Sound check, please?
Please note I am copying this exact post to the "other" forum.
I have to make a financial decision soon and I do not have the time nor the inclination to add learning a DAW in order to polish the sound of a sound file. I need to know what you think is the best sound out-out-of-the-box with either contender + GPO4. No post-production tweaking allowed.
I would appreciate input from anyone who has had personal experience with both in producing finished sound files from Finale and Sibelius, preferably of the same score. I simply want to know which sounded better to you, generally? Which had the best (truest) instrumentation sounds, specifically. Why you think so? I realize this is all very subjective, so everyone's opinion is valid and there are no wrong answers.
Due to the nature of my goal, I respectfully request that if you have not had personal experience with Finale and Sibelius, please refrain from offering an opinion on this, but if you have experience with other VSTs, I would appreciate comments in comparison to GPO4 too.
FYI - My personal (and limited) experience has been that Finale's Human Playback with GPO is a more realistic and pleasant sounding, but the effort to produce sound is substantially easier for me in Sibelius.
Thank you for your time.