Murphy has a mean streak... tis the only rational explanation!
Garritan has dropped the Strad and Gofriller solo instruments, and unfortunately within the next month I'm going to have a need for boh to do some mock-ups.
Timing is everything they say!
I suppose it is always possible that the GPO-A or whatever is going to replace them will (a) be released in that time frame, and (b) be as good as, or (dare I say it) even better than those tools which it is replacing.
And if that happens I'm a very happy camper.
But if it doesn't, well, I need to start developing my plan B. My challenge is that the mock-ups I need to create have very exposed violin and cello parts. One score is centered on guitar and violin and the other guitar, cello, and flute. So the instruments need to be the best I can afford!
Sadly the players that played the parts are not available - the flute and guitar players are available, and I will be recording those parts live. That alone lends tremendous realism to the recordings, but it isn't enough<G>!
I have one reasonable alternative for the violin, a friend owns it and I can hire his studio to record those parts. I'd prefer not to spend the money, as money is tight (which is why I hadn't made the purchase previously!)
So, has anyone any experience with other solo violin and cello libraries? I have played with the Tascam solo violin, and I think I might be able to use it. However I don't think it is nearly as convincing, in the context of Appalachian music, as the Strad could be.
Of course there is no guarantee that I have the chops to make any of these instruments sound alive, but I'd like to minimize the obstacles.