I've been using an old MIDI keyboard to compose in Sibelius 7. After I finish a piece, I export each individual instrument to a separate wave file, then insert each file into Reaper as a separate track and mix them down. When I export the file, Sibelius automatic uses the included Garritan orchestral sound library to voice the instrument. The finished mixes are adequate, but not professional sounding.
Yesterday I finally replaced my old keyboard with a Carbon 61. It works fine.
Included with the Carbon 61 was a Native Instrument software bundle, which I loaded onto my computer. The bundle contained Guitar Rig 5, Kontact 5, Reaktor 5, and Controller Editor. Apparently, somewhere among all this new software is a pretty extensive sound library.
I don't know how to use any of this stuff. I don't even know how to tell Sibelius how to use an external sound library, but I have the manual and could probably figure it out. Included with all this new software are pdf manuals totally over 2,000 pages.
Here's my question: Is it worth the time to try to figure out how to use all this fancy new software, and if so, where do I start? Is any of this stuff going to help me get a more professional sounding product than my current approach? Right now I can't even get any sounds out of anything, so I'm really starting from scratch. Out of all the new software, what would you recommend to be the first thing I try to learn, assuming that I take my time and work my way through the manuals? Or am I better off just spending my limited time composing and not worry about the new gear?
Thanks for any suggestions that you can offer.