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.