Since, there haven\'t been many topics about this great library, I just wanted to state a few things I really like about this library.
I\'m not going to let this post be a \"comparison\" thread between GOS and SI. Everyone knows I like GOS as well, and its useless for me to try to figure out which one I like better. I\'m just going to point out things I like about SI. Both are fantastic and I prolly wouldn\'t want to do without either. But thats because I *DONT* want to have only one sound to all my music all the time. Actually in the last project I had I used both. Really mostly using SI to test it to see how far it would go, there were times I needed GOS, but this \"test\" showed me that there are times where I will now go with SI instead of GOS. Depends on the piece, and if the \"sound\" fits. In the end, if you must choose, I think its the overall sound that you will need to compare. If its the \"sound\" you want.
The dynamic range is quite good accross all instruments. The piano samples are really nice and soft, and the forte is pretty aggressive and grating. The difference between the extreme low dynamics and extreme high dynamics is pretty dramatic, so it gives alot of \"range\" to most of the strings overall
The release triggers rock. They are probably some of the best programmed/edited release triggers I\'ve heard yet. Great job guys at SI on those. I know how tough it is to get these right.
I love the ponti-tremolos, they are just too cool. Its possibly one of my favorite, if not my favorite, string patches ever.
The short bows are really \"tight\", and can be losened up a bit with some extra programming. and possibly creative sequencing...I havent tried yet. Some good sounds in here tho.
a few of the \"sustaining\" patches have \"hard attacks\" on them and let those patches do many jobs. I got away with using some of the sustain patches for what I\'d normally have to \"Switch\" to short bows with. This is something I really dig, it helps me work much faster. Obviously, you still need to switch to other patches for \"slower attacks\", but in this libraries case THOSE are the *other* patch, where as most libraries have seperate \"hard attack\" options. Its pretty funny, but this actually works for the better, IMO (actaully its been somethign I\'d been toying with before SI, but now they just proved to me that it works)
Having all the strings already *distinctly* placed in a particular position is a fantastic help for orchestral work. Its obviously a problem if you want \"placement\" control, but for most \"common\" orchestral contexts this placement works, with possibly some \"pushing\" of the 1st violins to be farther left.
This library functions very well out of the box. Tho you do need a powerfull box (or two) to use the release triggers in some passages. Dont even think about having all the sections running and VotA all on the same machine [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Both libs are poly hogs with the release triggers.
I\'ve been kind of disapointed that there haven\'t been any posts about how great this library actually is on this forum. So I thought I\'d share, as well as congradulate the SI team. They did quite a fantastic job.