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Topic: Should I buy Garritan Orchestral Strings now?

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    Should I buy Garritan Orchestral Strings now?

    I'm in a quandry. I've heard this library and seen it in use at a friend's studio, and I REALLY like the sound of it. I also admire all the thought that has gone into the interface, although I can see that it would take some work to really master it and use it quickly.

    I have EWQLSO Gold as a general orchestral basis, but I like using Giga, plan to upgrade to version 3 in due course, and want to use it to go a little bit further, more specialised, in the areas of strings and brass, than Gold does. I want to dedicate a machine to strings, having as many different samples as possible loaded at once into as much RAM as I can max out.

    GOS seems like a good solution to me. It's big enough to give a really comprehensive variety of articulations etc, but not so ridiculously big like some libraries that it would be impossible to keep track of everything. It's got Maestro Tools for legato etc, and like I said I love the sound. At around £350 in our money I can JUST afford it.

    But I see two problems. The first is probably silly really, but a little voice inside me just says there's something unwise about buying a three-year-old library, given the incredible rate at which things are developing these days. With Giga 3 out, who knows what's on the horizon in terms of sound and playing capabilities? I don't want to find that in six months or less my investment in GOS looks like a waste.

    I realise that one can think like this forever and never actually buy anything, so maybe I just need talking out of that way of thinking. Also, in a sense quality never goes out of style: I've listened to a lot of demos, and heard some of this stuff in action, and I just prefer GOS to the competition. I certainly prefer it to what I can get out of Gold (or rather, it's more extensive and has more wide-ranging capabilities) and I prefer it to the new Kirk Hunter library. I THINK I even prefer it to the VSL strings, which sound a bit brittle at times to me (though maybe I just haven't heard them with the right use of reverb etc).

    I'd be interested in the reactions of anyone who has GOS AND another high-end string library, just how these comparisons stand up after more prolonged use. For example, how does Maestro Tools legato compare to the famous VSL legato? Both in sound quality and ease of use.

    I noticed that a lot of updates have been added to GOS since it came out, including impulse response samples (as I understand it, some kind of convolution reverb). So maybe the fact that it's a bit older doesn't matter, given that it's been so carefully kept up to date.

    However, my other cause of relutance possibly has more justification. I recently enquired on the Garritan forums here whether there would be an update for Giga 3, and Gary gave a very non-commital reply, saying they were updating it for "another format" first, and taking a "wait and see" approach to Giga 3.

    I do own a Kontakt licence as well - presuming that's the other format he meant - so I suppose I could always switch my dedicated strings machine to that in the future if necessary. But I prefer Giga, and using Giga and Gold on the same PC I can theoretically access more RAM (since Giga runs in kernel mode, which can access another 2GB separate from the 2GB of application mode). So with Gold's strings AND GOS loaded to the max in Giga, I'd have one hell of a kick-~~~ string section.

    I'm particularly nervous since the interface of GOS is so heavily customised and individual - I envisage having to put quite a lot of time into learning Maestro Tools etc, and customising my setup around it. I don't want to then find that it gets discontinued for Giga, a better library comes out that makes full use of the advanced features in Giga 3, and I feel compelled to switch to it.

    Oh the problems we have, being so spoilt for choice!

    What would you do?

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    Re: Should I buy Garritan Orchestral Strings now?

    If I was you I would wait a tad and hear the new KH string demos which should be due soon. I dont use GOS that much since I, when I bought it, already had a few strings incooporated into my template.

    I got GOS however becuase i'm sure that Mr. Garritan will produce GOS2 at some point, and im sure that some upgrade price will be offerered. My point is, that even if its an old library it still makes somewhat sense to get it now since you can always upgrade - And since you even like the sound better than other libraries it seems like a nobrainer

    However I would stillwait for KH strings unless your in a real hurry. I think the intro price of these is about £300. So worth considering

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    Re: Should I buy Garritan Orchestral Strings now?

    Well, maybe you have a point. But I have already heard the Kirk Hunter demos that are up on the site (or at least, were a few days ago) and I didn't like them at all. I'd certainly choose GOS over it on that basis.

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    Re: Should I buy Garritan Orchestral Strings now?

    Ok... I havent really paid attention to the debate. But was there not something about those demos not displaying teh actual quality of the library. And new ones will soon be added? Or are the new ones already up?

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    Re: Should I buy Garritan Orchestral Strings now?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcussen
    Ok... I havent really paid attention to the debate. But was there not something about those demos not displaying teh actual quality of the library. And new ones will soon be added? Or are the new ones already up?
    New demos are in preparation.
    Peter L. Alexander
    www.professionalorchestration.com
    www.alexanderpublishing.com
    Learn it right the first time.

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    Re: Should I buy Garritan Orchestral Strings now?

    For the record, GOS is TOTALLY viable today. Age has nothing to do with it. Unitl Kirk's library came along, I routinely suggested to customers buying VSL that they supplement it with GOS.

    GOS and KH Concert Strings are totally different in their approach and must be evaluated separately.

    While you certainly have the right to dislike the KH CS, I would point out that even now in pre-release, they're being used in two US television programs. Of course I'd like to see you buy Concert Strings, but GOS is a great library, and I'll always say so.
    Peter L. Alexander
    www.professionalorchestration.com
    www.alexanderpublishing.com
    Learn it right the first time.

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    Re: Should I buy Garritan Orchestral Strings now?

    I have just replaced the long note instruments from GOS with the VSL Opus 1 counterparts, and believe me, I am NOT going back. I will also do so with most short articulations. For the special articulations (Col Legno, FX, etc) I will keep a number of GOS instruments.

    Opus 1 is around the same price as GOS and gives you sufficient strings articulations PLUS the rest of the orchestra. The sound is better and the dynamics programming is a lot better (better ranges). Best bang for the buck I ever got with a library.

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    Re: Should I buy Garritan Orchestral Strings now?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterRoos
    I have just replaced the long note instruments from GOS with the VSL Opus 1 counterparts, and believe me, I am NOT going back. I will also do so with most short articulations. For the special articulations (Col Legno, FX, etc) I will keep a number of GOS instruments.
    Is there a significant difference between the Opus1 and GOS col legnos and pizzicatos? I remember them being nice in GOS but I don't have the library at hand.

    Opus 1 is around the same price as GOS and gives you sufficient strings articulations PLUS the rest of the orchestra. The sound is better and the dynamics programming is a lot better (better ranges). Best bang for the buck I ever got with a library.
    Best Service sells GOS for 500 € and Opus1 for 990 € so they aren't exactly in the same price range but still the Opus1 is a better product for the price. I was concidering GOS as a complementary library to be used with the Opus1 but I might reconcider this when the real Kirk Hunter Concert Strings demos are available.

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    Re: Should I buy Garritan Orchestral Strings now?

    I'm at home now so I can't check any sounds now.
    When I got GOS, the price was significantly higher, around $999.

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    Re: Should I buy Garritan Orchestral Strings now?

    In GOS you have col legno battuto tight, col legno battuto loose, col legno ricochet and pizz tight and loose. These are not the result of programming, but actual samples.

    Jeannot Welter.

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