A friend of mine at Musikmesse yesterday had the opportunity to speak with Chris Stone (of Audio Impressions) to find out the scoop on their upcoming DVZ product. I'm quite surprised at what he said!
* The library is only 8gb - this is NOT a typo.
* Chris estimates the price to be about $10,000
* This price INCLUDES 5 computers - a "turnkey solution" - constructed by the same people who built Harry Gregson Williams' computer setup, as well as the setup for Hans Zimmer's work on Pirates of the Caribbean 2
* There is no way to run the library on one computer
* A cut-down version with brass + strings only may be available, with 3 computers at a reduced cost of $6,000
* The CPU drain comes from the fact that the instruments are "cloned" across the different computers - "twenty violins are made from one". Chris said that there can be over 500-800 MIDI CC messages per BEAT!
* You control the placement of the virtual instruments in the virtual space
* Release date estimated to be within 2 months
Very interesting info. The total price of the setup seems to be much more reasonable, now considering that the computers are included. The 8gb figure is also interesting. I was surprised at first, but I suppose if most of the articulations are created on the fly and/or using physical modeling (that phrase wasn't specifically used, but I suspect it may be involved) and creative programming, filtering, and EQ is used to further sculpt the sound, you might not *need* 500gb to accurately capture everything.