I was about to go on a rant myself after completing my Yuki Kajiura cover piece the other day. I started that piece trying to use BBCSO, but the articulation set, while plenty there, wouldn’t play the piece right, even with the “improved” performance patch, and the strings somehow get drown out when doing the melody. I really don’t know how others get this library to sound so good.
Than, after that didn’t work, I when back to my old workhorse, Cinematic Studios, strings, brass and woodwinds—same result Soooo, next up was Audio Imperia Aeria for the strings and well, at least the “modern mic” mix sounded a bit better, but again the legato articulation couldn’t quite pull off this simple melody. So then I just opt to write the piece with Dorico and NotePerformer and I’ll be damned, it plays the parts EXACTLY as I expected and envisioned.
The question is why do I keep shelling out $$$$$$ for these supposed top-shelf libraries and never getting to use them because I can’t (or they won’t) perform what I want or expect 90% of the time? Sure, NotePerformer doesn’t have the nice studio hall/Hollywood sound stage audio quality that these other libraries do, but how can a $100 plugin in a notation program perform so much better than these $500-$600 libraries? I
own so many I don’t ever use. I want to get rid of them. I have to keep myself from buying more when one doesn’t give me the right sound, because I’ll probably just get the same result. I think some of these VST makers should offer a 14-day trial period to test whether you really want the library or if the sound doesn’t meet your standards rather than buying it an it having been a waste. Steinberg did this with their Iconica Symphony library for Dorico, which I figured would sound much better than NotePerformer, but the thing wouldn’t even install right, so, good thing I didn’t spend the $600 for it😞