I have to say that this has been the year for sample libraries. I know there have been a lot of heated debates over each library, and I don\'t intend for this thread to be a bashing or support group for bias users. I just want to say that having donwloaded nearly every demo presented by each company, the only major difference is not audible - it is in the user-friendliness of the library and of the creator.
I have been doing AB tests of all the different demos, and I can honestly say that I have a very good ear. However, when it comes down to it, each have very synthy sounding demos, and each have demos indistinguishable from the real thing. I speak this from a comparison of $250 to $5000 libraries. Every library has excellent demos. Imparticular, I want to focus on an even more astounding comparison than EWQLSO Silver and GPO - I want to focus on EWQLSO Platinum versus GPO as an example. After I make some comparisons, you can fill in the blanks for Silver and Vienna.
Listen to one of the excellent demos from Thomas B. Lets take \"Underneath the Sea.\" This is an astounding piece. Immediately, people praise (and rightfully so) the orchestration and sound of Platinum. Lets take a lesser known demo from GPO. Take \"Peace\" or \"Gary Christmas\" from Francesco Marchetti. \"Gary Christmas\" resembles \"UTS\" in both dynamics and style. AB each of these. Each have a solo violin heading into the crescendo. While each have different instrumentations, the only audilbe difference is the solo violin of GPO sounds more accurate and the crescendo in \"UTS\" is more dynamic. While I am not sure whether this is due to the amount of dynamic layers in each note, it could be fixed (if trying to duplicate the crescendo) by mixing as well.
So many people have been quick to jump on one side of the libraries when each is capable of producing something extremely realistic. Tonally, the libraries vary. There is one main \"effect\" in producing the samples that Nick Phoenix knows he employed and Gary chose not to (and I am not talking about release trails). While neither is right or wrong, that is the main difference in the *sound* you hear. Silver is a great value for an outstanding library. GPO is incredible as well. I have my opinion as to which I will be buying soon, and it is honestly based on every aspect of the business.
All I am really saying is close your eyes, push play on each of these demos, and tell me which one sounds more realistic. I think that the answer will surprise you. We can AB bad demos all day, but put the best of each library up against each other and I think [monetarily] it will surprise you. If anyone has a better AB comparison, feel free to offer it, but pick one that is strong in all suits. This is the potential of the library.