I’ve always found smaller ensembles can sound much bigger and more detailed. Especially when you are layering them with a wetter library… I think that’s the way I personally like to work as you have more detailed. Precision.
I’m in the process of upgrading the studio series I have to pro. If you can afford to get pro from the start then I suggest doing that. Also, the strings and woods are perfect… they have lovely response and the detail imo is unparalleled. However, like any library there are shortcomings… not many though. The biggest is the brass, they are very bright. In some instances you want this. Otherwise I usually roll the top end off a little when mixing them.
Finally, and this isn’t really a shortcoming… just an FYI (if anything). This series is extremely dry and detailed so you hear exactly when it’s wrong and because it’s so dry, it doesn’t sound good out of the box. I guess this is one thing some don’t like about Hollywood strings etc… there are pros and cons to this idea depending on how you like to work.
If you like to hear where you are going wrong so you can fix it easier then this is the library for you.
If you prefer quick editing that’s masks errors then this isn’t the one you’ll go for.
I’m a bit of both of these extremes… when I know I need this dry sound I go for this library as it responds extremely well. It’s a triumph in library creation in a lot of ways.
To finish… you said you wanted a woods library… I don’t have this but I really wish I had it… I’ll be getting it soon… but check out Westgate studios Woodwinds series. They are hugely detailed… expensive for the whole bundle but you buy each section/instrument separetly. The library is around 15+ years old but IMO there’s no woodwind library out there quite like it. Think they’re sold on bigfish audio. There are quite a few tutorials on YT that will let you get a feel for the sound… because it’s so old there are a LOT of nay sayers in terms of these instruments. For some reason older libraries get a bad rap and im not really sure why… I mean, imo no other woodwinds library has come close to how good it sounds, so use your ears and not your eyes when you check it out. It’s used by Pros everywhere even today