When people deride GPO. You know the type- the guys with the mondo libraries and that have never actually used GPO but have heard a couple demos and lambast it. Even when they hear a demo by someone like DPDan who did a fantastic job of the Gershwin piece last year, they still say awful things. I guess this is just part of the internet- hide behind some anonymous screen name and knock down anything.
Well, I own VSL, EWQLSO, Hollywood Strings, Sympohobia, pretty much every orchestral library on the market (except Sonivox because it's too expensive) and I use GPO admidst these libraries. I did a piece last summer that used LA Scoring Strings with GPO winds and percussion. Turned out terrific! I use J&BB3 and GPO4 in Sibelius all of the time because it doesn't demand a memory footprint to kill off an elephant.
The one thing a lot of other developers haven't done that I admire Gary for doing very early on is sampling different makes of instruments so when I use Flutes 1,2,3 in unison, they don't sound fake or chorused- they sound like a real groups of instruments. J&BB works exceptionally well in this manner too.
I love the Aria engine as well. Simple, effective, intuitive. Gary realizes that at the end of the day, it's about making music. Lots of pros use his products so it's really just some insecure guys with these big libraries that are saying bad things about his library. My feeling is that if Wendy Carlos, one of the chief proponents of electronic music since its inception, lauds GPO, then you know it's gotta be doing something right.
So, I just wanted to say to Gary, keep up the great work. As someone with those "big libraries" I only have more respect for what you have been able to accomplish with your Personal Orchestra and I am a life long customer. Looking forward to GS2 when its released. Wish I could get my hands on the original library.