I knew before I ordered the Prosonus Orchestral that it had a few pitch problems. It\'s been mentioned before on these boards, and the demos at Big Fish have a few clams in them (because of the sounds, not the composers). \"No big deal,\" thought I. \"I\'ll tweak the couple of bad notes.\"
I\'d better take a vacation, because them tweaks is gonna take a while.
Have mercy! I\'m REALLY scratching my head, because the programmer of the Giga version is very well-respected. I own (and LOVE) another of his libraries, and have heard nothing but the highest praise for his work. Top-notch professional stuff. But the pitch problems in Prosonus are *pervasive*, and not at all subtle. You don\'t have to hunt hard--just pick any solo brass, hit a few notes, and prepare to pucker. Try the same with many of the solo strings, and a couple of the woodwinds. More ouch.
Some of the instruments change pitch significantly (yes, even more than the tendencies of the instruments call for) with velocity or range. The flute keyswitch, for example, is a nifty instrument that includes double-tongued staccato and sustained notes. But they\'re horribly out of tune with each other! Want a nice conventional octave doubling of a line between flute and piccolo? Forget it. As with the other pitch problems, they\'re musically unusable.
\"So tweak \'em!\" Yeah, but should I have to?! This is a \"budget\" collection, but we should expect the instruments to be in tune. I\'d expect to tweak attacks, releases, key maps, filters, controllers, etc. But the things should be in tune as they come.
I\'m not a pro. My day job is as a high school band director. Honestly, if my students had such horrid pitch, I\'d send \'em back to jr. high. I\'ll post some sample mp3\'s, if anyone thinks I\'m exaggerating.
Oh, and if you want a snare drum, you gotta program it yourself. The sounds are included, but they\'re not mapped!
On the plus side, if it were in tune, it\'d be a great value. Pitch aside, the programming includes a good variety of useful keyswitches, and the general character of the instruments even better than the demos lead on, in my opinion.
Anyone know if there are plans to fix the pitch?