For a project in mind I would need a sampled instrument (or modeled, or whatever really, as long as it's not a real human being playing the piece ), which should pass the 'reality' test: It should sound realistic enough, even to those who play the instrument.
I play the piano and after dealing with piano samples for a number of years, and for classical music, I've decided that the Garritan Steinway is the piano of my choice. It certainly fools me, so I'm fine with that.
The question then:
Which VI instrument, in your opinion, passes as real? I could be fooled by the trumpet (samplemodeling), or the strad (Garritan), but I'm not sure if a trumpetist or a violonist would be fooled indeed.
This is not for a commercial project, so "what the client thinks", is not relevant really. I will compose for the instrument, as I would take into consideration the qualities of a performer, and their technique; Keeping in mind all the above what would be your choice for the 2nd instrument (of course I'm talking for a duet, right?).
Out of the box goes straight away the EW stuff that I have. Brilliant sounding, excellent choice for thicker orchestral music, I love my libraries, but no good here. I guess that, for the same reason, Kirk, GPO and maybe even VSL are out? (not sure about VSL, but the other I feel confident enough that they are not exactly right for this kind of thing).
Thanks and hope to hear from you.