I\'m thinking seriously about purchasing the Personal Orchestra. My immediate need is only for a good solo cello sample, although I\'m sure I\'ll end up using the other instruments later on for more traditional \'classical\' stuff. I don\'t own giga or halion, so that plus the 80 dollars for the Kirk Hunter solo cello adds up to way more than the personal orchestra. From the demos, I like the sound of the garritan samples better. And I like the idea that it\'s all packaged up with a playback module.
So can anyone comment on the solo cello? Is it looped? How long are the samples? How many velocity layers? And is it chromatically sampled? Are there pizz and other alternate articulations ? Does it feel expressive and convincing when you play it live from the keyboard ?
FWIW...I\'m going to be using it for non-classical music ( a jazz/world ensemble with electric guitar and percussion). I\'m hoping for little or no ambience on the samples.
I can pretty much tell that for any future \"classical\" composing this will be ideal, but I wonder it I will be happy enough with the solo cello sample(s) in terms of expressiveness...any thoughts/information would be appreciated.