It's been a while. I haven't kept up with what's the latest and greatest with orchestral libs simply because I've never done 're-creations' or 'mock-ups' of classical music.
So over the years I've collected various low rent -bits- ie. NI's Session Strings GPO (pre Aria), GOS, Halion, Stradivari, Vienna's free 'Epic Orchestra', Halion Symphonic Orchestra, etc.
Well... now I'm in the soup. I -need- a decent library that will cover what I would consider a 'modern' orchestra say up to Stravinsky or Bartok or Copland. I don't need 16 basses or 12 horns or huge 'Hollywood' sounds or Wagner tubas or 8 way divisis. But I -do- need a fairly complete set of articulations and I do need a full orchestra that sounds like a single orchestra. Actually, I'd -rather- it be a smaller orchestra---than the 'vast' sound I hear in video games and movie mock-ups. This is for a mock up for a -real- small/medium local orchestra so 'intimate' is better than 'epic'.
On the plus side of the ledger I have a spare computer I can dedicate to being my 'sound vault'... and I do have Vienna Ensemble Pro (love it) to act as host so I was going to start looking over @ VSL, but I figured I'd check in some other places first and see if there are any other competitors in this price range (or -which- VSL product(s) are appropriate. I can't go much over $1k US, otherwise I'd just get 'Cube' or whatever they call it now. I'm open to mixing/matching separate libs so long as they keep under budget -and- can sound like a holistic -orchestra-. (I'm disappointed that Wallander hasn't come out with strings yet, or I'd look at those!)
Sorry for the same tired type of post, but this is new to -me-... haven't looked around for a couple of years. I see lots of high end products... but not too many mid-rangers.