In another topic, it is mentioned that EWQLSO is a little difficult to use. What with all the abreviations and sometimes confusing patch layout, I can't disagree.
But it seems to me that one helpful and easy improvement would be to stop making patches list alphabetically. Pull up EWQLSO Gold and start looking for "Basses" for your string section. Are the patches with the other strings? Nope. They're right between "6 French Horns" and "Alto Flute" because that's alphabetically where "9 Double Basses" goes. Not intuitive.
Within categies, it would also be nice if patches were organized so the most common "bread and butter" patches were at the top. EWQLSO could really benefit from this because they use so many cryptic abbreviations, it can be really difficult finding a basic patch (don't most of us use the same "sustain" patches 90% of the time when writing?) so you can lay down a simple violins line. Annoying.
Let's look at a company who figures out stuff like this: Spectrasonics (as usual.) Pull up Trilogy, select a particular electric bass and look at the set of patches. Yes, it's alphabetical, but with one exception. What they consider the most useful patch (for each instrument) is magically at the top! They merely insert a "-" at the beginning so it goes to the top. Simple.
When I'm in a hurry, which is almost always, this is a big help.
Here's another complaint: Why do the patch names in Kompakt have to be so short? If we're talking gigs of samples, let's splurge for a few k of memory for longer names. That way, we don't have to have so many annoying abbreviations.
OK, now I'm done!
- Mike Greene