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Old 01-11-2016, 06:05 PM
SWBoatman25 SWBoatman25 is offline
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Default What's the best way to get an orchestra in the mix?

I want to add strings, woodwinds and brass sections to my tracks (an orchestra type feel)

I used to have a keyboard that had different tones like that, but it sounded way too electronic

Looking for something more realistic/natural sounding.

Any ideas or programs or better keyboards?
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Old 01-11-2016, 06:38 PM
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Default Re: What's the best way to get an orchestra in the mix?

Any midi controller/keyboard and something like East West or Kontact. There are a few orchestral plugin packages available and most can sound very good, depending on your proficiency. Sampletank might be a more budget-friendly alternative, but I think its not as good(real) sounding as the other two
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:08 AM
simon.a.billington simon.a.billington is offline
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Default Re: What's the best way to get an orchestra in the mix?

Yeah. You're best bet is to look for a library that fits both your musical style and your budget.

Good arrangements are key. For the most realistic tone it's also often better to manipulate the notes dynamics and duration as well as using controls or key switching to change articulations... If appropriate.

East West, 8dio, Spitfire, Cinesamples, IK has a new release, then there libraries at Native Instruments.

Look around, check out the vids and reviews on YouTube and see what you think.

Ask back here if you need any more help.
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