On the VSL discription it says "Every instrument has been meticulously recorded in stereo". I wonder of this is worth it when there will be convolution reverb added (normally for an orchestra).
A violin, cello, oboe, whatever, might be essentially 'mono' (they're not actually) but string and woodwind sections are stereo. Then there's the placement of the sections and the stereo spread of the whole orchestra to consider if you want them to have a natural stereo spread when tracked.
I think if you had mono, bone dry samples of such instruments, they'd sound very unrealistic when artificially panned and artificial reverb applied.
And sample devs can take as many samples as you'd like them to...
Then you can come back here and complain about the length of time it takes a library to load/save, the insanity of having to buy even more storage to hold it (and/or that it actually ships on a drive ... or 50 DVDs to install) and, of course, you'd complain about the price which would have to increase substantially to meet your somewhat hypothetical specs.
And "dry as a bone"?
The majority of the market would then complain about how 'dead' and artificial they sound!
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