I like many in this forum, I have been waiting for QLSO. I have actualy set aside the $$ for it. (meaning my wife doesn\'t know I have been sliding $$ into my secret stash!).
The demos arrive today.
I download. Bummed about the 24 bit size but thank god for DSL.
My first impression was not so good. I am thinking maybe because I own VSL and am used to hearing it up close and personal my perceptions are a bit out of wack.
So I set up a simple demo shootout test. The VSL demos vs the QLSO demos.
Rather than convert the QLSO demos into mp3s, I did just the opposite.
I burned a CD of the VSL demos (thanks itunes) and imported them into Pro Tools HD.
Then I converted those VSL 16 bit files into 24 bit files to play along side the QLSO 24 bit files.
This is obviously not fair to VSL because in reality they are still low band width MP3 files but since Doug was firm in his desire NOT to have qlso demos converted into MP3\'s I figured I would oblige him.
So now I have a batch of QLSO demos and a mix of old VSL demos and some new Pro edition demos.
My headphones are grados and Senn 600s.
Monitors are Genelec S30s, 1031s and ADAM S3a\'s. (which are awesome and brutal. Email me if you want to talk about my obsession with monitors!)
For me it was no contest.
It did not come down to which esthetic I prefered. (big room tone or small room).
It was about Realism of articulations.
Meat. Bottom end. Balls. Power. warmth.
VSL to my ears was the clear winner.
I know most guys in this forum are going to fall in deep lust with QLSO. I only posted this because some of the \"rave\" comments on the demos are way out whack to my ears. These are not the \"best orchestra demos\" ever produced.
To be really extra fair. I was not blown away by the original VSL demos either. It was the later USER demos that showed up after guys had some time with the set.
Since I do not know how long the demo composers had QLSO I will not come to any firm conclusions about it. Perhaps with more time my jaw will be on the floor.
My money is still allocated for QLSO.
I am just a bit more cautious now after my demo comparison.
Please keep in mind that I am one to rave about libs that knock me out. And I will equally slam a Lib that dissapoints.
QLSO certainly does not deserve to be slammed, minute one, for the first batch of demos. Its just that to my ears it does not earn raves from this round of demos. QLSO is an excellent sounding LIB. No question. Now it gets down to personal taste.
I think this thread really is a very simple request that before anyone Slams QLSO or exhaults it far above VSL, please do some detailed comparisons.
These are big purchases. Hype does not help.
I can\'t wait for more user demos and some really detailed discussion on pros and cons of each lib. This is getting really fun. Except for the fact that I have to keep building more computers!
I am a huge QL fan. I will certainly be downloading every new demo they post.
( my disclosure - I do not know either devolper. I am not a beta tester for either. I am not a sample devolper. Just a composer who is obsessed with all things music and audio. My guitar addiction is in remission thanks to a 24 step program recently completed) [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]