Posted on Nov 24, 2006 11:39 pm
Member Since: Dec 23, 2005
I've been googling for hours now, and I just keep going in circles. I've been reading into synthesizers, software samplers, hardware samplers, library samples like EWQL Symphonic Orchestra etc... and boy am I confused.
Being a student, I cannot afford to go out and buy a synthesizer, or a really expensive midi controller, so does this mean I am unable to enter the world of using those nifty library samples of orchestras and choirs?
Up till now, I've been using guitarpro's simple 'click and play' interface, and I like it a lot. I choose the note I want to play, I choose which instrument I want playing it, and I'm off to the races. Add some reverb, and it sounds quite nice actually. It wasn't why I initially got guitar pro, but it is now my main "background synth" tool whenever I am composing music. But no, now I want more power. More realism. I want Hans Zimmer-like symphonies roaring along side my heavily distorted guitars.
So, are there no programs that have a similar approach to how guitar pro does it? I would love to have better string and choir samples, but it seems the only way I can do this is by buying some expensive keyboard that I'd have no idea how to use, and no idea how to even plug into my computer, followed by another expensive set of samples that I'd have no idea how to map onto a keyboard.
I found EWQL Symphonic Orchestra Gold Edition for 500 dollars, and I'm more than a little interested, especially if I can buy that, and need nothing else to use it.
This line has me more than a little excited: "Either as a standalone application or as a plugin in your favorite sequencing or notation program"
"Each VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT in the collection combines intuitive handling with excellent sound quality, and functions as a plug-in instrument, without the need for a sampler."
Now, I didn't understand everything they said, but does this mean I need a keyboard or not? I'm looking at their interface, and it has a picture of one at the bottom, which I'm guessing means that I do? But I don't see why I couldn't just take my mouse and click on a note that is on that GUI keyboard, and get the same effect. Is this possible?
And should I need a MIDI controller, I was leaning towards:
With the keyboard and that orchestral package combined, will that be able to suit all my needs? Are there any strings attached? Extra software or hardware I need to buy?
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