Here are some thoughts I have concerning these two libraries.
1) So symphobia is all about ensemble playing. I'm really confused about what is going to happen in terms of divisi here. If I load the "full orchestra" patch where the entire orchestra is playing in unison (when range allows it), and I hit two notes in the middle register, let's say a third apart, will I suddenly get the sound of two orchestras playing or is there some kind of divisi system that will divide the one orchestra into two?
2) Let's say I have a woodwind melody with a fairly wide ambitus that I want the ensemble to play. The melody plays fine in the upper register but there is one note in the melody's lower register which triggers a bassoon and then goes back up again. The bassoon entering on that one single note only is obtrusive but I wouldn't want to change my melody line because it might mess up my counterpoint somewhere or something. How do I handle this? I guess what I'm really asking is how well the different ranges blend together? I'm hoping there will be no sudden changes in timbre when going up or down scales.
These two questions are really two sides of the same coin. If there is no divisi system I could imagine that the sound gets really muddy and too big if I hit many notes. If on the other hand the lack of divisi is remedied by making the different instruments ranges very isolated (eg. not much blending, where one instrument stops, another starts) some melody lines will suffer when they cross the range boundaries because suddenly the melody switches to a different instrument.
I hope this is not too confusing. I understand that if I wanted to avoid these problems I could just use any old sample library that has sampled the individual sections but I'm just interested how ProjectSAM has thought this one out.
About True Strike 2:
3) I've long been thinking about purchasing this library although I already own Stormdrum 1 and 2, which I actually am a bit sorry I purchased. The sound is great but playability is not. They work fine in a full mix but I would never let them play a more complex rhythm alone.
Are the instruments in true strike sampled thoroughly enough that I could get at least a decently convincing solo performance out of, lets say a darbuka? left/right -alternations (preferably more) and velocity layers are a must.
About the multi-format installers:
4) Since the product ship in all formats, I'm guessing there are no advanced kontakt scripts with the kontakt versions that would enable some kind of divisi systems I mentioned or similar?
5) Are the kontakt patches that I receive going to be editable? Especially with percussion libraries I often like to change mappings to suit my keyboard or playing style if I do something live. Sometimes kontakt patches are locked down so I can do no editing which is a bummer.
6) Also, are the SAM libraries ever going to get occasional discounts like VSL?