Unlike my past projects, my next score will be live recorded by an orchestra. As normal, I will write and record everything electronically, but then it will be charted and given to live musicians to play and the results will be what is heard in the movie.
I am very excited and this is new for me. However, my main question is regarding the size of the orchestra needed.
The budget for the orchestra, recording, venue, engineer etc. is about $40,000 american. But we will not be utilizing a full 90 piece symphonic orchestra due to costs. What number of musicians do you think will suffice, to get the quality live sound? We will have strings, some brass, wind and piano. Percussion i am on the fence. But mainly, I want to have a solid string presence.
Any help would be appreciated. I'm trying to put together a quality group of 20-30. Is that too small?
Does anybody have an idea of a good numerical breakdown for what instruments and how many of each section?
Ex. ____ violins, ______ viola, ___ cello, ____ flutes, _____ clarinets.
Again, I am thinking about putting most into strings and then having 1 or 2 of other instruments that will at times carry leads, like oboe etc.
Thanks in advance for any assistance.