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proggermusic

Active Member
Well, I ended up missing the sale – which I think is a good thing. There are other things I need to spend that money on in the short term, and I'm on a college faculty so I should be able to get the education discount in the future. WHEW.

The reason I forgot about it is because I was finishing two projects today, intro and outro music for a podcast (which I'm pretty excited about, it's for the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences in conjunction with Texas Monthly!), so my subconscious led me to finish work instead of spending money. Thanks, brain!!

Still definitely gonna get SCS in the future, it seems to just sound lovely and I'll enjoy it, whether or not I actually NEED it. But other things gotta come first. Namely... replacing my ten-year-old iMac with a Mac Studio. Not cheap, but necessary, dagnabit.
 

muziksculp

Senior Member
I don't own it, but it seems to be highly respected. I don't doubt it. It seems like a very well crafted kit, just not my kinda thing.
I deleted it from my System. Never liked using it, not my kind of library. Actually, I dislike using this type of libraries. One of the worst purchases I have made. Others seem to like it a lot.

Go figure. :rolleyes:
 
I deleted it from my System. Never liked using it, not my kind of library. Actually, I dislike using this type of libraries. One of the worst purchases I have made. Others seem to like it a lot.

Go figure. :rolleyes:
Damn, shots fired.

BHCT was the biggest spitfire purchase I made, and while the sound is nice on its own, it is difficult to use in place of individual string/wind/brass sections (Though the ensemble brass combinations are pretty cool). I might try to use it for better mixing or if I'm going for a very specific vibe but, when trying to learn orchestration nothing can really beat having individual sections.
 

dzilizzi

Senior Member
Damn, shots fired.

BHCT was the biggest spitfire purchase I made, and while the sound is nice on its own, it is difficult to use in place of individual string/wind/brass sections (Though the ensemble brass combinations are pretty cool). I might try to use it for better mixing or if I'm going for a very specific vibe but, when trying to learn orchestration nothing can really beat having individual sections.
I understand Spitfire Studio Orchestra (pro) goes well with it. I believe they are recorded in the same room. It is recommended to get the pro version because of the extra mic options.

Something to think about if you need individual sections to work with it.
 

Trash Panda

Clueless nitwit
Oh but I loved Core too, so don’t get your hopes up! I think Pro is a different ballgame IF you like Core. Probably not otherwise. :)
Actually, I’m pleasantly surprised by what I’m hearing in Pro. No the extra mics don’t make the brass shorts any snappier, assertive or less round/flubby, but it does get rid of all the muddy buildup I hate in mix 1.

I’m actually pretty impressed with the strings. With the right mics and some light stacking of staccato with marcato, BBCSO can actually pull off the low string ostinato from Imperial March more effectively than AROOF.

Will need some more time to run the woodwinds through my usual stress tests, but I can see some use for me with Pro, unlike Core.
 

Delboy

Senior Member
Shame as we would have liked to have got the Studio bundle at 50% off but they do not include bundles (always forget that in their sales) and made little sense only getting one for the sake of using the offer and having to choose .. woods/brass/strings? ... not even sure we can ask for Edu 50% on a bundle neither as I think they only do seperate products. Ah well we want to save up for Komplete Ultimate upgrade for next year anyhow.
 

Crowe

Avian Member
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Shame as we would have liked to have got the Studio bundle at 50% off but they do not include bundles (always forget that in their sales) and made little sense only getting one for the sake of using the offer and having to choose .. woods/brass/strings? ... not even sure we can ask for Edu 50% on a bundle neither as I think they only do seperate products. Ah well we want to save up for Komplete Ultimate upgrade for next year anyhow.
It actually would've been a pretty good deal. Whatever you get is substracted from later purchases towards competing the set. It's how I'm collecting them piecemeal whenever I have some cash left over.
 

Mike Stone

Active Member
I ended up buying a couple of the originals, the Cimbalom and Firewood Piano. At this low price point it's hard to resist.

As soon as I fired up Firewood Piano, I found it has the same issue as most other Originals pianos (except for Mrs Mills), ie. weak/soft 5th and 6th octaves (compared to 4th being the middle octave) at the higher velocity setting. Who does Spitfire insist on making piano libraries that are consistently weak in the treble register, where the melodi is? Having consistent dynamics/loudness across the keyboard is such a basic feature for a piano library, and other sample library companies are consistently able to get this right, but not SA. Plain stubbornness, I guess.

The problem is if you play these libraries at the higher velocity layer, your left hand accompaniment will drown out the melodi in your right hand. It's such a waste, because these pianos have a gorgeous tone, and begs to be played like a proper instrument.
 
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blaggins

Senior Member
I bought Spitfire Percussion. It sounds really good so I’m surprised it’s not mentioned more often!
If you don't mind me asking what other percussion libs do you have and how do they compare? I've considered Spitfire Percussion many times but then I always think I must already have percussion mainly covered via CinePerc and HZ Percussion and BBCSO...

Except then I often find myself just using the percussion in BBCSO since it just works out of the box (Cineperc is way too close to blend with AIR without lots of processing and HZ is often too epic). Except I don't actually like the melodic percussion in BBCSO. It's a conundrum.
 
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