The thread "How Will VSL Compete with Hollywood Strings?" has gone into another direction than originally meant. So I would like to share here my contribution to this issue with a new and moreover musical thread this time. Some forum members have been challenged, understandingly, by other members to show off their point of view with a MP3 file. I haven't joined the original thread actively, but now in this #2 you can hear different libraries with the same "source".
I have made three versions of a moderately modern (a little bit Bartok), very nice and energetic piece by Stephen Barton. You can find the midi file (and more: pdf etc.) on the site of Audio Impressions. This piece requires everything from a decent library: smooth legato, agressive staccato, leggiero spiccato, high speed runs, repetited notes, tremolo etc.. Shortly: it is comparable with many classical pieces in the need for high quality patches and software.
It concerns Hollywood Strings and VSL, Appassionata Strings, (how surprisingly) and as a bonus also a version with LASS. I have made all three versions with the same intention: to make the best out of them, but I realise that no version will be the same made by others. You are invited BTW to make your own of course with the midi file mentioned hereabove. Without doubt a different or even better version is possible: there is a limit of time investment doing (non commercial) things like this, not in the least.
I didn't multi-layer the tracks with solo instruments as often is advised here on this forum: so it is just the string library as mentioned (except for LASS, because it is an essential part of the full sound). Hollywood Strings with only the basic mic position, BTW.
I don't have any business relationship with one of the companies, I normally use a 'dedicated' library for a specific purpose. As in real life there are favourite orchestras for Mozart or Mahler on the other hand as well.
I used an interesting, but very expensive spatial verb by Flux SPAT (hence a demo version), just to let you know. It also makes life quite easy to get a warm but transparent, nice string sound (for all three libraries).
And.......of course I have certainly a preference for one of the three examples *, but I am more interested in your opinions to be honest. I also hope that others are challenged to make their own version with their own libraries.
* Actually there are now 5 versions if you include the Audio Impressions demos with 35 and 70 players.