Was referred to this forum from someone over on musicradar. I'll post
what I asked there. If anyone can give some advice I'd be really grateful:
in the happy situation of being able to afford to set up a decent home studio. My initial
ambition is to record solo piano pieces (neo-classical) that I've written over the years,
and produce a decent studio quality CD from those recordings with a view to
self-publishing. After that, I want to expand into full orchestration and produce
classical orchestra pieces that don't sound like a cheap organ. Finally (I told you I was
ambitious!) I want to be able to produce a decent score from the recordings.
I've been researching and come to the conclusion that I need a DAW, some kind of monster
sample library and probably one of Finale or Sibelius to produce the score.
While it's not true that money is no object, I want a decent set-up. I don't want to
spend money and time learning to use a system that I outgrow within six months and most
orchestral mock-ups I've heard produced on anything other than top-of-the range equipment
are extremely poor fascimiles of the real thing (no offence anyone - and I'd love to be
corrected). I've been looking at the EWQL orchestral packages, at DVZ Strings and
I imagine I'll be doing it all through midi, with very little, if
any, acoustic recording.
Does anyone have any ideas:
Which DAW works best
with which sample library and scoring package?
Which sample library really delivers a
decent sound without endless midi-tinkering (even EWQL can sound a bit flakey on some .wav
files posted on the internet)?
What hardware I'll need beyond what I already have
I have an ACER Aspire M3910 i5 email@example.comGHz
running Windows 7 64-bit
Titanium HD soundcard
Midi keyboard (an old Roland HP330e)
Alternatively am I being unrealistically demanding, and producing compellingly
realistic orchestral music on computer just isn't yet possible, and I should wait until I
can afford my own orchestra (lol!)?
Any help would be really, really
appreciated. Currently lost in the huge range of choice available and I want to get on