I'm a GS user who had used 2.5 as a sampler strictly to run orchestral libraries. When GS3 became available, I took a look and wasn't overwhelmed. But the additional polyphony *AND* the marketing blurb about "Included with GS3 Orchestra are over 10 GB of sample content contributed by...(long list here)" and so I thought, polyphony and a great batch of libraries? No brainer! I purchased and installed it.
Now, granted I transferred all of the included libraries by dragging them on to my samples drive (as opposed to "installing" them via the initial GS3 install disc). And when I first ran GS3, QuickSound found them all, *BUT* aside from the GigaPiano and one (rather limited) offering from Vienna, *all* of the libraries I got were demos! Just a few notes - perhaps enough to tempt me to purchase them - but certainly not the useful, funcitional libraries I had anticipated.
Now I'm looking at this month's Mix and there's a full page ad for GS3 touting "17 Gigabytes of musical reality...." Below it says, "Total free sample libraries included with GS3 Orchestra...". Now maybe when they say "sample", they mean "demo". We in real world recording use "sample" to mean samples.
So, I'm really just sending this along to others who perhaps are still considering whether or not to jump to G3. The polyphony is a blessing, but if you're counting on all of those libraries listed in the marketing piece, you're outta luck, I think.
bill myers, composer