Okay, before I start my one request is that we stick with POSITIVE comments only. No, "GPO blows away EWQLSO because.." I would just like to hear why people like GPO or VSL or Miroslav. Why is it your "go to" lib for most musical applications?
I own a LOT of orchestral libs. In fact, I think I own a bit of everything. Garritan, East/West, Vienna Symphonic Library, Project SAM, Apple, Miroslav, Siedlaczek, etc. I use samples from each one in a tailor made orchestra because I do find it difficult to work with just one. However, if I had to rely on just a single library, I probably would go with East West Gold Pro XP.
1/ I like the release trails that add ambience (no further mixing of additional FX)
2/ It has a balanced uniform sound that blends well
3/ chromatic samples add a good deal of realism
4/ brass are pretty darn good and the percussion is amazing
5/ lots of variety in articulations including some modernist techniques that allow for good horror composing and such
6/ Qlegato I find is a little underrated and in cases like solo brass, it shines.
7/ repetitive articulations really add in the realism for quick repeating passages
The only drawback is the Kontakt player allowing up to 8 instruments only. But that looks to have been rectified with the new PLAY engine.
* note * If my EWQLSO Gold went out the window, I would fall back on Miroslav Philharmonik. I love the ease of its operation combined with some really beautiful samples. The strings are so rich and playable. And creating one's own combi is a snap. Built-in ambience also helps. I don't any full VSL library though and it would stand to chance that I would use Opus 1/2 bundle if I owned that (love those performance legato samples!)