I trust you've been keeping up to date with the VSL site Iain and checked out the new
Vienna Instruments? Life is much easier now, though there are still a mind-bogging amount
of patches and articulations to get your head around.
I've just used the Solo
Strings VI in anger for the first time today and it is so much quicker to work with as
much of the work (repetitions, up/down bows, Legato etc.) is now built into the patches
and creating complex combinations of keyswitched, velocity-switched or even speed-switched
patches is now child's play.
Still expensive though and not necessarily
cost-effective if you're just after plug 'n' play sounds.