Orchestral Libraries Workshop
Learning Center Peer Trainer & Film Scoring major Raz Ezra took a look at several orchestral libraries that are accessible Berklee composition students. Before discussing the technical side of things, Raz talked about the importance of listening to and experiencing the authentic sound of an orchestra, whether through a quality recording or by attending a live concert. To accomplish the latter, Berklee students can acquire very inexpensive passes to see the Boston Symphony Orchestra, just down the street.
MIDI velocity plays a large role in the sound of an instrument, and he talked about the number of velocity layers and the corresponding effect on dynamics and timbre. In terms of libraries, Kontakt is ubiquitous and ships with samples from the Vienna Symphonic Library, as well as Session Strings and Action strings. All of the front panel controls were discussed, as well as how to get the most out of them by exploring varying articulations and the mod wheel. VSL was touched on as well an excellent inexpensive option in an orchestral library in Cinematic Strings. Finally, everyone loves a good deal and Pocket Cello and DSK music offer a lot for nothing as they are free!