I am absolutely, utterly torn between the fantasy image in my head of what EWQLSO will be like when it comes out, and VSL. One of the main turn-offs of VSL for me is having to deal with gigastudio, when it could be put in a VSTi like EWQLSO. Imagine opening VSL tidily in your sequencer, without any dangling applications like the performance tool (the alternations and interval stuff would be all dealt with tidily within the VSTi), and being able to put native plugins on the tracks or master... all on one computer!!! (Especially so now that logic has the freeze function, and cubase will surely follow closely behind)
Now that we have seen that the VSL is not close-mic\'ed as I feared, and responds to reverb nicely, I\'m just so torn between these two libraries. The VSL\'s gorgeous woodwinds and brass where the notes \"swallow\" into the next (using the legato tool), is something that EWQLSO has not even set out to offer. Maybe the EWQLSO will manage to blur the transition a litle with the hall release samples, but I can\'t see them truly achieving the realism of VSL. But then, an orchestra in it\'s own hall is so incredibly apealing, and it\'s 2000 bucks cheaper (VSL final edition = $5000). GAWD I\'m really torn.
Back to the real point: If VSL gets it\'s act together and produces a neat and tidy product in it\'s own disk streaming VSTi, ending the need for opening giga and dangling performance tool apps, that will probably be enough for me to stretch my VISA to its $5000 limit. And I\'ll have to just put up with the fact that I have to mix my own orchestra, instead of feeling like I\'m sitting infront of one (which seems to be the idea with EWQLSO)
If EWQLSO does an incredible job of using \"old\" sample library philosophy of _no intervals_, and the overall sound is just that much fuller, warmer, more believable than VSL, then I will go with it and save $2000. And it mixes itself, which just RAWKS (to quote King).
I don\'t mean to bore everyone with my personal purchasing decisions. I have exposed this because I reckon many people are in the same dilema. I think many people who are holding on to their money to get either one or the other will go with EWQLSO when it comes out, unless VSL offers a VSTi version.
note: yes, there is a EXS24 version, but I\'m talking about a neat and tidy fusion of a streaming sampler (possibly Kontact) and the midi performance tools, not a mere format conversion.
Opinions? (and no, I can\'t afford both:P)