I love music. I enjoy both playing and listening to a wide variety of music. I especially like listening to soundtracks from movies, or just instrumental orchestra music. I love the width of the dynamic range of orchestral arrangements. How it can create a nearly infinite range of emotions and style variety!
Ever since I started experimenting with computer music about two years ago, I’ve been on the lookout for realistic-sounding orchestral instruments. There are many different software packages available which let you play instruments through your computer. These programs are called virtual instruments. These instruments are played by connecting a electronic keyboard to your computer via MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). MIDI is extremely flexible and allows you to play and record incredibly complex music very easily. There are hundreds of virtual instruments that you can buy anywhere from less than a hundred dollars, to well into the thousands! Through my searching, I was able to get a limited edition demo of East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra. East West Quantum Leap (EWQL), makes high-quality orchestral, synthetic, percussive, ethnic, and even rock virtual instruments. There are many other virtual instruments that are very good, but I don’t think any of them compare to the value, quality and shear number of instruments that EWQL offers.
In the video below, I’ll give you a brief example of some of the incredibly realistic sounds that are in Symphonic Orchestra.