No, not really.Do you guys think it's worth getting Caspian & Angry Brass Pro (for the bity Repetitions) together for 100$ less than CSB?
CSB is the best brass library on the market right now in my view. It's really amazing value at the loyalty discount price ($280) but even at full price ($400) it's the best all-rounder brass library.
The main advantages of CSB are -
- enough soloists & ensembles for 90% of traditional orchestral writing (I only wish it had a Horns a2 instrument)
- extremely consistent sampling & programming of all the main articulations you'll need for brass
- wide dynamic range, including blasting triple-fff
- beautiful & consistent musicianship across all the instruments
I would easily recommend CSB over Berlin Brass, Hollywood Brass, Cinebrass, and Modern Scoring Brass. Those are just the competitors that leap to mind and in my view CSB can equal or outperform all of them. These other libraries each have their issues like limited dynamic range (especially at the top end), or inconsistent sampling and programming, or the samples just don't feel like top quality musicians. Alex Wallbank took his time with making CSB great and it really shows.
Out of all the competition, if you don't want CSB for whatever reason the one I'd recommend next would be good old Hollywood Brass. It just stands the test of time and is probably EastWest's best single library. There are a lot of annoying little things you have to work around, like the short articulations are very finicky in their transition from mf to f, but the musicianship is decent across the library and the legato remains beautiful and usable, especially in the horns.
Where you might want to supplement CSB is with a "fanfare style" brass library. CSB can play those kinds of lines realistically if you really fiddle with switching between marcato, staccato and stacatissimo articulations, but sometimes you just want a patch that can play-it-in. For that I highly recommend Caspian with Angry Brass Pro as a distant 2nd. Trailer Brass is good for HUGE trailer style writing but it's not a complement to traditional orchestral brass. Adventure Brass is in my view superseded by Caspian because the latter library captured a complete Decca and wide/ambient sound from the brass while AdvBrass is very dry and direct.