GarageBand does not use VST plug-ins. However it does use SoundFonts and there are 10s of thousands of free sounfFonts available on the web.
Once you find what you want:
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for orchestral music, a place to start is Apple JamPack:
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The orchestra jam pack works well although I'm told there are East West QL Orchestra is better but I still don't know if it works with GB.
EWQL here http://www.dv247.com/invt/34629/
As an example of the Orchestral Jam Pack here's something I did earlier http://www.soundclick.com/bands/songInfo.cfm?bandID=409319&songID=4477215
When it comes to Garritan Personal Orchestra, I think I am the one to talk to. I have had great luck with Garritan on GarageBand. In fact, I wrote the "how-to" for Garritan on their help-resource page...
I created this orchestration using GarageBand and Garritan Personal Orchestra. It should give you a good idea of what is possible.
Do not bother with JamPack 4, the samples are hesitant in emphesis, sound tinny, and include zero solo instruments.
For Pipe Organ, I would highly recommend the free soundfonts Stefan's Cathedral Pipe Organ and the FRENCH Jeux d'orgues used in conjunction with a registered version of SoundFont Synth and you have an extremely realistic Pipe Organ with more stops than you can count for only $15.
I have done some research in to East West QL Symphony Orchestra and I find it to be sadly lacking over Garritan. Read my replies regarding this at the link below.
merci beaucoup for your help and explanantions
1-now i downloaded the sound font snth and the jeux d orgues
and as i did they dont work in GB3 so far....
what i understood is : the soundfont is a sort of shell and i have to put the jeu dorgues into it and bothe into GB3 via librarie/audio/plug in/content
where is my error?
2-can i read somewhere the whole GPO's textbook in before purchasing it and especially know if the GPO might work on my MAC G4 Titanium 1 GHz which is limited - so is my budget...
3-as i am much more aquaited with Microsoft PC does garritatans GPO work indifferently with MAC and PC
thanks in advance
You have to put both SoundFontSynth and the soundfonts into the folder HD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components.
You won't find the soundfonts listed under the GB instruments. To use them, you create a new software instrument track, click the "Details" triangle in the Info window and select SoundFontSynth as the Generator. Then you click the pencil icon, and a window pops up where you can either select a single soundfont or a bank of fonts from which you then choose a single instrument.
The Garritan site has quite a bit of information, but not a PDF of the manual. You may try contacting them to see if they will send you one.
as i am much more aquaited with Microsoft PC does garritans GPO work indifferently with MAC and PC
Actually, Garritan is designed more for PC than it is for Mac. Garritan GPO is a library of audio samples. The actual engine for interfacing between sequencer software and these audio samples is KONTAKT by Native Instruments. So yes, it will work on a PC.
bonjour to you and schneb
thanks for your help, but:
i downloaded the soudfont synth and put it into the component.. as well as the jeuxdorgues... and openend via the pencil: there a pop up came via DSL music device and there was besides the picture an EMPTY white rectangle, i suppose this is the place where the soundfonts should enter????but they don't
1 the soundfont synth, when downloaded show up with the INTEL logo, does this mean PC or the Mac duo processor???
2 the soundfonts have the suffix XXXX.wav so they are not readable by the GB3
i made all the tries i am able of but now i am lost
thanks in advance if you woun't mind a complemetare help
I can't say that I understand everything you write, but:
- You're not supposed to use the DLS Music Device, SoundFontSynth replaces it.
- Soundfonts have the suffix .sf2, not .wav. I don't know what the stuff is you're trying to use, but it obviously isn't a soundfont.
- If your System information is correct, you should not install the Intel version, but the Power PC version of SoundFontSynth.