I've heard many of the demos posted on the Garritan site and within this board. I am constantly amazed at the clarity and authenticity of the samples.
I have studied Danielle Davis' very helpful tutorials and have subsequently managed to make my solo strings "sing". Mod wheel shifts, velocities, pitch bends and timbre variations work wonders toward affecting a soulful interpretation. My issue is that after building sections from these expressive soloists, I don't get very good results. They sound great separately but not together. Collectively, they take on an eighties kind of synthy quality.
Additionally, I have even less luck when I use the prepackaged sectionals, i.e., lush, lush mutes, sus and shortbows, etc.
Any hints as to where I'm going astray, would be greatly appreciated. I WANNA SOUND LIKE YOU GUYS!