Posted this at the VSL website. But not all of you visit there, so I figured I would post here as well.
just wanted to give my thoughts after playing around with the VI for some hours. First of all the new interface is relatively easy to learn considering its complexity - well thought out. The new patches are really nice - i'm sure many people will be very happy with the ponticello, harmonics, and the legato zigane (to mention some highlights)
I'm still trying to get my head around the enormous potential of this beast. One of the REALLY useful things is the ability to blend between patches. I used it for legato and legato portamento... crossfading bewteen these patches works wonders and really adds to the simplicity of play. Earlier you had to choose between crossfading velocities or patches. Now you can create a patch where you can crossfade velocities AND patches. Awesome!
Also all performance legati have been looped. I'm sure this will make quite a few Pro. Ed users very happy.
Now a few minor nags so far. The loading time of patches wasn't quite what I expected - its still faster than GS3, but it seemed instant in the tutorials (Herb says a little proram to optimize loading will be released soon). Then there is speed control. While a nice thing in theory, I doubt I'll be using it except maybe for changing between fast and slow legato. So those who are hoping that this will be the solution to end all might be disapointed.
But these are minor nags - so far the VI is really great, and acheivement in design/programming. Also I might be imagining things but it even sounds better (the 24bit might be audiable after all )