I have now completed a significant scoring project using mostly BBC orchestra. My verdict is that it is just another orchestra. It has strong points and weak points. When I first listened to the samples, I was optimistic that it might become my anchor orchestra. But it will not. Many of the samples sound lovely, and BBC will remain a significant color in my pallette. I willl use it alongside others.
But it is not special.
The inability to put multiple instruments in a single players is a huge negative.
The inability to manually turn down or turn off the note transition samples in legato patches, or to edit legato performance generally, renders them unusable in certain contexts, although the legato scripting is sometimes good.
Most sustain patches sound very nice.
Strings sound nice, but somewhere between dynamic setting 0 and 127, the brightness suddenly jumps up from mellow to brassy. Like 50 is very mellow and 60 is brassy. It’s not a gradual transition. So I found myself wasting time searching for that exact mod wheel spot where the strings weren’t too bright or too mellow. EW strings transition much more smoothly. So I couldn’t just intuitively draw in a swell and have the strings swell naturally, like I can with other libraries.
The overall tone quality is good. I like it better than SF symphonic orchestra.
I found the clarinet harsh and unpleasant in context. The oboe did not sound sweet. (Used Cinesamples and Vienna instead.)
Just another orchestra. Going back in time, I’d pass.
The end product will probably sound good, after I mix. I’ll post it. It won’t sound any better than my previous work though.