Opus 1

My computer can run EastWest’s virtual instruments! It’s alive. He lives!

The loading speed is likely slower than it would’ve been if I’d actually met the minimum hardware requirements, but it works, and my computer isn’t dead or dying. Nothing crashes as long as my DAW is the only program that’s running.

I assumed that once I got EastWest’s VSTs, my music would automatically sound wonderful. Actually, it sounds different, but I have more work to do because new equipment comes with a new set of rules.

As an obvious example, the time I spent tweaking note velocity with my free ex-VST was wasted. I have to edit velocity all over again.

I also have to change the pitches of a lot of the notes. EastWest’s Hollywood Orchestra uses the recordings of real instruments, which means that its instruments have real ranges. My ex-VST was probably computer generated because the notes went insanely high and low. I took liberties with that artificial range that I have to correct now.

I’ve learnt my lesson: VST hopping is a lot of work. From now on, I’ll choose the VST before I start editing.

Opus 1

I just realised that Studio One Prime doesn’t support third-party plug-ins. That means that I can’t use EastWest’s VSTs on it.

I only realised this after I downloaded all the libraries and tried to add them to Studio One Prime. It said on Hollywood Strings’ specification page that the VST was compatible with versions 2 or higher of Studio One. My Studio One Prime’s version is at 3, so I assumed that it could use Hollywood Strings even my DAW was freeware.

It turns out that it isn’t so. Perhaps I should have double-checked with PreSonus, the manufacturer of Studio One—but really, isn’t it enough to check one trustworthy source? I have half a mind to contact EastWest’s support and tell them to update their specifications tables.

It’s not a complete setback, but it does mean than I’ll have to buy a DAW. (If Studio One Prime turned out to be compatible with EastWest’s VSTs, I wasn’t going to buy one, ever.) Since DAWs aren’t cheap, I’ll need to shop carefully, which means that I’ll have to do some research before I choose one. And that means I won’t make the actual purchase for a while.

Meanwhile, I’ll be installing the trial version of Studio One Professional to run EastWest’s VSTs. My one-month subscription of Composer Cloud is ticking away, and I don’t want to while it away just agonising over a DAW! Besides which, I’m dying to hear what my music sounds like with Hollywood Orchestra. I actually woke early this morning to check if the orchestra had finished downloading because I was so excited. Haven’t done that since I was a young girl waking up on Christmas.