I write R&B music and I'm currently using the stock instruments that come with my DAW (Sonar), whilst these are OK, they're a bit limited, I'm also using a few free VSTi's (notably DSK Mini Drumz 2, which although quite useful, is again fairly limited).
I now want to purchase some decent sounds / VSTi's and I've been looking over the 2 main options (East West Complete Composers Collection and NI Komplete Ultimate 8) - now, I've ruled out the East West bundle because it's not expandable and seems more geared towards orchestral / cinematic type stuff (which I would also like to do, but it's not my priority). I love the idea of Komplete 8 as it's so vast and I think one of my favorite producers (Teddy Riley) has used sounds from this before (from session strings). I'm guessing there will be a ton of stuff that I would never use in the NI collection, but that will probably be the same for any collection).
Now, is this a good choice for R&B music? I'm not into producing 'Dance' or 'D&B' or 'Dubstep' etc.... purely R&B (and 'mainstream' R&B/Pop - think Beyonce, R. Kelly Babyface, Usher etc. from uptempo to R&B ballads).
I think I was settled on NI Komplete 8 Ultimate and BPM for the drums (as I believe Maschine isn't great for this type of music although I could still utilise it).
I just want something that gives me everything I would need (to an extent), is expandable and sounds top quality/professional.
My budget would be about 1,000 (UK Pounds, sorry, just got a new laptop and the keyboard is mapped incorrectly and I can't find the pound Sign!!).
These 2 should just fall within my budget.
Any thoughts and advise would be appreciated.