Phase 3: Sounding Real

I’ve spent all of my time this year focused on learning how to write music. And after all of my hard work I feel I’m starting to get to grips with it. I’ve written a few pieces this year which I’m pretty proud of and whilst I still have a long way to go, I’m pleased with my progress so far. However, something I knew already (but was reiterated to me recently) was that the music on my SoundCloud doesn’t sound “real”. Sure it would sound real if it were played by a live orchestra, or a professional pianist on a grand piano, but those would be quite expensive methods of hearing my music! Instead, all I have is a computer performance by my iPad software, or the software instruments that come preinstalled with Logic Pro X. Therefore, in order to produce a “real” sound, I need to upgrade my kit.

Fortunately I’ve been thinking about this for a while and have researched different sample libraries. I settled on CineSamples. They have professional quality sample packs of every section of the orchestra. And for the same price as half an orchestral section, they also have a sample pack aimed at students, which covers the entire orchestral range.


So when Black Friday came around I went and bought it at a discounted price. And since everything was so cheap, I also bought a few other sample libraries, including a professional quality piano one. Therefore, you should be hearing a more professional and “real” sounds from me throughout 2015. And whilst I’m learning how to use my student orchestral library, then I can be saving up for the real deal samples which I’ll eventually replace my student version with.

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