I decided to make a topic about string libraries... GARRRR!!! There are so many of them, but POCKETS are limited :P. One thing I have loved about Garritan since I have been here is the affordable libraries that sound good and ARE DRY! Garritan Instant Orchestra is my my number one LIBRARY to date. Everything about it is AWESOME! Garritan Personal Orchestra is a very affordable complete library of sections and solos, and also recorded dry.
The sounds are unique and great. My favorite cello out of all my libraries are that from GPO: Cello 2. The brass are supreme and I will never need to get anything else for solo brass. The strings are LUSH... and fit their purpose. There are many reasons why I chose Garritan as one of paths for instruments: 1. The dry recording, 2. It is very affordable for what you get, 3. The sonar quality is good (though I don't see the big deal of releasing 24bit samples, I am hoping Garritan does that in the future). Garritan Is my half source of libraries. The other half is Vienna. Both Garritan and Vienna are dry libraries. I feel both make a good team. I combine both in many of my compositions.
Now I want to talk about big STRING libraries. There are a few on the market, and they are costly! The big ones that I am aware of include: Vienna, LASS, Cinematic Strings, 8DIO, and EWQLSO Hollywood Strings.
I have heard demos from all of these libraries and I was looking to spend! LOL. Not thousands, but a little more than usual. So listening to the demos of all these string libraries. I narrowed it down to which path I was going to take. Hollywood Strings sounded great but after seeing the load time on youtube videos... GARRR. Cinematic Strings seemed ok, but didn't give me the whole feel... 8DIO was pretty good, but pricey, your gonna pay few hundred per section! LASS, they have a lite package for few hundred so somewhat affordable, but I did not like their demos.
After listening to more demos again and again, I made my decision, Vienna! I have now spent a few hundred on them with their orchestral and chamber strings which also included some of their Appassionata Strings. The sound of all three (Orchestral, Chamber, and Appassionata Strings) sounded right to my ears, and were very well worth the price (Special Editions), and they load pretty fast on my computer which isn't the high end type.
So, I have chosen my path. I say this in a mystical way.. LOL :P (Garritan and Vienna are my path of instruments for the main stuff)!
So what is everyone else' opinions who have purchased big string libraries? What did you choose for a big string library and why?