Not sure where this goes: Orchestra synthisizer equipment

Discussion in 'Orchestra' started by HeyJeyNiceID, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. HeyJeyNiceID

    HeyJeyNiceID Guest

    Hello hello. Just registered here to finally get guidance on something Ive always wanted to do.

    What good equipment or programs are out there under $700.00 that can produce good strings, symphony, orchestra sounds?

    I mainly play guitar (8 years), but Ive always loved the ambient symphonic (real word?) stuff.

    Influences include:
    Cliff Martinez (Solaris)
    Mark Isham (Crash)
    Gabriel Yared (City of Angels, Possession, Cold Mountain)
    Yoko Kanno

    this kind of style.

    Thanks for any and all help!
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Distinguished Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    When it comes to sound of any kind, it is subjective as to which one is better or worse than any other. GUI and working sytle are also something to consider.

    Mark Isham uses and is very fond of the E-MU Emulator X software engine. I concur. Great sounding, powerful and the various E-MU filters are unique and unmatched. The ability to use Emulator X as a VSTi or stand alone as a external MIDI module is a big plus. E-MU's Modern Symphonic Orchestra sound/sample set is very elaborate and optimized for Emulator X. I use both and think it sounds great even though you need a decent DAW PC to get the most out of it.
  3. dterry

    dterry Active Member

    Apr 14, 2006
    For orchestral libraries your choices under $700 (really under $300-$400) are EWQLSO Silver (not sure what it will be with the new PLAY system); MOTU's Symphonic Instrument; Kirk Hunter Emerald; Garritan Personal Orchestra; and possibly (not sure how extensive the orchestral samples, are), Sonivox Muse.

    Each are basic orchestral libraries - you get a variety of instruments, but limited articulations and layers.

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