Originally Posted by selig
+1 on this.
I wonder exactly what instruments folks are looking for these days?
I would buy: cinematic drums/percussion stuff, celeste, pump organ, BIG strings (with 'sections' as they would be recorded for film) and maybe an update to Reason Strings (which is more solo instruments), Middle Eastern and Asian wind, string and percussion instruments, hammered dulcimer/cymbolum, Irish instruments (whistles, bodhran, uilleann pipes, celtic harp, etc), r&b/funk/pop brass,
All of these need a hyper-sampled version and a simple version. The hyper version allows you to have access all of the original microphones/positions that were used in the recording session, so the instruments can appear in the SSL mixer as they would if you had recorded them yourselves (with a great engineer in a very nice studio!). The simple version has many less samples/options, and only mono or stereo outputs, but represents the instrument in a scaled down 'vintage sampler' version.
I should mention that a convolution reverb with 'samples' of famous scoring stages and concert halls (and more, of course) wouldn't hurt either, as far as producing film styles and having flexibility when producing multiple genres. I can just imagine what it would do for even the existing Orkester samples!
For those who are working more as the artist, like those who just make dance music or write songs only for themselves or their band, their needs are more specific and limited to their 'sound'. But for pro songwriters, or especially film/TV and commercial music composers, having access to a large variety of instruments and processing, and being able to create multiple 'spaces' and 'vibes' is vital to producing professional quality commercial music, IMO. :-)
I think more urban producers would cater to the following:
1. Guitars (Acoustic and Electric, with emphasis in cool articulations, slides, wah effects)
2. Orchestral (Emphasis in articulations, pitch runs, hits, stabs, crescendos, Timpani rolls,full ensembles)
3. Brass (full ensembles, stabs, crescendos, hits)
4. Choir (full ensembles, articulations, etc)
5. Organs with Leslie effects
6. World (Chants, shouts, Koto effects, cool percussion)
If done right the top 4 would be huge sellers. Back in the 90s, Roland did something similar to this with their JV range of modules which were highly popular for R&B/urban styles. And they did a great job in sampling cool articulations.
Also, for many styles it is more the quality of the articulations that are sampled rather than the total "realness" of a patch.
Most of those Roland cards were under 8MB but were loaded with cool samples with articulations (things that can't be mimiced too easily on a keyboard.)