I've been working on several projects recently which has forced me to buy just about every brass library out (except Big Band-just a working musician here!) I can't believe I hadn't run into this before...maybe it hadn't been MacIntel compatible when i was looking. Anyway, I am currently tracking an entire musical theater score for a touring show, and many of the sounds in this library would be really helpful. (I LOVE the demos.) I need to be done in about a month and am spending long days trying to get finished, so although I tried to do a quick scan of related posts, please forgive me if the answers to these questions have been posted already.
1. Has anyone used this with notation programs? I read a couple of posts saying it was possible, and that some people had gotten by without a ton of editing, but for brass lines that are usually staccato hits, runs, and chords (not really orchestral or expressive), does it play well out of the box? Is it more like JABB which needs a lot of editing to sound musical? How does it compare to Kick ~~~ Brass or First Call Horns?
2. Am I correct in saying the VI has built in room impulses you can control? I am reading a lot of people are using Altiverb with it - are the impulses not great or too memory intensive?
3. To do the score for this show I am using a ton of different libraries in Kontakt. I have a Macbook Pro with 3GB of memory and an external hard drive with my samples on it. I am mainly using Kick ~~~ Brass, First Call Horns, and Screaming Trumpet for my brass, but for my recording purposes I will need to do the tracks in one take, meaning the whole orchestra of samples will be accessed at once. How taxing is this program on the processor, and how well does the MacIntel compatibility work? If I am playing 3 trumpets and three trombones on WIVI with a full orchestra (over 1.4 GB of samples), am I likely to have problems? (I don't need it to work perfectly-the score will be recorded, but I will need it to be able to get through songs without cracks and pops.)
4. Is it possible to load the samples into Kontakt, or does it need the included player?
5. Does it have a steep learning curve?
6. How many different instruments can you load in at once, and are there limits as to how many outputs you can use, or how many instruments can be set to one output?
As I said, if I weren't in a hurry I'd do more research, but some of these tracks need to be done in a couple of weeks, so I need to know right away if this is something that might be helpful to me. Any thoughts or opinions you have would be helpful. (And if anyone from the company reads this, I STRONGLY second the sax library!)