OK, I need to take back some of the potentially negative critisizms that I recently posted about the VSL. I stumbled upon a bunch of demos today on the ILIO site that I had not heard in my initial evaluation. After putting them up on the big speakers and carefully listening to them, I do believe that this library is going to seriously change things. The reason I currently use live instruments is because I find I need to hide the things that make samples sound synthetic, but I can easily see VSL making that requirement slimmer and slimmer. I\'m thinking the trumpets are still a little synthetic sounding...not horribly so, just enough to make me question the illusion. Some of the flute stuff is questionable in my mind, but perhaps once this is layered in with the entire orchestra, it wouldn\'t be so noticeable. I could see the need to hire a couple of violins to just add a touch of glue to the violin runs and transitions between notes, but man everything else is pretty darn amazing.
2 questions though:
1. What is this library going to do to the sample library community? Clearly, there is no longer any need to achieve what they\'ve seemingly done, and I don\'t think any economically minded developer could try to outdo what they\'ve done in Vienna. I think it\'s going to be a really difficult time for smaller developers to compete when something like this will clearly dominate all sales and fulfill most people\'s needs.
2. What\'s the difference between the cube and the performance packages? Does the cube contain everything that I would need to do the work that is displayed in the demos on the Ilio site, or would I need the full deal to do that?