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#ActualMoritz P.G. Katz

Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:38 PM

Hey,

I agree with Nate on building up over years - I'm constantly expanding my library and there's still a lot of sounds, libraries and instruments I'd love to get! (I'm a bit jealous of Nate owning Albion I & II :P )

In my experience, the best way to expand your library is to buy sounds when you actually need them for a specific context - e.g. I was hired to produce music with a chiptune aesthetic and I wasn't quite happy with the synths I had, so I did some recon and eventually bought the Plogue Chipsound AU. Quite satisfying to put sounds you paid good money for to good use immediately!
Glad I had some time for the job though, because...

...You shouldn't underestimate the time you need to actually learn how to use new tools.
Every library and instrument has its own quirks and fortes and it takes some effort to get the most out of them. Buying huge bundles like Komplete or the Complete Composer Collection can be very motivating, but expect to spend quite some time with it before you can make an efficient use of the sounds.
It's easy to get lost in all the choices you can make, I often catch myself skipping through half of my library when I'm actually just looking for one particular timbre - a sure sign I don't know some of my tools well enough.

Cheers,
Moritz

#1Moritz P.G. Katz

Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:37 PM

<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Hey,</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>I agree with Nate on building up over years - I'm constantly expanding my library and there's still a lot of sounds, libraries and instruments I'd love to get! (I'm a bit jealous of Nate owning Albion I &amp; II&nbsp;<img alt=":P" src="http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/tongue.png" style="border:0px;" />&nbsp;)</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>In my experience, the best way to expand your library is to buy sounds when you actually need them for a specific context - e.g. I was hired to produce music with a chiptune aesthetic and I wasn't quite happy with the synths I had, so I did some recon and eventually bought the Plogue Chipsound AU. Quite satisfying to put sounds you paid good money for to good use immediately!</p>
<p>Glad I had some time for the job though, because...</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>...You shouldn't underestimate the time you need to actually learn how to use new tools.</p>
<p>Every library and instrument has its own quirks and fortes and it takes some effort to get the most out of them. Buying huge bundles like Komplete or the Complete Composer Collection can be very motivating, but expect to spend quite some time with it before you can make an efficient use of the sounds.</p>
<p>It's easy to get lost in all the choices you can make, I often catch myself skipping through half of my library when I'm actually just looking for one particular timbre - a sure sign I don't know some of my tools well enough.</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Cheers,</p>
<p>Moritz</p>

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