All depends on the genre, but if we're talking about Zimmer-style big Hollywood
soundtracks, the list is pretty long, and most of it is sample libraries as well as
synths, most with a hefty price tag. Check out
Vienna Symphonic Library
East West - all kinds of packages from Hollywood Strings to RA
(world instruments)to Stormdrum (big fat drums) and their Choir.
Symphobia (more strings) True Strike (big orchestral percussion)Orchestral Brass
Just for starters. The full versions of the above will set you back about £12k +, for
all of them, and that's before you've paid for a system which will run them without
falling over- LASS recommend you run two computers just to run their software alone.
These are the top packages around at the moment for near-as-dammit orchestral
mock-ups production (tho these days a lot of directors seem pretty happy to use the mock
ups and not have to pay for real orchestras) and their price tags are pretty serious- and
there's no guarantee that having all that firepower will improve your writing skills or
chances of getting any work.
Otherwise - there are loads of synths and virtual
synths out there offering every possible synthetic palette you can think of - and in the
end, a lot of us generally have a range of them available so we can cover most of what
we're asked to do, along with various drum packages which offer everything from 'acoustic'
kits to more extreme electro styles.
There's no way anyone can really recommend
the perfect set up for you, since only you will know what you need. Much googling, review
reading, and hopefully listening to examples of the software being put through it's paces,
is what you will need to do.
As well, of course, as finding the money to pay
for it all. As usual, that's the really tough bit....
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