In the interest of K.I.S.S (and actual personal preference) I'm hoping to find a small, inexpensive, orchestral lib *without* the zillions of articulations, arpeggios, clusters, etc, with some good (meaning considerably better than rompler or soundfont-type) non-vibrato solo strings.
I currently use Cubase/Halion with the Roland L-CDX-03/04 and have had good luck using breath-controllers, etc, to do phrasing and dynamics, and 'pitch-bend' vibrato is working well with solo instruments. The Roland string libs are working fine for ensembles but have only one sustained vibrato-less violin (and I don't care for it too much), so I'm at a point where I would like to upgrade to better libs, but do not want or need a huge set like the VSL (time is important plus it's pretty fun to perform the articulations).
Physical Modeling would seem to hold an answer, but I have not yet found anything that works much better than my synths for realtime performance of parts, anyway (I am fairly adept at programming what I have), and the synths are not quite up to the task of being a general-purpose solution.
I have not had any hands-on at all with Emerald or GOS; perhaps one of these would do (or a subset), I have listened to many of the demos, but I have heard none with examples of the 'straight' solo strings which I am after, and don't want to buy something blind.
Anyway, thoughts/advice/links will be appreciated. Thanks for any help
ps - I am very much still in the learning stage as far as writing for orchestral instruments goes... just getting to the point where it wouldn't be completely mortifying if one of my 'creations' managed to escape the confines of my local computer
pss - thanks to Northern Sound Source for all of the great reference material (!)