Sometimes I'm hired to add strings, synth, drums, or produce tracks for singers. There are a lot of great songwriter / singers that just play guitar and can't really add much more to their mixes, but they know they need it.
This song came to me as a vocal and acoustic guitar track, and the songwriter said to do whatever I wanted to it. So I decided to go with a string trio - Violin, Viola and Cello.
I used 'Vienna Instruments' for the sounds and played in the parts on the keyboard. The songwriter will suggest changes and then add in my string tracks to his mix, giving it to his publisher to pitch to artists.
This mix is not really 'mixed.' The vocal is too compressed and nothing is eq'd. But it allows you to hear the strings. Some parts sound amazingly real, others not so much. If they like it, I will try to talk them into getting real players. If not then I will go through and make it all sound more real by adding more controller data.
What do you think?