... it is with a heavy heart that I have to tell you that VSL are NOT perfect and are indeed human.
This may come as a shock to you... it did to me. I have everything that VSL have ever produced and 100% across the board their samples are the best. I have ALL of the other big libraries (which are all great in their own way!) but it's only the VSL libraries that warrant still keeping their own dedicated multiple slave machines.
What I'm trying to say is.. I'm a fan.. a BIG fan.
And then along came the Choirs.
I ignored the mutterings... I ordered the day they were released... "VSL have never let me down before" I thought...
Well... I wouldn't say that the library is a let down... but it's really not the huge step forward that VSL libraries normally are. Usually they are SO much better than the competition, but here, for some reason, it just doesn't really seem to work.
Admittedly I've only had chance to play with it for a few hours so far, and really WANT to be proved wrong... I WANT to be writing a message in a weeks time telling you what an idiot I am, and that it's an amazing library once you get into the nitty gritty... but for the first time, I REALLY can't see that being the case.
The general tone is pure, restrained... but never exciting. The legato patches (that we ALL want!) are okish but never QUITE convincing, the gliss patches work well on some transitions but sound appalling on others. You get the idea..
It's not that it's a bad library... it's just that we ALL expect that bit more from VSL and here it just hasn't happened. QLSC suffers the same KIND of problems but just seems a bit more playable and has the Wordbuilder card which, as long as you don't want it to sound COMPLETELY authentic can still add a realistic sense of movement.
I'm a long time user and so got the advantage of the "Get the Extended library free" offer (which they normally run, and for that, I love them!) but I have to say, if I wasn't, and was looking at my first choir library, i don't really know if I could recommend paying £750 for this library. I've never EVER questioned the thousands of pounds that I've spent on VSL libraries, and recommend them to everybody, but on this occasion I'm not so sure.
Later on in the year there are a couple of new big choir libraries coming, (one is from Bela D Media, who produce great libraries) and so I hope that one of THOSE will take us that next step into choral nirvana!!
With VSL Choirs it's more a case of "nice choir samples" rather than "I've a real choir at my fingertips!!!"
Hope this helps anybody sitting on the "Virtual Choir" fence at the moment!!