I'm a Pop/R&B singer/songwriter. I use strings often for lines and chordal pads. I have several synths and GPO, but am not satisfied with the quality of the string sounds. So, I am considering the Vienna VI's. I need the Chamber strings for certain songs and - since i can't demo the VI's anywhere - I'm not sure if they will cut it when a ballad takes off and i want a more lush sound from the string lines - especially in the higher range. Unfortunately i can't afford both Orch Strings, so i would have to go with Orch Strings 1 and hope I can layer the Chamber Strings with it to fill in the bottom end when needed. Does this sound like a good compromise?
Second question: how easy are the VI's to use? Will I be programming for hours to get a realistic performance?
Here is a couple of songs to give you an idea of how I use the strings. Forgive the quality - they are just writing/production demos and not the final vocal or mix. The last song - Father To My Son is particularily important to me and I will probably need to get the Solo Strings for it - unless someone thinks i can pull off the orchestration - I use that term lightly - with the Chamber strings.
Thanks for your input.