthroughs for Albion V and it sounds just simply amazing.

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Posted 21 February 2017 - 06:49 PM

View PostMornats, on 21 February 2017 - 05:14 PM, said:

You've made me think a bit more about this now.

Often overlooked in Albion One is the other material (The Hybrid side of things).
Huge amount of sounds that all fit and sit together (Sound and Mix wise) with the Traditional patches.

'Stephenson's Steam Band' - Mangled Traditional Instruments.


Also 'The Brunel Loops' (The Synth Side Of Things).

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 05:23 PM

I'm kicking myself now for not getting one of the Albions (One or V) when I had the 25% voucher!

Anyway, new plan. What I loved about LCOS and Albion V were the frozen string type sounds. I got the Frozen Strings Labs instrument and have been playing with some of my existing sample libraries too. So I intend to create a template in Reaper with one of these and tweak it with EQ, delay/reverb/whatever to make them sound frozen, icy, glitchy or whatever. So in effect, trying to emulate the sounds I like from those libraries.

Those Kontakt library videos you posted will be a great help in doing this - cheers!

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 07:48 PM

View PostMornats, on 22 February 2017 - 05:23 PM, said:

Anyway, new plan. What I loved about LCOS and Albion V were the frozen string type sounds. I got the Frozen Strings Labs instrument and have been playing with some of my existing sample libraries too. So I intend to create a template in Reaper with one of these and tweak it with EQ, delay/reverb/whatever to make them sound frozen, icy, glitchy or whatever. So in effect, trying to emulate the sounds I like from those libraries.

Actually, that's a great idea.
It's given me some ideas as well.
Cheers for that..... :)
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Posted 22 February 2017 - 08:07 PM

I've started to create a template that puts Rhapsody Orchestral Colours and Bravura Brass through the Guitar Rig effects that came as part of Audio Imperia's Photosynthesis Vol 1. Sphere. I'm getting some good results even before I've honed the sound to how I want it.

By the way, they've got a walkthrough up for LCOS:


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