Over the past few months I have slowly been building up a new sound and virtual instrument library from which to create compositions with more contemporary trending sounds. It was suggested to me to purchase East West Hollywood Orchestra, Spectrasonic's Omnisphere 2 and Albion IV to begin with. Luckily we live in a age now where subscriptions are an option which allows someone like me who is starting out and a very limited budget for investing. East West has its subscription service which has been a great financial savior. I was lucky enough to acquire Omnisphere 2 and Albion IV when they went on sale this past year.
Omnisphere 2 has afforded me the access to the types of rhythms, loops and soundscapes heard in contemporary sci-fi, action, thrillers, suspense, dramas and horror films. Albion IV gives me the atonal string effects and harmonics commonly found in horror and traditional classical atonal music. Now I can become the next Lalo Schiffrin or Marco Beltrami, lol.
So far I have enjoyed running through the vast libraries that are now my new foundational "go-tos" for creative directions. However, I needed more "horror" sounding VSTs since I am focused more on composing dark sci-fi and horror music. While Christopher Young's latest VST library collection will be a dream to have, for now I needed to acquire more affordable, yet, interesting sounds that are on-par with the contemporary trends.
I found to my liking the VST packages for Sick 1, 3, & 6. To add some additional color and textures I was also drawn to Iron Packs 3, 4 & 7. The ideas are already swirling in my head for new compositions that I am eagerly looking forward to making.
Another area I am advancing in is my DAW. I am transitioning from Cakewalk Music Creator 6 to DP9.5. All the compositions so far were created in Cakwalk Music Creator 6 with additional mixing in Audition. I am watching a variety of tutorials on DP9.5 as it relates to film scoring in order to properly set up project files as they are utilized in the professional world. Also, I reach out to several composer friends of mine for additional clarification when the tutorials become confusing or are not clear to me. This has been the one bit of a bright spot during these past 9 months with all the craziness in the world and my health issues from which I am recovering.
Look forward to sharing new music with you soon.