I think this new library from VSL has some very good things going for it. Though, I want to hear more demos for reasons I will explain later.
1. I do not hear any unusual room build up and that bulky sound you often get with many libraries.
2. The strings sound very much in their place, natural and neutral in character. This is a PRO and CON both for different people.
3. The room sound, imaging and dynamics are very consistent for a sample library.
4. Christof's demo sounds airy and mysterious in the first half in a way which not many libraries sound. Others sound a bit more fuller and thicker. See below why this is a potential problem.
5. If you mock-up only strings, it sounds nice and big but if you then start adding brass and woodwinds, the rooms start to merge and add a build up. Hear how naturally, at 1:03 the new passage comes into the mix. This is difficult to do with samples in this manner. Although, I do have tiny suggestions for the over all strings mix in a couple of places. It is very good nonetheless.
1. I am not convinced with the violins yet and the legatos sound OK. Violins seem to still have that anemic quality that the old VSL had for some strange reason - in the high registers.
2. It does not sound flowing and emotional enough at times. I would like to hear more demos for this reason to see how it does with different material. But I can say that other libraries have too much flowing emotion built into the samples at times. But, I would like a little bit more 'singing' quality from VSL or at least have the option.
Other than that I think it sounds good. Certainly, these two demos do not showcase them solving any playability problems or adding next generation technology to overcome problems with samples. It does, very unsuspectingly seem to have tamed the room problem. Unlike most other libraries. SS sound in their place and have an unusual clarity in sound with a great spread.