I am seriously considering purchasing GPO. A few things I want to look at as research are
A: Is there an instrument list somewhere with descriptions? I found the list on the Garritan site, but it says things like "9 solo violins for ensembles." What in the world does that mean? Is it a solo violin or an emsemble? If so, how big it the emsemble. (Some do say "12 violins" etc.) I just want to know Trumpet 1 - Bright, Trumpet 2 - Dark, Viola Ensemble 2 - three violas w/heavy rosin or whatever. What makes a Duo 1 piano different from a Duo 2 piano? A list somewhere that explains that would be nice. I have just gotten too many samples CDs where they have a list a mile long of sounds and it is really 2 sounds tweaked differently.
B: Does the manual exist online? I find manuals are handy to page through before purchase just to find potential limitations that the ad lit doesn't necessarily mention. (That and am I getting in over my head.) And there are some features that I need to have described. What does it mean to be able to save ensembles? Does this just layer a bunch of instruments together so you can create a "Full String" patch out of multiple string sections for example? Or essentially is it just like a snap shot on a digital mixer?
Thanks for any input.