husker37 wrote:If you bit the bullet Wags, let me know what you think. I have EW HO Gold, and am looking to upgrade to a bit better solutions I'm going crazy looking at all the alternative (Spitfire, etc.). I'll never be a jancivil level orchestrator, but the SE Complete on sale now for $1209 will probably do me well for a long time.
There is a HUGE difference between Gold and Diamond. Were it not for the Play engine, I'd have no regrets getting it. The additional mic positions, divisi, etc. makes it a fine sounding library. I think, sound wise, it's as good as VSL or at least close enough that nobody is going to notice a huge difference. Certainly not your lay person off the street. My main beef and the reason I am going for VSL is to finally have an engine that's easy to work with and doesn't spit like a camel almost every time I use it.
I think SE Complete, for somebody who has very little, is a great deal. But as little as I find myself using woodwinds and percussion, I can't see investing in it personally. And I certainly don't need the piano.
If all you own is HW Gold, you'll probably be thrilled with SE Complete because it appears to blow Gold out of the water. And not having to deal with Play is a big plus right there. I still don't know what EW was thinking when they built that engine. It's the worst.
Like I said, I've got 24 days to think about this. Eventually I'll make some kind of decision.