I’m Paul Battersby, creator of the free Virtual Playing Orchestra. A free orchestral sample library which contains modified versions of what I felt were the best free orchestra samples currently available.
My musical history began when I took percussion lessons (drums, timpani, xylophone) from the age of 10 until I was in high school. In my first year of high school I taught myself to play keyboards. After my last year of high school a friend lent me his guitar, which fortunately for me was in tune because to begin learning, I first had to figure out what note was played by each string by plucking the string and finding that note on a piano.
Throughout high school I played in the orchestra and in a couple of rock bands as well. Since then, I’ve been in a few bands either as a drummer, or keyboardist or guitarist. Over the years, I realized that I’d rather arrange and compose music than perform it.
In my spare time I study orchestration and mixing. I don’t write my own songs but I enjoy adding drums, bass, strings or even full orchestration to original songs written by others. When I’m creating a track for a song, I try to make each virtual instrument as realistic as I can. I never use drum loops or sampled song fragments. When I work on a song, everything I do is custom created for that song.