I posted the the following message on Harmony Central and KVR on June 8:
In 2004-05 I played around with soundfonts, mostly with the original Cadenza and it's modifications, some were done by myself with Vienna.
Never really got a satisfactory sound, those were imbalanced, esp the strings were poor and artificial. Recent sampled SF2-s are highly tilted toward brass and a milliard of exotic percussion instruments, but I never found a nice, mellow, warm string sound.
I don't need a 120 person orchestra with 20 percussionists. I want to compose simple violin solos with a smaller orchestral accompaniment (myself being the violinist). I did well with solo violin and piano accompaniment, but extending to an orchestra was close to a disaster.
Max size of the orchestra: Strings, 4x2 woodwinds, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones and a timpani. Style: late romantics.
For those I need a simple SF2, the simpler the better but no compromise in sound.
I compose with Sibelius 3 (replay naturally is very poor)
Dell Dimension 8200 1.7 Ghz, 1 MB mem. 2 harddisks: 80 and 150 MB. Creative SB Live! Value soundcard.
By the way, what is this 32 MB limit for SB Live and would it apply?
Any advise as to which SF to choose (varying budget) would be greatly appreciated. Please note I am not a computer techie, just a musician to create a fair accompaniment to my violin playing.
Then I listened to the samples of Garriton Personal Orchestra and was impressed.
I like esp. the the strings. But before I buy it I would like to clear up a couple of questions:
1. I have Sibelius 3. How would GPO work with it? Do I have to upgrade to Sib 5? (I prefer not, 3 is already far too complicated.)
2. What other replay programs would work with GPO? For example I have Powertrack 10. Can I use them to play compositions made with Sib 3?
3. In an orchestral score can I combine a violin solo with the orchestra as well?
4. Will my PC specs satisfactory (enough) - see above? Do I need to upgrade for GPO? Is my soundcard OK?
Your reply and help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.