A couple brief questions. I have dug around on the web but I’m not quite sure how all this works in Dorico.
My goal is to create realistic audio mock-ups of original orchestrations. Ideally I would like to add orchestration to studio recordings and have it be pretty convincing to most listeners.
I have NotePerformer3 and I’m pretty happy with it, but I’d like more control. And I do have several decent libraries, like Cinematic Studio Strings and Brass, but I’ve never used them, because I realized pretty quickly that a lot of fine-grain control was required. Just buying an expensive sample library doesn’t make your music sound good! I’ve never really wanted to get into the world of CC input and such. That’s why NP was so appealing. And it’s pretty good for quick demos, but not good enough for recordings.
My question: Those of you who use 3rd-party libraries for satisfying mock-ups, how much manipulation beyond the score do you find you need? Lots of CC input?
Would a quality sample library sound better “out of the box” than NP3? Or is NP more based on the engine that makes intelligent decisions, rather than the quality of the samples?
When people talk about Iconica someday becoming “native” to Dorico, do they mean no mapping required? At that point, would Iconica be a more realistic result?
Thanks in advance. I realize I could download and install these libraries and just start fiddling around, but it’s a massive investment of time. And before I get into that, I want to have a realistic idea of how much it could actually improve my recordings, while still staying primarily focused on the written notation, and not becoming a DAW wizard.