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What  piano VST do you guys like? I've currently rediscovered Garritan CFX (the lite version).

 

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Cinesamples' Piano In Blue was an absolute workhorse in my earlier days of writing and MIDI programming. Loved it for its warm sound, even out the box.

 

Sampled from a piano with quite an esteemed history. 

 

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14 hours ago, LSH said:

I have dozens of virtual pianos but Embertone's Walker 1955 Concert D has been my go-to for a while now. It has a gorgeous warm sound.

 

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I bought that (and an extra mic position) but I felt it was a bit tonally uneven, as you sometimes get with older pianos.

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Damn, I thought Spitfire Audio were only good people....

Unbelievable how many people are still inhumane and hurtful, from whom it is not expected and not wanted....

But I don't think we should let people like Christian Henson take down such valuable achievements as Spitfire/Pianobook have achieved. It would be a shame for all the good people who worked so hard on this project. I will continue to use their great products....

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Sorry for putting this here, but there isn't a "Pop/Rock Sample Library" thread:

 

Toontrack has a released their Hitmaker SDX, produced by Hugh Padgham and including drum samples in the style of Phil Collins, Sting and the Police:

 

https://www.toontrack.com/product/hitmaker-sdx/

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Does anyone happen to know what loop track Mark Mancina and RCP used for their scores of Speed and The Rock? In the track Rocket Away on The Rock soundtrack I swear I can hear the same drums playing that play in the track Rush Hour from Speed so it's gotta be a loop of some kind. Might be created in-house but maybe it's out there in the world.

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14 minutes ago, TheAvengerButton said:

Does anyone happen to know what loop track Mark Mancina and RCP used for their scores of Speed and The Rock? In the track Rocket Away on The Rock soundtrack I swear I can hear the same drums playing that play in the track Rush Hour from Speed so it's gotta be a loop of some kind. Might be created in-house but maybe it's out there in the world.

A lot of loops from the era come from:

Zero-G Datafile 1-3

Best Service No Kick

Best Service XXL Extreme 1-5

Best Service Horny Clubsounds

Spectrasonics Distorted Reality 1 & 2

Spectrasonics Metamorphosis

Best Service - XXL 1750 New Drum Loops

Best Service - XXL 1500 Drum Loops

Best Service Gigapack

Best Service Club Edition 1-4

AMG - Black II Black

Roland JV80 Dance Loops

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On 06/09/2022 at 12:05 PM, Michael Grigorowitsch said:

Damn, I thought Spitfire Audio were only good people....

Unbelievable how many people are still inhumane and hurtful, from whom it is not expected and not wanted....

But I don't think we should let people like Christian Henson take down such valuable achievements as Spitfire/Pianobook have achieved. It would be a shame for all the good people who worked so hard on this project. I will continue to use their great products....

 

Christian Henson has a history of saying far-fetched or outrageous things. His thoughts are his own. It killed me to watch the initial reaction of hundreds of people saying they will never use Spitfire stuff again because of this.

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Can anyone recommend any good Choir sample library?

Is there any equivalent of the old Eastwest Choirs where you could also build words and have the choir sing them?

edit: Oh, I see there is an update of it. Hollywood Choirs.

But I read there aren't any choir sections? Soprano, alto, tenor, bass? Just women and men in general?

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29 minutes ago, filmmusic said:

Oh, I see there is an update of it. Hollywood Choirs.

But I read there aren't any choir sections? Soprano, alto, tenor, bass? Just women and men in general?

 

That is correct. If you already have Symphonic Choirs, then I would absolutely recommend getting Hollywood Choirs as well. I tend to use them both, for different purposes. They work well together.

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44 minutes ago, Manakin Skywalker said:

 

That is correct. If you already have Symphonic Choirs, then I would absolutely recommend getting Hollywood Choirs as well. I tend to use them both, for different purposes. They work well together.

Is there something similar from another company?

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53 minutes ago, filmmusic said:

Is there something similar from another company?

 

Hm, not anything that I can think of, definitely not anything with a wordbuilder (more just Ah's, Ooh's, etc.) And HC is probably by far the most recent, and best sounding.

 

It's going to be on sale next week anyway, so the price will drop at least 50% or more.

EDIT: Scratch that, the Black Friday sale is going on right now! HC is 60% off.

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4 hours ago, filmmusic said:

Can anyone recommend any good Choir sample library?

Is there any equivalent of the old Eastwest Choirs where you could also build words and have the choir sing them?

edit: Oh, I see there is an update of it. Hollywood Choirs.

But I read there aren't any choir sections? Soprano, alto, tenor, bass? Just women and men in general?

 

And no boys. And no solos.

 

I have Audio Imperia Chorus. Best out of the box sound. And plenty of vowels. Wordbuilders are overrated. I mean, you trying to record Carmina Burana?

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I've been getting by just fine with Metropolis Ark 4's choirs. Really, Ark 1, 2, 4 and 5 have some decent choir selections at a very affordable price. They also have a children's choir.

 

I am not a fan of how "perfect" the Metropolis Ark 1 choirs were, so I settled on the 4 choirs which have some imperfections in them that make them slightly more palatable. But they have marcatos phrases that you can toggle to make legato and I get by just fine with those.

 

I hear a lot of people say that the Metropolis Ark stuff you have to kind of put more work into making it sound cohesive, but the Ark 4 choirs are extremely managable. I also nabbed the Basso Profundo bass choir from Ark 2 for some William's Sith stuff.

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I write by hand at the piano but then I use note performer in finale when orchestrating the scores. They sound so good now I don't need anything else, but then again, mine are only demos as I always get to record with full orchestra.

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Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition is on sale for 60 percent off. https://www.soundsonline.com/orchestral/hollywood-orchestra-opus-edition

 

If you want a cheap choir, check out Spitfire Originals Epic Choir. Only 30 dollars.

https://www.spitfireaudio.com/originals-epic-choir 

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Cinematic Studio Series is on sale for 25 percent off. In regards to programming, these libraries are the best of the best. The tone is also spot-on for a lot of use cases. I personally think Cinematic Studio Woodwinds is the best-sounding woodwind library out there. Surprised to not see any discussion of Cinematic Studio Brass here yet. Be warned, they are a bit dry. Making a custom mic mix with the room and main mics turned up all the way helps a lot. Cinematic Studio Percussion is slated for release next year or in 2024.

https://cinematicstudioseries.com/ 

 

Cinesamples is having an insane 65 percent off sale! 

https://cinesamples.com/

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19 minutes ago, TolkienSS said:

Orchestral Tools is really cheap this Black Friday sale. There's nothing on sale except the Arks and very few others.

 

I was hoping for the Berlin Series to be on sale again. I don't understand Orchestral Tools' logic with such infrequent sales. All it does is helps their competitors.

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Not going to lie, Metropolis Ark 1 looks really solid for anyone just starting out.

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