Hey guys, I've been working on a lot of non-Pd stuff lately. I'm currently in a metal band and want to add some orchestral sounds to the tracks (mainly strings, but I do loves me some French horn as well). But I'm not really sure where to start for that in Linux. The distro I use is KXStudio (a variant of Ubuntu). We've been recording most of our stuff in Ardour. Mixing raw audio has been going really great so far, but I'm not sure what the best way to handle MIDI/synths should be.
So, for those of you who have some experience, what are your suggestions here? Are there any good orchestral sample packs for a solid sampler in Linux that you can suggest? And has anyone experimented with the MIDI implementation in Ardour 3? I know I could slave another sequencer with Jack transport if I want, but I prefer to keep my setups as simple as possible, so if Ardour's MIDI and/or softsynth implementation is usable, I'd prefer it. But if it isn't worth it, I'm down with messing around, if any of you think it's a better solution to do so. And I want to get a demo out quickly, so I'd rather get your advice before I waste time on needless experiments (which is something I have a tendency to do).
I've built decent samplers in Pd, but my current laptop is a bit of a suckfest, and Pd overloads it too easily. Otherwise, I'd totally go that route.