Ok ok, I know I just posted that \"budget strings\" thread, and it helped. Thank you. I think I\'m gonna go with Garritan Lite for now (just give me a few weeks for the money, JUST bought Gigastudio 160). Anyways, the point of this thread is opinions on the \"cream of the crop\" libraries. I don\'t include VSL or QLSO in this thread cause they are both extremely new, and not in full effect yet (Pro Edition of VSL). I\'m talking about strict string libraries. I\'m also leaving out Miroslav due to the fact that I have always been looking at Garritan or the newly released Sonic Implants.
Part of me hates starting a thread like this, because I know the developers browse these forums, and threads such as this could hurt their business. I\'m not being biased in anyway. I respect every developer of libraries considering the fact that they spend an IMMENSE amount of time, money, and dedication to bring the customers in their vision \"the finest\" libraries out there.
To the point, I browsed Garritan\'s site listening to Lite demos and was impressed. The first time I had ever heard Garritan was from Bill Brown\'s music from Tom Clancy\'s Rogue Spear (great music by the way). I actually hadn\'t even got into composing before then, and only know this due to knowledge gained over time about sound libraries. Anyways, I was blown away by the amount of features the FULL version Garritan had, and with those much talked about Maestro Tools, it just makes the package look even more sexy. Control is everything (just like VSL\'s Performance Pack). I\'ve heard AMAZING recordings with this library, and now I\'m in a bind.
When I first heard Sonic Implants Strings when released, I was floored. Wholesome goodness I tells ya. WOW. The expression, articulations, and the sheer natural beauty to it just made me drool. I said to myself \"I\'m getting this\", but I\'m also a broke college student too. As much as I hate buying \"upgradable\" libraries as I like to call it (Garritan Lite, SI Mini)...I had to go with one for now. I would love to just buy the whole thing up front. That\'s why I bought Gigastudio 160 up front, but $1000 is REALLY pushing my budget now.
I\'ll say this now, you don\'t need to tell me what to buy, but just give me your opinions on the libraries if you own them or have worked with them. This isn\'t \"who can sell Jared which library\". I am mearly asking for consumer opinions. It\'ll be awhile before I buy a full string library, so things may change over time. So I now make it to my main question:
Garritan or Sonic Implants? Opinions..and why.