The strings sound muffled when i lower the EQing though. ill try and adjust it now though.
EDIT: Updated. I Re-EQ'ed it, and took off the stupid imaging plugin which made everyhting sound strange. I replaced the French horn patch with a solo horn (the French horn fortissimo patch sounded like "wwwaaHHH waAAHHHH") , and i cut part of the ending.
Hope its a bit better. Ill work on it more still.
(ALso, why is the stradivarius violin so ear piercing? Ive tried to make it sound smmoth but all i get is that really sharp sound...any tips on that?)
You know, I never did like the Strad myself, the Guarn sounds so much nicer, but I have a feeling it's not the instrument, but more the player. Some times in real orchestras, players are hired somewhat for the instrument they own. All too often a player can take a cheap handmade instrument and make killer music with it. I personally don't like the super fast vibrato that the Stradivarius samples have, so I don't use it. At least GPO has a nice selection of different instruments and no doubt some people will love it.
This can never be posted too often. Gary posted it a while back and I copied it because I love it so much.... DPDAN
The Master's Touch
It was battered and scarred
and the auctioneer thought it scarcely worth his while
to waste much time on the Old Violin but he held it up with a smile.
"What am I bid Goodfolks?" he cried. "Who'll start the bidding for me?"
It was "a dollar... a dollar.... then two"... only two.
"Two dollars and who'll make it three?"
"Three dollars once - Three dollars twice - And going for three"
From the room far back,
a gray-haired man came forward and picked up the bow.
And wiping the dirt from that old violin...
and tightening the loosened strings...
You know, He played a melody pure 'n sweet, as the carillon angels sing.
Well, the music stopped,
and the auctioneer in a voice that was quiet and low...
Said: "What am I bid for the Old Violin?" And He held it up with the bow.
"A thousand dollars! Who'll make it two?
Two thousand! Who'll make it Three?"
It was "three thousand once"... "three thousand twice"...
and "Going for three!" said he.
Well, the people stared...
But some of them cried: "We do not quite understand!"
"What changed its worth?"
Swift came the reply... "It was the Touch of the Master's Hand."
Dan is right about much depending on the player. Comparing libraries is subjective and we discourage it here. We would rather focus on providing the knowledge and tools you need for you to make the string sections you are after.
Using monolithic unison string patches is not going to be ideal no matter what library you use. This is an old way of doing things and the better way is to layer solo strings or build sections one instrument at a time.
This is a trick the pros often use. When layering solos you can hear individual instruments weave in and out, rise and fall with different start times and intensities. An orchestra is actuall many musical instruments playing together. Not cloks of unisons. So layering or using many solo instruments is the best way to get the most realistic sounding strings.