I\'m sure I\'m not the only person bothered by this but does anyone seem to notice something distasteful about EW\'s announcement? The way I see it is when a developer announces a product they usually just put it out there and the library speaks for itself. This is the way Kip, Michiel, Dan Dean, Sonic Implants, and every other developer does it. Not so with EW. Is it just me or did they announce a product by referencing and seeming to undermine another product?
In one thread they seem to take pots shots at the GPO programmer. On another thread in another sub-forum Doug misquotes a GPO Time+Space ad(although the EW bullet points seem remarkable similar to GPO). On one post they give the impression they\'ve been working on this library for couple of years (before Garritan), yet recently Nick posted they wouldn\'t be releasing a 16-bit version. The announcement seems more like an orchestrated ambush rather than an orchestral library announcement.
In contrast, this is what Garritan posted back in September: http://www.northernsounds.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=3;t=005838
<font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">Quite a contrast to the way East/West handled their announcement.Originally posted by Garritan:
\"It is not our intention to take away from the high-end libraries like Miroslav, EWQLSO or VSL. Those are great libraries and Garritan Personal Orchestra in no way competes with them. What we have done is something totally different. It is my hope that Personal Orchestra will bring people into the digital orchestration fold - hobbyists, novices, the curious, pop artists, students, starving artists, etc. People who were once excluded who don\'t have the budget for more expensive libraries will literally be players. As more musicians get a taste of MIDI orchestration, they will naturally gravitate towards GOS, EWQLSO, Vienna or other high-end libraries.\"
A free market and competition is good. Garritan brought the prices down with GPO and it\'s seems natural the market would follow. The obvious questions is why doesn\'t Doug and Nick just announce their products without trying to lessen another? Weird way of doing business.
Granted this is an open forum, but is anyone at all concerned about fair play, integrity and professionalism on the part of developers?