So this week I'm going to talk about making better sounding string parts. I'm going to list things to do (and not to do) and hopefully stay as brief and informational as possible.
The library you use is extremely important in making a more realistic sound. Notice I said realistic, not good. It's still entirely possible to write great music with cheap and non-existent sound libraries. (Hello Nobuo Uematsu in the 90s!) Here are the most popular string libraries at the time of writing this article.
String Libraries (most common in my experience as of October 2016)
Idiomatic Parts and Phrasing
MIDI CC Automation, Velocity, and Keyswitches
So I hope that this helps you achieve some more natural and realistic sounds string parts! If you have any questions feel free me. Hope this helps!
Matthew Harnage is a professional music composer, and arranger who works out of Raleigh, North Carolina.