I’ve been making a shopping list. There are so many things I have to buy, and as usual, my problems have decided to trouble me all at once.
The thing is, I want to put lots of instruments and sound effects in ‘Into Winter’. Most of the sound effects can be found online for free, but a library of bells is proving difficult to find. I’m not looking for small bells; I want the big kind that churches have. I thought EastWest’s Composer Cloud would have them, but I don’t think it does.
So I went looking for a free bell VST and didn’t find one—but I found a wonderful VST named ‘Toll’ which is available for about 50 euros, or 60000 won. I know I’m going to buy it because the demos sound wonderful, and I adore the sound of bells; I can definitely see myself using this VST again after I finish my second piece.
Meanwhile, my free trial of Reaper is running out. I know that Reaper allows users without a license to continue using the program after the 60-day trial, but I’d really like to buy a license to support the developers. Ideally, I’d buy the license before my trial runs out, so my conscience will be clear. The discounted license for Reaper is priced at 60 USD, which is about 67000 won.
But that’s not all. I’m getting fed up with Reaper freezing often. Of course, it’s not Reaper that’s the problem; my VST of choice is Hollywood Orchestra which is a massive library. I didn’t meet the minimum hardware requirements for my VST, so the regular freezing comes as no surprise, but it’s still unwelcome.
It’s time for a RAM upgrade. I’m not the most tech-savvy woman in the world, so it’ll require some research and planning, but it should be possible. I don’t know how much RAM I’ll buy, but the specifications page for Hollywood Orchestra states that I should have at least 8 GB. 8 GB of RAM is about 70000 won, and 4 GB is about 35000 won. And people told me that RAM was cheap!
I can’t buy all three things at once, so I’ll have to prioritise. I’ll probably end up buying either Toll or more RAM first. It’s probably wiser to buy the RAM before buying Toll. It would make running Toll easier.