In a shootout between GPO, EastWest Silver and Edirol Orchestral; GPO emerged as the clear winner and walked away with the awards. Garritan Personal Orchestra also won the only Tools 4 Music Awards in both the Performance and Value categories.
The 6 page face-off praised GPO for its real-time controller system with its mod-wheel expression control, legato mode and variability controls. GPO also received high marks for the "Glissando Harp MIDI Packages", its "well coordinated sounds of orchestra", "simplest operation", the bundled sequencer and notation program", "instructive and equally worth reading" manual, and other features.
In all, GPO received a "total victory" in the shoot-out and "since the GPO is the lowest-priced product in the test, in addition it has secured the 'best value' victory - we congratulate!" writes Tools 4 Music Magazine.
Since its introduction over a year ago, Garritan Personal Orchestra has been receiving major industry awards and excellent magazine reviews worldwide for its superior sound quality, comprehensiveness, and unique capabilities. In addition to the two Tools 4 Music Awards, GPO is the recipient of the EQ Magazine "Exceptional Quality Award", the Game Developer Magazine "Frontline" Award, the Association of Independent Feature Film Producers "Recommended" Distinction, two Computer Music Awards and various nominations. The only other comparison I know of was PC & Music's March 2004 review of 19 orchestral libraries where GPO was deemed the bang-for-the-buck-winner alongside with VSL (I'm in good company). With orchestral libraries sometimes being debated with the vigor of religious or political debates, it is good to get objective and impartial report from highly respected publications.
I am very glad to see the prices of orchestral libraries come down as others follow our lead. More choices are good for the musician and things will get interesting as newer entries come to the market. The future will be bright with new innovations and more unique products.
We are proud to be honored for these achievements in providing quality libraries. These awards we share with our users who help us make better libraries and make the journey all the more worthwhile.