I'm thinking about buying GPO and I've got just one question left...
When I listen to the mp3 demo's on the Garritan site, I can hear quit some difference between te demo's. For instance, in the Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite (Morning) (amongst others) I don't like the violins: they sound unrealistic. At least not as good in other demo's. The sound itself is thin, too 'synthy' and some endings (note off commands) are very 'hard' (real 'keyboard-like').
Now I wonder: is this due to 'not so good' programming by the artist (he didn't use all possibilities of GPO) or is this due to a bad choice of the used samples (you can choose different sounds for the violin ensemble, can't you?)? Or both...? Or do other artists make more use of EQ and other plugins? I'm asking this because in other demo's everything sounds ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!
I didn't post this to insult someone who obviously put a lot of time in his project (this isn't meant personally at all!): I just want to know and find out what's possible with GPO and how you can get things done better.
I'm thinking about buying GPO and I like to know what causes these differences in quality. If GPO will sound like it does in this demo 'out of the box' and you need a lot of extra stuff to make it sound better I don't know if it's something for me...
When I say 'extra stuff' I mean hardware or plugins, not 'time'! I'm willing to put a lot of time in it (just as I've always done) to make things as real as it gets, so that's no problem.
I'm also still not really sure how it works with GPO: if I want a string section: how many options do I have to get the sound I need...? Can I make worng choises and get bad results (like IMHO in this Grieg piece)? Is the included helpfull clear enough to enable me to make the right choices? Or do I just have to try everything? Questions, questions, questions... which will hopefully answered by aksing this 'varying quality demo' question.
BTW I'm planning to use GPO with Sonar 4 Producer.