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    GOS vs VSL strings.

    I am doing a music project for classic pop music using VSL pro edition strings, but somehow the string sounds are not really fit into the music as I have been listening to it over & over again......then I replaced all the strings with GOS & somehow it is more fit & alive.
    I just think that GOS maybe is more versatile than the VSL strings, what do you guys think?
    Another thing that I like GOS over VSl strings, is that GOS has violins2.

    hc.

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    Re: GOS vs VSL strings.

    Well, that's the thing. A sample that fits great in one song might be completely wrong for another.

    No one library will fit everything, all the time.

    That being said, I bought GOS about 3 and 1/2 years ago. Over that time, I've picked up Opus, VSL Chamber and Solo Strings, and EW platinum. As the new libraries were acquired, obviously I'd tend to use them first.

    But in the last few months, GOS has been getting used more and more. Not on it's own, but with the others. There's definitely something endearing, and from my perspective "musical" about some of the samples.

    Even though I don't think I'd use it entirely on it's own with the other libraries sitting here at my disposal, I'm really glad I own it. It definitely still gets put to use.

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    Re: GOS vs VSL strings.

    I want to throw in my plug for Sonic Implants strings as well.. they're outta this world.
    Mr. Kerry Muzzey

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    Re: GOS vs VSL strings.

    Is GOS discontinued? I only see GPO advertised. Are they the same sounds?

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    Re: GOS vs VSL strings.

    At one time, when TrueSpec was a VSL dealer, I was #2 behind Sweetwater with VSL sales. And, in virtually every situation, if a customer could afford it, I'd always recommend GOS. Without fail.

    In benchmarking GOS against recorded scores, I found that GOS had a very intimate, elegant sound on its own. This came, no doubt, from its recording in Lincoln Center. When doubled (or layered if you prefer) with VSL, you get a much rounder, fuller sound.

    I think the secret to GOS, which many missed, was the consistent application of the updates. With each sequential update, the library more and more hit its stride and potential.

    One of the acid tests of a string library, which very few consider or try, is how well it performs with six- to eight-part vertical stacked harmony. GOS was one of the few that could execute that.

    I have a major scoring project that begins in February, and all I can say is that I'm hoping that GOSII will be available.

    What I wrote in my recent review of the Miroslav Philharmonik is that quality endures. GOS, to my ears, is clearly in that league.
    Peter L. Alexander
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    www.alexanderpublishing.com
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    Re: GOS vs VSL strings.

    Quote Originally Posted by mojamusic
    Is GOS discontinued? I only see GPO advertised. Are they the same sounds?
    Some folks are waiting for GOS2. It's announced for 2007.

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    Re: GOS vs VSL strings.

    There is something really really musical about GOS.

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    Re: GOS vs VSL strings.

    I would love to hear some demos with GOS strings outshining VSL (in any style or context.) I have both libraries and stopped using GOS long ago. Maybe I should go back and check them out again because I would love to be able to use them. In fact it would be great to hear any demos of the two layered.

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    Re: GOS vs VSL strings.

    Quote Originally Posted by mixolydian
    Some folks are waiting for GOS2. It's announced for 2007.
    That's news to me. Last I read Gary had confirmed that it had been abandoned - some new string samples had been recorded that had made their way into GPO, and that was it, the idea of a new specialist string library was considered uneconomic.

    Are you thinking maybe of GPO Advanced?

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    Re: GOS vs VSL strings.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouch that hurts
    That's news to me. Last I read Gary had confirmed that it had been abandoned - some new string samples had been recorded that had made their way into GPO, and that was it, the idea of a new specialist string library was considered uneconomic.

    Are you thinking maybe of GPO Advanced?
    In response, here are a couple quotes in recent months from Garritan. This first one is from August 3rd, 2006.

    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    I have been receiving a number of requests for a seperate string library.

    Let me ask everyone...

    Would you like a seperate section strings library (which would most likely be sooner) or would you rather wait for a string library to be incorporated in GPO Advanced?

    Let me know you thoughts.

    Gary Garritan
    And on August 31st.

    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    Thanks all for your responses.

    Based on your responses we will do a GOS 2.0

    Perhaps we can have it out in time for Christmas.

    It will have its own K2 Player (so it will work as a plug in), have extended ranges, work together with Finale, and have some nice surprises.

    We'll post more details soon.

    Gary Garritan

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