Opus 1

Trying to make sense of Hollywood Orchestra is driving me insane.

When I first played my music on Hollywood Orchestra, it sounded bizarre, like there was a room full of talented violinists being forced to play like stupid robots. Listening to my composition on a good VST has shown me how much work I still have to do. I’m noticing thousands of things about my piece that I didn’t when I was using my free ex-VST.

Composing with the free VST was like drawing on a patched, stained rug. Imperfections didn’t matter because the horrible rug hid everything. Hollywood Orchestra is white silk. Every mistake I make on it is painfully visible.

I’ve also noticed that there are too many violins in my composition. Why didn’t I realise that before? Probably because it all sounded so dissonant that it felt like every instrument was unique. Hollywood Orchestra makes all the violins run together into string-instrument mush. I need more diversity. I have so much work to do!

This must be bad karma for the times that I grumbled to myself about all the less-than-perfect music out there in the world. I swear that if I make it through this experience alive and with a half-decent audio file, I’ll never criticise other composers again! Unless they want me to.

Every time I get frustrated, I tell myself that composing gets easier with practice. Years from now, I’ll be so good at VST navigation that it will be like second instinct to me. But right now, later can’t come soon enough.

2 thoughts on “Opus 1

  1. Yeah you’re definitely not alone with the frustration with VSTs, that’s the main reason why I wanted to learn to play physical instruments, or use a midi controller for them. They’re really confusing to wrap your head around at first. But like you said, practice makes perfect :)

    One or two sets of strings I find is the best balance against other things, but really depends on your arrangement. I love the sound of violins, so I’d probably throw them all over an arrangement too if I could XD


    • Isn’t it ironic that some musicians are so frustrated with technology that they’re picking up real instruments instead? It’s as though we’re going back in time. Unfortunately, I want to make orchestral music, so I have no choice but to use a VST. I can’t learn how to play an orchestra.

      I do admire people who can play instruments, though. They’re mentally and physically talented. Not to mention that they’re brave enough to perform in front of an audience.

      I love violins as well, which is why my first instinct upon composing was to have everything played by string instruments. But it turns out that my composition needed something else. Now, I need to figure out what that is.


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