There is a very nice Celeste by Xsample. It\'s on the volume that has the harp as the main instrument.
I wouldn\'t, though, recomend buying it just for the Celeste - the harp is sublime, and you get a tasty psalter thrown in.
There are a couple or three great stand up basses to choose from but I don\'t own any yet so I wouldn\'t weant to comment.
As for sax, I think this is an instrument that just doesn\'t lend itself well to sampling at all. For a great sax (outside of a real sax) the only things I\'ve heard that seem to work are physical models (and then you really have to use breath input to get some sax \'character\' - so you\'re kind of back to square one).
But Xsample also have a sax sample that sounds good in the demo, so you might want to check it out.
What about Orchestral Percussion? LOP or UOP? What is the difference? I really want it to be excellent sonically (with plenty of low frequency content), at least 4 velocity levels. The pitched percussion should be chromatically sampled.
Any drawbacks to LOP? How are the Timpani\'s? The Gran Cassa\'s?
In other words, I just heard the demo on Big Fish and I didn\'t hear alot of Bass Frequencies in the G.C. and the Timp. Granted, if they were recorded properly it will be easy to bring this frequencies out with EQ but I just wasn\'t hearing them on the demo.
Furthermore, the repeated Timpani notes on the demo sound like samples. i.e. - they sound choppy and unreal, like the exact same sound is repeating. Gary found a creative solution to this problem on GOS. Another solution would be to have 16 velocity levels like the snares. Do the Timpani\'s in LOP have 16 velocity levels like the snares? How many velocity levels do the G.C.\'s have?
Are the timpanis (like the Glock) chromatically sampled?
Is there key switching between articulations?
If the Timpani\'s and G.C.\'s do not have 16 velocity levels, do they at least have alternate hits at given dynamic levels to avoided the dreaded \"repeated note\" syndrome which can destroy the realism of an entire piece?
Also how would you guys compare the Garritan Gigaharp to the XSample?
[This message has been edited by Wacky (edited 02-26-2002).]