I have bought it, tried it, cursed it, tried it again and then cursed it even more. Never, in my opinion, was a library more disappointing than these new Vitous Strings.
- The sound hovers between the decent, the average and the bad.
- There's a complete neglect of short articulations (only some moderately useful staccatos).
- The samples aren't looped (which has some advantages, but also some major disadvantages).
- The long articulations don't last equally long (even within one program), which means that, if you play a sustained chord, some notes stop much earlier (or later) than others, which can be extremely frustrating.
- ENGINE is a cumbersome, awkward and badly designed environment to work in.
- Most articulations are criminally under-sampled: there's hardly any velocity switching (2 layers, if you're lucky), there's nothing in the way of acceptable legato simulation, almost no realtime control (you have to program that in yourself), ... Really, the whole thing seems to be conceived as if intended for an Akai S1000 or some other ancient piece of extremely limited equipment.
Those are my main annoyances. There's a few good things to say as well obviously, but these all vanish in light of the many flaws - some of them quite unacceptable - and certainly when considering its price and what's being offered by the competition (LASS, HS, CS, ...). It seems to me that Mr. Vitous is completely out-of-step with the times and totally unaware of what's been happening in the field of orchestral sampling over the past few years. Judging from the way this new library was developed, he still seems to be living in the early 1990's. Very peculiar.
This library really needs a major update/revision before I will ever be prepared to say anything positive about it.