I may stumble into a little bit of money shortly, so I am beginning to look at moving from GPO4 to another orchestral library, or at least supplement it. I'd like to solicit opinions on the lay of the land as of spring 2012, and I'm interested in any comments the denizens of NSS have regarding them.
I would like to stay in the ballpark of $500 if at all possible for whatever library I might buy. I can move the ballpark fences in our out some, but I cannot double it.
Also, I am beginning to thing seriously about investing in separate libraries for each instrument family starting with strings. On that note I am wondering what people think of the new Cinematic Strings 2.0 (currently right at my price point) and the upcoming Adagio by 8dio.
One particular goal I have with any library is to be able to capture a fairly full range of orchestral expression, not just the current Hollywood cinema craze. So I'm wondering if, for example, Cinematic Strings (or Hollywood Strings) have this capability despite their name, or if there is some library more suitable.
Also, I would really like to avoid getting too bogged down in controllers and settings, though I know they are a necessary part of synthetic orchestral composition. It seems to me some of the newer libraries are trying to make this a more achievable goal. Out of the box good sound is preferred. I can tweak it from there.
Yes I can, have, and will look at demos. But the Northern Sound Source crowd is IMO more sensitive to general orchestral interests, and I value your input. I do not want to narrow the focus of your responses, so feel free to comment in whatever fashion suits you.