It's funny how a person who is used to using just pencil, paper, and Finale is now excited about new recording software for rendering. It came about because I had several people in the past few years ask me if I could write music for their projects such as TV shows, videos, art shows, dance productions, etc. I said sure, but are you going to hire the musicians because I'm not? So I decided to jump into this world to make renderings for clients.
Last year I thought Cinesamples was my complete answer, but then I soon discovered that no library was perfect and the best answer was to mix the libraries. I also learned that even if your samples were recorded in a great room like Sony, they still needed a plug-in like East West's Spaces Reverb to both sweeten the sound and make them come alive.
My budget was only $1100 and I needed so much to feel the holes in Cinesamples. I needed better woodwinds so I "got the best" which was Berlin Woodwind's Main Library. I needed better strings which would have ate my budget fully so I purchased East West Spaces Reverb Plug-in to beautify those strings and Cinesamples' Tina Guo Legato Cello for added expression. I needed a piano, so I also went from Cinesamples, Piano in Blue. These "epic" sample developers do not know what flugelhorns or euphoniums are so then I had to order both the flugelhorn and euphonium solo from Vienna Symphonic Library. But the one library I am most excited about is Spitfire's Bones Volume 1, because Cinesamples' trombone ensembles are almost worthless because they lack true legato and the timbre cannot go to the rich mellow sound of true low brass.
So those are my new toys that I am downloading this week. Let me know if you have any questions why I pick those libraries over others.