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  1. Wolfie2112

    Samsung QVO SSD

    Not to sidetrack, but I just bought a 1TB Samsung T5 (grabbed it on sale for $150!) which will finally eliminate my last external spinning drive (and the old Kingston, which will serve as a backup). I also have a 500GB T5, so everything will all be SSD....and I can now decrease my slave usage...
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    Samsung QVO SSD

    IMO, any SSD is a good buy....they can all fail......or run forever. I wouldn't worry about it. I have a Kingston SSD (the cheapest model Kingston at the time) that still hosts Hollywood Strings/Brass. Still going strong, eight years and counting.
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    TOMORROW 18th July - Tune in for a special announcement!

    I didn’t read anything negative, just an honest opinion...which I agree with.
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    Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88 MK2 - the latest edition better?

    Hhhmmmm....maybe the first generation S88 had noisy keys. My S88 is very quiet, and I've tried the MKII which is the same to me.
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    Looking for 'playable' orchestra

    Then you would love the EW stuff, Nick Phoenix (from EW) is one of the founders of TSFH.
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    Looking for 'playable' orchestra

    This! And I believe it's still 50% off right now. For a playable, all-in-one budget orchestra, I also recommend the good ol' EW Symphonic Orchestra.
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    Looking for african choir/voices library

    Omnispehere 2 has a bunch of African based stuff, and Zero-G has some inexpensive African choir samples (wav files). I used these, along with Hollywood Choirs, for an Epic African track last year. I almost bought Kwaya, but wasn’t convinced just from the demos, seemed too good to be true.
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    Approach the director tips

    I’m always reaching out to past clients, and other contacts I’ve made. It doesn’t hurt to send a friendly email once in a while (I usually do it every six months). I just say a quick hello, a link to some recent music I’ve written, and end it with something along the lines of “thanks for your...
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    Question about school teaching and music career

    Well, that's all moot if those tracks can't bring you a reliable, healthy income every month. I mean even if you get accepted to submit a bunch of trailer tracks, you might not see any returns until two or three years down the road. Learn how to balance your full time career with your pursuit of...
  10. Wolfie2112

    Batman Returns....Returns !!!!

    This quote from Elfman's letter is so true, and has always been my argument.
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    Is there a worthwhile benefit to 24-bit samples over 16?

    Yeah....not going there :whistling:
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    Is there a worthwhile benefit to 24-bit samples over 16?

    +1 to this. I never use 24bit samples if available in a VI, always seems like overkill. 24/48 for recording and stem deliver? Absolutely, but not for the instruments themselves.
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    Symphobia 1 Wanted

    IMO, worth every penny. Don't base a VI's age on whether it's still worth the $$, or even relevant. I don't own Symphobia 1, but I do have Orchestral Essential 1&2, Symphobia III, and Orchestrator. Although I'm not a fan of the legato horn/string patches, they are wonderful libraries, especially...
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    Symphobia 1 Wanted

    Did you know it's 50% off through Native Instruments right now? You won't get a better deal than that.
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    What's the deal with templates?

    It's all personal preference. For example, when I score a production that uses a ton of orchestral elements, I'll load my "orchestral film score template". If it's a horror production, I'll load the "horror template". They have the main instruments that I'm most likely to use. For me (using...
  16. Wolfie2112

    Spitfire Studio Brass

    I agree with everything @jbuhler mentioned. The "horn" patches are strange, they almost sound like a synth or something. Probably the best patch is the solo trumpet, which sounds very realistic. The Strings and Woodwinds are excellent IMO.
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    Selling my Cinematic Studio Series

    No offence, but I think you're being somewhat disrespectful here towards Alex and his team. Rules are rules. How are you going to have the license transferred if they don't allow this?
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    Selling my Cinematic Studio Series

    Yeah, that's what I as wondering as well. Wouldn't that only apply to the EU countries?
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    Albion One vs Metropolis Ark 1

    Damn! I've been doing it wrong all these years.
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    Spitfire Studio Brass

    Definitely not. It is very limited in that regard (even the pro version). It's really good for flourishes and embellishments, but that's pretty much it. As a core library, I would look at something like Hollywood Brass Gold or Cinematic Studio Brass.
  21. Wolfie2112

    How to promote original orchestral-style music?

    NICE! I love that stuff. One of my top favourite bands of all time is RUSH. I had the pleasure of meeting Geddy Lee at the opening of his bass exhibit recently, at the National Music Centre here in Calgary.
  22. Wolfie2112

    How to promote original orchestral-style music?

    I'd say you've had a really good go at it! Your story sounds quite common, and I love that you are still fuelled by that passion to continue with music in some form. I'd say just keeping plugging away, spend an allotted time each day promoting (even like half an hour or something), and keep the...
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    I am desperate help needed - crackles all the time with VEP and Logic

    Maybe not, I just know it was an issue on Windows 7.
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    I am desperate help needed - crackles all the time with VEP and Logic

    You probably already have, but also shut down any type of background programs running on the slaves, such as anti-virus, indexing, etc.
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    I am desperate help needed - crackles all the time with VEP and Logic

    Does it happen if you connect just one slave directly to the Mac (no switch/router, just straight across)?
  26. Wolfie2112

    Music Theory - is there ever a point where you have everything in your composition under control?

    I don't think anyone said that (including myself). I said that by having rules, it might affect how you had written music previously. Some incredibly talented musicians are masters of their instruments, or even orchestration/arranging, but totally bomb at trying to write anything. Does that make...
  27. Wolfie2112

    Music Theory - is there ever a point where you have everything in your composition under control?

    The kid can name the notes/chords by hearing them, so that makes him more knowledgable about music? Theory, perhaps.
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    Music Theory - is there ever a point where you have everything in your composition under control?

    The thing is....music is music. I know how to write heavy metal music (which I've had commercial success with), but don't have formal classical training (yet I earn money from writing orchestral). Does that mean I can't write good "music"? Just like a surgeon, there are many types of surgeons...
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    Music Theory - is there ever a point where you have everything in your composition under control?

    I believe there is some truth to that. To the best of my knowledge, Paul McCartney never knew, and still doesn't know how to read or write music notation. He is a master of songwriting, and understanding how chords work, etc. Perhaps that would have been lost if he had studied formally? Stevie...
  30. Wolfie2112

    EastWest must haves (beyond HO)?

    I've been using those for years, not one single issue.
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    What strings lib for mocking up this piece?

    Sounds pretty lush to me...Hollywood Strings, especially the legatos.
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    The Spitfire Orchestra's: Studio vs Symphonic

    Recommended by who? Use whatever you think will sound good. I use Hollywood Strings in Pop recordings, I think they work great. Check out all the walkthrough vids on Youtube, where you can hear the differences. If you're a hobbyist, I don't think you'd benefit from the Pro version of the Studio...
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    Not renewing Pro Tools "subscription"

    Yes, if you look at it like that. But if you’re using it for paid work, that’s like three frappacinos at Starbucks every month. It’s all relative.
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    How to promote original orchestral-style music?

    Which is exactly what he has been doing. We are trying to offer advice on how one can market themselves to get more recognition as an artist.
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    How to promote original orchestral-style music?

    All great points! Personally, I have found over the years that it’s about 10% writing music, and 90% “pounding the pavement” until you get that next gig. @sherief83 nailed it....eventually you get a hit, and the personal satisfaction is worth the effort in spades.
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    Not renewing Pro Tools "subscription"

    I hate to say it, but $24 per month is not too bad for the regular version. I have been just using the "as needed" subscription when I'm required to use it. Even for $30 that's pretty decent.
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    How to promote original orchestral-style music?

    I'm not certain, but I don't think you can hire someone to promote your music the way you intend (unless you have a huge budget). If you were a business, that would be more tangible. I would first start with an official website, and send the link to every single contact you have. It's expensive...
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    EastWest must haves (beyond HO)?

    They are different, but I find myself using SD2 more often for some reason. SD2/3 is full of great trailer type hits, and huge booming percussion.
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    How to promote original orchestral-style music?

    Desire has good points. Internet and social media marketing aren't rocket science, and there are tons of Youtube videos that show how it's done, you just need to commit some time every day to learn the process and to begin marketing yourself. For starters, build yourself a decent website and...
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    EastWest must haves (beyond HO)?

    I use HS and HB Gold religiously. Not a fan of the rest of the Hollywood Orchestra. I also still use a ton of stuff from SO Gold, Silk, RA, the Stormdrum's, Hollywood/Symphonic Choirs, and many others.
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    Hans Zimmer - Xmen:Dark Phoenix!

    Same here! It gives me goosebumps. IMO, one of Hans' best in a while.
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    Not renewing Pro Tools "subscription"

    Yep, and you can get zero-latency recording with something as simple as a Steinberg UR22 USB interface.
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    Hired to write a style you dislike/don't care about?

    The thing is, unless it's a big budget production, the client is going to go the buffet and buy a $1 hot dog instead of the quality hot dog down the street for $5.
  44. Wolfie2112

    Irish flute for exposed parts?

    This is on my list.... https://www.embertone.com/instruments/shirewhistle.php Also, if you already own Project SAM Lumina, the Irish Whistle is really nice. I used it for a recent project.
  45. Wolfie2112

    Reaching for "the next level"

    If we’re talking about any type of live playing, I fully agree about it expanding your knowledge. I still drum professionally (including tours) and it is still fulfilling and inspirational. And yes, dealing with bass players and lead singers ;)
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    Reaching for "the next level"

    @JohnG you are one guy I always "look up to" on this forum, very knowledgable and talented. I totally understand what you have said. However, as a middle-aged composer, I guess I've become somewhat cynical with regards to my next level. I will always dream of becoming the next Hans Zimmer, but...
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    Hired to write a style you dislike/don't care about?

    I’m not composing as my primary source of income, so I will sometimes turn down a job if... 1) I don’t have enough experience in delivering a style the client wants, and I know I’d possibly deliver an inferior score. 2) I downright dislike the genre. I like to cover a dynamic variety of...
  48. Wolfie2112

    Top non-exclusive royalty free music libraries

    I have just over 50 tracks on there, and actually have a lot of activity. Like @dannymc mentioned, it pays off to get strategic with your metadata.
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    Why has it been a decade and a half...

    That's my question as well...and the commercial libraries are probably a lot better.
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