In my work, I use sample libraries only to present a demo to the director/client, and then usually hire live players for the final product. I've never been able to emulate orchestral sounds to my satisfaction with libraries, probably because I've never wanted to take all the time necessary to make the sample libraries sound real.
That said, some of the mock-ups on this site have been pretty outstanding - which got me to thinking... Are there people out there with decent libraries who would take a midi file and create a true orchestral sound? And if so, what might be the cost?
As an example, below is a link to one of the pieces I recorded last week with live musicians (including 13 strings, 3, 3, 3, 2, 2, tripped). It's more "light classical" (and more repetitive!) than I usually write, but it suited the film.
So how close could someone have gotten to this real sound, and would it have been more affordable than hiring live players? If anyone's interested in following up on this, let me know, and I can email you a MIDI file of the above as an example, to see what might be possible. Thanks!