Recording an orchestra can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be. One of Your Tracks Online's latest production demonstrates that it is possible to get a big sound with a not-so-big budget. While it is possible to make realistic orchestral mockups with sample libraries such as East West and Vienna, nothing compares to the feel of real musicians. The marriage of MIDI and real instruments can be heard in the video below. It's quite effective and wallet friendly.
The single most important aspect of any orchestral production is the performance. The Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra delivers a fantastic performance every time. For this project, we recorded each orchestra section separately. This gives us more control of each instrument in the post production process. The woodwinds and brass were recorded first and the strings later. To get a more robust sound, the strings were overdubbed three times. "Dude, the strings sound really big"- Composer, Carmine DiFlorio. In this case, we used 6 violins, 1 viola, and 1 cello. The Violins contribute to the overall "bigness" of the sound, while the singe viola and the cello add definition to the MIDI sequence.
It all comes together in the post production. The most important thing after a great recording is the reverb. We can create a realistic sense of space by panning each instrument to where they belong in the orchestra. The sense of depth is created by having multiple reverbs emulating the reflections of the stage and the hall itself. In the end we were able to deliver exactly what the composer wanted and stayed within his budget.