Question for arrangers -- as I get more into writing for both frontline and battery and such, I was looking into the Garritan Concert/Marching Band 2 library -- I was wondering if anyone is currently using it -- are you happy with it? Or do you just use the Sibelius Essentials (I'm a Sibelius guy) and that's it?
Jeremy Vest Sibelius 6.2 VDL 2.5.5 Windows 7 2.8 gHz, 4 gig ram
(sorry Finale friends) I think Garritan sounds pretty bad. Much worse than what Sibelius 7 comes with. Look into the Essentials update with version 7 and there's some good stuff. Someone pointed out Kontakt is 50% off until July 7 ($199) and it comes with 43 GB of great sounds, but requires more of a learning curve to get the most realistic results. Getting good sounds from your score requires a lot of practice: both good writing and technical ability.
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over 10 years ago
Thanks for the feedback -- I agree; instead of spending $150 on the COMB2 I'll just invest it towards upgrading to Sibelius 7!