Since the non-looped version is also supplied, you can simply drag & drop the one at the place of the other. Not yet tried with the woodwinds, but for solo strings pieces not requiring long notes, or where you can split long notes into separate bows, it works great.
I know how to re-assign patches in the SYN player, Paolo. I have tried the SYN-zed Woodwinds: you indeed can do what you just laid out, and it does work just fine.
Here's what you can't do (let's use Flute I as an example):
- Access the perf_trill patch independently. Instead, you have to rely on the player's detection algorithm and work around it. In the VI version, you can do it either way.
- Access the unlooped, "pure" perf-legato_fast patch, because it isn't there.
- Access the perf-marcato_fast patch, because it isn't there.
- Access the perf-grace patch, because it isn't there.
- Access one of the perf_rep legato patches, because it isn't there.
- Access one of the perf_rep staccato patches, because it isn't there.
- Access one of the perf_rep portato patches, because it isn't there.
I think you get the point. The SYN-zed Woodwinds lose functionality when compared to the VI versions. Not just that, but core functionality: those articulations and the ability to access them individually allow the library to be much more expressive and flexible, which is especially important for solo instruments (like woodwinds!)
For brand new VSL customers, the SYN-zed Woodwinds are a much, much more affordable option than buying the VI woodwinds. To get comparable functionality:
VI Pro + MirX Synchron + WW Bundle (VI, full) = 1230 euros
SYN-zed Woodwinds = 445 euros
Note: I'm not factoring in sale prices here
This is GREAT for new VSL customers, and I'd be remiss not to praise that. But I'm not talking about new customers, I'm talking about crossgrading/upgrading and the price around that. It makes zero sense for an upgrade or crossgrade to take functionality away. Why would someone pay money to lose something?
One might say, "Well, the functionality added is the impulse response, not necessarily the articulations."
MirX Synchron is (outside of sale price) 95 euros. Add VI Pro to that, and it's 150. SYN-zed WW are 445. 95/150 euros is a LOT less than 445 just to add spatialization.
One might also say, "Well, what if someone owns only one or two VI woodwinds, and wants a cheaper upgrade to the whole instrument family?"
That's a great point. On the surface, it seems to make more financial sense to do so.
But this gets to the heart of the matter. Questions like the OP - "Which should I get, VI or SYN-zed?" - keep popping up. If VSL wants people to migrate to the Synchron Player, then the answer should always be SYN-zed. But it's absolutely not. Instead, the SYN-zed libraries are maddeningly inconsistent in their offerings. This results in confusion, disappointment, and - from a business perspective - loss of customers and revenue (in the long run).
Let's take Flute I as an example again. An owner of Flute I may indeed choose to upgrade to SYN-zed WW and thus get the whole instrument family for a vastly reduced price than if they were to go the full VI route. However, they lose all of what I just elaborated on at the beginning of this post. So they get their brand new, shiny SYN-zed WW, open it up, and find out that their SYN-zed Flute I is a compromised, stripped down version of their VI Flute I. They were lead to believe - from all the marketing - that SYN-zed WW are superior to VI. But they're not. At best, they're a trade-off.
Compare this to VI Dimension versus SYN-zed Dimension. The SYN-zed Dimension are indeed superior to the VI Dimension, because they're the same exact library, just with the added benefits of the Synchron Player and Impulse Responses! Sure, we miss out on the paper-rustling sounds, but those are nowhere near the same value as entire perf interval patches. If the marketing around SYN-zed libraries is to be believed, this should be the case with ALL SYN-zed libraries.
A more egregious example would be in the strings department. An existing owner of the VI Appassionata I library (Full) will have to pay 125 euros for the crossgrade. According to the website, this is a library that "offers a wide variety of articulations". That's just not true; the library ditches so much of the original material from Appassionata I yet costs 125 for the crossgrade OR a whopping 415 euros (for brand new customers) for...legato with vibrato control. You can get the standard library of Synchron Strings Pro for 30 euros more and get a truly comprehensive and vastly superior string library.
If the marketing stated, "This is a library that's meant as a layering tool for Synchron products", then it would be honest. It still wouldn't be worth 415 euros, but at least customers would know what to expect and wouldn't have to go digging to avoid any "hidden disappointments". One could say the library is can be viewed as an *expansion* to the original Appassionata. But it's not an expansion because it's in an entirely separate sample player! If it was an expansion, then the non-vibrato articulations would also be added to the VI versions of the libraries. Instead, it's - you guessed it - a trade-off, and not a sensible one at that.
So what's the purpose of SYN-zed libraries? Are they a more compact, stripped down version of VI libraries meant for those on a budget? Are they layering tools for Synchron products? Are they upgrades from their VI counterparts? At the moment, different libraries have different practical applications, but they're all marketed and priced as upgrades from the VI counterparts, which doesn't line up with reality. They're definitely not expansions, as they're in an entirely separate player.
I don't mean to be pointlessly negative: I would very much like all of them to be genuine upgrades from their VI counterparts, which is why I'm bothering to type all this in the first place. I hope that the folks at VSL read what I have to say and take it to heart. Like I said before, if SYN-zed WW were indeed the VI Woodwinds - articulation for articulation - but with the added functionality of Synchron (release technology, Timbre Adjust, etc.), I would happily pay all the crossgrade prices, because Timbre Adjust is that amazing! Alternatively, if that's not an option, I would like to know - clear as day - when the libraries are not upgrades but instead meant to be auxiliaries to Synchron products so it's crystal clear what I'm getting for my money. I'm going to go out on a limb and bet that other customers feel the same way.