I don't have a ton of their offerings to comment on, compared to some here, but I know that Albion V, LCO Strings, and the Eric Whitacre Choir are masterworks.
Alternative Solo Strings is perfect at what it does, and in a way, you can use it as a more playable version of some of their EVO-based strings.
The Studio series must be one of the best starter options out there. It's far from perfect, but what it enables you to do at its price point is pretty much unrivaled. The Bernard Herrmann Toolkit is a bit niche but still versatile, and fills in some gaps (percussion etc.) in the Studio line, locking in perfectly with it (same room, players (I think), microphones, engineer).
Like others have said, the LABS stuff is incredible. I have quite a few of the old Kontakt Labs instruments that have been repackaged in the Spitfire Player, and the new ones they've been releasing are really impressive too.
The only Spitfire library that I own which I think I would resell if I could is Orchestral Swarm, but that's my fault for making a somewhat hasty purchase, and not being able to find much use for it in my music. It's a very cool set of sounds.
glad to hear, currently debating about LCOS and AltSS...May get the Bohemian bundle (already have BHCT) if discount is significant.I like the LCO strings, and the BHCT and ASS look very tempting too.
Could you, or possibly someone else who has it, tell me if you consider the Marimba to be better for non-classical stuff than the Soniccouture one? I need a good allaround snappy Marimba (think jazz/ pop/ rock) and really like SC's Grand Marimba for that but I don't have it in my personal arsenal.Frank Ricotti's Mallets collection
Is LCO strings different from what they released in January?LCO and Albion V are great, Forget Albion IV unless you have a spare year to document what the hell is actually in there. Some truly great stuff but my God it's a labour to get to what you are looking for. Everybody should have the basic Studio series.
Very nice sound and blends also nicely into almost anything. Has enough bite but can easily become a bit mushy from the lows when room mics are utilized heavily. The overall sound is a bit "middle-ground": depending on the context, it might be a bit too big or too small- sounding. It's my main orchestral harp-to-go.What about spitfire harp ?