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jbuhler

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BHCT does feel good ! I truly want to continue using existing libs until I am proficient and ready to move on.
THX !
If you like the sounds you are hearing in the library demos (and as @miket notes that does not mean doing the Herrmann thing), get BHCT and feel happy. It's a library you can base your sound around, just like you can base your sound around the Arks, or the Albions, or Jaeger, or the Symphobias, or the Inspires, or one of the more complete orchestral collections, etc., etc. (this list is not meant to be exhaustive).

They all have strengths and weaknesses but having too many will likely just be paralyzing. In most cases, they will play together reasonably well, and can serve as that base library better than NI_Symphony Essentials, KH_Diamond Symphony Orch (if I'm correctly assessing the capabilities of this library which I've never used and only studied in passing), or The Orchestra. Essentials and KHDSO can fill in gaps but you already have things that I think serve as the base library better. The Orchestra is a special case, in the little bit of exploration I've done with it, more useful as a sketching engine or quick mockups than for final production. (That said, I think The Orchestra is an exceptionally useful tool.)

This is how I would think about your sound possibilities: You then have the Inspires for one base orchestra, which for me gives a nice classical sound, and BHCT as the other, which gives you a more modernist sound. Then you have Ark 1 to inflect either of those bases toward the epic—but not I think primarily the cinematic epic of today (though it can do that as well) but specifically the epic sound of German/Austrian music of 1900-1930. So this extends the Inspires forward from their, say, 19th century roots into the 20th century, and it extends BHCT backward to its own roots in the 1920s picture palaces and opera stage.

And then after working with them for a while—several months at least, possibly years—you can start thinking about how you want to supplement that going forward. What are the libraries not delivering that you are hearing in other libraries and think will nicely supplement what you have.

Sorry for the length here, especially with the sale deadline looming. This response got a bit out of hand.
 
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whiskers

Perpetual student
If you like the sounds you are hearing in the library demos (and as @micket notes that does not mean doing the Herrmann thing), get BHCT and feel happy. It's a library you can base your sound around, just like you can base your sound around the Arks, or the Albions, or Jaeger, or the Symphobias, or the Inspires, or one of the more complete orchestral collections, etc., etc. (this list is not meant to be exhaustive).

They all have strengths and weaknesses but having too many will likely just be paralyzing. In most cases, they will play together reasonably well, and can serve as that base library better than NI_Symphony Essentials, KH_Diamond Symphony Orch (if I'm correctly assessing the capabilities of this library which I've never used and only studied in passing), or The Orchestra. Essentials and KHDSO can fill in gaps but you already have things that I think serve as the base library better. The Orchestra is a special case, in the little bit of exploration I've done with it, more useful as a sketching engine or quick mockups than for final production. (That said, I think The Orchestra is an exceptionally useful tool.)

This is how I would think about your sound possibilities: You then have the Inspires for one base orchestra, which for me gives a nice classical sound, and BHCT as the other, which gives you a more modernist sound. Then you have Ark 1 to inflect either of those bases toward the epic—but not I think primarily the cinematic epic of today (though it can do that as well) but specifically the epic sound of German/Austrian music of 1900-1930. So this extends the Inspires forward from their, say, 19th century roots into the 20th century, and it extends BHCT backward to its own roots in the 1920s picture palaces and opera stage.

And then after working with them for a while—several months at least, possibly years—you can start thinking about how you want to supplement that going forward. What are the libraries not delivering that you are hearing in other libraries and think will nicely supplement what you have.

Sorry for the length here, especially with the sale deadline looming. This response got a bit out of hand.
Not out of hand at all, helpful and topical. You are one of the most knowledgeable and helpful forum members, and your thoughts are always appreciated.
 
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whiskers

Perpetual student
Only Ark 1 (bailed on Ark2 at last minute and regrets).

BHCT does feel good ! I truly want to continue using existing libs until I am proficient and ready to move on.
THX !
I'd get BHCT if I were you. A bit different and offers more Sonic possibilities in your palette. At the price it's a bargain. You can keep coming back to it as your skills progress.
 

sostenuto

Big NKS Fan !
If you like the sounds you are hearing in the library demos (and as @miket notes that does not mean doing the Herrmann thing), get BHCT and feel happy. It's a library you can base your sound around, just like you can base your sound around the Arks, or the Albions, or Jaeger, or the Symphobias, or the Inspires, or one of the more complete orchestral collections, etc., etc. (this list is not meant to be exhaustive). ******
This is how I would think about your sound possibilities: You then have the Inspires for one base orchestra, which for me gives a nice classical sound, and BHCT as the other, which gives you a more modernist sound. Then you have Ark 1 to inflect either of those bases toward the epic—but not I think primarily the cinematic epic of today (though it can do that as well) but specifically the epic sound of German/Austrian music of 1900-1930. So this extends the Inspires forward from their, say, 19th century roots into the 20th century, and it extends BHCT backward to its own roots in the 1920s picture palaces and opera stage.
Sorry for the length here, especially with the sale deadline looming. This response got a bit out of hand.
Au contraire ! ;) This is a fine synopsis, pulling together nicely, my disparate tools in coherent ways.
Many thanks for astute guidance through this long BlkFri _ New Years 2019 period.

Take good care and enjoy !! :2thumbs:
 

sostenuto

Big NKS Fan !
BHCT ordered. :inlove:
ICENI tugging at me _ sort of cuz I have, enjoy One, Loegria, Tundra.
Had I added Ark2, perhaps would not be tempted. If Ark 1 truly covers most of ICENI ground, then should pass.
No matter in ~45 minutes tho. :rolleyes:

(edit) of course OACE could do last-minute sub …...
 
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James H

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Last minute struggle with:
1) BHCT ….. seems great content to help with NI_Symphony Essentials, KH_Diamond Symphony Orch, BO_Inspire(s), The Orchestra. Smart Orchestra.

2) Albion 3 _ ICENI …. I respect, trust earlier advices ( as ARK 1 user ) yet Homay's great video makes it even tougher to pass now with WL cost. Honestly, still listening with open mind.

Less than 3 hours …. :confused:
FWIW I have ARK 1 and ICENI. Whilst I love ARK... ICENI sounds way better to me. You can get the huge sound of ARK with the individual layers but still get the rich sounds from the solo sounds. The bundled loops etc are great.
BHCT is fantastic, but I do want to write/sound in that style so it was a big draw for me.

As you say, stop with what you have for now, truly find out the limitations of your existing gear... not like they are going forever and this is your last chance ever!
 
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