Pirates of the Caribbean (String Orchestra) - Walkthrough - Nashville Scoring Strings

Hello! I would like to share with you my latest walkthrough made with Dorico 5, Vienna Ensemble Pro 7 and the amazing Nashville Scoring Strings libraries for Kontakt. In the video I show the score and the libraries.

I also tested my template on my MacBook Air M1 16gb RAM 256 SSD and it works great.

I hope you enjoy it.

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Any particular reason you used Nashville strings for this instead of Duality (which you used for your other Dorico demos)?

You did a nice job, but personally I always find something problematic in the tone of Nashville (I have it too and don’t use it for this reason). I find it is very “rough”.

The main problem for me is that every eighth note which is not under a slur, seems to be triggering a staccato articulation, which doesn’t sound right. Are you using ‘note length conditions’ for this?

The reason is simple, Audio Ollie let me try them. In my opinion they have a spectacular sound, I like that you can appreciate the bow very well.

Apart from their amazing sound I found some things that I didn’t like:

  1. You need Kontakt
  2. They are not well mixed between techniques (Staccatos are very loud compared to longs).
  3. The legatos don’t sound very good. They sound a bit fake and cut off. It doesn’t feel organic.
  4. In my opinion, they need more techniques.
  5. They are not very well optimized.

In conclusion. They have a spectacular sound for music production and film scoring. If you are looking for a softer sound, I recommend the East West Hollywood Strings. You can really get a great sound out of almost any library, but you have to understand it and know how to use it.


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Yes, for this specific project I assigned a technique for each note duration to the Dorico expression map.

If I try to use a picture, the impression coming across is that all string players suffer a kind of common hiccup… not trying to be disrespectful, but this sounds far from reality.

Hello, don’t worry. I can’t hear what you mention, maybe because I’m still learning. And sure, it doesn’t sound like a real ensemble because… it’s not. But it sounds pretty good to me.