I'm going to be looking to get another string library soon. Before I get opinions on this, I'll tell you what I currently have and what I like/dislike about each one:
Likes: violin grand sustains are "epic", nice vibrato (espressivo) on violins, pizzicatos are warm
Dislikes: too much of a "signature" sound (GOS is too easily identifiable in a mix), cello/bass aggressive staccatos are still too weak (not sharp enough), legato tool doesn't sound realistic
Opus 1 & 2:
Likes: strings are "crisp" and not as washed out as GOS, muted strings rock, staccatos are SHARP and fast
Dislikes: violins sustains lack life and are flat-sounding, pizzicatos are too "woody"/clicky, legato on some strings is VERY jumpy/poorly programmed
I'm looking for a new string library, mostly strong in the violin sections.. something that has rich vibrato like GOS, but can perform a bit better out of the box. SISS costs $995, but I figure, if VI Orchestral Strings I is better, then I'll get that since it's the same price. Of course, VIOS I only has violins/violas. VIOS II has cellos/basses and is another $1000 But I feel my lower strings are OK for now.. it's mostly the violins and violas I need to update and get a better sound out of.
Any suggestions? I suppose I'll post a reference clip showing the kind of sound I really want:
Obviously this is live and samples aren't perfect, but note how the violins have a nice connected legato & consistent attack.. I wouldn't attempt a passage like this with Opus 1, the violin legato is inconsistent and jumpy. For those who have experienced both SISS and VI, which would you say is better suited to reproduce (or I guess I should say "approximate") the above track?
Thanks for any advice.