I am looking for an orchestral library. I have been looking at both GPO and EWQLSO for a while, listening to demos etc. I *thought* I was pretty much set on EWQLSO Silver Pro. However I had a chat with a friend last night who is a GPO user and now I am undecided again. I wonder if other GPO users could help me. I also have some questions about GPO Advanced (which perhaps Garry could answer).
Firstly, my requirements are that I want a high quality orchestral library that I can run on a single PC (this precludes the EWQLSO PLatinum, and to a degree the Gold, which really needs two powerful PCs to run the whole library). Having listened to the demos my thoughts are that EWQLSO was very bright sounding, with a lot of presence. It has fanctastic brass and percussion, but on the silver, the strings sound very synthy (compared to the gold). The sound was very hollywood (which I do like and would use for some compositions), but lacked expression. Also, the Silver does not have the articulations I would want - I would need Silver Pro.
GPO sounds to me more darker, expressive and intimate - especially with the wind and strings. I have heard some good brass (demo The Celtic Land) but other brass has not convinced me. As it sounds dark and intimate I am not sure how easy it is to get that big hollywood sound - some of the demos on the website have not convinced me. But it is a self contained orchestral solution which my friend has said is extremely expressive and rich sounding.
The GPO update is supposed to provide more agressive brass. How well does it do it? Are there any demonstrations I could listen to?
Obviously neither are the 'best' orchestral libraries given the price but I am not sure which to go for.
There is also the question of GPO Advanced. Is this a new library that will require more computing power to run, but which is higher quality than GPO (like Gold is to Silver) or is it a library extension providing more instruments and articulations (Silver to Silver Pro)? I would be interested in GPO Advanced as long as it was still a self-contained solution that I can run on one PC comfortably. Or is it going to be a 15GB super library with the same requirements (and price) as EWQLSO Gold.
Many thanks in advance.