A little while ago I received some new VST-instruments. I know Two Steps From Hell use them in alot of their tracks. Allegro Agitato, by Thomas Bergersen, being one of them. When I first heard that song, and still actually, I was totally blown away. How on earth... (I didn't even think about real orchestra vs software back then, was just blown away by the song itself). Well, now that I know that most instrumentation, if not all, is done through VSTs, I decided to start working on a reproduction of that song, so to match it as close as possible. From the ground up. This in order to learn my new VSTs. It's a bloody challenge, I'll tell you that, but hey, I can't stand it when I know there are people out there who have a better skill in something I love to do. It's time to raise the bar for me. And I do stuff like this, analyze it, see what they've precisely been doing, to learn. And while learning, you might just as well learn from one of the best.
Anyway: in the song there's choirs to be heard. Now I have been experimenting with two virtual choir VSTs, and while I can get pretty close to it, it doesn't really cut it. Now I was wondering: am I doing something wrong, do I need to apply even more detail/finesse/tweaking or is the choir in the original song a real human choir?
Here's a link to the original song on YouTube:
btw. besides the choirs, I'm a little worried I will cut it with the strings. I'm only using EWQL Hollywood Strings Gold-edition, which does not include divisies and the various mic-positions like the Platinum-version does, which I'm sure is used by mr. Bergersen.