Jonathan Zuniga replied to Charlotte van Gemeren's discussion Good software to orchestrate
"Hi Charlotte. I would definitely recommend using the EastWest Symphonic Orchestra and then maybe adding to it with Hollywood Strings. It sounds real and it is what many composers use to write their music, such as: Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix…"
Dec 3, 2012
Jenny Leigh Hodgins replied to Charlotte van Gemeren's discussion Good software to orchestrate
"Thank you for this info!  & Also thanks for asking the same questions I have! James Semple said:
Hi Charlotte,
It depends where you are having issues with virtual orchestration. If you are finding the interface/workflow awkward for actual…"
Aug 4, 2012
Sam Umar replied to Charlotte van Gemeren's discussion Good software to orchestrate
"Yes, I agree with you, Simon. Most of its sounds really need reverb involvement, but some, like soft strings (if I'm not mistaken), already sound okay in their default stand. Simon Godden said:
I hear what you're saying  Sam. but HALion,s biggest…"
Jul 6, 2012
Simon Godden replied to Charlotte van Gemeren's discussion Good software to orchestrate
"I hear what you're saying  Sam. but HALion,s biggest downfall is it's resolute dryness.  With a good reverb programme, a good engineer can make HALion sing Sam Umar said:
Hi Charlotte. When I got my Cubase 5 and started composing using HALionONe as…"
Jul 6, 2012
Boneman replied to Charlotte van Gemeren's discussion Good software to orchestrate
"Here we go with this old nutmeg! I am not going to hijack this thread to discuss this one though."
Jul 2, 2012
Greg Brus replied to Charlotte van Gemeren's discussion Good software to orchestrate
"Oh, I do agree completely. Only this gets very complicated when you decide you totally want to write for a symphonic orchestra, and unfortunately there's no amateur symphonic orchestra around. They aren't very common, either. The sensible solution…"
Jul 2, 2012
Boneman replied to Charlotte van Gemeren's discussion Good software to orchestrate
"If you have a local amateur ensemble write for them. Nothing like getting music played by people and not computers."
Jul 2, 2012
Greg Brus replied to Charlotte van Gemeren's discussion Good software to orchestrate
"Yeah, orchestras are much cheaper than VSTi gear these days :)"
Jul 2, 2012
Boneman replied to Charlotte van Gemeren's discussion Good software to orchestrate
"So money is not an option then?! All these Vstii
Get a good notation programme and an orchestra to play your music Charlotte,saves so much time tweaking midi files!!"
Jul 2, 2012
James Gall replied to Charlotte van Gemeren's discussion Good software to orchestrate
"I use Finale 2012.
I havent tried Sibelius vbut these two programs are the flagships for composers.
Finale is really just like having pencil and manuscript in front of you and then you can immediately play back what you have written."
Jul 1, 2012
Olmnilnlolm replied to Charlotte van Gemeren's discussion Good software to orchestrate
"Hi Charlotte,

You appear to have found a solution to the problem for now.
It took me a long time to get software, and to get it adjusted properly, so that it sounded reasonably authentic for string instruments,  and most especially for violins in…"
Mar 15, 2012
Sam Umar replied to Charlotte van Gemeren's discussion Good software to orchestrate
"Hi Charlotte. When I got my Cubase 5 and started composing using HALionONe as the VSTi I was not very satisfied with the sound I heard, so I've tried several other VSTis, including Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra, East West Quantum Leap Symphonic…"
Mar 15, 2012
Sylvester Wager replied to Charlotte van Gemeren's discussion Good software to orchestrate
"What many people do (and this is what I did) is purchase Garritan Personal Orchestra (GPO4) with Finale 2011. There are other sound libraries to consider, too, depending on your orchestration needs.
I got both for a discount, since I purchased it…"
Jan 14, 2012
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Dec 23, 2011
James Semple replied to Charlotte van Gemeren's discussion Good software to orchestrate
"Hi Charlotte,
 
While it is possible to get better sounds for Finale, you are always going to have issues with it not sounding quite right because of the lack of control needed to get a performance out of virtual instruments. The approach taken by…"
Dec 20, 2011
Charlotte van Gemeren replied to Charlotte van Gemeren's discussion Good software to orchestrate
"Hi everyone,
So, I've a fine program now on my MBP which I find very practical to work with: Finale 2011. Yes, it's notation software, but I discovered that it's the best way for me to compose.
One problem is that the sound of the instruments are…"
Dec 20, 2011
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  • Hi Charlotte, Welcome to the forum. Listening to your work probably reminds many of us here of where we were musically when we were your age. Simplistic innocence.The people here are excellent and will be more than willing to offer assistance share their experiences.

    Good Luck,

    Art

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