I am pretty happy with most of my 8Dio products, especially at the price i paid. Century Brass is great, i love the epic percussion series, the harps seem pretty good, Lacrimosa is great and that one Hybrid Tool Library i have is okay for the price though not as versatile as i hoped when i bought it. I was very disappointed with the Laura solo vocals though, and those guitars i got for free with a purchase Christmas 2018 isn't anything special either.For me many 8Dio products have been disappointments. Ironically a few of my favorite string shorts and runs patches are 8Dio, but the other stuff has been really hit or miss, some being an outright disappointment...
It's the non-organic stuff which I've found pretty consistently disappointing... Things like symphonic/synthetic shadows, blend instruments, hybrid series stuff, etc. (Also not cheap when not on sale, a few of which I ate the full cost of before they did never ending fire sales. Lesson learned.)I am pretty happy with most of my 8Dio products, especially at the price i paid. Century Brass is great, i love the epic percussion series, the harps seem pretty good, Lacrimosa is great and that one Hybrid Tool Library i have is okay for the price though not as versatile as i hoped when i bought it. I was very disappointed with the Laura solo vocals though, and those guitars i got for free with a purchase Christmas 2018 isn't anything special either.
I haven't figured out if i am totally in love with the Anthology Strings and kinda wish i had waited for the century strings to go on sale, but on the other hand i got the epic percussion for free when i bought them, which are worth the price i paid alone.
You mentioned "dark soundtracks"... I'm wondering if you're considering Mysteria.I was hoping the sound sources would be more elaborate and interesting. Lots of the same sound recorded and edited in not so interesting ways makes this a bust for me. I went through every single sound to pick out stuff I heard potential in to edit further but found only a few things. Just a big disappointment for me, in the context of my work (trailer music and dark film soundtracks.) I wouldn't call it a bad library or bad value for money though.
You mentioned "dark soundtracks"... I'm wondering if you're considering Mysteria.
For me it's Cinesamples Abbey Road Classic Upright Pianos. There's probably no sample library I want more than these particular pianos (Mrs. Mills and Challen anyway) sampled well, but this isn't it. Problems with the library include:
1. Pianos are out of tune (I understand you don't want these perfectly in tune as the chorusing is part of the effect, but center frequencies are off)
2. Inconsistent sample start times. They kept some of the action noise at the start of each note, but the duration of the noise (pre-note) wildly varies from note to note so it just sounds sloppy and feel terrible to play. My guess? They didn't feel like editing each sample manually, so just loaded the recordings into a batch job, set a single volume threshold, then pressed the "Batch Process" button to automatically trim the samples and left it at that.
3. The biggest sin? The TERRIBLE velocity mapping and sample selection. These were just poorly sampled from the get-go by someone at Abbey Road (Cinesamples support confirmed that they did not make the samples), and Cinesamples put absolutely minimal effort into selecting good samples and mapping them for smooth playback. Every single key has the same number of velocity layers, that are distributed at the exact same velocities, indicating to me that the pianos were just put into some batch mapping program. So not only do you regularly trigger what's a poor sounding sample, they didn't do anything to smooth out the response.
It doesn't have any of the piano-specific features you'd expect to see in a $200 library either.
What does it do well? The pianos are THE exact piano sounds you hear on everything from The Beatles, and Zombies to Elliott Smith, which you just can't get from other libraries. And they offer a few microphone positions. But overall, I would not repurchase it. Wish someone who could do pianos well could work with Abbey Road to make a much better version of these instruments.
Thank you for this. Was going to buy but not anymore now.