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I am a noob to the DAW / soft instrument world mostly play keys on actual pianos, a Korg TR and Yamaha MM8. I recently purchased a 61key MIDI controller and am immersing myself in the world of software instruments and DAW recording software.

I am using an iPad only and would like to start trying my hand at virtual orchestra composition. My DAW is Auria Pro by Wavemachine Labs (http://www.auriaapp.com/Products/auria). I got it for $25 on sale. The DAW itself is very good and has access to PSP and Fabfilter plugins, which, from what I read, are fantastic.

It has a sampler called Lyra that reads SF2, SFZ and EXS24 formats and utilizes disk streaming to keep memory usage down, as it's usually limited on iPads (I am using an iPad Air 2 128GB which has 2GB of memory). It come pre-loaded with instruments, but not a full orchestra. It even has some SSO SFZ instrument included with Lyra. Smile

I downloaded SSO and loaded it into Lyra. I had to remove the Low pass filter on the brass instruments as, for some reason, the samples would play very soft until MIDI velocity 120, and then they would completely open up and sound crazy loud. But the sample library is very good, but I got frustrated having to try to learn SFZ code on the fly to get them to work in Lyra.

So my questions 
1. Has anyone tried using free sample libraries with Lyra in Auria Pro? I would like to try SSO, VSCO CE and Virtual Playing Orchestra as I have heard demos and read about them on this forum (and they sound really good!)
2. Should I give up and buy a Windows 10 PC? Don't want to spend money until I figure out if I like doing this soft instrument thing, and I already had the iPad, so just needed to buy software. But if I'm just going to get too frustrated with the iPad, then maybe I just bite the bullet and spend money on a nice Dual Core i7 Laptop...

Thanks for any advice!!!
Jon McMillan
Welcome aboard, Jon McMillan! Smile

Working on a tablet is certainly not impossible, though it might not be as future proof as a conventional computer-based workstation. I don't have experience with Lyra (or even tablets in general), but do by all means try out VSCO 2 CE or VPO in the sampler and tell us if it works! Smile

As to conventional computers, do you have ANY kind of computer lying around? Even an old 32-bit system with a couple gigs worth of RAM will get you started, as SSO is about half a gig, VPO is under one, and VSCO 2 CE is a bit under two. Smile
(01-04-2017, 03:45 PM)Otto Halméno Wrote: [ -> ]Welcome aboard, Jon McMillan! Smile

Working on a tablet is certainly not impossible, though it might not be as future proof as a conventional computer-based workstation. I don't have experience with Lyra (or even tablets in general), but do by all means try out VSCO 2 CE or VPO in the sampler and tell us if it works! Smile

As to conventional computers, do you have ANY kind of computer lying around? Even an old 32-bit system with a couple gigs worth of RAM will get you started, as SSO is about half a gig, VPO is under one, and VSCO 2 CE is a bit under two. Smile

I will try it to see if it works and post results. Thanks for the quick reply!
I do have an old Windows Vista machine with 1GB of memory but it was too laggy so I went with the IPad. I have a recent windows 10 laptop, but it was purchased for my wife  Smile. I don't want to hog that one.
Thanks!
Jon
(01-04-2017, 05:38 PM)jmcmillan Wrote: [ -> ]I will try it to see if it works and post results. Thanks for the quick reply!
I do have an old Windows Vista machine with 1GB of memory but it was too laggy so I went with the IPad. I have a recent windows 10 laptop, but it was purchased for my wife  Smile. I don't want to hog that one.
Thanks!
Jon

That old machine may still have some life in it yet, depending on what you want to do with it... if you could upgrade to 2 or 4 gb of memory for cheap, you could put together a lightweight setup like Mattias used for his latest album.
I wish it did. I can't get more than 1GB in it. 

I listened to the network demo and it sounds really good. I would say it sounds good because orchestration is good and samples are good as well ( not free stuff, I think). 

I will keep trying with iPad for now. Auria Pro is a really nice DAW.

Netbook not network Smile
(01-04-2017, 08:39 PM)jmcmillan Wrote: [ -> ]I loaded VPO with good results except we found a bug in the sample player. The pan opcode would cause it to pan hard left or right. Paul had adjusted pan on some samples to re-center them.

Bug is reported to Wave machine Labs. I think I'll be able to use SSO, VSCO CE, and VPO once some bugs are fixed in Aura Pros' s Lyra.
(01-04-2017, 08:39 PM)jmcmillan Wrote: [ -> ]Netbook not network Smile

Right, I could tell what you meant Smile

Best of luck with Auria Pro! Let us know how it goes, we'd love to listen to what you do with it.
After trying with an iPad, there are too many bugs in the sampler. Sample doesn't play the samples right due to bugs, crashes etc. To get a good sound, will have to upgrade iPad and buy more plugins.
So, I'll be Switching to a PC. I think I will get a lot more mileage out of an entry level i3 laptop with 4-6GB memory running Tracktion5 than I will an iPad.

Hope to post some music soon.