Hi, I can only speak for QLRI. It\'s awesome. I don\'t think you would regret buying it.
It\'s got what is considered to be the samples ever done of Taiko drums. Other instruments are great too.
My personal fav\'s would be Duduk (kind of like a middle eastern clarinet), Uillean Pipes (Irish pipes), Irish Low Whistle and the Erhu (Chinese stringed instrument). There is a guide that gives you a background on each instrument and its range.
I think it\'s Doyle\'s (dwdonehoo) site that has a few samples featuring QLRI for a game he did if you wanted to hear it in action.
If you are looking for ethnic percussion you may want to check out the upcoming \'Culture\' library from Yellow Tools when it is released.
The problem with a lot of the libraries is that they are shallow in the treatment of non-Western/folk instruments.
Just look at the new orchestral libraries for instance, as many nuances as possible are recorded, there is a lot of attention to detail.
Yet when it comes to non-Western/folk instruments it suddenly becomes a scrapheap called \'World\' and the attention for detail seems to have vanished.
That is also why I liked RI, it displays a lot more attention to detail than previously was the custom.
However, sampling ethnic instruments is still not on the same level as sampling Western orchestral instruments. Who knows, maybe a developer will rise to the challenge and release the ultimate \'Indian\' virtual instrument, just to name an example... [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]