I suppose it’s positive reinforcement when other composers start asking what sample libraries you’re using in mockups. So, if you are a composer and you happen to like the orchestral sounds of tracks like Enter the Arena or The Journey, here is a list of the sample libraries that are getting used there.
- Strings: Cinematic Strings, LA Scoring Strings. LASS is my favorite for short strings, and Cinematic Strings I prefer for legatos and sustains. I tend to layer them together – which one is most prominent depends on the articulation and the goals of the cue.
- Brass: CineBrass Pro – my favorite right now is the 12-french horn patch, which is just monstrously good. I also like Dimension Brass by Vienna for more intimate arrangements.
- Percussion: Spitfire and Heaviocity’s Damage. I also use big hits from Omnisphere from time to time.
- Piano: I’m a big fan of Piano in Blue. Most piano libraries I find are a bit heavy to mix with orchestras. Piano in Blue has a very nice delicate sound and I find it drops in nicely with little to no EQ and very light compression.
- Synths: The main workhorse is Omnisphere. Synth doublings of the orchestral parts are very, very useful in many a mockup.
Layering can give you an opportunity to sound a little more original, by modifying sounds which would be otherwise recognizable to savvy music supervisors. Some ideas are doubling snare drums with acoustic guitar pick swipes, adding synth bass to cello parts, or sneaking in a pad under a violin melody. The idea is to add muscle, or sparkle, or space, or depth whenever it’s needed.