Virtual orchestras use different libraries very often. They got different levels and different microphones. So it can be very difficult to create a real balance in volume, panorama und reverb. A lot of composers create a mock-up of an existing piece and compare to the original. But this means a lot of work.
So with the great team of Dynamedion I recorded a few phrases of a lot of sections at Budapest. Now you can match your libraries to a real orchestra.
The Orchestra Guide includes – Sibelius Score
– PDF Score
– Mixdown Decca-Tree (44,1 kHz and 48 kHz)
– All instruments (sorted to names and score) – ProTools Session (Decca Tree and Spot mics)
– Consolidated tracks (WAV) for all DAWs
As a total noob in composing, I find orchestra guide really useful. I decided to test it with chamber-sized strings, because I find it hard to make this sound seem realistic
I tried mocking up Bach’s violin concerto (BWV 1042), and I took out the harpsichord to put even more emphasis on the strings.
If a natural instrument balance is desired, this guide is very helpful. For composers who have never actually played in a real orchestra it would be an invaluable resource.
For those with orchestral experience it is a fun tool to double check our decisions on volume balance.
I bought it and for me it really helped to balance the orchestra. This is a perfect tool for beginners.
I have also done many mockups to get the balance right but compared to that, this was a lot less work and gave me better sense how it should sound.
At least I am pretty satisfied how it sounds.